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Mar 03, 2009 21:53 |  #1

First off, thanks to Jon for all of the Domke advice he gives people. I had not heard of Domke until stumbling upon POTN and this bag has made me a big fan of what their bags are about. I don't know how, but it seems to take a ton of gear and still be easy to carry and look very inconspicuous. On to the review...

Here it is packed with a ton of stuff and also unpacked with everything that was just in it on the table. Originally, I was looking for a bag with a single set up for my 40D with 70-200 f/4L IS mounted and some room to carry a couple of other lenses, a charger, 580EX II, some extra memory and batteries.


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Mar 03, 2009 21:56 |  #2

As I started to pack it, I realized that I could put my other 40D with 17-85 f/2.8 IS mounted right next to other body and zoom. It fits perfectly. Not too tight and not too loose. The 40D with 70-200 f/4 is in the large single insert, the 85 f/1.8 is in one side of the double insert and the 40D with 17-85 f/2.8 is in the other half.
Speedlights with Omnibounce Diffusers are in one side.
17-85 hood is in the other (70-200 and 85 hood are inverted on their respective lens).
Charger and wired remote are in the front pocket.
Batteries, lens pen, extra filter, memory are in the inside of the top flap.


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Mar 03, 2009 22:00 as a reply to  @ mhthomps's post |  #3

Here's the bag open and empty. You can see how deep and well-padded the inserts are. There's also a pad on the "floor" of the bag.


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Mar 03, 2009 22:02 as a reply to  @ mhthomps's post |  #4

The removeable hand strap is VERY convenient. And where did that Glock 19 go???? Don't worry, I have my concealed carry permit.


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Mar 03, 2009 22:21 |  #5

Nice review of a great bag. Amazing how much stuff they can hold, isn't it.

I should take some pics of how I have mine setup.


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Mar 03, 2009 22:31 |  #6

Thanks Ken. It's my first review, and I must say I enjoyed doing it. I have a Pelican 1564 on the way and will serve as my "home base." There aren't a lot of reviews of the 1564 so I'll post one over the weekend. These Domkes are awesome. I've also been looking at the F-7AF, but I'm not sure I need it with the way the F-4AF handles this stuff.


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Mar 04, 2009 07:51 |  #7

if you had 1 body, 1 flash, kit lens and 50 1.8 could you fit an MSI wind (10" screen) netbook in there?


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Mar 04, 2009 07:56 |  #8

Love Domke bags. That just a little too small for my needs, but I can say, it looks very good. My 70-200 2.8 IS is just too big a beast for that bag. Thanks for the review.


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Mar 04, 2009 08:30 |  #9

Rogan wrote in post #7451846 (external link)
if you had 1 body, 1 flash, kit lens and 50 1.8 could you fit an MSI wind (10" screen) netbook in there?

Great question - I have a EEE PC1000H (10" netbook) and it will fit in vertical position where the Glock is now. It pokes out a little, but if you're not going too far, it works well. If you want it inside the bag, you'd have to remove the inserts or at least get some different ones.


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Mar 04, 2009 08:36 |  #10

Great to see more Domke reviews around! Thanks for posting.


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Mar 04, 2009 08:49 |  #11

SuzyView wrote in post #7451867 (external link)
Love Domke bags. That just a little too small for my needs, but I can say, it looks very good. My 70-200 2.8 IS is just too big a beast for that bag. Thanks for the review.

Hi, Suzy...

The bag is fine...the inserts are too small. For my F-4AF, I used a 'J' bag divider, without the insert. Needed some add'l stick-on velco around the base.

The finished "product" offers lots of room and flexibility for lenses, mounted or not...with hoods on lens (reversed). The white "tape" is sew-on velco that I used so the reversed lens hoods would not catch on the standard sewn-on velco on the sides (I could only find white)

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Mar 04, 2009 12:54 as a reply to  @ jrsforums's post |  #12

Here's how I leave mine loaded all the time:

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Not nearly as full as other people carry theirs, but it has all the basics covered and still has room to adapt to whatever I have planned. I can stick a bottle of water and a sammich in the empty pocket and I'm ready to spend the day walking around town taking pics. When I went to visit family for Christmas the "empty" pocket contained the 100mm macro, the 50 1.4 and the chargers for both the camera batteries and the AAs. in the pocket on the back of the bag I keep a large plastic trash bag. Keeps me from having to lie in the mud to get down low, makes a good rain cover if I get caught in a downpour, etc. I also keep ball bungees attached to the D rings so I can strap a monopod to the top as needed. The zipper pouch in the top flap has a small notebook, pen and some business cards stuffed in a ziploc bag.

The "accessory pouch" is actually a "detachable medical pouch" made for soldiers. There's a matching velcro panel that can be attached to different things and in an emergency (i.e. the soldier gets shot) his buddies can tear off the medical pouch and easily get to the contents and patch him up. I have the velcro panel attached to my backpack and all of the "important but small" stuff inside. When I move between the Domke and my larger backpack I just grab the accessory pouch, the camera and the lens. No worries that I'll be out in the middle of nowhere and realize that the item I need is in the other bag. And the straps that are meant to keeps the bandages and such in place keep everything organized.

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Mar 04, 2009 13:19 |  #13

Nice review. I don't have the F-4 but love both my F2 and F3x. Wonderfully flexible bags.


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May 02, 2009 11:13 |  #14

In all seriousness, what makes this Domke bag so expensive? It looks like a typical canvas bag. I'm sure there is a reason because people love these bags. I'm just not seeing it.


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May 02, 2009 21:33 |  #15

As with all of the Domke bags, it is simply a very well made and well designed bag. IMO they are all over-priced (as compared to what it likely costs Domke to make them) but there are no comparable bags available off-the-shelf.


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