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Domke 700-02D F-2 Original Bag - Olive

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Whilst made from hard-wearing leather, it is still relatively light enough carry over your shoulder. The internal dimensions – 16 x 4 x 12″– are large enough to accommodate a larger camera system, like a Fuji X-Series and the shoulder strap makes it all pretty comfy too. The other benefit is that the top of the bag can be used as a lens changing platform without the need to remove the bag from your shoulder. In addition, a smaller top compartment was built into the bag to accommodate a DSLR camera plus one or two lenses. Some photographers complain that, unfortunately, this isn’t enough room though for a proper camera kit and that more is to be desired. Like the specialized tools that they hold, a travel camera bag is only effective if it’s understandable and intuitive. Even if you have a great bag with amazing capacity and protection, it’s going to be a hellish experience if it takes too long or too much effort to get into the bag. You must take into consideration how easy it is to use a travel camera bag before buying one. The construction of the bag was quality and the Rugged version is supplied with it’s own tin of reproofing wax. I wouldn’t say that the bag is waterproof, perhaps weather resistant is more appropriate, and you would need to fully pull the flaps down to prevent problems in a torrential downpour.

Cameras are thieves’ favourite targets so it’s imperative that you find a bag that will ward away not only the elements but human perpetrators as well.

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Finally, an amazing camera bag built for multi-day treks and adventures. If you need a camera bag that can handle the elements, this is the camera bag for you. The interior of the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW is spacious and equally modifiable as the exterior. Multiple compartments can be created using the included padded dividers. This is an instance where it would have been nice to see the velcro 'silencers' used on some of Domke’s newer bags. Or, even better, the 'silent' velcro that Tenba uses on some of its bags. Are you a professional photographer who travels very often for work? Do you need a bag that you can take on the plane with you? Stress not as this is one of the best bags for airline travel! This reinforced roller bag is designed to fit in most overhead compartments and the smoothness of its wheels will ensure that you’ll get to where you’re going pronto.

Each photographer will find merit in each bag. Those who use smaller kits may find a messenger bag, like the Think Tank Retrospective 30, more suitable. Two dividers are included and realistically, I’m not sure you need more in a bag this size. Access is via a velcro flap cover with an additional zipper that can be closed or left open. The zipper is big and easy to use with quality YKK teeth/pulls. Honestly, I rarely use the zipper –only when I’m not going to be using the camera for a bit and want an added measure of protection against anything falling out.

Domke Camera Backpack: Our Verdict

While the two bags aren’t exactly similar, I will say that the F-803 is the clear winner here for me as far as a small bag for a mirrorless system. This is not surprising when you consider the fact that I’ve owned and used an F-803 for the better part of two decades now. While the F-5XB was handier than I thought it would be, I can’t say that it fits my needs as well and I find its design in need of some updating. That said, it is a quite popular bag and I’m likely to hear about how wrong I am in the comments. So, read both sets of opinions and come to your own conclusion based on what your requirements are. F-803 What sets the Peak Design Everyday 30L apart from the ProTactic is its sleek and sexy appearance. Made from weatherproof materials and designed to be as compact as possible, this bag is absolutely dazzling to look at.

RuggedWear’ classic shoulder bags feature a high-quality, weather-resistant, cotton canvas material. This durable cotton is treated with environmentally friendly waxes which are non-solvent based. Fabrics can breathe while the finish produces a timeless, weathered or distressed look. Bags can be revitalised with an included refinishing wax and will last for many years to come.Some camera bags that are built from luxurious materials just scream “steal me” as well. Buying a bag that is relatively simple and inconspicuous looking will attract less attention from possible assailants. Being smart when travelling and avoiding theft in the first place is the best way to prevent it. Customisability Users that want maximum accessibility from their Domke F-5XA can customise the removable shoulder strap and instead run their belt through the camera bag. No matter what your preference is, there’s a travel camera bag out there that’s made for you and it is my aim to help you find it.

The Domke F-5XA weighs about 1 lb, and the extra-comfortable removable shoulder strap should ensure that users are almost never straining.For a case that just fits the camera and lens, have a look at our Holster-Style range that can be carried in the hand, on your belt or over your shoulder.

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