Just what the doctor ordered
I decided to switch from a Tamrac to he Domke for a lower key and better hugging bag. I have an older Domke laying around I use on occasion and know that these bags look better the older they get. When I found this bag I knew it had it all. The pockets are well padded and the velcro system works well for the future when I need to adjust. The top pocket and front pocket are great for everything I need to hold and I love the open back pocket for any books or maps that I might need. The strap holds wonderfully well with it's grippy threads, and the flap stays put whether it's buckled or not. I can easily take this bag from film to digital without missing a beat. Daily, I carry the following in my bag:
Nikon D70 with 18-70 3.5-4.5 Nikkor
Nikkor 70-300 G
Gary Fong Lightsphere
and it all sits perfectly. I really couldn't be happier and with the khaki color I find it professional yet understated.
If I had to pick on something it would be their decision to permanently affix the strap to the bag. My F5XB allows me to easily replace the strap by unhooking, and I find that a useful feature as I now need to replace the strap on that bag. I would also criticize their move to polycarbonate hardware located sparsely on the bag. A pittance to complain about given the advantages. This bag is great for a smaller pro bag, a nature weekender, or a street bag (I know, I've used it for all that). I wouldn't hesitate to buy this bag again.
My Dream Bag!
When packing "full", on the rectangular side compartments I have:
Canon 20D + BG-E2
EOS 3 + PB-E2
For the middle four padded compartments:
Canon 85 1.8
Sigma 15-30 (82mm)
Sigma 50 1.4 (77mm) sigmalux!
Front zippered pocket I have 430EXII flash.
Inside zippered pocket on the cover is where I keep the film and mem cards.
The only thing I would want is one or two side pockets to hold the flash and cards, but I guess that would change the size way too much....
Do realize that the sides and bottom of the bag is unpadded, which is basically both the camera body compartments. Best thing to do is cut out your own padding for the bottom, but the sides are still vulnerable so don't go thinking you can swing this around.
Looking down at the bag I can't believe I fit both a full digital and film system with full focal range coverage, plus flash and film all in this "smaller" bag. When I saw the bag in person I thought oh how cute and small, now with it loaded I know the F6 will be my trusty friend for a long time :)
Substance-no-sizzle & few pockets
The Domke F-6 is a great light-weight (certainly one of the lightest on the market), roomy, strong canvas bag with excellent padding/protection. Too bad it has only two pockets, a zippered one in the top flap-cover (approx. 13x5") and the zippered one in front (approx.10x5") that runs the length of the bag. There's also a slip pocket in the back running the length of the back. It has plenty of room inside which you can customize the space with terrific accessory inserts of different configurations. My first complaint is that those pesky spring clips Domke uses to keep the bag closed are a pain to open and close. And there's no strip of velcro to keep the main compartment closed without using the clips. The only good thing about them is that the clips will NEVER open accidentally. My other complaint is that Domke's shoulder strap is unpadded, unremovable (and unbreakable), bad and good depending on your point-of-view, and whether you have a better shoulder strap you would rather employ. Otherwise a great bag at a reasonable price.
right size bag for a right sized price
I use this product to with a Nikon DSLR and a couple lenses. This bag is just the right size to store several lenses and a flash. It doesn't look like a camera bag, and the clips are a deterrent to anyone who would try to open your bag while it's on your person. I would recommend buying another 4 compartment divider like the one that comes in the bag and taking the dividers out and using that to pad and store your camera with it's every day lens on it. I do this with my D5000 and 18-105mm lens. Coupled with a Domke post office style shoulder pad, you can carry this bag for a long day and not feel weighted down.
I've been using a backpack bag for a couple of years, but had run out of space, even with the largest bag, I was looking for something different. I decided to try this bag, for the simple reason, it does not look like a camera bag. I keep 2 camera bodies, and 5 lenses in this bag, with room for filters and other small items.
Great bag. The perfect one
Have lot of pockets and compartments for one o r two cameras, a couple of lenses and a flash, plus room for other accessories. The padding in the inside of the compartments is an extra for protection of your gear.The grip in the strap won't slip making it secure and comfy to carry around all day.
Just a little bigger would have been great. Since most of my photography is out door I should have gone with a backpack to carry a ground cloth, shell and strap on a tripod
Great Little Bag
Body with 18-200mm lens. 3 lens, Sekonic light meter, Nikon wireless remote and a Nikon Sb800 Speedlight.