05 Jul Domke F-803 and F-5XB review

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Domke F-803 & F-5XB Shoulder Bags
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The small camera bag has long had a place in the hearts of serious photographers. Yes, most of us all have giant backpacks, bags and even hard rolling cases that get used for the ‘big’ jobs. But many of us also appreciate the ease of a small, unobtrusive shoulder bag and the simplicity it represents. Could it be the long memory of the classic National Geographic photographers and their Leica rangefinders? Or is it just that we’re tired of breaking our backs with big F2.8 zoom kits all the time?

For almost 40 years now, Domke has been in the business of making no-nonsense hard-wearing bags for photojournalists and working photographers. Unsurprisingly, many of their bags quickly found favor with enthusiast photographers as well. This has been particularly true of some of their smaller bags. The satchel style F-803 and the compact shoulder bag F-X5B are two examples of smaller Domke bags that have been popular with many photographers. In fact, a black canvas F-803 was one of the first camera bags I owned and it has seen many miles of use with rangefinder, and nowadays, Micro Four Thirds gear.

Specifications

F-803

Exterior: 34.29 x 8.89 x 24.5 cm / 13.5 x 3.5 x 10.0″ Interior: 30.48 x 7.62 x 22.86 cm / 12.0 x 3.0 x 9.0″ Weight: .89 kg (1.9 lb)

F-5XB

Exterior: 25.4 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm / 10.0 x 4.5 x 7.25″

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