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Old 07-30-2016   #1
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bags, bags, bags, bags, bags....

i just ordered a domke f2 bag...for the full fuji kit...
will continue to use a domke f6 for a partial fuji kit...
and will use a domke f6 for the canon kit...
have a small domke f8 for a one body kit of any make...
and for some reason i have a domke fx1 bag...i could pack a camera and the dog into that one...likely will sell it....and to round things out i have a domke f802 that i use for a daily bag...carries a camera/lens...coffee cup, lunch, pad of paper and whatever else i feel the need to burden myself with...my boss likes the 802, wonders why i use such a well made bag..
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Old 07-30-2016   #2
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You look like a Domke salesman
It is nice to have nice stuff!
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Old 07-31-2016   #3
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Ach, it is an addiction. Too many bags in the closet to list without embarrassment, again. I really do have to get some eBay listings under way...

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Old 07-31-2016   #4
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For my money Domke bags are best.
They're well-made, uncomplicated, and easy to work from.

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Old 07-31-2016   #5
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Just received a LowePro 650. Bought it because it holds pro Nikon dslr s and the large lenses for them. Designed like old time bags for film slr cameras but on a larger scale, much larger. Holds 2 pro bodies and 7 lenses 3.5" diameter and 11" tall + a medium laptop in a case.

Do not buy for any other reason. Plan is transport on my well made photo cart with large wheels or I will leave it in the car and move limited gear to a smaller bag I can carry. or I will carry a camera and mid range zoom and tele zoom in it.

My Lowe Pro Compact Magnum is repurposed for a Leica Kit.
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Old 07-31-2016   #6
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For my money Domke bags are best.
They're well-made, uncomplicated, and easy to work from.

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could not have said it better...
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Ach, it is an addiction. Too many bags in the closet to list without embarrassment, again. I really do have to get some eBay listings under way...

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List them here first! 😊
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Old 08-01-2016   #8
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I have three Domkes and six Billinghams. Is that healthy?

On second thought, forget I asked ....
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Old 08-01-2016   #9
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I recently cleaned out a closet and Goodwill got a box of bags I no longer use. Some of them were almost new. I keep looking for the perfect camera bag.

I like and own a couple of Domke bags but I don't use them that much. They're a little heavy for their size and not particularly weather or abrasion resistant. My most used bag is an old Billingham Hadley Pro that I've had for over 15 years. It's a little faded and scuffed up but, otherwise, as good as it was when new. I recently replaced the insert so it's probably good to go for another decade or more. In the long run, the Billingham is working out to be the lowest priced bag I own despite its high initial cost.

Another bag I recently discovered is the Think Tank City Walker. I have the small and large sizes. The large one is mainly to store and transport, the small one is for carrying. They're not very expensive, they're lightweight, weather resistant and come with a separate rain cover in case of a downpour.
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I'm a self proclaimed bag whore. I've owned Pelicans, LowePros, Domkes, Filsons and I've used some of the Billinghams. The LowePro and Domke bags I've owned have been the best overall bags I've had. The Pelican was awesome when I shot weddings and used it as kind of a homebase. I could throw that case down stairs, in the trunk, in the bed of a truck and never worry about anything inside of it. It was beat to hell when I sold it. If I travelled more with enough gear to justify it I'd probably own another. I used that in conjunction with a Domke F5XB I had a Filson Camera Field bag and it sucked. The leather strap ring came unattached from the bag twice in the same spot. It spent over a month being repaired at Filson then broke again about a month later in the same exact spot so I traded that for a Harvey Messenger which was really nice. Then I realized I had a *really* expensive bag so I sold it and bought another Domke F3XB and it's been awesome. My first camera bag was a LowePro back pack, a CompuTrekker I think and it was great till I needed more space. Now I have a LowePro ProTactic 450AW and it's awesome. I've had it for a few months now and only use it when I need to bring a tripod and/or all the photo stuff I have. I plan on using it for a trip this fall so I can stick some clothes in the top part since my stuff only takes up the lower half haha. Honestly I detest the Billingham bags. I hate the way they look, I hate how rigid they are and I hate the locking system. To each their own.
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Depends on the system, the day's requirements, and more than a little non-rational thought. For a smaller Leica system, one of the A&A bags - don't remember the name, but it's the one with the flap. For the Canon DSLRs, a big Domke. For something in between, the smaller Domke - again the one with the flap. That can hold two Nikon Fs, four lenses, film, a meter, and a flash or a complete Leica kit. Mostly the bags are for transport - when I'm shooting, it's with one or two cameras and perhaps some film in a pocket.
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I was using two fancy yellow lunch bags as DSLRs camera bags for years. Switched to Tamrac bags. One is for every day with me outside of home, another for keeping cameras in one place and nearby at home. But once my everyday Tarmac bag will worn out, I'll buy Domke! I have one big large Domke for laptop and tools already. F-811 Black Canvas.
I like Domke uncoated canvas bags, they are getting dusty, stained and meet my hobo dressing style!
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Thought you already had an f2 or is it an F1 you have.
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i think i had an f2 many years ago...i do have an fx1 now...very big...thought i'd use it as a storage unit but it just sits empty.
i think i have 6 domkes at the moment.
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I have only 3 Domkes. I'd better get at it.
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For me, my addiction, well its Billingham, 335, Hadley Pro and a Stowaway
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