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Old 04-17-2012   #1
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why is there no perfect bag?

seriously...

this is just stoopid!

carrying rangefinders or dslrs...why no perfect bag?

how many people must own similar kits...2 of this body and 3 of these lenses...

carry 2 bodies with lenses attached and one or 2 more lenses...

i don't understand it...maybe if i was the only one in a frustrated search...but i am not alone in this quest.

i think it's a f'king manufacturer conspiracy...to keep us looking and buying and looking and buying...
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Timbuk2 classic messenger with snoop camera insert. I can carry 2 M bodies with lenses attached and 4 other lenses...
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We need a good backpack option too. Or, we just have to really bite the bullet and take this one body, one lens thing seriously ang ditch the bag.
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The domke f803/f802 seems perfect to me.
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Old 04-17-2012   #5
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Domke F2 will hold a ton of gear. The F6 for me is perfect. I also have an F8 for a small one body kit. They're all great.
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Timbuk2 classic messenger with snoop camera insert. I can carry 2 M bodies with lenses attached and 4 other lenses...
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Timbukt2 messanger bag with inserts...

Right now I have a x100 and xp1 with 35 plus 18mm in the third insert position.

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Ps forgot to mention I still have space to spare for more lenses plus another compartment area if I need to bring along a 15 inch laptop.

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seriously...

this is just stoopid! ...
that's a rather foolish opinion.
There are no perfect cameras either ... No one camera is the best tool for all picture taking needs. Same for bags.
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Old 04-17-2012   #8
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My beef with bag manufacturers is that all the bags are so goddamned fugly. Why do they have to scream "I'm a camera bag!" or worse yet "I have little to no aesthetic design".

The closest I can think of are the new Zkin backpacks or the classic Billinghams but they are pricey.

I like my bags to look good, is that too much to ask?
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Yes, the Domke 803 will carry 2 bodies with lenses attached, and one more lens. It will even carry two more lenses, if one goes in a lens wrap.

Also the Domke F10 will hold 2 M bodies with lenses, if the lenses are not too bulky. And enough room is left over for another lens. I can even do this with a F5XB, again with compact lenses--say a Summaron, a collapsible Summicron, and a 90 Tele-elmarit.

Here's some gear in my F-10:
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For what kit? The perfect bag depends on the kit you want to carry. Are you saying my 2-lens RF kit bag is the same as the bag/backpack for my Chamonix 2-lens with 6 holders kit?

And what about street vs landscape vs architecture vs still life/tabletop?
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The domke 803 satchel is perfect for me.
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There is: the Think Tank Retrospective 5. Fits 2 rangefinders and lenses and is a joy to carry around and use. I love it.
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I have several, Joe, but you don't like them .... Last Sat, I carried this one:



Here is another one that you know well:



I had an idea the other day:

Joe should buy the bag first and then find the perfect kit for the bag !
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I don't know... I'm with Joe. I can't seem to find that perfect bag. Just got a Crumpler 6 million and I like it, but it's far from perfect. I'll probably keep searching, but not tell my wife...

As a slight ( but related ) divergence: when I was a young one and used to play Dungeons and Dragons, there was a magic item called the "bag of holding". It was just a small pouch, but it could magically fit a ton of things in it, and it never got heavy! The perfect camera bag, perhaps.
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You are looking at this all wrong Joe as what you really need is someone to carry all your gear and pass it to you when needed, that leaves you free to concentrate on the creative process.
A sort of photo Sherpa :-)
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When it's cold I just use my jacket. The Think Tank bag looks nice. Someone in another bag thread posted a link to an inexpensive Olympus bag that is very similar.
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OK, I have just concluded this is one of the dumbest threads ever. The premise is silly.
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PERFECT is an illusion.
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well...
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well...

You can have one made. Talked to a leather worker, gave him the dimensions from my old Billingham, made a few adjustments, added some pockets inside and out for film, iPad & passport, spec'd the material (Horween Chromexel on the outside, horsehide on the inside), and one month later it shows up, hand made in Utah. This one has room for a 5Dii + 2 lenses, or an RF Kit, or my Rolleiflex plus all the accoutrements.








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because there are no perfect bag makers - or users ...
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Shopping bag, preferably free and local.
Mark my words, free and as next to perfect as you will find.
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Back Alley,

Did you know that you have started 52 threads that have the word bag or case in either the subject line or in the first sentence.

You found the perfect one in 2004, remember??
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...highlight=bags

All in good fun, I also am never happy with my camera bags...
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domke f2 i have for years, 2 rangefinders with 4 lenses.
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that's a rather foolish opinion.
There are no perfect cameras either ... No one camera is the best tool for all picture taking needs. Same for bags.
i agree...
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The domke 803 satchel is perfect for me.
always thinking about yourself frank...


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You are looking at this all wrong Joe as what you really need is someone to carry all your gear and pass it to you when needed, that leaves you free to concentrate on the creative process.
A sort of photo Sherpa :-)
i'd have to like people more to want one with me all the time...
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OK, I have just concluded this is one of the dumbest threads ever. The premise is silly.
i agree...



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PERFECT is an illusion.
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Back Alley,

Did you know that you have started 52 threads that have the word bag or case in either the subject line or in the first sentence.

You found the perfect one in 2004, remember??
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...highlight=bags

All in good fun, I also am never happy with my camera bags...
i think you should be my personal researcher/biographer...but first, there are no capitals in my name...
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Why a bag at all ? Neck strap works perfectly ...
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I'm starting to think it's hard to beat the good old Billingham Hadley - quality materials, big enough for two cameras (even a MF camera!) but not excessively large, the button latches beat the crap out of velcro.
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This is it.
It holds everything and anything.
The perfect bag.

I almost forgot: unlike most bags, this one frequently comes with a camera already inside. Let's see Billingham, Crumpler, Lowe, Tenba, Domke, Fogg et al try to match that.
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As a slight ( but related ) divergence: when I was a young one and used to play Dungeons and Dragons, there was a magic item called the "bag of holding". It was just a small pouch, but it could magically fit a ton of things in it, and it never got heavy! The perfect camera bag, perhaps.
You're wanting this, then.

I've been using it with a Crumpler insert. My favorite bag is the Chrome Niko, but its big downfall is a lack of ipad/netbook compartment. For a small day bag, it's awesome. If you ride a bike with your camera, it's awesome.

But for schlepping to work, I use the Bag of Holding.
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What's wrong with me? I've had the Hadley Pro for almost five years now - it's still the perfect bag for the rangefinder kit.

An old pic:

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I spend more time trying to figure out how I can make do without a bag.

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I have no end of problems with bags, when I want to go out with my MAmiya it is too big to fit in the Domke style satchel. Otherwise I can take out all I want to use in an 802 and the pockets on it work out really well. All I really need is a deeper version of the same bag but it only needs to be about 2 inches deeper if that. I have been through no end of types of bag and have found that I prefer the satchel style to work from or a form of messenger bag, but so many of the inserts are over thick in their padding. I detest crumplers as the padding just seems way too thick, but I know I will never find the right bag
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3 camera systems, have 8 different bags (12 if you count old no longer used ones). So yes, something is awry with camera bag manufacturers. But you have to admit, they do know how to take your money and keep you going back for more
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This is all a bit strange!

I have two lowepro bags that I bought about five years ago ... a hiking backpack and one that hangs off a shoulder ... both with a bit of re-arranging of the partitions will carry most systems ... 35mm or MF!

I also have a domke f5-xb that I bought about three years ago ... a seriously good little bag IMO.

Anything more than this would be insanity ... what's wrong with you people?
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