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Old 04-14-2014   #1
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50% off…another week!

millar fstop bags have extended their 50% off sale for another week…

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I couldn't help myself. Just ordered a Shibata and a Bandon.
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I couldn't help myself. Just ordered a Shibata and a Bandon.
2 bags!?
how decadent!!!
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wife. if I get one she gets one. Otherwise she takes mine.
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wife. if I get one she gets one. Otherwise she takes mine.
sweet deal...
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Nice bags!!
Good prices (especially with the 50% off) but the colours...well.. to each their own I guess

Still, good prices for good bags!

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I grabbed a blue Shibata. Maybe the tan would have been better. $40 for that little bag is pretty damn nice!
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yeah, the blue should be fine for us jeans wearers…but i am surprised there isn't a black option.
of course, we're lucky ikea doesn't make camera bags…imagine those colour combos!!
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I swore to myself that I would avoid your bag threads in that I have bags and more bags. Now I have one more. I've been looking for a bag for my 400mm/1DMKIII. Thanks for the heads-up. Picked up a midnight blue Bandon.
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I would have entertained this if one of your other bag threads didn't already get me this week (Ona Bowery).
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i sold my leather bowery…and i'm selling another bag locally today…i still have the canvas bowery and the bbb-e bag…the shibata is a luxury and i'm hoping that my 2 bodies/3 lenses fit nicely into it. i like that the insert is removable so i can use a domke lens insert and have my 2 bodies with lenses attached sitting on either side of the lens insert with lots of room to spare. less protection but the bag will sit against my side nicely.
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I am now looking at other bags because of this thread. Don't need any other bags but like cameras (and Joe knows), there is no perfect bag. Geez... I really don't need to be researching this stuff...

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http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/product...ile-sling.html

if only this were a quarter to half inch wider, you could put actual letter sized paper in it.
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I am now looking at other bags because of this thread. Don't need any other bags but like cameras (and Joe knows), there is no perfect bag. Geez... I really don't need to be researching this stuff...

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Thanks Joe. I think I'am going to finally upgrade my aging TT retrospective 20 with a Shibata
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Thanks Joe. I think I'am going to finally upgrade my aging TT retrospective 20 with a Shibata
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Just bought the Bandon. Thanks Joe.
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Just bought the Bandon. Thanks Joe.
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Old 04-15-2014   #19
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I guess this is my excuse to replace that backpack (not designed for cameras) that I never really liked carrying on short trips. Always thought a sling would be more convenient anyway.

Thought I'd be able to wait at least a year after having bought 2 Billinghams.
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I wish the Mountain backpacks were 50% off as well.

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Fstop backpacks are excellent quality. I use one when I am traveling.

Have not tried there small bags.

Great offer except you have to be a member of Facebook to get the discount.

Thats to bad since joining Facebook is not going to happen.
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Fstop backpacks are excellent quality. I use one when I am traveling.

Have not tried there small bags.

Great offer except you have to be a member of Facebook to get the discount.

Thats to bad since joining Facebook is not going to happen.
i don't think that's the case…go to their website and use the code...
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i don't think that's the case…go to their website and use the code...
Facebook has nothing to do with getting the deal. Just enter the code and hit update. The two that i ordered arrived today and look like they're going to work great. My wife got the Shibata and it holds two XE1 bodies with 18-55 and 55-200 lenses mounted and had space for her XF1 Happy Snap and Ipad.
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is the Bandon overly big?
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QUOTE=photo_fred;2332435]is the Bandon overly big?[/quote]

It's longer and taller than the Shibata but 1/2 inch narrower. I could easily get two X Pro 1 bodies and 10-24, 18-55 and 55-200 lenses in it.
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Perfect.I have the xpro1,xt-1 and the four excellent lenses and the billingham hadley large have is too big.
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thanks for the infor, I just placed an order for Bandon Silver Saga
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here's a side by side.
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Just got my Bandon today. Great great bag. Thanks again Joe
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still waiting on my bag…tracking shows it's not even in canada yet!
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Old 04-20-2014   #31
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I wound up ordering a second Shibata for myself. My wife got the first. I checked it out and all three of the Merrill cameras plus batteries will easily fit. The weight and overall size is much better than the Domke bag that I've been using.
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I like the look of the District 13 and 15, as I'm more of a messenger kind of guy. I also recently looked at the newer Tenba messengers, as my Tenba "small" now seems huge.
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the bag arrived today…nice bag but not gonna do what i wanted it to do…need to play with it and see how i can arrange things…another few inches and it would have met the need!
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No good for us Brits!
With the tax and shipping the bags quickly match the original price.
Its a shame the rucksack looked like exactly what I want for small amount of 54 gear.
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No good for us Brits!
With the tax and shipping the bags quickly match the original price.
Its a shame the rucksack looked like exactly what I want for small amount of 54 gear.
You can get them from this source but at the usual UK mark up.

http://rigu.co.uk/shibata-dslr-bag-fstop-olive
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You can get them from this source but at the usual UK mark up.

http://rigu.co.uk/shibata-dslr-bag-fstop-olive
Rigu is the place I got mine from. Andrew the owner is a nice guy. Offers a speedy and friendly service. Rigu is also on FB.

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the bag arrived today…nice bag but not gonna do what i wanted it to do…need to play with it and see how i can arrange things…another few inches and it would have met the need!
Sorry to hear that Joe. Been out today with mine. Only carried Xpro, two lenses and Sony RX100 plus batteries and cards and odd bits. Was okay but as with most bags it does seem boxy, especially when compared to the Bare Bones Bags. It's the inserts that make them so boxy. The BBB just has dividers which I think is better.

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The 50% off still works. Just ordered the Shibata .
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My Shibata landed last week. Was a bit underwhelmed at first. The bag I got looked a bit shelf worn and squished in it's plastic wrapping.
Once unpackaged and loaded with Xpro w/35 mount plus 18 and 60mm. Plus Rolleiflex in another divider. It looks full but is quite comfortable holding it all.
I wanted smaller a bag for a Rollei and RF or X series kit. This one does nicely.
Now about those colors. The blue is just ok. Wishing for a basic black in this Shibata design.
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Sorry to hear that Joe. Been out today with mine. Only carried Xpro, two lenses and Sony RX100 plus batteries and cards and odd bits. Was okay but as with most bags it does seem boxy, especially when compared to the Bare Bones Bags. It's the inserts that make them so boxy. The BBB just has dividers which I think is better.

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it might work if i use the original fuji hoods and not the screw in aftermarket ones…
the bbb-e bag i have is showing it's age…the velcro is not sticking as well and the inside liner is wearing thin…and the strap is fraying…
i like the shibata, very comfortable to wear, very lightweight and the liner/insert seems well padded but not too thick…just a couple of more inches and it could be perfect! i'm tempted to try it w/o the liner as well...
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