Domke Announces New Rugged Bags and Gear
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• DOMKE Classic RuggedWear Shooter's Bag
• The bag that started it all. Jim Domke had the first one custom made for his own use in 1976, and the F-2 is still one of the most popular Domke Bags today. Designed so that the photographer could get at equipment instantly, without having to take the bag from their shoulder.
• Like your favorite pair of jeans, Domke bags get better with age and with the new Domke RuggedWear collection you don't have to wait. The fabric produces a unique distressed and weathered look right from the start.
• The RuggedWear classic bags feature high-quality, weather-tough, durable cotton canvas that is treated with special non-solvent, environmentally friendly waxes to afford the fabric a lifelong resistance to inclement weather. The special formula allows the fabric to breathe while the waxes produce a unique, timeless, weathered, distressed patina finish. By using the included refinishing wax, bags can be restored to its original finish quickly and easily.
The Domke F-2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Domke F-2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Domke F-2: Easily loaded equipment, Lightweight, Seals easily and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
A good but slightly overpriced bag
Domke makes great, basic bags. No lensgates, digital wallets or all-weather hoods, just a simple bag with a simple insert. This bag actually feels lighter and is definitely softer than a regular F2. The color is a much better shade than the doo-doo colored chocolate bag, and I suspect it will fade fairly well, as do all Domke bags that aren't ballistic. The strap is a newer design with 2 clips instead of 1... don't know why yet. Still don't know about the ointment that comes with it... haven'...View full Review
Domke makes great, basic bags. No lensgates, digital wallets or all-weather hoods, just a simple bag with a simple insert. This bag actually feels lighter and is definitely softer than a regular F2. The color is a much better shade than the doo-doo colored chocolate bag, and I suspect it will fade fairly well, as do all Domke bags that aren't ballistic. The strap is a newer design with 2 clips instead of 1... don't know why yet. Still don't know about the ointment that comes with it... haven't used it enough. Went on a wedding with it, and though the "wax" rubs off and makes the bag feel like it has some dirt on it, there were no effects on my clothes.
Most Liked Negative Review
I kinda feel bad for trashing this bag - because I really wanted to like it. I have quite a few other bags, and my main concern about Domke's were that they seemed to offer very poor protection of your gear in real-life use. They looked flimsy and poorly padded etc. But then again, after reading the other raving review after another - I figured I'd might just give it a go. So, first off - it looks great, no denying that. The waxwear coating and general style of the bag is simply very cool ind...View full Review
I kinda feel bad for trashing this bag - because I really wanted to like it. I have quite a few other bags, and my main concern about Domke's were that they seemed to offer very poor protection of your gear in real-life use. They looked flimsy and poorly padded etc. But then again, after reading the other raving review after another - I figured I'd might just give it a go. So, first off - it looks great, no denying that. The waxwear coating and general style of the bag is simply very cool indeed. Unfortunately, my good experience with this bag ends here... The cons ---> Poorly padded. The inside sides of the bag offer no padding at all - just thin canvas. I'll take Domke's word on that it's rainproof, but that's about it. I took this bag to an outside job, and it was very icey - and let me tell you, I've never been so concerned about my feet slipping on the ice, ever. If that bag had fallen onto the ground if my feet slipped, I can't imagine what probably would have happened to the 85mm 1,2 and 50 mm 1.2 that was inside - espicially if it hit the ground at one of the less padded sides. Also, the bottom-padding seems pretty weak. I mean, I have read about people bringing this to the Sahara - but now I'm just starting to think that's just an urban legend, hehe. Even with the flap locked as tight as I can, I wouldn't even consider bringing expensive gear in this to a beach-shot for example. As for the "padded" insert - what is up with not being able to even SLIGHTY customize the interior? Your only option is to move the padded insert left or right - in my case, I just pushed it to one side so I could have my camera beside it, while having 2 flashes and 2 lenses in the insert. This also resulted in that the only thing between the icy pavement and my camera was a few mm's of canvas. I'm giving this 2 stars, and in despite of shallow that sounds - it's only because of the good looks ^^ Unless you only plan on using this in the park on sunny days, or weddings(if the weather isn't too bad)- I would recommend staying clear of this one. I'm not gonna upgrade my insurance to the "Idiot-proof"-plan, just to be able to use this on work-assignments. Adorama has loads of other great bags, and I will be buying another one in roughly the same size, since I miss a medium sized bag. Alex
Reviewed by 39 customers
Own the little smaller bag, but needed a little more space. Just what I needed. Fits great, feels great. Not for fashion victims.
First of all, my dad bought this bag when they first came on the market in the late 70's. I am still using the bag today. The only thing I have done is put a better strap on it, not that the old one was worn out though. In all this time there have been no rips, or tears or repairs needed in all that time. I've carried the bag with me from places like Panama, to Bosnia and Iraq as well as all over Europe. Right now I have a Nikon D-2H, A D-5100 body, five lenses, a Nikon SB 6-000 flash and assorted filters, batteries and a right angle finder and remote for the D-2H in it. I also carry the Kodak Pro Photographers guide, cleaning stuff, cords etc in the zippered pocket on the top. The only regret is that I can't carry a Sunpak 522 or similar flash in it easily.
Bought this version to replace my 18 year old beige F-2.
With three Pelican cases and three different sizes of LowePro Stealth Camera bags I was wondering if I really needed another bag. But the Domke F2 kept calling my name and I recently answered its call. We hit it off together immediately. Initially I was a bit peeved at the minimum padding. Four small "slots" for two bodies, three lenses and a few flash units?? Really??? But then I realized that this quality bag with great looks wasn't a heavy hauler. She was a sports car. An Italian model with smooth lines, soft skin and awesome looks. She wasn't meant to do the heavy lifting, she was there to look good. Carry your cameras around your neck at the ready and have an awesome light and great looking bag that holds just the few extra accessories that you might need at your side. Our relationship got even better as I moved the insert to the side and tossed in another holster style bag with he top cut off. Now my baby has padding all around and we go everywhere together. Now if TrekPak would jump on the Domke F2 bandwagon and would make an insert for it life would be complete.
Some like the Domke bag, some don't. If you do, and you sometimes get caught in rain or snow, consider upgrading to this model. It sheds even heavy rain completely -- I know! Sand and dirt brush off easily, too. If you shoot in the woods and fields you won't worry so much about having to set the bag on the ground. I'm less inclined to stay home when there's a chance of rain now, a common occurrence in Florida in summer. And I have a few hundred photos of ominous skies to prove it!
Quite easily can you fit the following: 60D + grip w/ 30mm 1.4 Sigma attached, 580EXII (or two), 11-16 2.8 Tokina, 150mm/2.8 Sigma Macro + 2x teleconverter, 5 batteries, my cleaning goodies, my filter pack, and a standard size book in the back pocket. It's a wonderful bag and I'm only looking to upgrade to find something to also carry my laptop at the same time!
I've owned ten Domke bags of various sizes over the years and the "rugged wear" bag is one of the best. The F-2 bags have always allowed me to get so much gear into just a single bag and they are so versatile in that respect. Another winner.
I usually use a small sling bag when out and about and store my lenses, flash, etc in the Domke. I take the Domke with me when I know I want to take more gear. I can carry quite a bit in this bag.
This was a gift. It holds everything I need for a day of shooting. It's comfortable and wears well.
I really like this bag, it looks great and it does the job well. I have seen other reviews on this product, and one of the complaints was that there wasnt enough padding, no problem, just buy some padding and insert it your self.l
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