About Domke F-803

This smallest of Domke Satchels has gained a large following among photographers who don't want to call attention to their expensive equipment. Many describe the F-803 as a bag that doesn't shout "cameras!".

One reason why the Domke F-803 is popular is because of its Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (15),Strong construction (8),Comfortable strap (6),Good protection (5),Well padded (4),Comfortable (3)
Best Uses:
Transporting gear (7),Travel (7),Daily transport (6),Protecting gear (4),Daily usage (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (5),Photo enthusiast (5)

Domke F-803 Features

  • Seven compartments and pockets.
  • Includes movable/removable one compartment Padded Insert.
  • Full-length Velcro strips inside main compartment accept additional Padded Inserts, sold separately.
  • Padded side walls and bottom protect equipment.
  • Adjustable Gripper Shoulder Strap runs completely around the Satchel.

Domke F-803 Specifications

Internal Dimensions
Main compartment 13L x 4W x 9"D.
Weight
1 lb. 15 oz.
Material
Canvas
Capacity
2 or 3 cameras, 1 or 2 extra lenses, and accessories. Also great for business and travel necessities
Colors Available
Black, Navy, Sand, olive Green, Emerald

Domke F-803 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extremely satisfied

I needed something like this for my traveling needs. Although this bag is bit small for storing gear but its your best companion when you are on the move and you want to access your gear swiftly. i have not broken anything in this bag and of this bag.... using it for little less than a year, took it to camping, hiking, traveled to vegas, houston, pheonix and several towns in upstate ny. This bag quickly became my best friend.

Reviewed by 18 customers

 
5.0

Not only for mirrorless cameras...

By

from Bronx, NY  -  Casual Dresser

I was looking around for something a bit more better looking in a camera bag. I do like the look and feel of canvas bags as opposed to the nylon bags. I stumbled upon the "wax wear" bags from domke. I loved the look of them and went to the store and fell in love with the finish even more. I love the "worn" look and as reviews have stated, I look forward to using the bag regularly to get a more work look. The size was perfect...I am not the biggest person so the smaller messenger style is a great fit. I have read many reviews stating that these bags are perfect for the smaller DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. I wanted something to fit my 5DIII with attached lens plus another lens and maybe a flash. I found a perfect fit in this bag. Though at first glance the bag seems a bit small, a lot of gear can fit in it. I have attached a few photos of the equipment I was able to fit. To capacity I was able to fit: 5DIII w/ 24-70mm attached, 300mm f/4, Sigma 50mm 1.4, 430exII flash, 580ex Flash, rocket blower, extra battery, memory cards and filters. Though I was able to fit all of this and still was able to close the clasp, I do not think it is very practical to carry all of this as the bag gets bulky, therefore defeating the purpose which most people get it for...its size (3.5" width). Comfortably, I would say 5DIII w/ lens attached and a 70-200mm (both the 70-200 f/4 or the 300mm f/4 fit fine in the included insert). Also a flash 430ex-sized and other smaller necessities such as memory cards, battery, rocket blower, and cleaning cloths. With all of these, the bag will not exceed its normal dimensions of 14x10x3.5" by much. I look forward to many trips with this bag. I must advise that only one insert is included. The rest of the bag is a coated canvas material so there isn't much padding for anything outside of that insert. If your bag gets knocked around, all of the equipment that isn't in an insert will feel it. I know that Domke has a three-part insert that sells separately for about $25 which I may consider. One thing I cannot comment on is the complaints I have read in other reviews that the wax wear finish rubs off. So far..so good. I will update my review if necessary after I re-apply the wax, which was provided by Domke in a small can. Overall this is solid minimal bag for most camera. The only type of camera I absolutely would not recommend for this bag would be full sized camera such as the 1Dx or full sized DSLRs with grips attached. I feel that though they would fit, it would defeat the purpose of the bag.

 
5.0

Terrific Bag

By

from Doylestown Pa  -  Casual Dresser

Perfect for my Sony nex-6 and an extra lens plus spare batteries ,a charger and my iPad Looks great and does not advertise "camera" Have not tried to use it with my D7000 with a grip. Have added the Domke insert which provides additional padding Great purchase

 
4.0

right on.

By

from Grosse Pointe, MI  -  Photo Enthusiast

Unobtrusive, right size, well made and easy to use

 
5.0

Great bag. Adorama was spot on!

By

from Tucson AZ.  -  Casual Photographer

Holds all I need to travel with, and it looks good. Hard to tell that it's a camera bag which is the look I was after.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Small discreet but not practical.

By

from Los Angeles  -  Pro Photographer

Nice bag but not practical when carrying expensive gear around. Padding is insufficient which is why this bag is light weight. The snap in the front to open the bag is a pain when I need to get to my camera quickly. I also find that the wax cause smudges to my gear and made it a pain to have to wipe it off every time I take my camera out of the bag. Many Leica shooters would tell you that this is the bag but if you are going to have such an expensive camera, wouldn't you want to protect it with a bag that is well padded?

 
4.0

Compact carrier

By

from Wisconsin  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very compact product, rugged construction and can hold Rebel camera, three lenses, flash and some small accessories.

 
5.0

Convenient size and shape

By

from Reno, NV  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've had this bag now for about 12 years and carry it frequently. It has held up well. The canvas is comfortable to the touch, and even when the color wears, the patina makes it age gracefully. The clasp is secure and makes it difficult for pickpockets to open, yet users can open it quickly. The 3 sections I have hold a Minolta CLE rangefinder (but would work fine for a Leica or Zeiss rangefinder) and I have the 28 and 90 mm lenses in another section, and a very large flash in the third section. The pocket on the back can hold one magazine. The two pockets on the front have flaps and can carry different accessories, and two smaller flat pockets on the main flap can hold very flat accessories. It's well-designed, well-made, and a bargain at the price. I was lucky enough to have purchased the Emerald Edition, in green, with brown leather trim around the edges. Although the color has been discontinued, the new bags have exactly the same design (minus the leather trim).

 
5.0

Great for digital gear-M9 Leica and Sony

By

from Dawsonville, Ga.  -  Pro Photographer

Can fit an M9 with 3 lenses, a Sony HDR- TG5V video camera, a spare FLIP, extra batteries, cleaning rags, flashlight, SD cards and holder, everything I need on the road- light weight- comfortable AND a cased ipad fits in the back slot- In heaven with this bag!!

 
5.0

Great Day Bag

By

from Pasadena, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great bag for a daily trip. It easily accommodates my D90, a 200mm zoom lens, and another lens as well. It's very inconspicuous and looks more like a small, canvas attache. It's exactly what I was looking for.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Domke Rules

By

from Redwood City, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

the most inconspicuous bag you can carry - while in Rome on a business trip it carried a calculator, note pad for meetings and a Contax G2 with 3 lenses, flash and film. It didn't look any different than the satchels everyone else was carrying - just perfect.

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