What the pros are wearing this - and every - season! We asked what qualities they looked for in tough utility clothing and they told us. Here are all the features they wanted in one great vest.
The functionality of this vest is just what I was hoping for. Plenty of pockets, comfortable, durable and ventilated. Haven't found any negatives as yet.
This is my second one of these photo vests in the last 10 years. Works hard and has plenty of useful pockets.
First, let me say that ALL vests are too warm for me in hot weather. In hot weather I switch to a harness system. But for cool weather or inside say a convention center, it works great. This vest does have mesh in certain areas for ventilation which helps too. There are lots of pockets for easy access to all of your equipment. Construction is good, very well made. As far as vests go, this one is a winner.
Great vest, however, it's a size or two too big compared to what you would normally wear.
There is room for all of my equipment, but the best feature is the ease of access for any item. Add a carrying strap for your tripod and you are set.
Pros: The vest is very well made and good protection for your lenses and camera accessories. Very light weight and very workable pockets that can be secured to prevent accidental fall out. Cons: 4 of the top photograhy suppliers in America handles this vest, has Black or Khaki available but that is not true. There could be old stock somewhere available but Khaki couldn't find it. The Tiffen.com is the broker for Domke Photogs Vest and they have the true factory specs and description on their website. They list a Black and a Olive/Grey vest available that Domke makes and a Khaki is not listed. Beware that Khaki may be diffent in different companys' descriptions. Their may be a true Khaki specially made for some companies but I have not located one. I return my original vest order and talked a very nice lady by email and explain I didn't order an Olive/grey color but a Khaki listed on the order sheet and vest tag. Two weeks later I received my new vest and was excited to receive a Khaki color but with disappointment the Khaki was another olive/grey color. I think the labels and advertising should have a true Khaki color available and not sub another color in place if that's the case. It would be nice to know why this is an issue and it could be corrected. This is still a great company to do business with and this is only issue I've ever had.
I use this vest whenever I'm out, holds everything I need, lenses, remotes, filters, etc. No need to haul my bag, frees my hands up to enjoy the hike or whatever type of shoot I'm on. Also can carry a tripod with it.
There are cheaper options than a real Domke but you will pay for it in the long run. Just a very well made product.