Domke F-803 Satchel | Fujifilm Branded

September 22, 2016  •  1 Comment

Fujifilm X-Pro II 12X18 PrintFujifilm X-Pro II 12X18 PrintLeigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca


I'm ashamed to say that this is my first BLOG post in awhile...in truth it's been sparse over the Summer because I've been busier and it just hasn't seemed to slow down much as compared to more recent years. We are about 3/4's of the way through wedding & engagement season and I've got four more on the calendar before the holidays heat up.

On this return trip home I found a box waiting for me with this snazzy bag inside, a gift from Fujifilm North America to it's roster of X-Photographers. Who doesn't like nice gifts...

When it comes to camera bags I've got mixed emotions. I've tried so many over the years and nothing has really worked out satisfactorily. I've even had designs on making my own bag to temper the frustration. When it boils down to it, there is no perfect bag and even my daily driver (Tamrac Sling) which is about 10 years old, barely cuts it. Speaking of cuts, it does that to my hands nearly each time I reach in to grab a camera or lens thanks to the stiff edges of the compartment velcro strips. The other bag, a Lowepro Fastback (even older) is about to get tossed. It's ok but taking it anywhere makes me look like a very (old) college student. I tolerate them both as the best of a bad situation.

Form & Function...the two most important aspects of industrial design seems lost on bag companies. The good looking bags tend to suck functionally, and the function forward bags look ugly. Personally I would rather the thing work well enough and I'm willing to sacrifice looks....and get teased for it accordingly.

I'm not sure which category this bag fits into but it's not bad at all. I assume it's geared for those photographers who have smaller form factor cameras and maybe need to take along a spare lens or two. On the surface that sounds like me but when you start to add in speedlights, tablets etc. your right back to having a heavy bag...so I had to view it strictly as a light use bag: One camera and two lenses max. In that limited application, it works and looks good.

Domke F-803 SatchelDomke F-803 SatchelLeigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca A quick look at the bag online showed that you can customize the interior a bit, though it comes with that central divider shown here. It's nice and soft inside though so I'm not sure anything more is really necessary. I tend not to baby my gear.

Domke F-803 SatchelDomke F-803 SatchelLeigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca Lot's of nice little touches too...like this "If Found" tag. I'm pretty sure that if I lose this bag the finder will NOT be calling Domke/Tiffen. I like their style though and you never know, the one in a million honest person just might call.

Domke F-803 SatchelDomke F-803 SatchelLeigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca Nice little tag for identification/business cards...they do pay attention to detail.

Domke F-803 SatchelDomke F-803 SatchelLeigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca There can be zero doubt that you take your appearance seriously with statements like this.

Domke F-803 SatchelDomke F-803 SatchelLeigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

I think i'll use it as an event/social function bag. Usually I only bring one camera and lens, or my X70 compact. This will allow me a little flexibility to add some more key items without looking as though I'm "working" or travelling cross country by bus.

Alright...here is the best part.

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca They ship it with a can of wax, again...I assume it's because you take your appearance really seriously. Keep that bag looking snazzy!

 


Comments

1.RogerB(non-registered)
A little late to this party :-) . I've been using the Domke J803 bag for nearly 15 years. It's been all over the world toting Nikon F5's and a big gp zoom to Ricoh GR and now my X-Pro2 and a couple of select lenses.

It is a great sized bag and in my favorite single width for street carry. I like the fact that when you grab a fistful of bag that's exactly what you get, a fistful of bag - not a fistful of padding and stiffener and other stuff that makes getting that bag out of where it shouldn't be into a space that is close and comfortable. The bag is also the exact size to sit comfortably in the bottom of my favorite day pack. That means I can, with neoprene sleeves, pack the 803 to the gills for transport inside any duty daypack and have two separate kinds of portability when I get to my destination. I can down/up load either as needed.

I'd like to have the Fuji/Domke version, but right now the ballistic nylon bag J803 is still going strong and on it's third strap. The one nice thing about the J series over the canvas series is that the J-bag strap is removable via strong metal "snap" clips. This means it's very easy to separate the strap and wrap it about a table-leg/chair-back or other object for a little extra guarding when you decide to sit down for a breather (or get absorbed in taking a photo) and a bit of distraction may come to fore

Happy you have a chance to experience and evaluate this mundane looking satchel. It is one of my most functional camera bags and a companion to other equipment bags.
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