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Domke FA-230 3-Compartment Insert - for Domke F-3X Super Compact, F-803 Satchel Bag or J3 Super Compact

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The Domke FA-230 3-Compartment Insert is part of the Padded Insert System that is designed to organize and protect imaging gear. This insert is a complete, self-contained storage component with walls that are sewn to the bottom so items won't stray. You can move or remove any insert without having to empty it first.

This insert is designed to hold and carry safely a camera, lens and flash.

Nylon, padded insert designed to hold film or digital equipment.
Insert is a complete, self-contained storage component.
Walls are sewn to the bottom so items won't stray.
Compatible with Domke F-3X Super Compact, F-803 Satchel and J3 Super Compact bags
Material Nylon
Attachment Method Touch fastener
Exterior Dimensions 3.0 x 11 x 8.0" (7.62 x 27.94 x 20.32cm) (WxDxH)
Domke FA-230 3-Compartment Insert - for Domke F-3X Super Compact, F-803 Satchel Bag or J3 Super Compact
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    DomkeFA-230 Insert
     
    3.3

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good protection (13)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Durable (7)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

    • Inadequate protection (5)
    • Too small (4)

    Best Uses

    • Daily transport (10)
    • Travel (9)
    • Storage (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Almost right

    I bought this to carry my gear in a smaller compartment of an old backpack (specifically, the middle compartment of the North Face Yavapai bag).

    It's a very tight...Read complete review

    I bought this to carry my gear in a smaller compartment of an old backpack (specifically, the middle compartment of the North Face Yavapai bag).

    It's a very tight fit, but I can cram my external flash, 40D with mounted 17-50 2.8, and my 70-200 f4 in there. Unfortunately the compartments are just a little too narrow to accommodate the 70-200's hood, and the fact that the dividers are sewn in rather than velcroed is a huge con.

    In contrast, my gear fits comfortably into the Tenba Photo Insert, which has padded, movable dividers, but the insert is too wide for my backpack.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Well built, but poorly designed.

    It's simple....why would Domke not make the two inner dividers, a) Adjustable, b) allow the top few inches of them to flap down - (like every other divider...Read complete review

    It's simple....why would Domke not make the two inner dividers, a) Adjustable, b) allow the top few inches of them to flap down - (like every other divider made!). You should be able to drop your dslr cam + lens straight in to the middle hole - and have the two center dividers flap outward, allowing the body of the camera to rest on them. Instead, it just crushes the dividers, since they are sewn up to the top of the insert. Very poor design.

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    5.0

    New life for my F-803

    By Jan

    from Orillia, Ontario

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Protection
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Transport
      • Travel

      Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

      As a professional photographer for 20 years I own several (and only) Domke bags. My F-803 must be 15 years old, was a laptop bag, camera bag, document satchel...... Now I got into the micro 4/3 system, and have a Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a few lenses. Bought the FA-230 insert for my gear and was happy to see that the new insert has movable dividers. It fits my gear perfectly, the body with a prime attached in one compartment, extra lenses and flash in the other 2. With an iPad in the back of the F-803 and charger and extras in the front pockets, I have a complete reporter-equipment in a small bag, well protected and organized through the new FA-230 insert. Perfect!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Insert for Domke F-803

      By s2k2473

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Protection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Transport
        • Storage
        • Travel

        Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

        Good insert for use with the F-803. I use for a M 240 setup. Good construction and adequate padding.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Good Insert - adds protection

        By Oystercracker1

        from Bridgeton NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Protection
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Transport
          • Storage
          • Travel

          Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

          Got one to help protection to an old Domke bag and it does the job - not much more can be said about it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Works as hoped

          By Thomas

          from Newport, RI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Protection
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Transport

            Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

            I bought this to use as a removeable insert in a messenger bag/briefcase I alrady owned. Slips in with my bulky Canon G 1-x - instant camera bag. Plenty of room for all extras - flash - batteries - charger - cards as well.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for the F-803

            By Paul S.C.

            from Albany, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                I love this insert in my F-803 bag. It works well for organizing lenses and maybe a small camera body/lens. I normally use it for just lenses and film and carry the camera in my hand.

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                2.0

                Unlike Domke bag, insert made in China

                By JV

                from Atlanta GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • It Is Some Protection

                Cons

                • Inadequate Protection
                • Made In China
                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                I purchased a Domke Reporter's Bag specifically because I wanted a durable, good-looking bag that was made in the USA, which the bag is.

                I read the reviews and realized that this insert would be somewhat smaller than the bag interior, and I was okay with that. Unfortunately, this very thin insert is made in China, and feels like typical China quality - which is to say low quality.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect for a J-803

                By Manu

                from Montreal, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Protection
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Transport
                  • Storage
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                  Although designed for the F-803, this insert fits the Domke J-803 perfectly.
                  It doesn't use all the bag's space, so you'll still have room on the side. I use this extra-space for a slim bottle of water, or anything else.

                  It can hold a mirrorless system with three lenses easily and is well padded. The velcro on the sides will hold it in place in the bag and it comes with two separators, that also attach with velcro. It might not be as robust as a Crumpler insert, but it is less expensive, lighter and also a lot less bulky.

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                  5.0

                  Great Option for Domke F-803

                  By Brian in Oregon

                  from Wilsonville, OR

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Protection
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport

                    Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                    I use this with the Domke F-803. Works perfect together as a solution for a micro 4/3 system. Fits the Olympus OM-D E-M5, three lenses, and a flash.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Not a great fit for larger DSLRs

                    By Zack

                    from Lafayette, LA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Good Protection
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                        I configured the insert into 2 sections - 1 for the camera with an attached lens and the second for an additional lens. Getting my Canon Digital Rebel in and out is not as easy as I would like. It does fit, but does not slide right out quickly. This insert is great quality, but a better fit for lenses, flash or smaller accessories.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        ALmost fits

                        By Stormhalvorsen

                        from Oslo, Norway

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Protection
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Not Enough Pocket Room
                        • Too Small

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Transport
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                        Nice (kind of) insert which is supposed to fit my F-803 bag. It almost does. The insert is too small so you lose a bit of space. But yes, it does fit inside.

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                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Mixed Feelings

                        By Radagast

                        from Toronto, Canada

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                              I've used this insert for about a week now and still have mixed feelings about it. On the plus side it offers better protection than what I had before in the bag (which was nothing). The workmanship and quality are good, and the insert appears sturdy. On the down side, though, it's a somewhat awkward fit in my F-803 bag - it doesn't fit completely from side to side inside the bag, leaving roughly an inch or so of wasted space between the outside wall of the insert and the inside wall of the bag (each side). Getting a Canon 7D into my F-803 is now a very tight fit as the insert is small. The styrofoam walls of the insert (which now cause the front of the bag to bulge out making it kind of fat) and small size have turned my formerly spacious camera bag into a crammed experience. I have configured a two-section setup with the dividers and there is just barely enough room for my 7D in one section with a 70-300 telephoto upright in the second section. The insert would probably be fine, though, for smaller-size DSLRs. Time will tell if this insert will work out for me or not.

                              Also of note, the internal design is now different from what the product image depicts. The inside of the insert is now entirely padded and there are two removable divider panels with Velcro strips that attach to the walls of the insert so you can customize the interior: no more fixed or sewn-in-place dividers as all the product pictures on the Web depict. This is a huge improvement over the original version of this insert.

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                              • No

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                              3.0

                              typical insert

                              By sleeper

                              from Vancouver, BC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                    I bought this insert for Domke F-803 thinking I could divide the bag more evenly for my NEX-7 and several lenses.

                                    Pros - Just your typical insert.

                                    Cons - It comes with 2 dividers that go up and down the height of the insert. You can fold the dividers so that you can stack 2 lenses.

                                    I ended up using inserts from other bags I had.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Easy To Install

                                    By dougberryimages

                                    from Sedona Arizona

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Protection

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily Transport

                                      Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                      Quick to install, durable and great feel

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                                      • No

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                                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Flimsy.

                                      By Imbored

                                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Inadequate Protection

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                          This insert is clearly not worth the money. It is nothing more than cardboard and some cloth. This is totally unacceptable. If you are looking for inserts and are on a tight budget, try the Kata inserts (and bags). If you have more money to spend, grab a Billingham. I currently use one of their bags and the insert in it is incredible. It last forever!

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                                          • No

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Perfect fit for Domke F-802

                                          By birderlarry

                                          from The Greene County, NY

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Good Protection
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Perfect fit

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Daily Transport
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                            This insert fits my Domke F-802 better than other brand inserts. It is narrow enough, yet serves the intended purpose of keeping gear separated and protected. I'm using one divider, making it a 2-section insert, but this works with my 24-105 and large binocular in separate sections, leaving room outside the insert for a 60d with 100-400 attached.

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                                            • No

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                                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            1.0

                                            I will never buy this product again

                                            By Kamlesh Vaswani

                                            from Baltimore

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Inadequate Protection
                                            • Too Small

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                              way overpriced, not at all compatible with the F-802 satchel as advertised. Insufficient width resulting in lost space of atleast five inches.

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                                              • No

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                                              1.0

                                              not suitable for F-802, way over priced

                                              By Kamlesh

                                              from Baltimore

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Inadequate Protection
                                              • Too Small

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                                for use with F-802 the width is short by about five inches which results in wasted space, unless you have something that size not needing cushioning. I could have bought a regular sheet of half inch foam to stuff the front and back pockets of the satchel for much better results at a fraction of the cost.

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                                                • No

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                                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                1.0

                                                Well built, but poorly designed.

                                                By Pentaxian

                                                from NJ

                                                Pros

                                                • Strong Construction

                                                Cons

                                                • Poor Design

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                                  It's simple....why would Domke not make the two inner dividers, a) Adjustable, b) allow the top few inches of them to flap down - (like every other divider made!). You should be able to drop your dslr cam + lens straight in to the middle hole - and have the two center dividers flap outward, allowing the body of the camera to rest on them. Instead, it just crushes the dividers, since they are sewn up to the top of the insert. Very poor design.

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                                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  Almost right

                                                  By Alan the Reader

                                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                                  Verified Reviewer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Not adjustable
                                                    • Not Well Padded

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                                      I bought this to carry my gear in a smaller compartment of an old backpack (specifically, the middle compartment of the North Face Yavapai bag).

                                                      It's a very tight fit, but I can cram my external flash, 40D with mounted 17-50 2.8, and my 70-200 f4 in there. Unfortunately the compartments are just a little too narrow to accommodate the 70-200's hood, and the fact that the dividers are sewn in rather than velcroed is a huge con.

                                                      In contrast, my gear fits comfortably into the Tenba Photo Insert, which has padded, movable dividers, but the insert is too wide for my backpack.

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                                                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Functional quality

                                                      By Photograpphic Resolution LLC

                                                      from Baltimore, MD

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Comfortable Strap
                                                      • Every thing you need fits
                                                      • Gets better over time
                                                      • Good Protection
                                                      • Lightweight
                                                      • Low profile

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Active Shooting
                                                        • Daily Transport
                                                        • Travel

                                                        Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

                                                        I carry a 70-200 2.8, a wide angle f4 zoom, a 2.8 normal zoom, a teleconverter and a D300 W/battery pac in the maim section of FX2 my bag. Replacing the standard square four bay incert with the three bay rectangular insert allows all of that to fit and and be accessable. The Domke FX 2 bag is great. I can carry the three fast zooms and teleconver that give me coverage from the (full frame equivalant) 18 to 600 mm, a small spare body, SB 800 flash, monopod, spare batteris, memory, filters etc. If a had a bigger bag I would just carry more which is cumbersome, especially when you need to move fast. The bag is canvass but Which I find more functional and comfortable (with the "postmans" strap cushion) than the modern ballistic nylon bags. I carried my last one for ten years. Along with the advantages enumerated above, it developed a nice patena over the years. It looks salty, which is not a bad thing.

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