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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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Domke FA-230 Insert

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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
UPC: 750062003487
Material Nylon
Attachment Method Touch fastener
Exterior Dimensions 3.0 x 11 x 8.0" (7.62 x 27.94 x 20.32cm) (WxDxH)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 9.7 x 2.6"
Domke FA-230 3-Compartment Insert - for Domke F-3X Super Compact, F-803 Satchel Bag or J3 Super Compact
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    3.4

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (15)
    • Good protection (13)
    • Durable (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Travel (12)
    • Daily transport (10)
    • Storage (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (20)

    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

     

    Mixed Feelings

    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...Read complete review

    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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    4.0

    A useful insert for a great bag

    By mynameisAirport

    from Roanoke, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Storage
        • Travel

        Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

        This insert fits nicely in to my Domke F-803. It holds the gear into place and I feel more comfortable with my accessories on the left and right side of the bag thanks to the added cushioning. My only complaint about the insert is the dividers are a little thin, but they are doing their job well. if you have a F-803, I would definitely get this immediately to replace the stock insert

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        • No

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        4.0

        I like

        By eirik

        from Oslo, Norway

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

            Use it in a Domke messeger bag. A bit to little, but no problem.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Completely Changes the Domke F803 Bag

            By Dr. Bubba

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reasonable price
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Thin Foam Padding

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Good For "nimble" Carry
            • Small Camera Systems
            • Travel

            Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

            The FA-230, while not as thickly padded as the default insert that comes with the Domke F-803 Satchel, completely changes the bag and, IMHO, should be the default bag insert. The FA-230, with its long and narrow profile, fits inside the F-803 satchel perfectly. Two adjustable dividers allow a wide variety of interior configurations that will work for just about any style of photography. If these adjustable dividers would allow for different vertical levels in addition to horizontal partitioning they'd be perfect ... but they don't. I'm knocking off a star because of this, and that the insert's cushioning foam is not as thick and dense as it should be. It's still OK, but thicker padding is generally better. Another cool feature of this insert is that it can be used in other messenger-style bags, converting them to carry photo gear yet allowing more general uses when desired. For the price I'm happy with my new FA-203 bag insert. It does what it was designed to do at a reasonable price. It ain't perfect, but then what is these days.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Narrow width is just what I needed

            By llr

            from Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Domke FA-230 Insert:

              I don't have a Domke bag but bought this insert for a narrow leather case I bought in Denmark.
              The new bag isn't a "camera bag" but is a good size for my Sony a6000 or NEX7 and a couple small Sony or Zeiss lenses.
              I like this bag as opposed to the Billingham Leica bag. The insert's narrow width gives my camera protection while carrying a bag that doesn't look to hold camera gear.

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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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                  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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                      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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                          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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                            • No

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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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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        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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                                                (1 of 5 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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                                                    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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