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DomkeF-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily accessible equipment (12)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Comfortable (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Well padded (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (9)
  • Transporting gear (8)
  • Protecting gear (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple is best!

Simple is best! This bag is wonderful and can contain a deceptively high amount of gear (I carry 2 Nikon bodies, 3-4 lenses, flash, cleaning equipment, filters and wipes) in...Read complete review

Simple is best! This bag is wonderful and can contain a deceptively high amount of gear (I carry 2 Nikon bodies, 3-4 lenses, flash, cleaning equipment, filters and wipes) in a relatively small form factor. Part of the reason, is that the bag is designed differently than the typical overly padded camera bag (my previous bag was a Tamrac). I also like the fact that the bag doesn't scream "I am a camera bag with expensive equipment inside" to observers, and could easily be viewed as a standard bag. The steel latches on my bag are also very secure and discourage any would-be pickpockets. I prefer the very rugged ballistic nylon to the canvas versions, but I am sure either choice will probably suit you. If you carry a lot of gear, be sure to purchase the shoulder pad as well. Highly recommended!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good - but........

I have had my F-2 for a couple of years - it has travelled worldwide with me. After constant use the nylon is beginning to fray. The velcro closures are pulling the ballistic...Read complete review

I have had my F-2 for a couple of years - it has travelled worldwide with me. After constant use the nylon is beginning to fray. The velcro closures are pulling the ballistic nylon and creating "bird nests" all over the front of the bag. On the back, where it would come in contact with my hip, it is also fraying. I have gently trimmed back the fraying, but it is recurring at a fast pace. I will retire the bag this week. I will buy another Domke - just in canvas like my originals, which are still in great shape and constant use after 26 years. For those of you asking - I did contact Domke/Tiffen. after two e-mails and having sent requested photos of the damages, they will not return my contacts. So much for standing behind their product.

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3.0

Good - but........

By wilsonphoto

from Orlando, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment

Cons

  • Poor Ballistic Nylon

Best Uses

  • Daily Usage
  • Protecting Gear
  • Transporting Gear

Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

I have had my F-2 for a couple of years - it has travelled worldwide with me. After constant use the nylon is beginning to fray. The velcro closures are pulling the ballistic nylon and creating "bird nests" all over the front of the bag. On the back, where it would come in contact with my hip, it is also fraying. I have gently trimmed back the fraying, but it is recurring at a fast pace. I will retire the bag this week. I will buy another Domke - just in canvas like my originals, which are still in great shape and constant use after 26 years. For those of you asking - I did contact Domke/Tiffen. after two e-mails and having sent requested photos of the damages, they will not return my contacts. So much for standing behind their product.

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  • No

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5.0

Fantastic

By Miami Portrait

from Miami, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

    Good looking, not bulky at all, durable and easy to carry.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    My "man purse"

    By Lenscapes

    from Oahu, Hawaii

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

      This sturdy, durable, and good looking camera bag has served me well, my last bag lasted at least 7 years, that's 7 years of almost everyday use. I carry my camera nearly all the time! I am a photography teacher in school and therefore take my gear with me to classes..it also goes on Scout troop hikes and camping, service projects, our kids' sport and performance events and yes even to church on Sundays.
      It also serves to carry my wallet, calendar, checkbook, pens, notepaper, firstaid kit, kleenex, aspirin, keys...you get the picture.
      To fit 6-10 lenses may be pushing it, but it is an efficient system geared toward easy access and adequate equipment protection. The only drawback for me is that the gripper shoulder strap wears out too quickly. I would not deviate from purchasing this bag again and again.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love this bag.

      By T-bone

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Protecting Gear

        Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

        I love this bag. I have been us Domke F-2 bags for almost 30 years. My current F-2 in black canvas finally got so beaten up that it did not look professional, unless you were another hard-working photographer.

        The F-2 bag is a work horse and just holds a ton of stuff. I currently have it filled with a camera body, 5 lenses, a teleconverter, Quantum battery, flash unit, my Hoodloup, dust rocket, memory card holders, spare batteries, cables, and other incidentals.

        Features of the this new nylon bag that I really like are that is is a little stiffer and stands up better. Also, the compartment under the main flap is no mesh so you can see what is inside. And lastly, the 4-compartment padded unit that holds your lenses has adjustable velcro dividers which is great since all lenses are not the same size.

        Wish I had bought this sooner.

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        5.0

        great bag

        By mr.john

        from new jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

          Domke is a shooters bag. last for ever. When it gets beat up looking no one thinks you have expensive camera equipment inside the bag.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Bag but

          By ThomY

          from Bethlehem, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

            I have enough camera bags to get my wife PIS*** off when I buy another & this one replaces a F10 bag. I use 2 Nikon DSLRs with battery packs & when trying to place the camera with a 90mm Macro it got cramped in the bag, putting both cameras in the bag along with flashes & other necessary stuff would be impossible. I usually carry one camera around my neck so this is not a problem but saying this bag will carry 2 large DSLRs with zoom lens is a stretch. BUT I do like this bag over all the other bags I have.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Light weight

            By Saint-Loup-de-Varennes

            from japan

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

              Robustness of the Ballistic nylon is good.
              Two camera bodies.
              Four lenses.
              580EX.
              In addition, I can receive accessories.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Bag

              By Orange

              from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction
              • Well Padded

              Cons

              • Not Enough Pockets

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage

              Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

              Currently using the bag to fit;
              Canon G11
              Mamiya 6, 50mm and a 75mm lens.
              Light Meter
              Filters
              Film and other misc items.
              Can easily fit in a pro Canon kit, having used it to carry a 1d MarkIII too, with a 24-70 L and 16-35 L.

              Brilliant for people on the move who want a bag that doesn't scream look at me and yet still fit ridiculous amounts of equipment.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid workhorse

              By Gene

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor Padding

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage

              Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

              Use it all the time, it's almost perfect. When you get it's very rigid and overtime it adjusts to your wear and tear. I really like the simple layout of it! My only problem with is the clips that hold the cover. When you close it, the clips can get inside flip inside the bag and come in contact with lenses (which at the weddings are generally exposed) I think a cover of sorts would be great.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simple is best!

              By RRS

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Stealthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Usage
                • Protecting Gear

                Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

                Simple is best! This bag is wonderful and can contain a deceptively high amount of gear (I carry 2 Nikon bodies, 3-4 lenses, flash, cleaning equipment, filters and wipes) in a relatively small form factor. Part of the reason, is that the bag is designed differently than the typical overly padded camera bag (my previous bag was a Tamrac). I also like the fact that the bag doesn't scream "I am a camera bag with expensive equipment inside" to observers, and could easily be viewed as a standard bag. The steel latches on my bag are also very secure and discourage any would-be pickpockets. I prefer the very rugged ballistic nylon to the canvas versions, but I am sure either choice will probably suit you. If you carry a lot of gear, be sure to purchase the shoulder pad as well. Highly recommended!

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent

                By Nikon May

                from Jackson Tennessee

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                • Not Enough Pockets

                Best Uses

                • Daily Usage

                Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

                General Photography

                Easy to use, not "over featured"

                So far, no regrets....

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                As expected

                By Nedim IMRE

                from Marseille, France

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                • Plastic buckles

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

                I realy love this bag.
                I think I'll enjoy it for a long time.
                The only problem is that the buckles are in plastic (Mekko's one are metalic.....)
                But a very good bag.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Don't judge a book by it's covers

                By Hortwizer

                from Singapore

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Low-Profile
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                • Weight

                Best Uses

                • Carrying delicate equipme
                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Domke F-2B Original Ballistic Shoulder Bag:

                It's great for stuffing loads and loads of equipment though it look small from the outside. Durable and usable in any type of weather, it puts your mind at ease when carrying your equipemnt. It's really one of the best camera bag i've own.

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