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DomkeF-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (69)
  • Comfortable (66)
  • Lightweight (65)
  • Easily accessible equipment (58)
  • Well padded (50)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (11)
  • Poor padding (5)
  • Hard to access equipment (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (62)
  • Transporting gear (35)
  • Protecting gear (34)
  • Travel (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

i am in love!

i am not a professional photographer. i'm a lazy but persistent amateur who hates to carry anything heavy or ugly and who wants immediate access to a camera and wallet and phone at the...Read complete review

i am not a professional photographer. i'm a lazy but persistent amateur who hates to carry anything heavy or ugly and who wants immediate access to a camera and wallet and phone at the same time. i also want a (non-camera) bag i can carry around in my regular life that will be durable enough for surviving nyc's lovely public transit and a high school classroom. i want these to be the same bag. yes, i want it all. fortunately, this bag has it all.

what's awesome: it's a perfect fit for my canon 60d with an 18-135mm kit lens. on the other side of the removable velcro divider (there are two, if you need them) i have a battery charger, a cord or two, my wallet (one of those big, dorky, fat ones),some lip balm and my keys. in the front pocket i can stash my phone, a moleskine notebook, a chocolate bar and a few pens. the double zipper on top makes it easy to get into and the fiercest velcro i've ever seen makes it a cinch to close in a hurry. the rubberized underside of the strap keeps if from sliding off my shoulder. this is a bigger deal than you'd think.

as others have mentioned, besides being sturdy and roomy for its size, this bag is more than sassy enough for my daily life and all my other bags and purses are lying in a forgotten pile in the closet these days. this is my bag for everything. and it's subtle. there's nothing about this bag that screams, "hey, you! i've got a camera in here!"

in addition, shipping is great. my husband works for a company that orders from b&h all the time. i was pleased to find that my puny single-item order was filled with the same care and speed as the giant orders for his company.

what's not awesome: are you kidding? everything about this bag is awesome. i'd love to have one of the larger ones and one of the smaller ones, just in case (hint, hint, friends and family). the bag is just really well made.

also, did i mention it's made in the u.s.? makes me feel like i'm doing my part to keep the economy going.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Smaller than expected

This is actually a nice looking photo bag. I got it only because I needed a small messenger kind of photo bag when I'm not shooting a job (which I have a Tenba P695...Read complete review

This is actually a nice looking photo bag. I got it only because I needed a small messenger kind of photo bag when I'm not shooting a job (which I have a Tenba P695 & 655 Pro Traveler). Basically I was looking for something that would hold 1 camera body with 1 lens, and maybe a flash. When the bag arrived, I immediately noticed that it's not big enough for my D2h, or my D200 with grip. I tried it with my D200 with 35mm-70mm f2.8 zoom lens and without the grip, it wouldn't fit vertically (body down with lens pointing upward). Also, it's a bid too small for men, kind of a female purse size. But the material being use is great, big heavy duty metal zipper and shoulder belt hook. Overall I would say it's still a good bag if you're looking for a small bag, because it's definitely not a medium size camera bag.

Expertise: Pro

Problems Encountered: Too small... I had to put my D200 with 35-70mm f2.8 lens side way to fit it in with bag, and it's not even a big lens. Definitely won't fit if you have camera bodies size such as D2h or d1 mark

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Tenba P695 & 655 Pro Traveler , D2h, D200, S5 pro, and tons of Nikon lens

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4.0

Solid

By Musa

from San Diego

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets

Best Uses

  • Daily Usage

Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

This is a great bag - sturdy and handsome. It is slightly small and not the kind of bag that I will grow into. It fits my gear perfectly now, but I know as my kit grows, I'll have to get another bag. I also tried on the Domke F6 which was a little bit too large for my needs. I use Canon 6D with 45-105 f4 and I've been carrying around my 40mm f2.8 pancake and some assorted filters, gorillapod, remote, chords...it all fits snug. I feel secure with this bag - weatherproofed and solid!

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5.0

Awsome

By mactight

from chicago il

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

    perfect bag for mirrorless camera, i like it a lot very comfortable and easy to carry. i like the style and the color.

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    5.0

    Not much changed

    By Sanford

    from Monterey, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Not Enough Pockets

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black):

    Except for a few minor design changes, seems to be identical to the F5XB I bought years ago, which is a good thing. Holds a mirrorless camera and two lenses.

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    5.0

    Perfect size for 43rds

    By Maaku

    from Jupiter florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Not Enough Pockets

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Sand):

    Well made , fits my GX7 two lens kit perfect, with room to spare

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    5.0

    Perfect for Fuji Mirror Less

    By PdH

    from Phoenix

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Domke Fabric
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Not Enough Pockets

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Small Profile Cameras

    Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black):

    I read some of the prior reviews about the small size of this bag before I ordered it, but decided to trust that it would work for a small set up.
    I'm glad I did. I load a Fuji X-E1 with an 18-55mm attached a Nikon 50mm 1.8 and Nikon 24mm 2.8 in the bag and still have room (with some creative packing) for a Nikon SB-700 flash unit.
    The whole idea of moving into mirror less, for me at least, was small daily profile. This bag matches that requirement and fits the bill perfectly.

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    4.0

    not perfect

    By Frank

    from Toronto

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Padding

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage

    Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

    Great size.I can insert my dslr+40mm pancake vertically and ready to draw with hand on grip/shutter.
    I'm glad to have both strap and belt options (for when my shoulders hurt).
    Insufficient protective padding.
    Velcro closures way too loud - I'm going to remove them and use magnetic clasps

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    5.0

    Great Street Bag

    By Neto

    from Tempe AZ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Sand):

      This is great bag for SLR or Mirrorless camera

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      5.0

      Great small bag

      By jimenezphoto

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black):

        I bought this bag to carry a Canon EOS-M camera, a couple of lenses and a flash. The bag is just the right size and I love the style and cunstruction. This is my third Domke bag and I love them all.

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        5.0

        Well made bag

        By Jake

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

          I was looking for a small bag to carry my DSLR and two lenses around when I'm on the go and don't want to haul the fully loaded gear bag. This Domke fit the bill perfectly. Very well made and it doesn't shout "camera bag" because of the low key canvas appearance.

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          3.0

          Excellent, but velcro not durable

          By KMS

          from Santa Fe, NM

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • velcro
          • Zipper

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

          I have been using this bag since 2009 (4 years). I take photographs for fun, so not heavy use. I very much like it, excellent bag, perfect for a Leica with a 28 and a 50, plus some rolls of film, a light meter and some filters. Construction and materials are excellent, except that after 3.5 years the velcro on the flap started coming off. 6 months later and now I cannot close the bag because the thing fell apart. I'm disappointed because I very much like the bag. I'm looking for a replacement now, and probably I'll get something without velcro and without a zipper.

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          4.0

          Great Bag

          By Loretta

          from Queens, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Hard To Access Equipment

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

          This bag is the perfect size for me. I use it for day trips and it holds my Pentax K5, an extra lens and battery. The material is stong and the shoulder strap is amazing. The velcro is loud and somewhat difficult to undo, but I'm sure that will lessen with wear.
          I also love the fact that it doesn't look like a camera bag, that's a plus in my world.

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          5.0

          perfect bag

          By Cora

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Not Enough Pockets
          • Poor Padding

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Sand):

          Perfect size for street photography, but the padding is a bit thin. And I like the gripper shoulder strap the most.

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          5.0

          Great Bag

          By Jun427

          from San Francisco

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Not Enough Padding

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black):

          This bag is great for anyone with a body and 2 lens or 1 lens with camera/lens accessories. The materials are strong. Some people say this bag is small but I think its only true if you have a big dslr, I use it for my film camera so it fits perfect. The bag is well padded but only things I find weird about this bag is that the sides aren't padded.

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          4.0

          Nice but a bit small

          By Denjes2

          from Boston

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

          • Not Enough Pockets

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

          I bought this for my Lumix GX-1 system, for the body, three lenses, and miscellaneous small items. I like the bag but find it lacking space for it all. A couple small pockets on the sides would be nice.

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          5.0

          Near perfect travel bag

          By Liam

          from Honolulu, HI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No Carrying Handle

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage

          Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Sand):

          This a a great compact, light travel bag. It looked small at first, but I can comfortably fit an Olympus E-M5/lens, 3 additional lenses, small kit flash, FL-300R flash, extra battery, and extra SD cards in the main compartment.

          The front pocket is wide, fairly deep, but too thin for anything except for maps or other thin items.

          I don't mind not having a bunch of little pockets. I like having everything in the main compartment.

          The shoulder strap is comfortable and there is sufficient length to be worn across the body, as I usually do. The rubber gripper feature of the strap has good and bad points. It's great for keeping the strap from sliding around when worn on the shoulder, but also keeps the strap from easily sliding across your shoulder when you wear it cross-body and rotate the bag from your hip to the front to grab something from the bag. The gripper material will eventually wear out. I have an old F-6 bag and the gripper material is completely gone from the middle third of the strap.

          The only thing I miss on this bag is a small handle so that you can grab it or carry it without fiddling with the strap to ensure you don't tip the bag sideways.

          The bag is very well made, and if it lasts as long as my old F-6, it will be well worth the premium price.

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          5.0

          i am in love!

          By bklyn sqrrl

          from brooklyn, ny

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage

            Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

            i am not a professional photographer. i'm a lazy but persistent amateur who hates to carry anything heavy or ugly and who wants immediate access to a camera and wallet and phone at the same time. i also want a (non-camera) bag i can carry around in my regular life that will be durable enough for surviving nyc's lovely public transit and a high school classroom. i want these to be the same bag. yes, i want it all. fortunately, this bag has it all.

            what's awesome: it's a perfect fit for my canon 60d with an 18-135mm kit lens. on the other side of the removable velcro divider (there are two, if you need them) i have a battery charger, a cord or two, my wallet (one of those big, dorky, fat ones),some lip balm and my keys. in the front pocket i can stash my phone, a moleskine notebook, a chocolate bar and a few pens. the double zipper on top makes it easy to get into and the fiercest velcro i've ever seen makes it a cinch to close in a hurry. the rubberized underside of the strap keeps if from sliding off my shoulder. this is a bigger deal than you'd think.

            as others have mentioned, besides being sturdy and roomy for its size, this bag is more than sassy enough for my daily life and all my other bags and purses are lying in a forgotten pile in the closet these days. this is my bag for everything. and it's subtle. there's nothing about this bag that screams, "hey, you! i've got a camera in here!"

            in addition, shipping is great. my husband works for a company that orders from b&h all the time. i was pleased to find that my puny single-item order was filled with the same care and speed as the giant orders for his company.

            what's not awesome: are you kidding? everything about this bag is awesome. i'd love to have one of the larger ones and one of the smaller ones, just in case (hint, hint, friends and family). the bag is just really well made.

            also, did i mention it's made in the u.s.? makes me feel like i'm doing my part to keep the economy going.

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            5.0

            Perfect size for the micro 4/3!

            By Bill

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

              I use this bag for my Olympus OM-D with the 25mm attached along with spare batteries and the 14mm. There is still room for 2 more lenses easily.

              The size is perfect and small and inconspicuous enough that I leave in my car behind the front seat all the time.

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              5.0

              Great bag for my Fuji XE1 with zoom

              By JRS

              from MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Canvas Water Resistant
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction
              • Well Padded

              Cons

              • Not Enough Pockets
              • No Zippers On Pockets

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage
              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

              First of all I love Domke USA made bags, I love the canvas and the workmanship. The green is just a great color and I was lucky to get one with the black lettering, so understated. This holds my Fuji XE1 and using the compartment divider I have room for batteries, a charger, and 2 pockets for whatever else I might need. This is a small and nice bag. Compared it to the KATA 431 and 433, both nice but I found the both to be on the small side for what I wanted for this camera. The heading should say Domke F-5XA

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              5.0

              Great Bag!!

              By wilk

              from Aurora, Ontario, Canada

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

                  This bag has it all, retro look, rugged, durable, lot's of room, compact, and a great addition to my camera gear.

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                  5.0

                  One of the best

                  By RW

                  from Ontario, Canada

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Usage
                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Olive):

                    This bag is durable, low-key, compact, and just right for my equipment. Love the material, and colour.

                    Would be helpful if the velcro attached lower on the flap, so the flap is snug.

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