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

(based on 84 reviews)

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    (59)

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    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (73)
  • Comfortable (70)
  • Lightweight (68)
  • Easily accessible equipment (62)
  • Well padded (53)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (65)
  • Transporting gear (38)
  • Protecting gear (37)
  • Travel (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Casual photographer (16), Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (11), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56)

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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3.0

Not as good as once was

By Barry

from Orlando, Fl

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

The quality is just not there. Had mine for only a month and the stitches are coming undone. Of course Domke will fix it, but still a pain to ship it back. Switching to Think Tank.

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4.0

Very good camera bag

By autumn

from central illinois

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):

    It will hold my Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 (a "bridge" camera), a small flash, a remote camera release, and a battery charger.
    It has two moveable dividers that are positioned with Velcro. The main compartment zips closed.
    Unfortunately, the only pocket (which is on the front side, under the flap) does not zip or Velcro closed. The flap itself is held closed by two large Velcro patches. It is possible that (for example) individual camera battery could fall out of the front pocket if the bag were overturned, but I think a larger item (for example) such as a 3-filter case, would be held securely in place.
    It's made of a tough canvas material, and it has some decent padding inside.
    The (removable)strap is really meant only to be a shoulder strap. There is no way to adjust is so that it can be used as a handle instead of a strap.
    The bag does have a belt loop, but I doubt that I ever carry the bag using the loop since the bag is 11-1/2 inches long.
    I've listed what might be considered shortcomings about the bag, but, for my gear, it works great. It's a bag that holds quite a bit of camera equipment without being overly large.

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    5.0

    Coolest little camera bag ever

    By Don

    from Chicago

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Domke created a great little bag that holds just enough for what I need. I'm glad B&H Photo had it in stock.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Handsome, Tough Bag

        By Lars the Ex-Pro

        from Salem, Oregon

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

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

          Tougher than an army tool bag, this thick canvas Domke is the perfect small size for a FourThirds camera with two or three lenses and enough room left over for a stap and extra batteries. The real genius of this bag is that the internal zipper is designed such that things won't spill out if it is left open while in use. Basic, as I like my equipment, but very well made and easy to carry.

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          • No

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          5.0

          great photo bag

          By Marc Z

          from Montréal

          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 (Olive):

            Excellent for Sony mirrorless gear. I can fit an extra lens and a small flash unit. Very good for lite travel, exactly what I expected from Domke!

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            • No

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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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            • No

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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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              • No

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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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              • No

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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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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              • No

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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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              • No

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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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                • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    • No

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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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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    • No

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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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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