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DomkeF-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 37 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (33)
  • Strong construction (23)
  • Comfortable (18)
  • Easily accessible equipment (15)
  • Well padded (12)

Cons

  • Not enough pocket room (5)
  • Not enough pockets (5)
  • Hard to access equipment (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (19)
  • Protecting gear (10)
  • Transporting gear (8)
  • Daily transport (6)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little shooting bag!

I just purchased this bag to complement my F-803 satchel, which I use for most assignments.

I'm a working photojournalist and I like to travel light. I bought this...Read complete review

I just purchased this bag to complement my F-803 satchel, which I use for most assignments.

I'm a working photojournalist and I like to travel light. I bought this bag for a very specific purpose, to carry one Leica M rangefinder camera and one extra lens and/or extra film. I often carry my larger domke when shooting events or more serious work, but when I'm walking around exploring a place or doing street photography, often I just need one camera, maybe an extra lens and a place to keep extra rolls of film. Sometimes a bag isn't needed, but it's nice to have a place to put the camera if the weather turns foul or if I need to enter a place where I don't want to show off my camera.

This bag is perfect for my purposes. It's a great bag for pro shooters using small gear wanting to be discrete and travel very light.

It can hold a Leica MP with a lens mounted and another lens, with some room left over for film, and not much else.

I love the velcro flap combined with the interior zipper closure, which should make the bag fairly pilfer-proof.

My one complaint is the large red domke tag on the front flap, since I didn't want the bag to look like a camera bag. Fortunately, it's nothing that couldn't be fixed with 30 seconds and a sharp pair of scissors.

It's a wonderful little bag, and judging by the longevity of my 803, which I've had for over ten years and which has been all over the world, I'm sure it will hold up well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

With a lot of customization

I was looking for a bag to keep my camera in as I walk around taking photos. It would be nice to have room for another lens, maybe car keys and a phone,...Read complete review

I was looking for a bag to keep my camera in as I walk around taking photos. It would be nice to have room for another lens, maybe car keys and a phone, or a pair of sunglasses. Many rangefinder forum users suggested this bag, so I purchased one. The price was inexpensive enough to take a chance without having seen the bag in person. It's well made, but it doesn't seem well designed. The main compartment is covered by a flap that is held in place by LouD velcro attachments. There are no pockets in the flap, so it is apparently only there to keep out the rain: slightly inconvenient. The main compartment is additionally has a zipper along the top center. The problem is that the top is shaped such that the sides don't completely open, so getting things in and out is inconvenient and the item will rub against the zipper as well. The included separator provides a section for the camera and whatever else is along for the ride which is fine for bigger things. A separate pocket for the little things is useful as well and this bag has two. Unfortunately, they appear to be designed to each hold a single lens cap, and don't have their own closure, instead relying on the bag flap. They may reliably hold onto something, but I'm not betting on it. Nice shoulder strap, nice size, I like the simplicity in concept. I might cut off the flap, sew on a full size external pocket, and do something about widening the top opening, and then I'd have a perfect bag!

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5.0

The mini-Domke

By CFortC

from Colorado

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Limited Capacity

Best Uses

  • Daily Usage

Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Sand):

I've got lots of Domke's going back to the 1990's. I've packed them extensively through many parts of the world including places that are quite hard on camera bags. Many show wear but none have worn out.Recently I wanted to reduce my back load and decided to go with the Fujifilm X-T1 with the 18-55mm lens. Naturally I looked for a Domke bag appropriate to such an outfit. From the measurements, this one (the F-5XA) seemed the best fit.Indeed, it is a perfect fit for the X-T1 with attached 18-55mm, the hood, flash, and one extra battery. By perfect fit I mean that the bag exactly holds these items with no wasted or excess space.The zipper on the main compartment was one requirement for this buy. Due to this design feature, you do need to open the zipper all the way and slightly manipulate the camera out of (or back into) the bag. There is not enough clearance on any side to simply lift the camera straight out. This is not a significant problem unless you see a shot so fleeting that you needed to have the camera already out and around your neck to get the shot. It's just something to keep in mind.Although my other Domke's all come with compartments where I often keep other travel items (like wallet, cell phone, sun glasses, in some cases a bottle of water), the small auxiliary compartments on the front of the F-5XA will only hold filters, credit cards, coins or folded currency, and similar items. Other than the main flap, gravity and a little friction, there would be nothing holding items in these compartments. It is a small bag, after all, and that is why I bought it.

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4.0

Domke F - 5XA Shoulder & Belt Bag, Small

By Photo Noodnik

from Santa Fe, NM

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Light Color Keeps Camera Cool
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Loud Velcro Open Pockets
  • Loud Velro Open Pockets

Best Uses

  • Daily Usage
  • Transporting Gear

Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Sand):

I use this bag to carry my FujiFilm X-E1, extra memory card and battery, lens pen and lens hood. Bought it so i may expand to a second lens. It is very well made and should outlast the camera. The light color is important to me to keep the black camera cool in the blazing sun here (and so I can find it), and it works well.
My biggest complaint is the two front pockets have no closure, if the bag were to invert, I think the extra card, battery and etc. would spill. Mea culpa, I didn't think about it when ordering but the velcro flap closure makes a big ripping noise hence no sneaking the camera out. Would prefer a Common Sense or twist lock closure. The logo is rather conspicuous but I'll get used to it. Not lightweight. Still glad I bought it.

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5.0

Sturdy and great bag

By Michael Aho

from New York, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear

    Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

    A nice, sturdy camera bag that has enough room for camera, lens, and any other small equipment. The small pockets on the front also help with cables/extra storage.

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    5.0

    Tough, simple and elegant

    By Photo Grapher

    from Idaho

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage

      Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

      2 perfectly sized pockets for memory cards, filters, remotes and microfiber cloths.

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      5.0

      Excellent bag for the price

      By mattf301

      from CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Padding

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage

      Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

      Just what I needed for my Sony NEX 6 and 3 lens outfit. I keep the 18-55 on the camera and it holds the 16mm pancake and telephoto zoom. You can either zip it or use the velcro flap to secure things. The shoulder strap doesn't slip off.

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      5.0

      Perfect for Mirrorless Camera Kit

      By Vinny the Lens

      from Tampa Bay Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Hard To Access Equipment

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Sand):

      I wanted a small camera bag to fit my Canon EOS M. This fit the bill perfectly. I carry the Camera 22mm kit lens, 50mm 1.8 MKII with Ef adaptor mounted to it. 2 xtra batteries and 3 xtra media cards, lens mount cap, rocket blower and lens cleaning rag all in this small bag. If you want to carry more stuff I suggest the F-5xb. If I want to carry a ton of gear than I would just carry my Canon 5D kit and a bunch of L-glass. I wanted a travel friendly take everywhere kit and this works great. If I have any negatives about the bag would say I do not like the zipper that opens the main compartment. I leave it unzipped most of the time.

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      5.0

      Awesome compact bag

      By Tommy

      from Upstate NY

      About Me 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-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

        Perfect for Fuji x camera and additional lens.

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        4.0

        Works just fine

        By Pictureted

        from Redwood City, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Excellent Value
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • LOUD velcro
        • Pockets Too Shallow
        • Pockets To Shallo

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

        A good, but not great design. It holds my Fuji X100s, extra batteries (several), and the usual odds and ends (glasses, filters, cell phones..._)

        It would be a bit better design for my use if you could silence the Velcro (ala Think Tank) and if the front pockets were taller, so they would hold sunglasses, reading glasses, etc.

        Never-the-less, for the price I don't know of anything that's better.

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        5.0

        Good walk around bag for small gear

        By K

        from NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage

          Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

          Got this as a walk-around bag for a Leica M9 .Can't really say anything bad about it . The usual Domke quality , good quality canvas and hardware , nicely assembled .Instead of the usual removable inserts , this bag has a movable divider that can be used to split the main compartment into 2 . Main compartment lightly padded , with a solid floor .There's also 2 small , but usable pockets in the front , which get covered by the top flap . This secures via Velcro to the front of the bag . The main compartment zips closed , and is then covered by the flap.Comes with the standard Domke canvas shoulder strap which has 2 rubber strips woven into the shoulder to minimize slipping .
          Here's what I've got in mine: Front compartments - Left , Nikon SB-30 flash ( the tiny one from about 15 years back , just fits) Right , spare battery and SD card . Main compartment , divided about 1/3 - 2/3 . Big section , M9 with Zeiss 28/2.8 , hood attached , gray card. Smaller section 75mm Summilux w/hood, placed vertically at rear of section . In front of that a 35/2 Summicron from the 1970's , hood mounted ; and a 50 2.5 Summilux with hood mounted one atop the other . Total weight loaded about 5 1/2 lbs. , I've had real good luck with Domke stuff , got 5 of their bags of varying sizes and they've all held up really well , the oldest must be 20 years old now ; all are still in use . I've found that canvas Domke bags 'break in ' with use , sort of like a pair of jeans . They get more flexible and conform to your body after being used for some time . They're also reasonably , but not totally waterproof so keep that in mind if your planning to encounter any tsunamis .

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          5.0

          Great Bag

          By blairgable

          from Ottawa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Domke Can Be Hard To Find

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage

          Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

          This is a great bag if you are keeping a camera on your shoulder and just want maybe a flash and another lens to come along with you.

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          4.0

          Good for Mirrorless

          By Chris

          from Chattanooga, TN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Good size
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear

          Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

          My Sony RX1 occupies about half of the interior space of this bag, leaving room for filters, batteries, cleaning supplies, smartphone, or whatever. The bag is made of a comfortable and flexible but durable cotton fabric, and is heavier than one might expect. My only complaint is that the zippers could be better shielded from the camera.

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          5.0

          Best Travel Bag

          By RumRunner

          from Georgia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

              This bag is absolutely perfect for travel. I use it to carry my Fujifilm x100 around and it carries the camera, all the accessories and extra goodies I could ever want in a small, light, and bombproof package that protects my camera from everything. The quality on this bag is amazing, and I am sure the bag will outlast me.

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              5.0

              Great little bag

              By Mike

              from Conway, AR

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear

                Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

                Carries my Olympus e-pl1 with a 14-42 lens and EVF attached, as well as my 40-150 lens, a spare battery and card. It's been a great little bag for vacation and doesn't look too conspicuous as a camera bag. Works well.

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                4.0

                Perfect for OM-D and one extra lens.

                By Gashlycrumb

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Usage

                  Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

                  I wanted an easy small bag to carry just my camera and maybe one extra lens. I also wanted something that doesn't scream camera bag, and this one definitely fits the bill. The bag is well made and I do appreciate that it was made here in the US. It's nicely padded on the sides and stands up nicely on its own.

                  If I had one criticism it is that I wish the side pockets had a flap or maybe just a small easy spot inside the bag to hold an extra memory card or battery. It's a minor criticism to be honest.

                  The bag isn't cheap, but I expect it to last me for a long time so no complaints here.

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                  5.0

                  Pretty Good

                  By CL

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Usage

                    Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

                    I put my Canon EOS 60D and a 18mm-200mm lens in this bag. It fits exactly. It's very simple, and has a detachable divider inside to separate the lens and the body. There are two small pockets in the front, under the flap. The padding is on the thin side, which is good because I didn't want anything bulkier. There is no shoulder padding on the strap.

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                    4.0

                    Smaller than expect / Still good value

                    By TK

                    from Land down under

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Access Equipment
                    • Not Enough Pockets

                    Best Uses

                    • Light weight hiking

                    Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Olive):

                    I have been looking for a small Shoulder Bag, adding to my regular Billingham collection. I can't think off anything else besides Domke. While the meesage shoulder bag is a too big for single lens SLR setup, this one is a bit too short. Barely just fit a D800 with 50mm lens. But perfect for any EVIL. NEX/X-Pro1 etc... I would still rate it a good value product, specially when lightweight beats all other factors in hiking.

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                    5.0

                    cool! naice size!

                    By tanakamash

                    from tokyo,japan

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage

                      Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Sand):

                      The optimal, when walking around with two lenses

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                      4.0

                      Great quality small camera bag

                      By Ed in Tahoe

                      from Lake Tahoe

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                      • Zipper location

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

                      I purchased this bag for my Fuji X100. The bag has an adjustable Velcro center divider allowing the camera to be stored on one side and external flash and accessories on the other side. The front of the bag has two pockets which are perfect for storing a couple of filters. The quality and construction of the bag is top notch. The only negative with the bag is the fact that the zipper goes across the center of the bag instead of around the perimeter.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for Sony NEX cameras

                      By Jchen195

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Usage
                        • Street shooting

                        Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

                        This bag is absolutely perfect for EVIL / Compact system cameras. I have spent the last month trying to find an ideal bag for my nex-5n and the two kit lenses (18-55, 16mm pancake) as well as a place to put my phone. I bought a Kata Marvelx 20 and a Crumpler 2 Million Dollar Home and neither one really suited me. The Domke does.

                        The Kata, which was made for just the 18-55 didn't have a nice, soft lining, but a typical nylon-material and had a difficult circumference zipper along the perimeter of the bag. To open it, I had to zip up, right, then left to get at my camera. The 2 million dollar home would hold the camera body with the 18-55 attached and the 16 on the side just fine, but with the 16 mm attached, the 18-55 was too large to have both the lens and the camera side by side - the solution would require me to stack the camera on top of the lens.

                        The Domke F=5XA is my first Domke bag, but it will certainly not be my last. It feels very rugged, has some space for accessories (or a smartphone) and does not scream camera bag. It's also relatively thin--which is perfect for an EVIL camera--which prevents it from sticking out too much when you wear it.

                        The straps are metal and removable and the bottom is very sturdy. The straps also have a nice rubber-like material sewn into it so that the bag won't slip off your shoulders.

                        When I tried this bag, I also played around with the Lowepro Courier 80/70, Tamrac Rally 2, and Manfrotto Solo II and the Domke came out on top. The Lowepros looked like children's lunchboxes and did not fit the double lens kit all that well, the Tamrac was very thick and stuck out too much when worn, and the Solo II was too small for both lenses.

                        All and all, this bag is the perfect companion for the NEX-5N and other EVIL cameras.

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                        4.0

                        Great Little Bag

                        By Danny

                        from New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Not Enough Pockets

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear

                        Comments about F-5XA Shoulder and Belt Bag, Small (Black):

                        Great build quality... It's a Domke.. So it's got great canvas and super build quality. I actually use this little bag to hold a couple of lenses instead of my D700 with the battery grip. No 5 start rating because of the price..

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