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DomkeF-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive)
 
4.6

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (40)
  • Strong construction (39)
  • Comfortable (38)
  • Easily accessible equipment (34)
  • Well padded (26)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (29)
  • Transporting gear (17)
  • Protecting gear (16)
  • Travel (6)
  • Storing gear (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A camera bag to love

I've had almost every Domke bag ever made and this is one of the best. Especially for travel photography I can carry a D-SLR body two lenses and a flash--in the neat zippered...Read complete review

I've had almost every Domke bag ever made and this is one of the best. Especially for travel photography I can carry a D-SLR body two lenses and a flash--in the neat zippered bottom pocket.

I have several larger Domkes but this one really feels right. I have to admit that I like the lightly padded sides that protect cameras without being very rigid.

And this bag doesn't scream "CAMERAS" which is particularly comforting when you are on crowded street in a foreign city. Between the main compartment's zipper and the large top flap,that covers the whole bag, you can be assured that no sneaky fingers are going to get at yuor stuff.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just The Right Size Bag

The bag is just the right size for my two rangefinder cameras plus two extra lens, light meter and a few rolls of film. My cameras stay on the upper compartment while the extra...Read complete review

The bag is just the right size for my two rangefinder cameras plus two extra lens, light meter and a few rolls of film. My cameras stay on the upper compartment while the extra lenses and other acessories stay in the bottom which I like. The bag is well made and rugged but light enough for street shooting. Things I don't like about it; only two insert dividers. I had to steal inserts from my older bags to configure the bag the way I like it. Small front pockets, it can only hold my small light meter and maybe an iPhone, nothing else. Too much Velcro for the main enclosure, really noisy when opening it. I had to put some gaffer tape to minimize the Velcro.

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5.0

Perfect size

By FJG

from RIDGEFIELD, CT.

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-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

    For photography or as a small messenger bag.Easy to work out of.

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    • No

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    5.0

    great bag

    By Total Darkness

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Secure
    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Hard To Access Equipment

    Best Uses

    • Daily Usage
    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

    This is my first Domke bag and I'll be sure to buy another when I need one. Very well made. Took it out to shoot on a rainy day and the drops slid right off. Closes very securely, maybe a bit too much.

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    5.0

    Perfect bag for a mirrorless system

    By Tucson Photographer

    from Tucson, Az.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Good Looking
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Won't Attract Attention

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • As A Day Bag
      • Daily Usage
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

      The F-5XC easily fits my Fuji X-E2, Fujinon 23mm lens, Fujinon 14mm lens, Fujinon 55-200mm lens and assorted accessories. And I can store the camera in the bag with any of these lenses mounted to the camera.

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      5.0

      My girlfriend is jealous

      By Me my camera and I

      from Sydney Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Durable
      • Good Protection
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Transport
        • Storage
        • Travel

        Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Sand):

        First the build quality of this bag is awesome, tough zippers, strong material and good size. It looks like a everyday bag with stylish modern urban look. At the moment I only own OMD EM1 with the 12-40mm pro lens attached (by the way if you considering a new camera the EM1 is the best camera iv held or used) and it fits great with room left for further investments such as another zoom lens and 3 primes. Yep they will all fit if you buy MFT lenses.
        Now to my girlfriend she thinks its looks and feels better then all her over priced bags and wants to steal it from me. Back to the bag its on the larger side for MFT system so if you looking for little extra room then this is for you.

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        4.0

        Great, smaller, highly durable bag

        By Epandrsn

        from Puerto Rico

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

            I bought this bag mainly to be a "lens changer" type bag. I leave it open and leave a few lenses in and I can easily access them and swap out really quick. It feels very, very tough and everything seems really bulletproof on it... seams are burly, strap and d-rings are built really well.

            It will fit a non-pro SLR with lens and a couple medium to small lenses and a flash if you tuck it in right. The canvas has saved my gear from rain, and it definitely repels water pretty well.

            My only issues, and the reason it has four stars: the little pockets on the front could have zippers or something... I don't like that they are open and I won't put anything in there that I'd be bummed to lose (phone, memory, etc.).

            Also, the velcro patch is enormous... i.e. really, really loud. It is secure though, so it depends on priorities. If I am using it for a ceremony, I just leave the flap tucked behind the bag.

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            4.0

            Very good bag

            By Vlad.TO

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Loud

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Travel

            Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

            I did a lot of research trying to find a bag that would not label me as a tourist or photographer in not-too-stable countries, and settled on this one. When I got this bag in the mail, I thought it looked smaller than it looked on the site. Under closer examination however I realized it fits quite a bit of gear!
            It comes with two long flexible dividers that can be used to create many configurations. I was able to fit all at once:
            -Pro DSLR body with a bulky zoom lens attached
            -Film SLR with smaller zoom lens
            -70-300 zoom lens - this one is long
            -Filter pouch
            -Spare batteries, some film canisters
            And all of my equipment was well within easy reach - no need to take out everything to get to the bottom thanks to the bottom access.
            The strap is easily removable, so you can replace it with one you may like more - however this strap is a very good one, so I kept it.
            Most importantly, this bag looks very inconspicuous. And it's very light.
            Now, for some CONS:
            -The bag is LOUD! I had to put elastics over the zipper heads(later replaced with gaffers tape) because I felt like I was walking around with a cowbell. Also, the velcro - while it holds well, is also very loud when you try to open it. Last thing I need is to turn heads just as I'm about to take out my gear on a questionable street in Russia. This is the only reason I didn't give this bag 5 stars.
            -There's a separate pocket along the back for a tablet, but my 10" one doesn't fit. Well, it sticks out the top and negates the inconspicuousness of the bag. A 7" may be a better fit, but I have yet to test that.
            Overall, if you don't need to be stealthy quiet, I would definitely recommend this bag.

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            5.0

            Domke - as always great

            By Maciek

            from Los Altos Hills, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Usage

              Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

              Fitting the Nikon SLR with a large lens + another 80-200 2.8 + another 20-35. Able to take out the 80-200 via the separate lower zipper.

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              5.0

              Versatile standalone, additional bag

              By Abe

              from Flushing

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Usage
                • Protecting Gear

                Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

                f5xc is a well design bag, deep enough to take a 70-200 F2.8g, with velcro compartment one can wear this as a beltpack. I can pack the 70-200, SD910, and one or two other shorter lens comfortably as a beltpack.

                Domke certainly has taken thoughts as to how people may divide the bag, the bottom opening zipper is a great plus when you move the dividers to create a bottom compartment. The bag is deep enough to do that and still hold camera with moderate size zoom above it.

                The canvas construction allow the unit to hug your body without creating abrasive feeling, and the size is just right not to attract undue attention.

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                4.0

                Good back, sturdy

                By Liam

                from Chiang Mai, Thailand

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Not Very Waterproof

                Best Uses

                  Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

                  Well made, sits close to my body and doesn't look like a camera bag.

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                  5.0

                  The Domke name says it all.

                  By FJG

                  from Ridgefield, CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Well Padded

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Usage
                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    Great for carrying a small amount of gear. Flexible design gives allows for different equipment combinations.

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                    5.0

                    PERFECT STEP UP FROM 5XB

                    By FJG

                    from CT

                    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-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                      Great size for day trips. Easy to customize for your needs.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      nice bag. a bit pricey

                      By charles leon

                      from san diego, ca

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Not Enough Pockets

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage

                      Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

                      its nice and compact, and it doesnt stand out too much. it doesnt advertise to other people i have camera gear inside. since my camera has a battery grip, i can only fit it if the bag has the space ( i put the camera lens down) or if i just remove the lens. i bought this bag mainly to hold my lenses and other accessories when im out shooting, and it does a great job at that. it can easily hold my 580exii, 28 1.8, 15-85, and 100L. its also tall enough to fit a 70-200 f4. i like the bottom zipper section for easy access to whatever i put down there, it really comes in handy. the shape is preserved which is another aspect i like about it, so itll always retain that rectangular shape.
                      some of the things i dont like is that it doesnt have many extra pockets, just two on the front which i wish could close somehow, and a huge one in the back. id like to be able to store more of my smaller things. and the other day some batteries fell out of the front pocket while i was moving about. the velcro can get annoying at times, just because of how loud it is. it does a great job staying closed, but i wish there was a way to silence it. also arranging those dividers inside can be frustrating cause they keep getting stuck to the side before theyre in place. other than that its a pretty solid bag if you don't have too much to carry. its pretty comfortable, i had it on for a couple hours with the bag full of gear and it didnt really bother me suprisingly.

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                      3.0

                      Just The Right Size Bag

                      By Malikmata

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Usage

                        Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                        The bag is just the right size for my two rangefinder cameras plus two extra lens, light meter and a few rolls of film. My cameras stay on the upper compartment while the extra lenses and other acessories stay in the bottom which I like. The bag is well made and rugged but light enough for street shooting. Things I don't like about it; only two insert dividers. I had to steal inserts from my older bags to configure the bag the way I like it. Small front pockets, it can only hold my small light meter and maybe an iPhone, nothing else. Too much Velcro for the main enclosure, really noisy when opening it. I had to put some gaffer tape to minimize the Velcro.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Fine walkabout bag

                        By KMH

                        from Norway

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage

                          Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                          Perfect for some of my gear and extra room for my next lens. Mostly 50D with 18-55 is, 50/1.8, 35/2 and 85/1.8 and enough room for my next one, that would be the 200/2.8L.

                          One can use the dividers in several smart configurations. So the bag has good flexibility.

                          I find this bag more descreet than my F2. The F2 is more for transport.

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                          5.0

                          Great Bag

                          By thepresentor

                          from Toronto, Canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage
                            • Protecting Gear

                            Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                            Able to fit an iPad, Canon 60D with 24-70mm attached (including lens hood), filters, puffer, 50mm quite comfortably.Good quality canvas. Non-descript so it doesn't scream CAMERA BAG - which is good especially if you're carry $3000+ worth of camera gear.Rubber sewn into straps is clever design to keep from slipping. Small enough that I carry camera around everywhere with me now.Solid build and simplistic design. Loving this bag.

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                            5.0

                            Great for day to day

                            By Sean MT

                            from Ottawa, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage

                              Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                              Perfect size for daily use. Houses my nex-5 w/ lenses. Creating the lower shelf w/ included dividers is a must.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect Size, Great Quality

                              By Tomf

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Usage

                                Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

                                This is exactly what I wanted, a solid, good quality bag that could hold my 5DMkII with an extra lens and a few accessories. I use it for just casual walking about when I want to have a camera with me, but not on a photo-shoot.

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                                5.0

                                Great Simple, Photography Bag

                                By Hollie B.

                                from Birmingham, AL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Not Enough Pockets

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily Usage

                                Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Black):

                                This bag is great to carry around when you just want something simple. I used it when I go to quick and near places when I only want maybe one extra lens. I wouldn't use it though for a long travel period because it doesn't fit a whole lot, just the bare minimums. I use this bag for my camera and secondary as a purse so I don't have to carry anything extra.
                                The strap has little grip stickies on it so that it doesn't slide off your shoulder and is relatively comfortable. If I tried to stuff anything more into my bag, it might be a bit too heavy and strain my shoulder. It can be used to hang on one shoulder or you can lengthen the strap to hold it as a shoulder bag over your head.
                                Love the back flap pocket to quick grab things out of like my passport and such without having to unzip areas and search for it.
                                Overall an amazing bag, the only thing I would ask for is a separate zip pocket on the inside to hold my valuables like my wallet.

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                                4.0

                                Great camera bag

                                By MM

                                from CT, USA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily Usage
                                  • Protecting Gear

                                  Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

                                  I can fit my Canon XSI, two lenses w/hoods, and some necessities.

                                  The zippers rattle around a bit but nothing I can't live with.

                                  I do wish it had come with more than two velcro dividers or at least some different sizes.

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                                  5.0

                                  Small, unobtrusive and configurable

                                  By jpbucket

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily Usage

                                    Comments about F-5XC Large Shoulder Bag (Olive):

                                    This bag is the perfect size for a new photographer like me. The gear I pack includes a Canon T3i, 50mm 1.4, 18-55 EFS, Speedlite 430ex ii, battery charger, extra batteries, cables and manuals. This setup fits in the bag with plenty of room to spare. When I buy a larger zoom, I would pack the 50 and 18-55, and then attach the zoom. The next paragraph describes that scenario.

                                    The dividers can be configured in a variety of ways. I use the two dividers to make 2 compartments with a floor. They are on the left and right. My layout puts a lense in the right compartment and various sundries in the left (charger, cables, etc.). I then pack the camera face down in the middle with a lens mounted. I place the speedlite and a smaller lense in the bottom of the bag. The bottom is accessible by a zipper

                                    This bag is comfortable and conforms nicely to the body. It just looks like a small satchel and not a bulky camera bag. It does not have much padding. There is some in the bottom and in the dividers, but this bag is not meant to be packed as luggage or dropped from a roof. It's for active shooting.

                                    Some people complain about the volume of the velcro, but I don't find it to be a problem. If it is a concern, just by a piece of velcro and put some backing on the sticky part. Then attach it to half of the velcro on the bag. Done. The bag is now half as silent.

                                    I see myself using this bag for years to come. Even as my gear grows, I will still use this a walk around bag.

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