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DomkeJ-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Professional quality (9)
  • Highly compatible (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent shoulder bag for M43!!!

      I have an OMD with a 25mm 1.4, 45mm 1.8, 45-150mm and still have enough room for an external flash, a small lens or a pancake lens and filters. This bag is...Read complete review

      I have an OMD with a 25mm 1.4, 45mm 1.8, 45-150mm and still have enough room for an external flash, a small lens or a pancake lens and filters. This bag is stealth, not too big, not too small..just the perfect size. I like the ballistic nylon looks and I do get a lot of praises with this bag, people asked me...where did you get this bag??? The belt loop behind the bag, it's a great use because I can fit my table top tripod. I've looked and researched a lot of M43 bags, for the price, durablity, waterproof and looks...this is top notch! The only thing irks me with this bag is the velcro...which i bought some magnetic strap to cover it up.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Tell Wee Man I Found His Camera Bag

      I found this bag a little too small for my taste although I was very pleased with the construction and quality.

      I'm 6'1 1 1/2" and 160 lbs and the bag looked...Read complete review

      I found this bag a little too small for my taste although I was very pleased with the construction and quality.

      I'm 6'1 1 1/2" and 160 lbs and the bag looked disproportionately small when slung over my shoulder so I exchanged it for the larger J-5XC which I hope I will be pleased with.

      I would use caution when associating "Medium" with this bag; I think "Small" is much more accurate.

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      5.0

      Nice small bag for DSLR with zoom

      By Matt

      from California

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Velcro Is Loud

      Best Uses

      • Hiking And Light Carry

      Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

      I'm generally a fan of Domke bags. This particular bag fits a Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 without any problem. I carry this bag when I hike.

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      4.0

      Compact and Light

      By almightychey

      from Bay Area, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Travel Bag

        Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

        Perfect travel companion on recent trip to Europe. Packed my Canon t2i and 2 lenses nice and snug. Also carried extra battery, cards and remote. I can see how this bag is too small for some, but it really is meant to be a small day bag with necessities. Just take the few items you need and you're good to go. I am very happy with this purchase.

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        5.0

        Great little bag!

        By thedunker23

        from Ottawa, Canada

        About Me Business Owner, Photojournalist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality

        Best Uses

        • Light Assignments
        • Quick Jobs

        Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

        Great bag - Domke bags always last long. Only design point I would change is maybe a pocket for phone, keys etc. There is a opening once you open the flap which can hold one... but isn't accessible without open the whole bag.

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        5.0

        Excellent little bag

        By Pablito

        from CT

        About Me Professional Artist, professional photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Good value
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

            This is an excellent bag for a mirrorless system. Can hold two small cameras with lenses or one camera and a little bit of extra stuff. Well made, tough, just the right balance between flexibility and stiffness of material. I might have worried about the zipper scratching the camera when taking it out or storing it, but the zipper seems to be plastic coated so it's not really an issue.Frankly, I don't think it's fair for reviewers to lower their rating because they found a bag too big or too small. It is what it is. If you find it too big or to small, you bought the wrong bag, it's not the bag's fault!

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            5.0

            Excellent shoulder bag for M43!!!

            By Tony

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                I have an OMD with a 25mm 1.4, 45mm 1.8, 45-150mm and still have enough room for an external flash, a small lens or a pancake lens and filters. This bag is stealth, not too big, not too small..just the perfect size. I like the ballistic nylon looks and I do get a lot of praises with this bag, people asked me...where did you get this bag??? The belt loop behind the bag, it's a great use because I can fit my table top tripod. I've looked and researched a lot of M43 bags, for the price, durablity, waterproof and looks...this is top notch! The only thing irks me with this bag is the velcro...which i bought some magnetic strap to cover it up.

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                4.0

                Great quality

                By D

                from Denver

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                    Great bag for mirrorless systems! Its small but will fit camera and extra lens + some filters, etc.

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                    5.0

                    very high quality bag for micro 4/3

                    By rollinson

                    from PA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor locations
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                      I own a number of Domke bags and find them strong and durable but easy to carry. This model is no exception. Ideal for micro 4/3 system.

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                      4.0

                      Does what it's supposed to do

                      By DRP

                      from Toronto

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good strap
                      • Lightweight
                      • Padded on all sides
                      • SIZE

                      Cons

                      • Velcro

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                        I quite like this bag. The material is durable, the strap is sturdy and grippy...but can be flipped over if it annoys me. Fits my E-M5 with PL25 attached, a zoom lens, and a flash.

                        My only (minor) gripe is that the velcro on the main flap isn't placed in the most optimal position, but not a big deal.

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                        5.0

                        at last, perfect M-system bag!

                        By rmkline

                        from Charleston, SC

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                            I wrote a glowing review for the Domke F-5XB, and my only real gripe was that they did not pad the ends (I wasn't the only one complaining). Then - Voila! I discovered this bag, with ends nicely padded, heavy-duty nylon instead of canvas, an extra pocket in the back, and the exact same weight and dimensions as the F-5XB! My hat is off to Domke for listening to their customers' complaints, and making a great product essentially perfect. Don't pay too much attention to reviewers who bought the wrong size bag for their intended purpose, then blamed the bag for their mistake. Holds an M camera and 3-5 lenses, depending on lens size and how you pack them. I actually often carry in this bag an M9 with lens, AND an FM3a with 50/2 Makro-Planar, with no crowding. Ultra-secure with zippered top, ultra convenient. Hooray!

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                            4.0

                            Nice & simple camera bag

                            By yemy

                            from amsterdam

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                              Super basic camera bag, not too big or small. Fits a SLR + extra lens. I'm happy with it. Although it was a little expensive, I don't regret buying it.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect bag for 2 Leica M systems

                              By Sonoran Explorer

                              from Tucson, Arizona

                              About Me Designer Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Perfect size for my needs
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • 2 cameras ready
                                • Great for landscape
                                • Great for street

                                Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                                Two Leica M cameras with lenses and all essential accessories fit within this bag ready for action.
                                The bag is compact, well padded and durable. It is my second Domke 5XB and my original one is still in use, also packed with cameras ready for action. I use 5 Domke bags for my photographic gear.
                                I have no complaints about this bag. I have never used the belt loops on my 5XB bags due to the relatively heavy weight with two cameras and lenses, but it is nice to have the option. I also appreciate the removable shoulder strap option.

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                                4.0

                                Discreet and water resistant

                                By JR

                                from Eastern MA

                                About Me Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Professional Quality
                                • Water Resistant

                                Cons

                                • Slightly too small

                                Best Uses

                                • Street Shooting

                                Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                                I just returned from a week in rainy Portland, Oregon, and this little bag kept my equipment bone dry. It is durable and discreet and relatively easy to get in and out of. If I had to buy this bag again I would go for the next larger size. I carry a rangefinder camera, 2 lenses and a light meter and there is not much space left over for extra film, which was a hinderance but I learned to work with it.

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                                (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Tell Wee Man I Found His Camera Bag

                                By Hollis

                                from Barcelona, Spain

                                About Me Graphic Designer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Construction
                                • Quality

                                Cons

                                • Too small

                                Best Uses

                                • Day Outings

                                Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                                I found this bag a little too small for my taste although I was very pleased with the construction and quality.

                                I'm 6'1 1 1/2" and 160 lbs and the bag looked disproportionately small when slung over my shoulder so I exchanged it for the larger J-5XC which I hope I will be pleased with.

                                I would use caution when associating "Medium" with this bag; I think "Small" is much more accurate.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Quick access to equipment

                                By bandi

                                from PA

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Discreet
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance

                                Cons

                                • Padding could be better

                                Best Uses

                                • In city on street

                                Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                                Suitable for an essential photo kit and other items

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Super little bag

                                By Leicaguy

                                from Sarasota, FL

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Discreet
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Economical cost
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Professional Quality
                                • Secure against thievery

                                Cons

                                • Needs more dividers

                                Best Uses

                                • Leicarangefinder outfit
                                • Travel Photography

                                Comments about Domke J-5XB Shoulder and Belt Bag, Medium:

                                I've got a couple F5XB (canvas) bags but wanted the J5XB because it's a little lighter, more water- and slash-resistant. I've got a small Billingham and the Domke's are better (more security) for travel because they zip closed and also have a waist belt slot.

                                I replace the stock shoulder strap with an OpTech "SOS" Mini which has a stretchy neoprene pad that acts like a shock absorber, and worn across my body; and I also use a nylon web belt, loosely cinched. Together they make it very hard for a thief to snatch it. The velco flap makes a noticeable noise, and the main compartment is zippered, so pickpockets stand little chance of getting into it unnoticed.

                                For any money, I don't think there's a better bag around to safeguard a Leica outfit. With the addition of a couple extra dividers, the main compartment holds an M8 body w/lens attached, plus 4 more lenses (using rear-to-rear coupling caps), an SF24D flash, and a couple accessory viewfinders. The front pocket holds spare batteries, SD cards, and a couple spare IR-cut filters. The rear pocket holds a lens cleaning cloth and small note pad and pen. Love this bag, and the price is great.

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