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DomkeF-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (13)
  • Easily accessible equipment (12)
  • Comfortable (10)
  • Well padded (8)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

  • Poor padding (4)

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excelent Bag

Camera bags are like (my wife tells me) womens purses, very hard to find the perfect one. I own about 15 including several Domke bags. I use this bag to store/carry...Read complete review

Camera bags are like (my wife tells me) womens purses, very hard to find the perfect one. I own about 15 including several Domke bags. I use this bag to store/carry my FX outfit. Nikon D700 with battery grip & Kirk L Bracket, 50mm f/1.4, 16-35 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-300 f/4.5-5.6, hoods for all lenses, SB-700, Demb flash diffusers, RRS Flash Bracket, SC-17 & SC-29 flash cords, Lee gradiated ND filter kit, Polarizers for all lenses, Canon 500D Close-UP Lens, rocket blower, small flashlight, & extra CF cards. With all of that there is still room for more. As is, all is well protected and not crowded. Fully loaded the bag is too heavy to carry long or far. If shooting very far from the car, I will carry what I think I will need in a smaller shoulder bag.
High quality Domke bag with enough pockets that it can be a challenge to remember where you put stuff. I like the ballistic nylon material, a little more structured than the canvas bags (not as floppy). I added an insert to contain my D700 w/o lens attached, and with that, everything that needs padded protection (Lenses and Body) is covered.
For all things photographic, B&H is my choice.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I expected

Lesson learned, don't buy online w/o first checking product locally IF POSSIBLE. not a fault of product however.

I use it to contain two D90s, six lenses (...Read complete review

Lesson learned, don't buy online w/o first checking product locally IF POSSIBLE. not a fault of product however.

I use it to contain two D90s, six lenses ( 35, 50, 85, 105, 200, 18-100), small flash, and misc items. Plus occasionally toss in a EP1 and 2 lenses. I am not a pro and I usually dont carry all that stuff around.

Plus side- seems very durable, expect it to last. plenty of pockets, and organization OK

Down side -- top flap becomes awkward if loaded with items; would like more padding where bodies placed; would have preferred quick release access to interior. more padding on straps and carry handle
'
that said, no fault of bag but hasty buying decision. will I use it, yes. will I consider stuffing sections with more padding and such, yes.

in summary, I will use it for transporting that much gear when I need to (ie vaca and weekends) , but have a backpack type for day to day use

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1.0

Stuff falls out

By Grumpy Mike

from Tampa Florida

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • I Like The Size

Cons

  • Hard To Access Equipment

Best Uses

    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

    I like the size of the bag, needed something a little larger than my Domke F2, which I love. But hate that the straps have to be clipped when carring the bag. If not, lenses and cameras can fall out. It makes the bag nearly unusable, this was a bad purchase on my part.

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    5.0

    Domke is always a well designed tough pr

    By Photographicsme

    from Downeast Maine

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

      Professional Photographer...and need a great well designed tough bag...and this is a great bag...well done Domke!

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      5.0

      It's great

      By HJ Seeley

      from Lansing, MI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Marginal Weatherproofing

      Best Uses

      • Daily Usage
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

      This is my third Domke bag. Admittedly my first one was one of the brown canvas bags and I really hated that bag. My next Domke was the J1 or J2 or Photojournalist bag, I don't remember which because I used it for a solid 10 years. It's filthy, it stinks, it has a broken zipper and the original and the replacement strap is finally worn out.

      Those facts have earned Domke my next bag purchase, which is the F-1XB. I haven't had it for more than a couple weeks now, but I trust it completely. It feels exactly like my other bag, but bigger and with different pockets.

      Here's my layout. The bag is on you shoulder and against your hip, doesn't matter if it's your left or right hip. I have the removeable insert right in the middle of the main compartment with all the dividers removed. So it's just one big square divider, in that is my main body with a 28-70 f2.8 lens on it, lens down. Behind that divider is a second body, in front of the divider is a 12-24 f4 lens and a 70-200 f2.8 VR lens, both with hoods. It all fits easily with room to spare. The front external pocket (which is smaller than my old bag) has a on camera flash and some accessories. The front outboard pocket (quite a bit smaller than my old bag) is another flash, the rear outboard pocket has batteries and pens and business cards, the backside pocket has miscellaneous stuff and sometimes a third flash. The interior flap pocket has a lot of room and I only have flash cards in there - lots of additional space. The rear flap pocket has a color reference card, some zip ties, tape and more batteries.

      I had all that stuff in my older bag and it was a very tight fit, this bag has room to spare even though it doesn't feel all that much bigger.

      The only strike against it is that the top flap can be a bit of a pain. It's not as convenient as some other bags but is not a deal breaker I think.

      This is a great bag and at the time of purchase, B&H price was 70 bucks less than anywhere else - unbeatable!

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      4.0

      F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag by Domke

      By None

      from Santa Monica, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

        Use as serious hobbyist. Well thought out and useable layout and inserts.
        Havent used long enough to determine what's not great about it.

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        5.0

        Every thing i thought itwould be

        By jerome photo

        from ottawa Canada

        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 Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

          I now own four domke bags of varying sizes,this is
          the biggest,I like the superior quality,strong constuction ,ballistic material{waterproof,holds its shape}plenty of pockets & room,not overly flashy, doesnt draw attention.

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          5.0

          Domke Does It Again...

          By insulinguy

          from fort worth, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Clasps
          • Hard To Access Equipment

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

          the build quality on this bag is superior to any other bag i have owned. calling this a 'little bit bigger' is the understatement of the world. i currently have inside the bag a pentax K20D with a battery grip and 7 lenses, a pentax 645 medium format camera with 2 lenses, a yashica MAT TLR, 2 flash units and loads or filters, cable switches, shutter releases, intervalometers, flashlights and a ton of other smalls packed inside it. the load is heavy but secure. my ONLY complaint is the way the top buckles to the bag - some quick release contacts would have been better than the metal looping kind - but if you are mindful of it and make it a part of the process to lock and unlock them each time - its really of little consequence. best bucks i ever spent on a bag! i still use a sling bag for days when ill be walking a lot or dont need both digital and film outfits but for the most part i have the one and only camera bag i think ill ever need. so much room to store things - you can load it for bear!

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          5.0

          Used as my new camera toolbox...

          By GMGCPA

          from NYC, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Excellent storage
            • Protecting Gear

            Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

            Needed to consolidate all my camera gear into one place and the F-1x ballistic was perfect...now I'm organized...the ballistic material keeps its shape and holds everything thrown at it...fully loaded, too heavy to carry but, that's what I have my other Domkes for!!!...

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            5.0

            Excelent Bag

            By Jake

            from Ponca City, OK

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

              Camera bags are like (my wife tells me) womens purses, very hard to find the perfect one. I own about 15 including several Domke bags. I use this bag to store/carry my FX outfit. Nikon D700 with battery grip & Kirk L Bracket, 50mm f/1.4, 16-35 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-300 f/4.5-5.6, hoods for all lenses, SB-700, Demb flash diffusers, RRS Flash Bracket, SC-17 & SC-29 flash cords, Lee gradiated ND filter kit, Polarizers for all lenses, Canon 500D Close-UP Lens, rocket blower, small flashlight, & extra CF cards. With all of that there is still room for more. As is, all is well protected and not crowded. Fully loaded the bag is too heavy to carry long or far. If shooting very far from the car, I will carry what I think I will need in a smaller shoulder bag.
              High quality Domke bag with enough pockets that it can be a challenge to remember where you put stuff. I like the ballistic nylon material, a little more structured than the canvas bags (not as floppy). I added an insert to contain my D700 w/o lens attached, and with that, everything that needs padded protection (Lenses and Body) is covered.
              For all things photographic, B&H is my choice.

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              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tough as nails

              By Bill

              from Providence, RI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Usage

                Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                This is my 2nd Domke and definately not my last. The F1x is truly, a little bit bigger. Plenty of room for all my glass and filters and cables. The balistic material is supremely tough and water repelant, which is why I got this bag. This is the 2nd time I've been blown away by Domke's finish and quality construction. If you need a tough bag to shoot easily from, this is it.

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                4.0

                Convenient access

                By Estima

                from Delta, BC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Usage

                  Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                  I'm using this shoulder bag to bring my many lenses and cameras with me on my trips as over the years they no longer fit my Lowepro and using a backpack for lenses & cameras is not very convenient for activities other than trekking.

                  I agree with most reviews that this product is not very well padded; however, it's good enough for regular uses, which for me is to fit 1 DSLR, lomo spinner, a Holga, and a Luimx + 4 lenses. There are enough pockets to fit films and an iPad if you have one. I'm glad I got this!

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                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Brett the photog

                  from Ely, MN

                  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 Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    I take my camera gear everywhere, all the time. This bag has lots of space to fit my camera body (Canon 20D) multiple lenses, flash mount, battery packs and more. Also room enough for rain gear, etc. for long excursions. So far I love everything about it. Haven't found anything yet that I don't like about it.

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                    3.0

                    Not what I expected

                    By ML

                    from huntington beach, ca

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor Padding
                    • Uncomfortable Fit

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    Lesson learned, don't buy online w/o first checking product locally IF POSSIBLE. not a fault of product however.

                    I use it to contain two D90s, six lenses ( 35, 50, 85, 105, 200, 18-100), small flash, and misc items. Plus occasionally toss in a EP1 and 2 lenses. I am not a pro and I usually dont carry all that stuff around.

                    Plus side- seems very durable, expect it to last. plenty of pockets, and organization OK

                    Down side -- top flap becomes awkward if loaded with items; would like more padding where bodies placed; would have preferred quick release access to interior. more padding on straps and carry handle
                    '
                    that said, no fault of bag but hasty buying decision. will I use it, yes. will I consider stuffing sections with more padding and such, yes.

                    in summary, I will use it for transporting that much gear when I need to (ie vaca and weekends) , but have a backpack type for day to day use

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Well built. All DSLR in one Bag.

                    By LA5565

                    from KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor Padding

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Usage
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    Well built. All DSLR in one Bag.

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                    5.0

                    Best Shoulder Bag!

                    By Hagi

                    from Japan

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Looking
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                    • Poor Padding

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Usage
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    I've been searching for something like this!

                    I use this bag for travel
                    that I have to bring my camera.
                    I put camera, lens, and some.
                    *EOS 50D
                    *EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
                    *EF-S10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM
                    *EF50mm F1.8 II
                    *EF-S18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS
                    *batteries

                    They can fit in the bag.
                    Plus, there are more some pockets around.
                    (front/back/side)

                    I reckon this is the one we need.

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                    4.0

                    Great Value

                    By Sidechain

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Great Design

                    Cons

                    • Poor Padding

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    I Purchased this for my Sony HVR-V1U it works great nice lightweight lots of pockets. Finally bought something not made in China. Not well padded so your camera should still be handled with care but strong enough to keep from getting scratched when moving or storing at home

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                    4.0

                    Great bag, but room for improvments

                    By Peachfuzz

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Lots Of Pockets And Features

                    Cons

                    • Wears Easily

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Transport

                    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    Great bag. The shoulder strap needs improvement since it is very prone to wear out. Domke realizes this and offers replacements. Tougher material would address this.

                    Wish the velcro strips were wider and on the top and bottom of the inside. Carry 7x50 binoculars and a Nikon F6/28-70 in mine. Recommended.

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                    5.0

                    For the money there is none better

                    By ORION Photo

                    from MA

                    Comments about Domke F-1X Ballistic Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    This is my 11th DOMKE bag. I use this for DVCAM VIDEO gear. This is the tank of bags! You can pack a PD 170 or HVRV1U Sony with lens adapter on. 20 tapes,4/ 970 batteries Charger Headphones, windscreen, Sennheiser wireless. and extras plus you can pack the Gitzo 1380 head Plus Lightweight underwear and T shirt! And take it all on board a plane! Easy to work out of plus travels well Low profile for rougher areas of the world. Goes on lap well for cramped buses or trucks. Repels rain okay. bring plastic bag. Another one might make a good suitcase for warm weather clothes!

                    Expertise: Motion Picture Work and Television

                    Problems Encountered: Front clips a little bit to beefy, takes some ummf, This is not a zippered bag so if you are in a dusty conditions bring a garbage bag to wrap bag and camera. Could use 2 more D rings on side.

                    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: All DOMKE, Porta Brace, Lowe Pro, Pelican

                    Items I Recommend: Shoulder Pad and back harness for long hikes, Lowe Pro water bottle holder

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