Domke J-803 Digital Satchel

Domke J-803 Digital Satchel - for Laptop Computer and Digital Camera Outfit with Accessories (Black)

Domke J-803 Digital Satchel - for Laptop Computer and Digital Camera Outfit with Accessories (Black)

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The Domke J-803 Journalist Camera Satchel is a ballistic nylon J-Series satchel, designed to carry the laptops, electronic organizers and digital cameras that are standard equipment for today's photographer. There are 11 compartments and pockets to organize the equipment. The outer shell is 1050 denier ballistic nylon, with 420 denier oxford nylon on the back panel.

Includes movable/removable Padded Insert
Padded side walls and bottom protect equipment.
Pockets
  • Eleven compartments and pockets
  • Two Touch Fastener-flap front pockets for camera bodies, lenses or flash
  • Large front pocket for laptop or files
  • Three zippered pockets on weather flap
  • Elastic pockets inside touch fastener flap pockets hold organizers, pagers, pens/pencils and calculators in place
Large weather flap with swivel snap hooks covers main compartment, laptop pocket and both touch fastener flap pockets.
Detachable, non-slip shoulder strap and leather-grip hand strap
Adjustable Gripper shoulder strap runs completely around the Satchel.
UPC: 750062021566
In the Box
Domke J-803 Digital Satchel - for Laptop Computer and Digital Camera Outfit with Accessories (Black)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • FA-280 1-Compartment Small Insert for F-803 Messenger Bag (Gray/Green)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Domke J-803 specs

    Carrying/Transport Options Handle, Shoulder Strap
    Features Laptop Compartment
    Exterior
    Exterior Material Nylon
    Exterior Dimensions 6.1 x 10.7 x 14" / 15.5 x 27.2 x 35.5 cm
    Type of Closure Buckle
    Water Resistance Water Resistant Material
    Interior
    Interior Material Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Interior Dimensions 4.5 x 10 x 13.5" / 11.4 x 25.4 x 34.3 cm
    Weight 2.0 lb / 0.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.488 x 10.315 x 5.039"

    Domke J-803 reviews

    J-803 Digital Satchel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bag for leica system this is my everyday carry bag. its light weight and doesn't attract too much attention to whats inside. I like the ballistic material over the usual domke canvas. 5 pockets, two zippered and two velcro pockets and one long slit pocket in the back which I use to hold my Ipad. at present the J-803 holds Ipad (1st gen) Leica M9 with 35mm 1.4 leica 50mm lens in pouch Leica M4 body Olympus Pen Ep1 with 14-42 mm lens Nikon sb-28 flash. chargers, cleaning kit, cables, batteries. Cons... Wish the strap was a bit wider and more grippy. Lastly, maybe just one more cushioned insert would have been nice. hope this helps =)
    Date published: 2011-05-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact, durable, stealthy For travel, the J803 functions beautifully, carrying a DSLR w/ zoom + one more lens & accessories (or can easily be configured for 2 more lenses). This still leaves room for the necessities of travel: photographers of any depth do not live by cameras alone. I added a small external clip-on pouch for a cellphone. Solid construction is what I expect of Domke, & the J803 lives up to standards. Pocketing is logical & functional. Drawbacks: no tripod loops; the standard Domke closures, while very secure, are a little TOO secure. Opening them must be done with care to avoid a painful pinch; in the front pouch, inexplicably, there's no small item subdividers. This is sadly an omission on all Domke bags.
    Date published: 2008-03-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Domke J-803 Glad I got the J-803. The ballistic nylon gave it a smart appearance that I can use for daily commuting to office & doesnt look like a camera bag. I can slot in a Nikon 70-200 VR in the single compartment (without hood) + D200 with 17-55mm (also without hood) without any problem. The Domke single compartment insert cannot hold the 70-200 VR with the hood. In addition, I slotted in an SB600 in one of the front pouch with the other carrying the usual spare batteries/CF cards. My ipod goes into the flap compartments with work papers/ a magazine in the outside pouch. The shoulder pad I got with it helps in the weight. It doesn't feel & look too BIG ala F804 nor wear down like faded jeans F802.
    Date published: 2008-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I keep coming back I bought this about 7 years ago, and since then I've tried a bunch of others. Including my real old bag trials (like about 30 years worth), I've got about 12 in my camera bag boneyard. But I keep coming back to this guy. Yes, it has very little padding. But aren't we all pretty careful with our gear anyway? I keep my D7100 with mounted 16-85, and a 70-300 in it. There's room for other odds and ends including the camera manual (I have to look up things now and then; my brain can't hold all the stuff the camera can do). It hugs your hip and doesn't stick out or bounce. It's definitely a keeper.
    Date published: 2017-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfet day trip bag for my needs I own both J-803 and F-803 (canvas version) and find that I prefer J-803 over F-803. J-803 has a large front pocket (between the main compartment and the two small front pockets) that can hold magizine, paper, and my ipad. The detachable non-slip shoulder strap is another plus comparing with F-803 (not detachable). The nylon material provides extra confidence when raining. The bag comes with a paddled insert. I also install the paddled insert that comes with F-803 so that the bag is divided into 3 sections in the main compartment. I can fit a rangerfinder camera and three lenses (one attached to the camera) easily. The two front pockets can hold a lot of things, such pens, cell phone, keys, lens cloth, memory cards and etc. I sometimes also put a pair of small binocular in one of the paddled inserts or a bottle water depending on where I go for hiking.
    Date published: 2010-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional Multimedia Satchel This one bag, is the most practical bag I have ever used. From formal situations to conflict zones, this J803 and the Canvas versions are simply the best bags for a complete system. Ive had the F series version and then this J series version for 20+ years, gear these bags have held through the years; 2 Canon F1nAE with 24, 35 & 85 through to 2 Leica's with 24, 35 & 50 lenses, books, newspapers, journals, 10+ rolls of film, filters, film picker, etc to the digital realm with 2 Fuji X Pro-1's 21, 28 & 50 lenses 12 batteries 2 chargers, Apple MBAir 11 & charger in the front pocket in a Thule water proof pouch, iPad sometimes in the back pocket, HDD, Sony PCM-D50 recorder, table tripod, 82mm Variable ND, 8 AA batteries, cables, Pelican SD Card Case, GPS, Binaural and Lavalier Microphones. Plus a host of cleaning rags and card reader, cables etc in the inside and outside flap pockets. Your passport printed tickets and phone in the back pocket for quick access. This bag is uncanny in the amount of gear you can put in it, and still it looks like an informal briefcase. So much so that I have been able to board planes in places where if it had been any other form factor a guard would have seized it. I am not a fan of the traps however, and obviously the more you put in it the heavier it gets, and in 45c heat that can be back breaking labor. So I purchased an Op/Tech SOS strap B&H # OPSSOSB and put the strap directly on the bag minus the couplers which makes it a silent carry and much much easier on the shoulder when you have 10 flights of stairs to climb or an airport dash. Despite not having an inner zipper like the J-5XB style bags the top flap is wide enough to cover some hairy tropical downpours for about 25 minutes of exposure. Though I do recommend finding a nice plastic bag folding it and putting it in one of the outer flap pockets for any extended exposure to rain like being in the back of a truck for a 10 hour drive through bush. There is just the right amount of adjustment in the clasp to allow you to cram the bag and still close it with ease. The overall footprint is small enough to fit into tight lockers either on its bottom or on its end. It works best when using cameras without attached drives, but you can move the inner 'cup' separator to the side for a monster camera, and put your 1 lens in the 'cup' separator and then lay your flash on the top. Everything else is the same. Unlike the Thinktank & Lowpro copies, this bag doesn't have the same weight or bulk of either. Its intrinsically small. I dont know what else I can say other than if you are a busy creator and need to have an epic amount of gear at hand and are on the move, then accept no substitutes, this simply is the finest camera bag ever made without a shadow of a doubt. Mine is old, Ive had leather put on the bottom and I put a snap button on the back pocket.
    Date published: 2014-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for travel with a small photo kit! Great bag for travel with a small photo kit! I purchased this bag after a long, tortured search for my perfect combo travel/photo daybag. THIS IS IT! It lived with me every day of a 6-week backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and will be joining me on my next trip as well. Contents included: - Nikon D7000 w/ attached lens (1 of 3 below) - Nikkor 16-85 VR - Nikkor 35mm 1.8 - Nikkor 50mm 1.8 - polarizer, extra SD cards, card reader, lens cloth, etc - thick Lonely Planet guidebook + maps - small bottle of water - sunglasses, pens, other misc The bag comes with one small Domke insert that was deep enough to fit any two of the three lenses. Said insert won't work for storing a body w/ lens attached facing down. The D7000 body w/ attached lens lived comfortably in the main pocket on its side. I didn't need to buy any inserts beyond the included one. The bag is slightly padded on the bottom and sides. It's just enough for a bit of piece of mind when carrying your gear. This is NOT a heavily padded foam box-of-a-photo-bag like so many others. The J-803 strikes a balance between usable storage space and protection that I quite like. Organization within the bag is pretty good: - Two small zipper pockets on the front of the weather flap for a filter, train tickets, etc - Two velcro pockets on the front of the bag for my sunglasses, pens, cigarettes (accessible without opening the main clasp) - One zipper pocket on the back of the weather flap - Wide map/magazine pocket on the back of the bag for... maps and magazines! - Additional flap of nylon next to the bag's main pocket for additional breakup. Strap has rubber down its length for non-slip carrying. Bag also has a sturdy handle on top that you can carry from even when the bag's unlatched without all the contents instantly spilling out. I see a lot of discussion on the standard Domke bag clasp on photo bag reviews. And YES, you do need two hands to open/close it. YES, I have had my fingers pinched. But thanks to said clasp, no sneak-thieves can get into my bag without a little work. An acceptable compromise, at least to me! I think the bag is more or less waterproof, but have not been rained on while carrying it yet. A DSLR and full-size laptop will not fit in this bag simultaneously. I've heard that an iPad + DSLR might. The bag also looks fairly inconspicuous as far as photo bags go - looks more like a random black laptop bag. I wish it was available in some more interesting colors, but oh well - it's not. Recommended!
    Date published: 2011-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well built, but... Very well built - I'm sure it will take the beating I will give it. There is only one insert, and unfortunately it comes all the way to the top of the compartment, so a full size DSLR won't fit in the bag lens-down regardless of lens size. But my D7000 will fit sideways which is a bit awkward. The large front pockets are good, but the smaller pockets inside them sit low and do not zipper. There is plenty of room to put some memory card holders under the large flap, but they haven't thought of that yet. If their design matched the contruction of the bag, you would have to add a sixth star for this product!
    Date published: 2012-10-11
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