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DomkeF-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Chocolate Brown)
 
4.8

(based on 191 reviews)

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    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (170)
  • Easily accessible equipment (159)
  • Comfortable (149)
  • Lightweight (104)
  • Well padded (78)

Cons

  • Poor padding (8)
  • Hard to access equipment (6)
  • Cumbersome (3)
  • Not enough pockets (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily usage (136)
  • Transporting gear (110)
  • Protecting gear (81)
  • Storing gear (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (63), Pro photographer (48), Semi-pro photographer (38), Enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfection

Used to carry full kit anywhere, anytime. Took many years of alternate means and methods to finally try one and it's everything it promises. The material is just what's needed to accommodate a...Read complete review

Used to carry full kit anywhere, anytime. Took many years of alternate means and methods to finally try one and it's everything it promises. The material is just what's needed to accommodate a bit extra or a bit less kit without collapsing or being impossible to move about yet doesn't collapse when lifting a twenty pound load by the shoulder strap or internal clip-on strap handle. And it still forms to the body well enough when carried over the shoulder. Truly well designed unlike many many others I've tried over the years. There's seemingly no limit to what can be done with the limited number of pockets which are few but no fewer than necessary, a welcome change from the typical endless lint collectors in so many other products. The clasps aren't as the original but they're serviceable and with the appropriate adjustment to their strap length they're easily operated with one hand with some practice. The top won't fit as tightly as it might otherwise but the hook and loop will keep it as tightly closed as needed even if the clasps' straps aren't pulled tight, that can be done for transport or storage and readily loosened for live work as needed. The sewn-in shoulder strap is a huge plus in that it wraps around the entire bag and given the stout material used it isn't going to fail sooner than the bag itself. Since it runs across the bottom of the bag it acts also as a means of avoiding excess wear on the bag material itself, a clever feature. No worries about skidding it about on rough ground or concrete or brick, etc. All in all a justifiably brilliant and classic design I wish I'd acquired a long time ago.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not sized for pro gear

I am not clear why so many pros like this. I guess I will be the lone dissenter. On the outside it is a beautiful bag with dimensions that are PERFECT! And nice...Read complete review

I am not clear why so many pros like this. I guess I will be the lone dissenter. On the outside it is a beautiful bag with dimensions that are PERFECT! And nice huge pockets.
But:
1) The 4 lens insert is too small for the width of many pro lenses with reversed hoods, any lens with a hood bigger than about 3" (this excludes Canon 70-200L F4, 24-70, 24-105, 24L, 100L, any many other pro medium size lenses). Maybe 1 can be fit, but not 2-4. You can remove the hoods, but then there is no place to put the hoods. If you jam them in there with the hoods on, it will stretch to fit, but you won't be able to get them out, and a 5DII will then be too tight in the camera compartment.

2) With the insert installed, the remaining space is not large enough for a pro body with a lens on (1Dx, D3x). Who carries a bag like this around without a lens mounted. It is certainly not a bag designed for transport (little padding). It must it must be for active use.

3) With the insert installed a 5DII, D700, or cropper will fit with a medium lens (lens pointing down). But there are no dividers to stabilize it or to utilize the space around the lens. And, it is not quite big enough to leave a quick release plate mounted.

4) If you forgo the insert, there is not enough Velcro mounted to place your own divider system. So that means you have to individually encase the lenses for protection. This ruins any fast access to lenses.

5) The "military grade" clasps are horrendous. They are sharp and awkward and time-consuming. They'd be fine for attaching a shoulder strap, but not for frequent access. They are sewed on. And, in my opinion mount backwards with easier clasping action then unclasping action. And while intending to keep caps on lenses in the case, if they fall off accidentally or you are in the process of changing lenses, the metal clasps can damage the lenses.

6) If you don't like the shoulder strap, tough luck, it is sewed on. You could cut it off and mount your own on the D-rings. Really?

7) I don't see any way to use this bag with a larger zoom lens like a 70-200 2.8 or 100-400.

Bag sizing is a highly personal taste. But, I think a good test of a bag in this size class is to get a F2.8 kit, a prime, and and a flash, plus a few accessories (ie 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, 1-2 specialty pro prime (TS-E, 24L, 50L, 85L, 135, etc), and a 5D or D700 camera. This one fails miserably.

The perfect size on the outside. But to carry what? Certainly not a pro camera kit.

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5.0

The Best Pro Camera Bag

By Jamadeus Ltd

from Baltimore, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Olive Drab):

I am an active concert and event photographer. When I need durability and total functionality in a camera bag, I always turn to Domke camera bag systems. The original F-2 Domke bag is just one of several Domke bags I now own. I also have the smaller F-3X and the larger F-1X. When you want to carry like a Pro, then you carry Domke!

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4.0

Highly accessible camera bag

By TXshooter

from New Braunfels, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Olive Drab):

What's in my bag? Nikon D7100, 70-300mm, 50mm, 10-24mm wide, 18-55mm, SB-700, extra batteries, cleaning kit, and various shooting accessories. Easy access to your gear without having to zip and fuss with velcro. The other two bags I own prior to this one are a Lowepro back pack and sling type bags. Those bags are superior for carrying your gear on a longer walks, however if i'm shooting in outdoors with them I'm having to lay those packs on the ground to fish out my gear. Once I'm done shooting, those packs that were on the ground are going onto my back. Not a problem if all I'm doing is shooting that day, but if I'm expecting to engage in a social setting between shots, it's a hassle to try to stay clean. I looked at messenger bags before this one, but those I found to be a lot higher in price for less room for my gear. If I could improve on this bag, it would be to update two front quick release hooks and add a zippered inner liner to the main compartment for weather & security protection.

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4.0

Dependable

By rh

from Midwest US

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment

Cons

  • It Will Wear Out

Best Uses

  • Daily Usage

Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

The F-2 is an old standby. I've gone through at least six in 40 years in photojournalism. The earlier bags (back in the Jim D days) seemed to better hold their color and resist tearing than newer versions, but it remains the most convenient working bag I've ever used for 2-3 lenses and a body.

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  • No

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4.0

Very Happy

By Dan

from Montreal, Qc

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

    This bag is very heavy duty, I'm not worried at all with durability.
    I'm an amateur photographer with one camera and 4 lenses and this bag is perfect for me. I can see it being too small for a pro.
    Very happy with this purchase !!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Superior Camera Bag

    By Jake

    from Wellington, Florida

    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 F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Olive Drab):

      Securely holds all my camera gear and looks great. Best camera bag I have ever owned. Arrived extremely well packaged and on time. I could not be more pleased!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Thirty years and still going

      By Jimmy D.

      from Mesa, Az

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Usage
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Olive Drab):

        My bag is old, beat up, and patched, sort of like me. No one would ever suspect it holds anything valuable. I should get rid of it but it is like a loyal old friend that has never failed me.

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        • No

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        5.0

        F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Sand) by DomkeF-2 Original Should

        By uli

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Usage
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Sand):

          This bag helps me keep. I like the compartments and bag color.

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          • No

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          4.0

          a pick-up and go bag

          By Open-Road

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage

            Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Olive Drab):

            I have had this bag for a few years and not until recently have I grown to appreciate the simple but yet functional use of this bag. This is not a fit everything you own into type of bag, but put what you need for the days shoot and head out the door. It comfortable, rugged, and easy to access what you need without making a huge ordeal. Switch a lens, clean a lens, or add a filter. Shoot and move kinds of bag that works well for me when shooting landscapes. In my bag I usually carry a 70-200/2.8, 10-20, and a mounted 24-85 on a nikon 7200. Also are multiple grads, polarizer's, remotes, and cleaning gear. I give it a 4 because the insert it comes with is a little outdated for smaller lens sizes. I highly recommend the strap padding in conjunction with this bag, because it can weigh quite a bit loaded up. for the insert i switched out the one from my lowepro sling, fits much better.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great bag, but shy of perfect

            By 7evenPoint

            from Boston

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Cumbersome
            • Not Weather Tight
            • velcro

            Best Uses

            • Daily Usage
            • Event
            • Field

            Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Olive Drab):

            This replaced my older bag as I need something just a bit larger but small enough for daily use. It holds my D7100, 50mm prime, 17-50, sb700 flash, 55-200kit, and a handful of small accessories. One pocket holds my batteries and charger, the other is actually empty. Then of course papers, pens, cards, ect. All fits fine. Although, when the body is attached to the large 17-50, it takes a bit of wrestling to get it in/out the bag.
            It does its job well being a camera bag.
            First complaint, is velcro. I just hate velcro, its not that loud, but still.
            Secondly, while waterproof, I wouldn't rely on it in the rain or sand even.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Worth every cent

            By Anthony Eldreth

            from Newark, DE

            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 F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Sand):

              The nicest bag I've ever owned . . .

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good but small

              By Aman

              from Fort Worth

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Not Enough Pockets

              Best Uses

              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

              It's a good bag overall, but when it says it can hold 6-10 lenses, apparently that means small lenses only. It doesn't handle my 70-200 very well at all. I'd buy a bigger one if you plan on using any lenses much larger than a 16-35.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Best bag ever revisited !

              By DBR403

              from SW Alberta Canada

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Usage

                Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

                Going to a Sony Mirrorless A7II system has allowed me to go back to my all-time favourite bag the Domke F-2. It just works with the FE lenses and smaller camera bodies. Its a class that is perfect in today's mirrorless world.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Long time favorite

                By yolaholga

                from Nowhere Zen NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    There's a reason this bag has been around for so long. It just works.
                    I've got five camera bags and this one comes the closest to being perfect.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Great Bag with some Fatal Flaws

                    By JC

                    from Atlanta

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

                    This is a great bag and i dont need to reiterate its great features. However, I want to point out two fatal flaws are (a) not weather proof and (b) two front metal latches.

                    I got caught in the middle of a nasty thunderstorm on location in China a few years ago,and my F2 was soaking wet inside out. As a result the fabric color was coming off. I'd like to suggest Domke use waterproof nylon instead. Secondly, the two metal latches should be plastic so they can't accidentally bumped into gear while changing lenses in a rush. Preferably just one plastic latch in the middle.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Outstanding Quality!

                    By Duluthian

                    from Duluth, MN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Usage
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

                      Can't ask for a better crafted bag! Rugged and just feels like it will last a lifetime. Easily holds my Fuji X-Pro 1 with (lens attached),Fuji 55-200mm & 23mm lenses and Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm & 32mm lenses. Also in the bag are a flash, macro tube and various filters and other items. Still room for another lens or two. If I ever need a bigger bag, it will be another Domke!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best DSLR camera bag for walk around

                      By master67@bigpond.com

                      from Sydney

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Usage
                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Street photography
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

                        I have owned eight DSLR camera bags for last ten years include backpack and shoulder bags, but Domke-F2 is my best camera bag now, because it is mid-sized bag it can carry most of my gear that I need for walk around street photography. I like thick and rugged canvas materials that are superior to any other nylon fabric bags. I would buy different size Domke bags to carry more or less gear in the future.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Only bag I've ever used

                        By Edd

                        from Earth

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Usage

                          Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Sand):

                          This bag is built to WORK.

                          Bought my first one in the late 1970's and, while it certainly has a "been there, done that" look, it's still in use.

                          Ruggedly constructed. I once put it down at a firemen's muster, and the stream from a loose hose knocked the bag about 30'. The bag got wet, the gear was unharmed.

                          I keep a hi-vis highway vest in the top flap pocket, which provides some extra padding.

                          The movable insert is great, allowing me to configure the interior to hold 2 DSLRs with attached lenses, a speedlite, and extra batteries all inside. The outside pockets contain pens, note pads, passes, passport and tickets, remote cables, WIFI adapter, and other sundry items.

                          Best quality is how "invisible" the bag is, especially when it gets a bit shop-worn. Nothing worse than carrying a bag that screams "expensive cameras inside."

                          I tend only get about a year out of the strap before it needs to be replaced, but I always have it on my shoulder.

                          Only area I'd like to see improved are the 2 clasps. They take a little bit too much time to open, a serious matter when seconds count. Fortunately, I can just not clasp them. The bag is deep enough to hold the gear securely. They do CLOSE relly fast though.

                          Highly recommend this bag.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Terrific bag

                          By classical music photo man

                          from nyc

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Daily Usage
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Black):

                            Works great. Holds D200, 3 lenses, flash and accesories. Designed to allow access to all your gear, it makes changing lenses and attaching flash easy and fast. The heavy canvas, and stiching are great. The velcro closure on the front opens easily and quitely a for hook and loop style fastener.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            LOVE THIS BAG

                            By Dick

                            from Malibu, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage

                              Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Sand):

                              I carry a couple of LUMIX GX1 bodies and several lenses with me. this bag is perfect for fitting all the gear I need and it is very impressively made. Very think material, good straps and great hardware are practical and beautiful at the same time.

                              The big bonus is the B&H price is a bargain for what you get in excellent product that will last for years and years.

                              I really can find much to complain about it just is a natural for me. Like most photographers, I am a camera bag collector. this one is a real keeper.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Why didn't I buy this sooner!

                              By Herb

                              from Newport News, VA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Don't Have To Take It Off
                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Easy access to gear
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                              • Tight For Large Lenses

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Usage
                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about F-2 Original Shoulder Bag (Sand):

                              Using this bag as a replacement for a Canon backpack bag that I had been carrying for the past 8 years. Two bodies and the lenses that I need for that outing.

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                              • No

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