Another bag thread: Images of Bags with gear.

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by noelh, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. The "bags & more bags" thread is approaching the 1000 post mark. Some have noted and image based page would be nice. Individual needs and bias for specific brands makes bag selection a personal choice. Have yet to find the "perfect" bag. My excuse for owning different bags for different situations.

    Enclosed are images of my most used bags. 1st image is the gear. Other images are of the bags (Domke F-5XC and F-5XB) with the gear packed less whats sitting outside of the bags. Both bags required customization with additional dividers. The XC rain/dust cover is a diy unit. Both bags limit you to either packing only the 45-200 or the 100-300mm. All hoods are deployed except the long tele in the XB. Closing the zipper is tight. 1/2" wider bag would have been nice.

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  2. jon595

    jon595 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
    Here is a Domke F-5xa. I'm going to put one bag per post for easier searching.

    Domke F-5xa

    - Olympus OMD E-M5 with PL25mm f/1.4
    - Oly 45mm f1.8, Oly 14-150mm, Oly FL-600R
    - extra AA's, extra E-M5 battery, extra SDHC card, lens cloth
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  3. jon595

    jon595 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
    Here is a Thinktank Retrospective 5.

    2013-02-19_07-30-47.jpg 2013-02-19_08-32-15.jpg 2013-02-19_08-36-43.jpg

    - Olympus OMD E-M5 with PL 25mm f/1.4
    - Oly 14-150mm, Oly 9-18mm, Oly 45mm, Pana 45-200mm
    - FL-600R, lots of accessories
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  4. jon595

    jon595 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
    Domke F-8

    2012-11-16_13-14-03.jpg 2012-11-16_13-14-39.jpg 2012-11-16_14-02-24.jpg

    - Olympus OMD E-M5 with PL25mm f/1.4
    - accessory flash, FL-300R, Pana 45-200mm
    - Oly 45mm, Oly 9-18mm
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  5. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    Event Messenger 100

    Contents - lots of things in various combinations.

    I apologize for posting a video, I personally hate video reviews of things, but I had this video available showing one configuration of what I could fit in the bag as well as my cute color coded felt lens pouches.

    [ame=]Event Messenger 100 - YouTube[/ame]

    As a summary, the Event Messenger 100 is great for an E-M5 and a bunch of primes or even a zoom or two. The key is to get rid of the horizontal dividers and just use the two vertical dividers. That gives you three columns of storage. If you make form fitting pouches for your lenses you can fit way more in than if you used the horizontal dividers as well. Color code the pouches to make it easy to find what you want. There is an infinite variety of what you can fit and easy to rearrange based on whatever you happen to have attached to the camera last.

    Some configurations (all with E-M5):

    - 45-200, 20/1.7, 25/1.4, 14/2.5, 45/1.8, 7.5/3.5 (this is what is in the video)
    - Swap the 45-200 above for the 75/1.8 or 7-14 or 14-45.
    - Actually the 14-45 and 75/1.8 can fit sideways allowing another small lens to fit on top.
    - You can actually swap the 14/2.5 for the 12/2 above and it will still fit much like in the video.
    - Many, many other packing options.

    Oh, and one I just discovered today. Swap the 45-200 for an IR converted body (G1 in my case) works just fine as well.

    Again, apologies for the video, it was something someone asked about over a year ago and I had it handy and no time to shoot something new...

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  6. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    Tamrac 3325, LowePro Lens Case 9x13cm (x2), belt

    Sorry, another lame barely acceptable image.


    This is my primary outdoor bag system that I have been using since 2009 and it is awesome.

    The 3325 will hold any body (perhaps not the GH3) and with any lens attached (perhaps not the 100-300). The lens cases will hold any zoom and perhaps two primes stacked (see felt pouches in above post). For landscape this is excellent. I run with an E-M5 (formerly GH2, formerly G1) in the 3325 with whatever lens last used attached. Between the two pouches and the 3325 I carry the 7-14, 14-45 and 45-200. Evaluating a 45-175 as a 45-200 replacement at the moment.

    The great thing about the 3325 is it is not stupidly puffy with pockets all over it. It is as narrow as it can be to work well as a belt holster case. It does have two velcro pouches on each side that can hold filters/batteries - but not much. Every other so called "holster" bag I've seen from any manufacturer is a gargantuan monstrosity that is impractical to wear.

    Note that for smaller bodies (E-M5 the largest I'd try) the 3320 works with most primes (25mm or smaller) and the more compact kit zooms. It is a bit tight with the E-M5 but should be great with a GF or EPM for sure.

    I also have a custom made tripod bag that attaches to the back of the belt. That holds a Slik Sprint Pro. Not in the above picture - would attach on the back of the belt. Just a pack cloth sleeve with a draw string and two webbing belt loops. The belt loops also go around the whole sleeve with cinches so that for rough terrain or long hikes you can cinch the tripod tightly to the belt so it doesn't flop around. I am a bit of a sewer if you haven't figured that out already...

    You will not look fashionable wearing this, but it is excellent for rough landscape shooting. You never have to set down a bag and have it tip over. Your back is free for a day pack. You can class 3 scramble and boulder as necessary for the right vantage point. Squat to change lenses if not using a tripod, if using a tripod trivial to swap lenses. Use the 3325 to hold your lens cap when shooting and thus never lose it.

  7. akhyar

    akhyar Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 16, 2012
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  8. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I think this thread is a great idea and have been hoping more people would post pics of their bags filled with gear.

    Anyway, I started a new thread earlier today with my mini review of the new Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 10, and then I remembered this languishing thread. :redface:

    Here's the link to my thread with pics of the MM10 and some gear configurations:

    And here's a pic of the MM10 next to my Domke F-5XB (similar in size to the MM20). The MM10 is really tiny, but it holds a lot for its size. I got it to carry a small kit everyday, but I think it will be useful for more than that. :smile:

  9. DaveyA

    DaveyA Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    This thread is great. It is really useful to actually see the bags. I am looking for a bag right now and am torn between the Domke F-5XB and the F-5XA. I think the 5XA would probably do me but I have seen a nice "B" on Amazon, it is the rugged wear model with the waxy look that I quite like . However the dimensions given are different from other 5XB's. Could someone confirm which is correct, I can't imagine them making two different sizes in the same range. Here are a couple of links to the bags in question, I hope they work.

    Domke F-5XB Shoulder and Belt RuggedWear Bag: Camera & Photo

    Domke F-5XB Shoulder Belt Bag - Brown: Camera & Photo

    It is difficult to judge the difference in size between the 5XA and the XB. At the moment I am only using my EM5 with the 12-50 kit lens and the O45. I also have an OM100mm. But of course things may change down the line and I don't want to later regret buying something too small to hold everything. I also thought that with the slightly larger bag there may be room to squeeze in a small thermos of tea and a bite to eat, so that I could have a day cycling with my camera. Thanks again for the photos, really helpful.
  10. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I hated the A. It has two small gusseted pockets in the front, and unless the bag is stuffed, whatever you put in those pockets is vulnerable to falling out. Also, unless the bag is stuffed, the flap falls so far over the front of the bag, that it completely misses the velcro. I found this bag too fiddly and a PITA.

    The B, on the other hand, is a really nice bag. It's got one large, nongusseted pocket across the front, as well as an inner pocket between the padding and canvas. Whether the bag is empty or stuffed, the velcro on the flap falls in the right spot and engages. I'm not sure if the ruggedwear version is any different than the canvas versions, but I can tell you that the official measurements are:

    exterior: 10x4.5x7.5 (inches)
    interior: 9.5x4.0x6.0 (inches)

    Check full specs here:

    Domke F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black) 700-52B B&H Photo Video

    I sold off my A and replaced it with a Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 10 for when I want to carry my tiniest kit. :smile:
  11. DaveyA

    DaveyA Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    Thanks for the info.:2thumbs: It sounds like it might irritate me too. So, I think I am leaning towards the B. I might post a question and ask if anyone uses the rugged wear version and check the dimensions. The size given on Amazon just seems a bit on the large size for me.
  12. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I learned the hard way never to trust Amazon's specs! :frown: IIRC, B&H has the same specs for the rugged wear version. And I'm sure someone here has one. :smile:

    Sent from my phone. Please pardon my brevity!
  13. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    On other forums, this is always my favorite thread. I'll post some when I get the time to shoot my m43 stuff in a bag.
  14. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    I would suggest that a photo of the bag being carried would be very helpful to any images.
  15. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    Speaking of the Rugged Wear FX-B, I'd just returned from a small trip to Portland, OR and the ocean, very misty but the rugged wear kept my kit nice and dry. The bag fit my EPL2 with the Sigma 19mm and hood mounted, 50mm Minolta 1.4, various filters and spare batteries and my VF3. I'm not one to squish my stuff in a bag, I like to be able to reach in and grab what I want without shuffling stuff around. For all intents and purposes the bag was perfect. Nice light and compact as a walk around bag. Very form fitting to your body.
  16. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    I just received the bag I ordered from ebay for a little over $40... I think my system fits on it very well.

    E-M5 + 75mm f/1.8 , 17mm f/1.8 with hood, 12-50mm and 75-300mm with hood

  17. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 9, 2011
    Czech Republic
    National Geographic W2140 Walkabout Midi Satchel easily holds:

    G3+PL45/2.8, GF2+LVF1+P14/2.5, PL25/1.4 rests beneath GF2 separated by folded neoprene wrap case. In front pocket two circular polarizers (Hoya HD, Kenko PRO1D wide band) stacked, battery, SD card, mini lens pen, blower, cloth and rain cover. Still plenty of free space in the bag to squeeze other lens, wallet, flash or small tripod. But overall weight is increasing rapidly with stuff added, for instance the removable insert loaded with two bodies and three lenses weights 1,5Kg :wink: For sake of my shoulder both bodies share same battery and also lenses has unified 46mm filter thread :biggrin: But if you don't care about your back, there is separate padded compartment for Ipad too :thumbup:



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  18. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    Lowepro Adventura 120 with OM-D with FD 135mm f2.8 + Oly 12-50 + 17mm 2.8 + Minolta MD 50mm 1.7 + Samyang 7.5mm

    I don't usually carry with these all lenses, the photos are for show how much gear can be carried in it





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  19. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    See? People complain that all we do is talk about gear and not post images. This will show them.
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  20. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    :biggrin::biggrin: so true!!
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