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Domke F-5XA: is it large enough?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by fluberman, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    502
    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    I will be going to Italy for a business trip and will do some sightseeings/city tours in a leisure time. I'm considering to take my gears as follows:

    GX1
    P 12-35
    P 45-175
    PL 25 or P 20
    O 75
    S 7.5 (optional)

    Do you think they will fit in the Domke F-5XA bag?
     
  2. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    784
    Jan 10, 2013
  3. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran

    361
    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    I tried that bag with a bit less equipment and it was too tight for me. While you may get everything in you will have no working room. Some people are ok with a stuffed bag. I prefer a bit of extra space.
     
  4. jon595

    jon595 Mu-43 Veteran

    229
    May 2, 2011
    PA
    I really like my Domke F-5xa. I have it configured as seen below with the following gear:
    - Olympus E-M5 with PL 25mm f/1.4 attached
    - Oly 14-150mm, Oly 45mm
    - FL-600R, accessory flash, extra battery, extra SD card, lens cloth

    2013-03-11_13-51-59.
    2013-03-11_12-50-52.
    2013-03-11_13-49-27.

    You could swap out the FL-600r for another lens. With all you have listed though, it would be a tight fit. Also note, I'm using a pair of dividers I had extra from a ThinkTank Retrospective 5 that are half-height.
     
  5. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    I'd go with the XB instead. If you stack-cap the lenses you should be able to keep one on body, 2 sets of stacked lenses, and have a reasonable amount of finger space. Although the non reversible hoods on the pl25 and o75 may present a problem.

    I personally would bring the 7.5mm.

    Have a great trip.
     
  6. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denmark
    Morten
    The F-5XA is a really nice little bag - but I think will be too small for your kit
    I haven't tryed the F-5XB so I dont know if it will fit

    My fav. bag is the F-5XC - I don't find it too big and I really like that you can arrange the bottom as "lens department" :D (I used some home made seperators). It will hold your kit for sure

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    D700_2013-01-22_DSC_4028-Edit.jpg by Morten Westergaard, on Flickr

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    D700_2013-01-22_DSC_4029-Edit.jpg by Morten Westergaard, on Flickr

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    D700_2013-01-22_DSC_4032-Edit.jpg by Morten Westergaard, on Flickr


    Here's the F-5XA

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    D700_2013-01-22_DSC_4027-Edit.jpg by Morten Westergaard, on Flickr

    Here you can see F-5XA and F-5XC side by side

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    D700_2013-01-22_DSC_4025-Edit.jpg by Morten Westergaard, on Flickr
     
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  7. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denmark
    Morten
    .... And have a nice trip to Italy
     
  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    I'm looking at about the same size. Going between the F-5XA, F-5XB, F-9JD, and F-10JD.

    • The main compartments of the F9/10 are thinner and have a zippered front pocket.
    • The F-5's padding seem to not be attached to the side so you have room to slip stuff on the side in the main zippered section.
    • The F-5XA has the two little front pockets in stead of the one big one on the F-5XB.
    • The F-9/10 no zipper, but a clip and additional pockets.
    • ....

    I think I'm leaning to the F-5XB or F-9. But I'm also leaning toward the rugged Wear look, which I believe limits me to the F-5XB.
     
  9. m3b

    Fluberman. For my trips requiring packing compact (ie not checked bags) the F-5XB is the bag of choice. I pack a similar sized kit to yours. GF-1 +LVF1, 45-200, 14-45 and 20mm into the XB. Allows for easy & minimal juggling access to the gear. I don't like juggling lens/bodies around to get to gear. The 2" of extra width the XB has over the XA might be needed for your gear list. I slip the XB into a small TB2 messenger bag along with travel survival kit. It fits easily under the plane seat. Counts as my personal carry on item. Photo attached of my 3 bags for size comparison. TB2 Snoop size small, XC & XB. You may want to consider the XC if you plan to pack everything on your list.

    XC is my favorite overall bag. The lower zippered compartment adds versatility to a relatively small bag. The bag has just enough padding to protect the gear. Not as bulky or stiff like the TB2 Snoop. After a few hours on your shoulder the softer & lighter feel of the bag is appreciated. For TB2 I needed to add a shoulder pad.
     

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  10. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Excellent illustrations Morten.

    The XC was the bag I was going to get when I left m43. Now that I'm back I don't have enough gear to fill it.

    Yet.:smile:
     
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  11. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    784
    Jan 10, 2013
    A factor to consider in what size to get is whether or not you use hoods. If so, would you prefer them reversed or would you want them mounted in the shooting position? Another factor is whether you want all lenses unstacked and immediately accessible.

    For many shooting situations, its not imperative and it's fun just to have all your stuff with you; for casual situations where you don't know what focal lengths or light conditions to expect.
     
  12. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    F-10 comes in a Ruggedwear version too...

    For what it's worth, the F-10 will fit your kit if you use vertical dividers... This is what I carry in mine.

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  13. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    It would but it's also the largest of the 4 bags I'm considering.
    I'm currently using an older Lowepro photo runner or a Nikon gadget bag (this also doubles as my small kit dslr bag).

    The interior size:
    Runner = 11 x 4.5 x 7
    F-5XA = 7.5 x 4 x 6
    F-5XB = 9.5 x 4 x 6
    F-9 JD = 7 x 3 x 7.5
    F-10 JD = 9 x 3 x 7
    Gadget bag = well it's bigger, but still smaller than my Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW or Lowepro Magnum AW so...

    The JD bags are narrower in the main pocket they both front pockets that make them bigger. Going to see what I might be able to find as a few local stores, might just come down to "in stock", not sure.
     
  14. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    502
    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    Thanks folks for all your comments.

    I've just visited a local camera store and brought all the lenses I'd like to take to the trip. Unfortunately the store doesn't have Domke bags in stock. On the other hand, they have Lowepro, Kata and other familiar brands. I tried Lowepro Event Messenger 150 and all my lenses fit well. So I'm wondering how large is the Domke F-5XB as compared to this lowepro bag?
     
  15. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    502
    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex

    Thanks Morten. Your pictures are quite inspiring.

    It seems that it is quite difficult to obtain Domke bags in Sweden. Do you have a recommendation of some shops in Denmark that might send items to Sweden?
     
  16. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Event Messenger™ 150 Interior = 11.6W X 3.9D X 8.6H in.
    Event Messenger™ 100 Interior = 7.9W X 3.5D X 6.6H in.

     
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  17. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    502
    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    Thanks Davidzi...
    So it's slightly smaller than the Event Messenger 150.
     
  18. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I have the F-5XB and I'm pretty sure you won't be able to fit all the gear listed in the OP - I think the zooms are too tall to stack anything other than a pancake lens. I've got one body plus 25 in the center, and then the 40-150 on one side and the 14 + 45 stacked on the other (with non-reversing 45 hood mounted). There's just about enough room to put the VF-2 on top of either side.
     
  19. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denmark
    Morten
    Thank you

    There are two online shops selling Domke bags in Denmark

    Photographica link

    Kamerahuset link

    I don't know if they will ship to Sweden

    I bought both of mine used (not that you could see it:smile:)
     
  20. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Well for me I think it's going to be the F-5XB, just ordered one. :biggrin: