Domke F-6

Reviews for Canon 300D /10D/20D/30D/40D/50D/60D /5D / 7D

U.S Prices

Review #1

(Added 21st June 2008)

Equipment list in bag :
Canon EOS 40D
Canon BG-E2 Battery Grip
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (attached)
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Sunpak Auto 383 Super

I expected the Domke F-6 to be bigger, but I had no problems fitting my core kit into it. Though it seems designed to transport a camera without a lens attached, the padded insert will hold a 40d with grip and lens, pointed nose down, pretty well. The core philosophy behind the Domke line may seem counterintuitive to some at first - the minimal padding, non-divided accessory pockets and canvas material run counter to the LowePro and Tamrac products that dominate store shelves. But for those who shoot in a photojournalistic style (or who simply are photojournalists) the bag's ease of access to equipment and unassuming style are important for the quick response and unobtrusive requirements of the work.

The one thing the bag won't do, which I was able to do with the LowePro Nova 4, is to hold the 40d with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS attached, along with all the lenses of the core kit. The only items that got bumped were the flash and flash accessories. I picture myself using the F-6 in conjunction with a belt and telephoto bag if I need to use 70-200mm, but even with the Nova 4 that wouldn't have been a bad idea.

Likes about the bag:
- Unassuming style: Especially being olive green, it looks more like something from army surplus than the camera shop.
- Comfortable: You'll be surprised how much weight that padded bag added to your load.
- Carry handle connects to rings on the main strap instead of the lid. I never understood why bag makers put the handle on the lid, which required you to strap/zipper everything closed to use it.

Dislikes about the bag:
- Main closure clips a little hard to manipulate, though that might get better over time. I still prefer the now more common plastic clips.
- Non-swivelling/permanent shoulder strap.
- Would have liked some subdivision of the main pocket instead of just being one big "junk drawer".

user rating
review score 9

thanks to Cameron for review.

Review #2

(Added 4th April 2010)

Equipment list in bag :
Canon EOS 7D w/ BG-E7 Grip
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM Lens (on loan and not pictured - goes in the empty space)
Think Tank Photo Pewee PR card case w/ 4 CFs and SD cards for my G11 fits right between the insert and the edge of the bag.

Battery Charger
Cokin Filter X-Pro Filter holder and 4"x6" Lee Grad ND filters (2 total)

Manuals and business cards
USB Cable (for tethering)

My search for a carry-around bag has ended. I have looked long and hard and have gone through multiple Lowepro, Kata, and Tamrac bags before settling (and I mean settled) on one of the Tamrac System 6 bags. I didn't like the stiff feeling of the bags but I made due as I found no other option. However, with my current lens selection, it just didn't fit right and I had to again search for a replacement.

I originally was turned off of the Domke bags by their lack of included padding but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that if I\'m taking care of my equipment, this should be a moot point. I began with the F-2 and an additional SLR insert (the one that allows for the camera to sit vertically with the lens pointing toward the side) but found it too large to carry in most situations. think without the side pockets it would be literally the perfect system bag but the additional few inches make it too much for me.

I returned it and purchased the F-6, the next size down. This is essentially a shorter (height and length) F-2 minus the end pockets and for me it is the perfect size. I have four staple lenses that I love (five once I get my 24L II but that\'s another few months) and this bag takes them all in stride.

The canvas and lack of case padding makes this bag extremely pliable and it simply hugs the body. It really moves with you as opposed to around you as with other cases. The inserts provide more than sufficient padding and as they are not a part of the case, it really facilitates the conforming nature of the case.

The pockets are also great. There is one under the lid (zippered) and an additional one that runs the width of the bag in front that expands nicely to hold just about anything you need.

One gripe, the shoulder strap is very grippy and it\'s appreciated, but it\'s not padded. With all four lenses and the body, the case gets very uncomfortable after a period of an hour or so. This is very easily remedied by a $15 pad (Domke`s postal carrier pad) and I highly suggest the investment.

Likes about the bag:

Conforming and amazingly comfortable to carry

Dislikes about the bag:
Shoulder strap is horrible unless you get the domke pad (HIGHLY recommended)

user rating
review score 9

Thanks to Andrew Luke for review


Reviews for Nikon D70 / D100 / D200 / D300 / D700

Review #1

The Domke F6 "Little Bit Smaller" is a light and stealthy camera bag made of heavy-duty canvas. Due to its softness, it "fits" to the hip and is very silent to work with. Normally, Domke bags are made for camera bodies without lenses and the lenses put in extra. In this style, there is room for the D70 with the body cap (or attached with the fabulous Nikon 45/2.8P (!)), the flash in the front bag and 4 (!) lenses from the small Nikon 35mm f/2 up to the big 80-200mm f/2.8.

But I prefer to leave one lens attached all the time, so I have modified the 4-compartment-inlet so that one lens/flash and the cam with lens attached fits perfectly.

This bag holds: (as shown on the pictures)

Main compartment, big inlet:
Nikon D70 body with Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR attached, Hood reversed.
SB-800 flash with diffuser, vertical

Main compartment, smaller inlet:
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, vertical, hood reversed
Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX, vertical, hood attached

Front bag:
either Quantum Turbo Battery  or   lots of accessories, batteries, cards, cables

Rear lid:
Some paperwork, Nikon manual

Top lid:
some cables, memory cards

Outer Rim:
Quantum Turbo Battery with cable attached; then the bag is easy to identify as photo bag, but having the Quantum at the bag rather than at the hip works fine for me.

The flap stays in closed place under all circumstances and can be fixed with two hooks for transport.

The inlets can be removed. They are attached with velcro at the side lines and are padded with closed cell foam. The bottom has its own plate which can be removed to add softness, at a little cost of ruggedness. I have put the inlets into a plastic bag so that they are completely sealed against moisture from the bottom side.

My personal record in loading the F6 is the following: D70 with Sigma 15-30 attached, put in vertical in the small compartment. In the big compartment (all vertical): Nikon 50mm f/1.4 with Nikon 35/2 on top, Sigma 28/1.8 with Teleconverter Kenko 1.4 pro on top, Tokina AT-X Pro 80-200/2.8, Flash SB 800 with Diffuser Dome. In the front bag the Quantum Turbo, in the lid  some memory cards and the batteries for the D70 and the flash.

This is a lot of stuff and the bag is crowded but still workable. The key to usability is to "re-sort" the contents after taking the camera out!

Conclusion: This bag is a dream for the normal to semi-pro-user with perfect quality, stealthy look and best usability - but the F6 is hard to get in the shops, at least over here in Germany!

If you need more equipment, look for the F2, if even more, then only the F1X is your deal!

thanks to Michael Rother for photos and comments.

Review #2

F6 bag arrived yesterday. What a great "smaller" bag. Great for weekend town outings or whatever the case may be. No need to haul the mini trekker on my back. If I am going out for a day of macro shooting, then I will ditch the 70-300 and put the 105mm in it's place. The images has a SB-800 w/ the 12-24mm in the same padded pouch. The main compartment is where the 70-300 is w/ the Nikon D70 w/ 18-70mm attached w/ harbortronics grip attached. Fits nicely. Plenty of extra room. If you order one, just watch out, the 2-compartment I order, labelled by Domke from BH, was only one. Probably packing error by Domke, but I keep my 12-24 in a padded pouch so no big deal for me. Removing part of the partition was simple with the use of a sewing thread remover.

thanks to for photo & info

Review #3
(Added 1st July 2008)

Equipment list in bag :
Nikon D300 MB-D10 battery grip + Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR micro
Nikon SB-600
and misc. small items

I was looking for a compact bag and liked both the OD color and the old school canvas feel of the Domke. It holds all my gear perfectly with no wasted space for things to rattle around. I did put a neoprene body cover on the D300 for some extra padding and dust control, it fits perfectly with the battery grip & 50mm lens installed. I also purchased the Domke tripod bag, it is excellent as well.

Likes about the bag:
Color, size, old school look, comfort when carrying and it doesn't scream expensive gear inside

Dislikes about the bag:
Wish the space for the camera body was padded and the shoulder strap was removable

user rating
review score 9

Thanks to Mike for review


Reviews for Nikon D50 / D80 / D90 / D7000

Equipment list in bag :
Nikon D50 + Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX lens
travel binoculars, charger, small flashlight, extra batteries and small hand tools.

Price paid: $70.00

Review text: A comfortable, well built bag that fits a smaller dslr with spare lenses and accessories.

Likes about the bag: Material is top notch.The build quality and it doesn't shout that it's a camera bag.

Dislikes about the bag: My only concern is the metal clips used to secure the bag. I wonder what the life expectancy of the metal is.

user rating
review score 9

Thanks to Shipsdrummer for review

For Epson R-D1 Rangefinder

Equipment list in bag :
To the right of the insert:
Epson R-D1 with Leitz Summicron-C 40mm f/2

To the left of the insert
Flash (Soligor  TIF 340 in this picture).

In the insert:
Leitz Elmar-C 90mm f/4
Voigtländer 21mm f/4 with square lens hood.
Voigtländer 28mm f/1.9 and 35mm viewfinder.
Old spectacle case with batteries, lens pen and lens cloth.
Cable release.

Front pocket:
Epson P-4000
Rubber blower thingy.

Lid pocket:
AC adapter for the EPSON P-4000,
and battery charger for the R-D1.

Back pocket was empty.

I have been looking for a little bit smaller camera bag off and on. I started out big, because I photographed mostly birds and such, but now I shoot mostly with my Epson R-D1 rangefinder, so I needed a smaller bag.

I had a preconceived notion that I wanted a Domke, I had tried several other brands, but at that time no Domke. Turns out they have a bag called the "Little bit smaller", go figure. Anyway, it has arrived. It is the right size for a range finder system, small but not cramped.

It is large enough to load everything one needs into (except for the tripod and flash stand with umbrella), including chargers and backup. Usually though I leave the chargers, the cables, the 4000-P and the flash at home and get a roomy bag where everything is easily accessable. The lid is loose enough that a rangefinder camera can be retrieved without opening the bag, a bonus as far as I can see.

Likes about the bag:
Just the right size for a rangefinder system, and there is still room for more stuff. Well made. Good looking.

Dislikes about the bag:
Not water proof (I haven/'t tested, but I think twice if it is rainy). The metal buckles tinkle when you walk. There is still room for more stuff.

user rating
review score 8

Thanks to Michael Hultstrom for review.

Additional Info

  • Description: F-6 Little Bit Smaller (Available in Canvas or Ballistic). Exceptionally discreet bag with a low profile exterior. Similar to F-2 Original Bag, but scaled down to hold less equipment. Facts and Figures: Nine compartments and pockets include two full-length zippered pockets, and Padded four compartment "short" Insert. Adjustable non-slip Gripper Strap.
  • Bag Type: Shoulder Bag
  • Interior Size: 11.25W x 5.5D x 7H
  • Exterior Size: 11.5W x 7D x 7.5H
  • Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz.
  • Material: Canvas
  • Bag Capacity: Ideal For: 1 or 2 cameras with or without motor drives, 3-4 lenses, flash unit, film and accessories.
  • Colours Available: Brown, Olive, Sand
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