Domke F-5xb

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

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Review #1

This is the small Domke bag that I love for 'round about town....i.e. traveling light. B&H Photo reports interior dimensions as 10.5 x 4.5 x 6.5" and exterior as 13 x 5.25 x 8.25" While, as with all Domke bags, there is some give....both bulge out and fold needed (what I find as a real benefit), you can see that the exterior dimensions given appear to be off. The customer service person at Domke (Tiffen) was not able to confirm or deny. It comes with the normal (great) Domke belt, which has rubberized threads on inside to have it stay put.  

This is the way I have it configured. It comes with 2 of the movable partition, of which I only use one.

This shows the interior pocket, from back side of bag. There is also a pocket across the from (you may see the pen stuck in one corner). I use the interior for CF/batteries, etc. Front for note taking and othe misc. stuff.

These are pieces I will later show in bag. Canon EOS 5D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted, Canon 580EX Speedlite flash, 70-300 IS DO lens.


5D & Flash


With this combo, I will, if I think I may need fill flash, stick a small 220EX flash in my pocket. The 220EX works great for this as it is very small and light.

In this view, you can see the slot for the front pocket. Just above it the velco to hold the top flap...which I find very useful...I rarely zipper the compartment close, and the flap holds easily, yet opens quickly for access to camera.


Back view

It appears to have a provision for using a belt, though I have never used this.

thanks to JRSchwaller for photos & info.

Review #2

the Domke F-5XB. Perfect low profile, easy to work out of, walk around all day long bag.....

Photos contain:
Canon 300D Digital Rebel
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM
filters, batteries, Hitachi 4GB Microdrive,

Thanks to Lmitch for photos & info

Review #3
(Added 29th July 2008)

Equipment list in bag :
Canon EOS 40D
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8EX DC(attached)
Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM
Sunpak Auto 383 Super
Camera batteries
Lens brush

I was looking for a small bag to take on vacations, specifically something that I could  insert into my under-seat carry-on bag to reduce the amount of luggage I have to wrangle onto the plane. The Domke F-5xb is the perfect size for this and allows me to bring SLR gear I normally would have left at home in the interest of travelling light.

I found the velcro a bit excessive so I repurposed some scraps to reduce the amount of grip and noise.

The bag will zipper closed, but it's definitely a tight fit for a Canon 40D. Note the bulge in the second shot, but I don't think this will be a problem after the bag breaks in some more.

I used a spare bag insert (from a LowePro Nova 1) for the grip side of the camera (left side in the picture). The insert is shorter than the ones that come with the bag and has a floppy top to provide some padding for the lens underneath.

The internal pocket is really a space between the padding and the bag, which is really quite clever in its simplicity and efficiency. I keep a lens brush and all my spare camera batteries in there.

This is how the equipment fits in, a bit like a game of Tetris.

The front pocket so far only holds a pen and some other flat items, though not my extra memory cards since I prefer to keep them in the bag. I don't really expect to hold much in there.

Given the size, some might be concerned the F-5xb looks too much like a purse. Get the olive color and that might help the situation.

Likes about the bag:

Size, style, swivelling shoulder strap

Dislikes about the bag:
The velcro is a bit much but can be modified

user rating
review score 9

Thanks to Cameron for review

Review #4
(Added 9th March 2010)

Equipment list in bag :
Canon EOS 5D MK II
Metz 58 AF-1 flashwith Sto-fen diffuser attached (similar in size to the Canon 580EX-II)
Canon 50mm f/1.2L

Gear waiting to be loaded

I took out one divider, leaving one

Gear dropped in (flash head hasn't been tilted yet)

Flash head tilted & gear loaded

Zipper closed (no bulges)

This is my most minimalistic Domke for casual situations which require one DSLR body with a lens mounted to it (with hood) + a full size flash. To this regard, it doesn't get any more portable than the Domke F-5XB. This bag consists of interior padding with 2 dividers of which I use one (to separate the lens hood from the flash).
I intend to use this as a walk-around bag for those times when I need just one lens. It's inconspicuous and light.

Likes about the bag:
Solid construction: metal shoulder-strap fittings, tough canvas construction, sturdy yet flexible shoulder strap.
Plastic zipper with metal fasteners: plastic minimizes damage to gear inside.
Supplied name tag.
Belt mountable design.
Lightweight and portable.
Non-slip gripper strap.
One exterior & one interior slim compartment in addition to the main compartment.

Dislikes about the bag:
Noisy velcro closure on the front flap (I'm thinking of removing the velcro).
Domke logo on the front flap: Difficult to remove as it's close-stitched.

user rating
review score 7

Thanks to Sabesh for review

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

Review #1

I've been looking for a small, walking-around bag for some months and until a few days ago couldn't find one I liked. The bag needed to be big enough to hold the camera with kit lens attached and have room for one or two small primes/ or a flash.

Most bags I looked at seemed designed more like carrying cases or storage devices, and look it too. They are too easily recognizable as a camera bag and don 't permit quick access to the camera. (In some of the small bags I looked at, the camera fits so tightly that it is a struggle to take it out.) I looked at many small bags at B&H in NYC over the course of three visits, finally coming across the Domke Shoulder/Belt bag (Cat No 700-52B, model 5XB) hidden away under much larger Domke bags.

Basically, the model is a miniature messenger bag that fits comfortably on my shoulder or over my hear. I love it.


Front View of Domke Shoulder/Belt Bag...

Top View of Domke Shoulder/Belt Bag...

thanks to Leonardo for photos & comments

Reviews for Nikon D40 / D60 / D3000 / D5000

Review #1

Bag contains:
Nikon D40 + Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX
Nikon SB-600
SC-29 TTL Cord

The two padded dividers that come with the Domke bag are on each end of the bag, providing more cushion than just the bag alone can provide. The padded divider separating the camera and flash is from a LowePro bag that I do not use. Works very well for the small D40.

thanks to Drew for review

Additional Info

  • Description: The Domke F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag (Black) can be used as a camera bag, or remove the Gripper shoulder strap and thread it through the belt loop for an instant waist/hip pack. The bag can hold an SLR or rangefinder camera, one or two lenses, filters, film and accessories. There is a zippered, padded main compartment lined with touch fastener material, a long thin compartment on the front of the bag, and a U-shaped pad that makes a compartment for papers. • Water-resistant canvas camera bag that can be used as a shoulder or hip bag. • Protective weather flap on the front Compartments * One long thin compartment on the front of the bag * Zippered, padded main compartment lined with touch-fastener-compatible material and removable padded divider * U-shaped pad makes a compartment for papers. Carrying options * Removable, non-slip Gripper shoulder strap; doubles as a waist belt * Belt-loop at the back of the bag
  • Bag Type: Shoulder Bag
  • Interior Size: 9.5W x 4D x 6H
  • Exterior Size: 10W x 4.5D x 7.25H
  • Weight: 1lb. 4oz.
  • Material: Canvas
  • Bag Capacity: Ideal For: 1 SLR or rangefinder camera, 1 or 2 lenses, filters, film and accessories.
  • Colours Available: Black, Navy,Brown, Drab
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