Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by Greg0
Domke F-2: Rugged & Ready For Travel
If you are traveling this summer- and we hope you are- then we also hope that you’ll be bringing a camera along for the trip. As good as smartphone cameras have become, they still lack zoom capabilities, turn out pretty poor low-light image, and can’t capture truly fast motion without blurring. A true SLR camera offers so many more capabilities, and you’ll basically never need to worry about battery life, can use an external flash, and can take hundreds of images without thinking about filling up your phone’s storage.
But every good camera needs a good bag. It’s an essential item for any photographer, and even an amateur can appreciate a professional-quality bag, like the Tiffen Domke F-2 Original Camera Bag, part of their classic line. In fact, it’s such a classic that it’s basically the origin story of the entire company, the bag that started it all, dating back more than forty years. After all that time, it’s still one of the best-selling bags they have.
It’s pretty easy to see why, with it’s old-school looks (waxed canvas, nicely distressed) and balanced size. It’s not too large, but can still fit two camera bodies if you need, and has plenty of space for other essentials. You can fit up to six lenses (four larger zoom ones), a pop-up hotshoe flash, memory cards and batteries and cables. A nicely-padded four compartment insert is included, and there are lots of pockets- we counted six in total. Just as with it’s size, weight is balanced as well- there’s some padding but not enough to weighh you down.
We’ve checked out Domke bags in the past, like their Viewfinder, and always found them to offer solid quality for the price. This one is a little less rigged than some competitors, but offers more volume, and even offers optional backpack straps. One notable absence is a top grab handle, and the front clasps are pretty basic- but then, simple is often easier and less prone to failure or noise or other issues. Available in a few different color options, including tan, olive and blue, the Domke F-2 offers a piece of heritage without any pretension. Expect to spend around $169.95 online and in stores.