The Three Bag System…..
Boy, did I get emails!!!!! Fair enough, let me address them. Am I a member of the bag of the month club? You bet, in good standing too! I thought you used a rolling bag, do you? Yes, when I travel by air and have to walk through airports, you bet, a rolling bag is the easiest to mange. What are the Donke bags for? Glad you asked. I love the Jim Domke inspired canvas bags, they are such a part of my heritage as a shooter. When I was a photojournalist, long long ago in a galaxy far far away, I used the famous Domke F-2 bag to carry two Nikons and four lenses, almost everybody did. It was actually the official bag of the White House Press Photographers Association, of which I was once a member! That bag is still a mainstay for photojournlists using mostly Nikons and Canons, (translation big bulky DSLRs and lenses).
When I went to the Fujifilm X System (mirrorless) I need smaller bags with smaller compartments to match my new lighter and smaller system. I was thrilled that some of Jim Domke’s smaller bags were a perfect fit!
Why a three bag system. Let’s clear this up, when I travel in my SUV which is by far, by way far, my favorite way to travel. I prefer smaller bags that I can actually carry if I need to. These Domke bags are perfect and I have broken them into three catagories;
Domke F-6 Field Work Bag (Range 15mm – 200)
Most coverage regardless of bulk and weight.
X-T3 or X-T2 body
10-24 f 4
18-135 f 3.5-5.6
16mm f 1.4
60mm f 2.4 Macro & Ext tubes
Domke F-5XB People/Speed Bag (Range 35mm – 85)
Avaialble light, people and low light work.
X-Pro 2 Body
23mm f 2
56mm f 1.2
Domke F-803 Travel Bag (Range 27mm – 300)
Most coverage at the least bulk and weight. Small and portable.
X-H1 or X-T3
27mm f 2.8
18-55 f 2.8-4
50mm f 2
55-200 f 3.5-4.8
By having these “systems” pre-packed I can grab the one that suites where I’m going and packed with what I know I will need. Of coure any of this can be altered if the assignment, most of mine now are self assignments, changes.
I still using rolling cases for air travel, and I still have special bags when the need arises, too many in fact, but this is a system that I think will work for me!
What about the beloved 100-400 It in a very nice padded Think Tank lens case all to itself, and it will always be be in the SUV with me!
Food for thought, please chime in your ideas, thoughts and questions!
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