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Domke F-802 Reporter's Satchel - Black
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- 7 compartments and pockets
- Padded side walls and bottom, rigid top panel
- Reinforced handle is box-stitched to top of bag
- Adjustable Gripper Shoulder Strap is sewn completely around the Satchel for support
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The Domke F802 Reporter's Satchel (Black) is a multi-use satchel made to carry various types of imaging equipment. It is made of waterproof cotton canvas with padded side walls. There is a flexible compartment, 2 large expandable cargo pockets with individual weather flaps and 2 full length slip pockets. The flap has two flat zippered pockets on the front. The satchel has an adjustable Gripper shoulder strap sewn completely around satchel and a reinforced handle that is box-stitched to top of bag.
Domke F-802 Reporter's Satchel - Black
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I would usually put this down to a single defective bag, but I've another Domke bag, the F3X, which is also having some stitching and wear problems after just a year of light use. Pretty disappointing as they are great bags otherwise, very discreet.
It may just be that I'm unlucky, so I'll give it three stars and start looking for another discreet bag, maybe a Think Tank.
I first came across Domke bags 10 years ago when I was looking for something to carry my camera equipment around in, and I've been using them for that purpose ever since. Without exception they can take anything that you throw at them and will keep your equipment snug and safe inside.
Now flip to my day job.
For me, the requirements on a laptop bag match those of a camera bag - namely, protection, durability, comfort, capacity and style.
Domke have come up trumps with the F-802. My work takes me all around the world, and when I'm not jumping onto planes I'm commuting to the office on public transport. I have owned the Reporter's Satchel for two years and it is as good today as it was when I bought it. I carry my laptop, journal, power supply, mp3 player and accessories safely in comfort and style, with the bag performing perfectly on my travels without showing any signs of age. My only additional investment in that time has been in a Case Logic sleeve for my laptop, which the F-802 has space to accommodate and more besides. I know that this bag will last me for at least another 10 years or more. If you only ever buy one laptop bag, buy this one.
I did totally wear out my first one, and the second has lasted several years, though in heavy & daily use (a laptop, sometimes a heavy pro camera with lenses or a notebook and Filofax calendar, and occasionally a bottle of good red wine). Because my tools are expensive, I do really appreciate a discreet look and good material.
Yes, the protection is not as good as a proper camera bag like a Billingham 225, but I am not prepared to carry a large heavy camera bag and a lap top bag, so this is a good compromise and it doesn't scream steal me.
This bag is supposed to be made of water resistant cotton canvas, I've not had to seriously test the water resistance, though the bag has managed to protect its contents from light showers without problems. The major advantage of the cotton is that the bag moulds to your body making it easier to carry.
The strap is very grippy and not liable to "fall off" your shoulder. However this is a large capacity bag and when full, you do need some padding to distribute the weight on your shoulder. The Domke US post office strap padding accessory does the job, but is ugly, you might be better off buying the equivalent Billingham padding which is much better looking and works well.
The metal snap hook on the main compartment can be difficult to open and close, (it needs to be strong as it is load bearing). This makes it harder for you and thieves to get inside the bags main compartment. The front cargo pockets and rear open pocket on the other hand are more vulnerable to thieves, so take care in crowded markets and trains and buses.
This is the best all round computer equipment/travel bag I have ever used.
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Just very recently, I had decided to streamline my gear carrying needs. Gone are the days of carrying bulky heavily padded gear bags. I really did some soul searching and examined my needs (realistically), wants, style, and past-gear carrying techniques. For example, I actually threw my back out once using the Lowepro D650 AW; the kind of back injury where you actually hear an audible pop and then see a flash of light before you realize you cannot move. I clearly overloaded the bag and I admit it was my fault. Nevertheless, that event alone should have caused me to ditch the bag (though they are great bags). Based on my examination, I sold all the bags except for my Domke F-2. I then realized I needed to replace my Timbuk2 setup as an "everyday and everything bag" to transit between work and home while still carrying my camera. Based on my experience with the F-2 I purchased both the Domke F-802 and F-1x. The F-802 would serve as my everyday bag while the F-1x in place of/or as a supplement to the F-2 would be used when I need to carry a lot of gear. The F-802, as with all Domke bags, is a pleasure to hold and use. The genius of this bag is the simplicity of the bag itself. The bag takes a minimalist approach. Gone is the extreme padding and bulkiness of the Lowepro with the countless pockets, large and small. Gone is the weird shape my Timbuk2 commute 2.0 bag assumed when used with Snoop camera insert and the numerous buckles and zippers. The new bag, clearly intended to be retro style.
The build quality of the F-802 is the same as other Domke canvas satchels. A minimal approach to internal padding provides sides and bottom padding, though not very thick. Very heavy duty water resistant canvas combined with heavy duty metal clasps, quality Velcro, very heavy duty plastic (where used on shoulder strap), and heavy duty webbing shoulder strap with woven in (and somewhat famous) anti-slip rubber material on the underside. I can't say enough about the build quality of the bag. The design of the bag, though simplistic and minimalistic, is well thought. Domke provides a top handle to the messenger bag, which I believe is critical for easy use. The two front pockets on the bag, which expand generously, have Velcro flaps and the main flap then covers those pockets. On the main flap, on the outside, are two critical zippered pockets. The single cinch strap design makes it far easier to use than those bags that have two. There are two compartments inside the bag- the main compartment and a file/magazine pocket. You will find no pencil pockets, memory card pockets, etc... The back pocket easily fits an Ipad or notebook and magazines or other items. The design of the bag provides you the ability to move about discreetly unlike larger bulkier bags. This bag stays close to the body and unless completely over stuffed, conforms to your body. I find it much easier to carry than my Timbuk2 Commute Messenger 2.0 with a Snoop Camera Insert.
Though the minimalist approach of the Domke F-802 makes it far more streamlined, the bag can hold a decent amount of gear and will completely satisfy those that take their cameras about everywhere they go. However, note that the F-802 does not come with inserts. You will need to provide your own. In my case, I had some old Domke inserts and simply conformed those for use with this bag. In my configuration, I was able to easily (emphasis added) fit the following items without making the bag bulky. I still had room left over.
-Nikon D300s (grip off)
-Nikon 85mm f/1.8G (attached)
-Nikon SB-700 Speedlight in OEM case
-Nikon 80-200 f/2.8
-Two file folders
Although the bag does not come with a raincover, the canvas is water resistant and more than sufficient for light rain. There are raincovers you can buy third-party, but you would have to give up room in the bag to store it. In short, most people will not be disappointed with this bag unless they have a lot of gear they want to carry. This is an everyday bag or a street shooters bag. If you are going on location and bringing a lot of gear, look at the F-1x or move over to the Lowepro Stealth Reporter or roller series. In my case, I decided to move away from heavily padded and bulky bags with the exception of a Domke Roller (220) for those times I need a lot of gear. Even the roller is streamlined compared to other brands.
I have also ordered, but not yet received, one 2 compartment and one 3 compartment Domke insert for this bag, but I don't think I will need them. I should also tell you that there aren't any velcro strips on the walls of this bag like the other bags in this line. I really like the versatility this bag offers you.
Why? Well the F-802 doesn't come with inserts the F-803 does.
Upon receipt of the bag I placed my equipment in the bag with the lenses enclosed in the padded bags that came with them. This arrangements works fine If you don't mine the lack of padding. I did, however, place a thick strip of extra padding in the bottom of the bag even though this bag is padded on the bottom and the sides.
I am comfortable with this arrangement because the Domke F-802 is made of heavy water resistant canvas and is well made. I have use and own other Domke bags for years and no equipment has ever been damage in them and I use and carried them literally everywhere. I plan to use this bag to carry my Nikon on day trips and as mentioned earlier I found that satchels and messenger bags lay great against my body giving me the balance I need when shooting without a tripod and generally while carrying this equipment.
I had the Domke F-X5 large messenger bag but it didn't have the pockets I needed and I returned it. Pockets are everything. Did I mention I still had room in this bag for my Macbook. Although I will ( but don't need to) to take the MB-80 battery pack off the camera to allow for a better fit. Domke bags wear well over time and soon conform to your body. I believe this will be one of my favorite Domke bags. I will rate the Domke compartment insert when I receive them.
After years of never being quite happy with any laptop case, I happened across this bag. I ordered it right away, and have used it in everyday use and carried through airports and on flights.
This bag is highly durable and substantial. For everyday use, I have the main pocket loaded with a MacBook Pro 15, a 1.5" notebook, and a Wacom Bamboo Tablet, with room left for more. In the smaller pocket, my IPad Air 2 fits well inside its OtterBox Defender. In the larger pockets, Chargers and power cables for everything, and a wireless mouse. Then, to top it all off, the flap pockets fit my moleskin notebook and pens.
I have extra space for more, but the magic of this bag is that it seems to collapse to fit in a way where nothing seems loose on the shoulder.
Taking the laptop out for security was a breeze, thanks to quick access with the Domke clip closure.
This bag is highly recommended for people wanting a rustic solution that will take years of use. Although not cushioned on its own, it does provide more than adequate protection for my needs.