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the wonders of mirrorless systems
Here's what a customized domke f5-xb can hold :

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A rather complete m43 system and accessories.

Olympus E-P1,

Olympus M.zuiko 9-18mm,

Panasonic 14-45mm,

Panasonic 20mm

Panasonic 45-200mm,

two additional batteries kept in Quies earplugs boxes along with SD cards (up to 4 per box),

a ~52mm filter case(not displayed here;all my lenses are 52mm threaded except the 20mm)

a lens cloth,

dry cleaning lens paper,

a moleskine notebooklet,

a pen,

a whiball card,

AND a gorillapod SLR Zoom with its ballhead or a Tamrac zipshot tripod.

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With some astute tetris play, it is possible to store the camera with either the 14-45 or the 9-18 mounted with the longer rubber grip side sliding next to the panasonic 20mm. When mounting the 20mm on, both 14-45 & 9-18 are set to rest horizontally in their pouch at the bottom of the bag with the camera resting on its screen above the pouches (soft, non scratchy ones). For more flexibility I don't use the padded velcro walls and prefer to rely on the lens pouches padding. One is a Optech/USA pouch I received with a really right stuff ballhead.

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Inside the main section behind the foam padding lie the cleaning items, filter & batteries

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The front pocket auxiliary equipment.

Following pictures show my custom straps stitched on to allow carriage of a small tripod. Obviously very proud of it.

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The Zipshot tripod is very handy but not very solid. I don't mean its stability but its ballhead could have been better designed. Still works with the 45-200 mounted on but you're visibly reaching its limits. Not for windy conditions <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />.

The bag itself is 'just' ok. The shoulder strap is rubberised and stays quite well in place. It looks rather sturdy but the paint on the buckles is already cracking away and the strap fabric shows wear quickly although it's a pretty thick one that will last. Its padding is rather primitive but not too stiff like in some crumpler bags. What makes this bag good to me is simply its perfect size and looks.

Tested in Scotland, Portugal & Canada. In use, weatherproofing was the main issue as its fabric tends to absorb water. It didn't really ever become drenched. It's a shoulder bag so not always the most appropriate way of transporting but it was all right when used with a day backpack. Larger hiking backpacks won't quite collaborate very well with it but then, it can be hung on the bottom of the main backpack.

All in all, I'm in love with compact systems.

Hoping it gave you customization ideas,


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