Domke Reimagines the Camera Bag

How do you update one of the best camera bags in the world? Tiffen’s Domke Bags has tried to meet the challenge with the introduction of their “Next Generation” camera bags.

In 1975, while a photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jim Domke invented the Domke F-3, one of the world’s most beloved camera bags. It is so popular it became the official camera bag of the White House News Photographers Association.


Now, the namesake company he sold to Tiffen, has re-invented their line of bags, keeping the original bag in their “Heritage” line.

First of all, the company expanded the various types of bags. There is now the Journalist series, the Metropolitan series, the Viewfinder series, the Adventurer series and a lot of accessories. There is a bag for just about everything, from video, photography, computers and accessories.

Then there are new materials, many types of them beyond the original canvas used by Jim Domke. The company interviewed users and added features they suggested.

Added is top access with a double zipper to get to gear quicker, detachable “gripper” shoulder and carry straps and expandable zippered side and front pockets. There are side rain hoods to protect gear, padded zippered compartments for tablets and a numbered identity plate.

All zippers are YKK type for durability and all clamps are made of steel for greater durability. Even the Domke logo can now be hidden to disguise the bag. There is a key ring strap, a rear side pocket for quicker storage access and a secure luggage strap for easier transport on wheeled luggage.

Bags can be arranged to handle different types of gear more easily. Separation panels are made from a new patented material called Protex. A new pocket system is called PocketFlex.

Domke is showing the new line of bags at the CES show in Los Vegas.

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