Nikon F3/MD4 combo- what camera bag?
I know this is a popular combo (F3/MD4) but I can't seem to get a camera bag that it fits into. Suggestions?
I have a Tamrac Superlight 48 that I used to use for my F3 and winder (but is now holding my Mamiya TLR). It is very deep, but may not have as much padding as you would like. Not sure that they make this model any more, but similar models should also work.
With few lenses, Domke F3X, with more lenses F2. Mind the padding or lack of it.
Originally Posted by GarageBoy
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- Garry Winogrand
Many of the Domkes can handle the F3/MD4 with no problem. Domke F2 can fit 2 bodies/motors with 4-5 lenses, flash and a lot of film; the F6 is a bit smaller - maybe 1 F3/MD4 plus FE or FM body and 3-4 smaller lenses. They don't have much padding except on the bottom, but the canvas is heavy and they tend to mold to the shape of your hip over time. I've never cared for the metal clasps on the flap, but they are very secure when latched and make it difficult for someone to easily reach into your bag on a crowded sidewalk.
My Domke F-4AF Pro camera bag nicely accommodates my Nikon F3HP with a 35-70mm f/2.8D lens attached. Their are two compartments in the main bag still available for additional lenses, flash, etc.
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Billingham 335 and you'll never need to buy another bag ever. Just don't get an heart failure when you see the price: £300 in the UK. It is worth every penny.
Nikon F4, F4S, F401S, F50, F55, F60, 2xF601, F65, 3xF75, F801, 2x F801S, F80, F90, 4xF90X, EL2, FE, FM, 2xFG, FG-20, 3xEM
Another Domke vote...
I usually have my F3 with MD4, and several lenses, in a Domke F3x that has many thousands of miles on it. It's a great bag. Sometimes I use a Domke 803 satchel with inserts, but that means taking the lens off to stow the camera.
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
Yashica Lynx 14e, Nikon F3, and an assortment of homemade pinhole cameras...
I've got a large Tamrac - don't remember the model name but it will hold two F3HPs and 5 or six extra lenses. Mine is from the 80s and is still in great shape.
Another vote for the Domke F2. I carry (typically) an F6 (or F5) and an F3HP/MD4-MK1 (or an F2AS/MD2) and four or five lenses in mine (along with a couple of rolls of film and, on occasion, a selection of filters). These bags are well- padded and well-constructed (mine is a decade-and-a-half old and still looks pretty good...all things considered). Of course, on the other hand, if you have too much disposable income, you could always check into a Billingham ( the equivalent to the F2 - size-wise - will run you around $500 and change, with shipping).
An assortment of F-series Nikons with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s will a couple of pieces of Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms (ditto) and a D800 (just to help keep Duracell profitable...).
Favourite films: KE ("Kodachrome Era"): PKM25 and PKR64 (RIP), HP5 Plus/Tri-X; PK ("Post Kodachrome"): E100G (until I exhaust my stash and have to figure out what to use next), PanF Plus, HP5 Plus/Tri-X (indispensable, both)... and I am starting to appreciate having Delta 3200 in my camera bag.
I have had a Billingham 335 for about 25 years, and I also have a Domke F 2 , with the same gear in each the Domke is about half the weight.
Originally Posted by Ricardo Miranda