Domke Next Generation Director Camera Bag
Price: $329.99 – Internet: $244.74
Photographers are so focused on the hardware and the image that the importance of a camera bag to transport and protect this costly and delicate the gear can be overlooked. Domke has these objectives squarely in its sights. My first impression of this bag was that it can withstand being dragged for several kilometers across the Serengeti tied to the bumper of your Land Rover. The Domke Next Generation Director is a tough little bag with many good features and few flaws.
This small bag is sized to accommodate a full sized DSLR with lens and an additional lens of medium to larger size. The exterior is made from durable Cordura Nylon. The padded interior has movable dividers to customize the fit to your exact specifications. This combination gives the robustness to survive a safari in Africa or an urban jungle closer to home.
Features of note:
The unpadded shoulders strap is woven with anti-slip rubber cords on the underside. This desirable feature is balanced by the fact that the clips that hold the bag are plastic and not sturdy.
What would Velcro be with out the ripping sound? There are times when you don’t want the sound. Perhaps when stalking the Blue Wildebeest or during wedding vows. Domke has come up with a clever solution to hide the hooks from the loops when silence is needed. You do give up the security but this trick is reversible. Once seen it is one of those why didn’t I think of that moments.
Main compartment flap
The top flap covers the main compartment and a couple of expandable pockets on the front. The flap is secured with custom steel hardware but these clips are a little fussy to open, taking more time to open than anticipated. This can cause you to miss the shot. Leaving the clips undone is not an option as this is how the carry handle is supported.
Expandable side pockets
These pockets have gussets that are held closed with zippers. Opening the zippers will expand the pockets giving welcome supplemental room. When open the space provided is perfect to use for an additional lens. However, the pocket is unpadded, leaving the lens less protected than desired. One of the side pockets on my demonstration unit was very difficult to open. I was unable to fully open the other side.
The Domke Next Generation Director camera bag is tough and will give many years of service. It will also hold more equipment than appears at first sight. But at this price point I expected fewer flaws.
MyMac.com Review Rating: 7 out of 10