With three days left for free expedited shipping at B&H prior to Christmas, they're offering a great price on the updated version of the all-time classic messenger bag. The Domke F-842 (currently less than half price at $64.99) is a Domke F-802 but with a padded slot added for a 13" laptop and a panel added for securing the bag to the handle of a rolling cart.
If you want the laptop too you can get an Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro for $120 off or a mid-2014 Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro laptop with Retina Display for $150 off.
My Domke F-802 was a freebie from Kodak in the '90s and is now delightfully shabby, looking like it came from about the Spanish-American War. Really deserves a heavily brassed Leica to go with it....
Other deals include a return of the Black Friday price for the Fuji X100S at $849 ($450 off plus $31.40 in free accessories), a Nikon D810 for $300 off with nearly $100 of free accessories—and perhaps a Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM in Nikon F mount to go with it for $100 off. Or how about an outstanding deal on a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon printer that saves $687.30.
(I will now accept wagers as to which of those links I got wrong. Sigh.)
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Stephen Scharf: "I think it's really tough to beat Think Tank at this game. My Retrospective 5, in my experience, is the perfect camera bag and the best-designed bag I've ever used. I keep two Fuji X bodies and three lenses in mine, and the entire kit weighs less than a Canon 1D and 70-200mm ƒ/2.8."
Mike replies: True, but it's tough to beat $64.99 with $144.75, too.
Rob L: "I love Domke bags (and straps)—my favorite has been mine since 1991, and was two years old when I flat out stole it from my father. I'll likely have to watch my kids or they'll grab it someday. :-) "
Kenneth Tanaka: "Like many photographers I have collected far too many bags over the years. (See David Alan Harvey's uncomfortably hilarious video on his 'bagology' philosophy.) I have to largely agree with Stephen Scharf's remarks about ThinkTank's Retrospectives. I have the 5 and 7 which are both excellent, although my favorite bag for the past year or two has actually been the excellent (non-photo) PacSafe Metrosafe sling bags [like this one —Ed.].
"Speaking of Domke I must admit to being a hater of Domke bags! Heavy, non-weatherproof canvas, clunky metal hardware, lack of sustained structure, inflexible compartments...what's to love? I know that many old-time photographers think Domkes are the ultimate camera bag, and seem to whiff into dreamy memories of their youth as they testify as much. But Domkes remind me of canvas-wall tents. I couldn't get rid of mine fast enough. Ugh."