Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Oct 10, 2011.
I use the Filson small field bag. The buckle is not a big deal as the bag stays closed even with it unbuckled, and unless the whole thing turns upside-down, everything is pretty well protected because of the length of the flap.
By the way, you said you were going to put "film" in you camera bag - what is that?
A little bit, yes. Doesn't mean it doesn't look good!
He was referring to Domke inserts put into a Filson bag, if I was reading correctly.
All the bags above, with the exception of the Filson, are specifically made for cameras. I don't see much value in going to B&H since most of the bags they offer are going to be of the aesthetically-retarded ballistic nylon variety intended for professional SLR users.
+1 for the billingham from b&h photo. recently returned from northern europe and used the billingham in khaki. held up superb even in downpour. looked great. cannot beat! end of story. agree with poster above who asked why try to convert a bag. i prefer to keep my photography accessories in good shape. billingham is superb!
The Billingham, to my eye, doesn't look quite as nice as the Filson (from a materials standpoint). However, I've had the benefit of seeing and owning Filson products, and in person I think they're nicer than in stock photos. The same may be the case for the Billingham. I consider it a major plus that the model you've posted doesn't have the oval logo that is present on many of their bags.
If there's a Domke insert that's a good fit for the Filson, I'd lean in that direction. Your third option looks very nice, but I think the canvas options are better suited for this purpose.
the tannery is not longer offering any
i was pretty busy
but will call tomorrow
Here are the pics of how I modified my Filson to look and function more the way I wanted it to. I do not like large buckles, so I replaced it with the quick release studs like on my Ettinger tote. I also added a padded insert in it and it makes a perfect bag for me. I like the fact that the Filson does not scream I have a camera. It has plenty of room for my camera stuff and my wallet and glasses and whatever else I happen to have on me.
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No reason to assume the Billingham isn't durable, I just own other Filson things and feel that they're pretty much bulletproof. Short of rolling it under a bus, velcroing a few Domke inserts into a Filson bag will probably hold up to anything you can throw at it.
Recommend you go with the Filson Medium Field Bag, it's big enough to not look like a purse and you will come to appreciate the extra room.
Ebay "FOSSOUX LC". It fits like it was made for the Filson, is as cheap and as good as anything you will find at B&H and comes with a couple of extra dividers.
I own both bags for different purposes. My own impression of Filson is that it is ok. I have since replaced the Filson messenger with other bags. The billingham is nicer than the Filson. I understand that it is a matter of opinion. The only negative on the bag is that I would prefer it to have a more worn look to it. I guess that that will take time. The quality is excellent. I would also recommend going to and through B&H. I ended up needing a larger bag. The return via mail was easy and customer service with B&H is top notch. However, if you can look at the bags in person I would think that that would satisfy the issue. When one speaks with professionals, Billingham seems to be universally recommended.
Wow--those Watanabe bags look fantastic. I looked up their website and it looks like they specialize in canvas bags for bicycles. Definitely worth considering.
For anyone interested, here's a video I found showing how JnK puts together one of their half-cases. I'm no leatherwork expert, but the workmanship appears impressive:
Anyone care to enlighten?
One word, Domke.
They seem like nice workman-like bags, but don't really approach the quality of the others.
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