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Vincenzo Maielli , May 21, 2009; 01:02 p.m.

I want buy a Domke F1-X Little Big Bigger, the bigger shoulder bag that i can carry on the Ryanair planes as hand baggage (that accept the hand baggage until 55 x 40 x 20 cm). I can't decide for canvas or ballistic nylon: what are the pros and cons of the canvas and ballistic nylon?
Thanks to all in advance.



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David Papas , May 21, 2009; 02:29 p.m.

The Canvas bag will eventually wear, I have one with some holes in it, but it took over 15 years to get to that point. Still usable though and looks less obvious. I don't think you would get any wear to speak of with the ballistic nylon, I have lightware cases made of that, with extreme use that are holding up very well.

Josh Root , May 21, 2009; 02:31 p.m.

I like the balastic because it seems to shed water better.

JDM von Weinberg , May 21, 2009; 03:57 p.m.

Canvas may be more "yuppie" stylish, but I agree that for utility it's hard to beat the nylon.

As a result of a misspent second childhood, I have vainly searched for the perfect camera bag. I'm look at eight or nine sitting here: two are canvas, two are leather, and the rest are nylon. Headline: five out of nine prefer nylon! By the way, black canvas is the worst lint trap on the planet after a dark blue suit.

Aside from weight, and the fact that it only works for Nikon mount, the best I've found is my Nikon FB-8 case in leather.

Nikon FB-8 case

Hector Javkin , May 21, 2009; 04:33 p.m.

I switched from canvas to nylon, only because I preferred the way the J-series bags, available only in nylon, carried my lenses. I still own both.

The two materials, as used in Domke bags, deal with dust and smoke particles in different ways. The canvas bags attract dust, but can be thrown in a washing machine after removing the inserts. The nylon bags resist shed much better, but (at least in the case of the J-series bags I have) must be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Louis Meluso , May 21, 2009; 05:10 p.m.

I've got a couple of canvas Domkes and they do get holes and can get dirty more easily. I did spray my F2 bag with Scotchgard and it helped it repel water better. Yes you can wash them but what a hassle. That said, my canvas reporter satchel (I think that was the name) does form fit to my hip pretty nicely. The nylon bags are a bit stiffer. When I first got them the stiff metal latches were fine but as I have aged my fingers find fiddling with them more difficult. I prefer Tamrac nylon bags now.

Jim Strutz - Anchorage, AK , May 22, 2009; 03:13 p.m.

I prefer the way the canvas bags hang. They seem to flop around more, but conform to my hip better. I think this is a minor point, but it is one of the reasons I liked the F2 in the first place.

Peter N , May 22, 2009; 11:33 p.m.

Canvas breathes, and you can spray them with a water repellant like Nikwax TX.Direct. Get the olive green one. Lovely bag. :)

Gary Watson , May 23, 2009; 11:40 a.m.

I have the F2 and F1X in ballistic and love it. Although marginally less flexible than canvas, the ballistic is still pliable and does conform to you and the bag's contents. It's also far more resistant to moisture and abrasion.The Domke labels are also less obvious. Whichever you choose, budget a few extra $ for the Domke strap pad-- a must-have accessory for bigger, heavier bags like the F2 and F1X.

D.B. Cooper , May 23, 2009; 10:08 p.m.

Whichever one you get, +1 vote here for the letter carrier strap pad - loaded up, an F1X gets heavy on the shoulder quickly. Mine is canvas, fits in CRJ and Avro wing area overhead bins just fine, and breathes well in humid environments. No holing after extensive travel for 4 years.

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