Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/02

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Subject: [Leica] How much in an Donke 803.... Recognizeable camera bags....
From: "Duane Birkey" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 09:29:44 -0500

With the 803 you basically have four compartments to stick lenses in....
So I would say you could put the R8 with 4 lenses in it without couplers and
5 in using one coupler without too much trouble.... but you might be able to
get all 6 and I sometimes stick a lens in one of the "film" pouches when I'm
desperate for space...  If I'm shooting, I have a camera out... so space is
a little more free in the bag....

If you carry 2 R8s you might have more a little more difficulty.... I don't
have 2 R8s so I really can't say.... but my R8 with the latest 80-200
vario-elmar fits fine with lens mounted on camera...

As far as Domkes being a recognizable bag..... I would say the F2 is
definitely recognizable as a camera bag even if you've never seen one
before.... the 803 is not...


HCJB World Radio
Quito Ecuador
Duane's Photographs of Ecuador

Jullian wrote:

Duane (or anyone),

I don't have the opportunity to try an 803 before buying.  Thinking in terms
of only an R8 outfit, is it adequate?  I like to roam with 24, 35 OR 50, 90
OR135, 180.  I can use lens couplers for the smaller ones. Once at
destination, I will use any opportunity to lighten my load, depending on
needs.  Of course, I will also like to carry four or more rolls of film, a
blower, the usual "little stuff".

Thanks in advance............Julian