This is a review of the Safrotto CF600 shoulder bag which is a copy of the Domke F2. Mine is the sand coloured one. I just brought this bag on a 3 week backpacking trip to Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia and Poland. Items carried throughtout the trip were :-
1. Nikon D60 body with 16-85VR lens attached
2. 2nd D60 body with 70-300VR lens attached
3. Lonely Planet Guide Book for eastern europe
4. One litre of drinking water
5. snacks (eg. chocolate bar and banana)
6. lens cleaning kit
7. Northface jacket
8. maps and brochures from hostels and museums
9. misc items (eg. mobile phone, keys, medicine etc)
Total weight of the above items is 6.5kg
This bag survived trips on public buses, trams, ferries and overnight trains without me having the slightest fear of anything falling out or getting stolen. It even kept my stuff dry in a heavy drizzle.
What I especially liked about this bag was the clips that keep the bag closed. Not everyone will like these clips but I love them. The are extremely secure against prying hands and yet give me easy access to my gear. They are easily opened from the side of the person carrying the bag but not from the opposite side. These clips are also very stealthy. I can open my bag in quiet churches and museums without attracting any attention as compared to others I saw who used bags with velcro systems.
The shoulder strap was also very comfortable despite the weight of my stuff. I had cross slung over my left shoudler most of the time. It is also rubberised to prevent slippage if you decide to sling it over one shoulder only.
Overall I'm very pleased with this bag. It doesn't look huge but carried all my travel gear without a problem. It also doesn't look like an expensive camera bag. (I removed all the brand labels anyway) I recommend this bag to anyone looking for an affordable and practical shoulder bag. I'll probably get a smaller one for everyday local use!!