The CADEN F1 Camera Bag

Like many amateur and professional photographers, I bought a lot of camera bags over time.
If you are looking for the ideal bag, you will find out that it does not actually exist,
at least not in one bag.
Depending on the circumstances, camera equipment you need, or the event, you will need a different type or size of bag.
Not everyone is the same, for example I do not like backpacks,
but for longer distances and or carrying heavier equipment a backpack can be more convenient.
Depending on personal taste, you have a choice in ugly black nylon, canvas or leather,
and in all sizes in a modern, vintage or retro style.
Enough choice.

As previously written, I have had many camera bags, and have also sold mostly of them.
My conclusion was that with the purchase of some Tenba camera inserts, I could convert almost any “normal” backpack or shoulder bag into a camera bag.
That said, I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage or retro bags like the Billingham (I owned a 225 tan), Ona and Domke bags, but they are all so damn expensive.

Until my eye caught the Caden F1, a vintage/retro styled canvas shoulder bag, a bag of design similar to the Domke F6/F7 (hard to tell in terms of dimensions, because Domke always speaks of “a little bit smaller” or a “little bit bigger”)

The Caden F1 is not that military class tough as a Domke in terms of canvas strength, thickness and stitches,
but it is still a very nice made bag, certainly if you look at the price they sell.
A Domke F-6 “Little Bit Smaller” Bag colour Sand costs today €130,
while the Caden F1 can be found for less than 1/5 of that price (€20-$25-£18)
Completely delivered with camera insert and two dividers.
The bag has a small pocket on the inside, a very big front pocket, and two side pockets.

So, what fits in the camera bag?
I easily managed to pack the bag with 6 lensens and 2 mirrorles cameras,
four of the lenses where also seperatly packed in a neoprene lens bag.

As a comparison, there is a Tenba BYOB10 next to the bag.
At the end of the video you can see the difference between the two inserts.
I measured that a Tenba BYOB13 would also fit perfectly, and it is also the size of the insert supplied with the bag.

Also on YouTube :

Bag content :

1 x Fujifilm X-T10
1 x Fujifilm X-T20
Samyang 12mm f2.0 FX
7Artisans 7.5mm f2.8 FX
Sigma 70 / 300mm f4.0 PK with adapter Fusnid PK / FX
Olympus 35/70 f4.0 OM
Olympus 24mm F2.8 OM with adapter K&F Concept OM / FX
Fujifilm XC 15 / 45mm f3.5-5.6
In the front pocket:
lens cleaning cloth
lens pen original
Air blower – dust pump
K&F Concept adapter OM / FX in plastic container
SD card case with 2 x W126 extra batteries
Benro Monopod

The front pocket can hold a 10″ tablet together with all the stuff on the video.
The side pockets can hold each 1 K&F Concept adapter in its original plastic case.

As for buying this bag:
I am not paid for reviews, and also not for this beautiful bag,
so Google is your best friend 🙂
However, I can tell you that the prices can vary a lot, especially between western and more Asian websites – a good listener needs only half a word.

Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. My camera Gear in 2022: Fujifilm X-H1 for architecture, landscape, ..., and Olympus E-M5 Mark II for bird and wildlife photography.

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