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Nikon D3 Compability
Old 09-15-2008, 12:37 PM
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I'm leaving to go vacation to Europe Oct 1st. I'm going to be bringing my Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 24-70mm, VR 80-400mm lenses, battery charger and SB-800 flash. As well additional batteries, filters, camera cards and all the rest of the miscellaneous
pieces of gear that somehow always wind up in a camera bag.

I want to carry the D3 with either the AF-S 14-24mm or the AF-S 24-70mm lenses attached.

I've been looking at a number of different bags and was getting fairly frustrated that there didn't seem to be that many bags available to satisfy my needs.

In all honesty it was by accident that I found this site and after reading the description of F-2B Ballistic Nylon Bag I think this is the bag I'm looking for.

Can anyone provide me with some advise as to whether this is the bag that will satisfy my needs? Also are there any provisions on the bag to attach it to the handle of rolling luggage?

Thanks in advance for any help or advise.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:17 PM
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Based on what you want to fit into the bag, the F-1 is actually about 4" wider and may better fit the equipment you listed. Attached is a picture of the inside of both bags. I understand that you want to carry your camera with the lens on, we sell additional inserts that will allow you to do that better than the configuration show.
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:58 AM
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Late, but others might aso want to look at the F-4 AF, which is deep enough that you could store the camera, even with the 80-400 (in my case an EOS 1D3 with 100-400 or 70-200) attached, vertically.
I don't have that bag, but was just over there with my F-7 and 1D3, 5D (ungripped) 24-70, Sigma 15-30, 100-400, 70-200 2.8, 580EX, polarizers all around, spare cards, spare batteries for both cameras and the flash, etc. There was still room in one end pocket for my chargers, although I used it for guidebooks instead. My preferred configuration in that (and the F-1x) is the 720-230 along the back and a 720-211 on the front, leaving a nice space down the front for a body with long lens.
The F-3x did nicely for my Libretto, chargers, water bottle, books on the plane and plug adapters, and gave me a nice small bag for when I didn't need the lot.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:01 PM
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I use an F4-AF bag for my D3 with an 24-70 mm attached . In the bag I also carry an Nikon 180mm, sb 600 flash, Dustcleaner , batteries, card reader, and camera cards. The F2(I own the black aninversary one) fitts also but the F4 and F7 are deeper.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:12 AM
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In my F1x, I have a D3 with 24-70 attached, 80-400, 18-200 and spare D2x in the main compartment (plus flash and all other things in the side compartments). I recently wanted to switch back to a smaller F2 but after some try, found the F2 too small. For me the best choice is the F1x wich is best fitted for the size of digital bodies and lens. For a trip, it's also very useful because you can carry - in a 'carry on' luggage - not only all your photographic stuff but also all you need during a long flight (book, sunglasses, etc.etc.). Find the picture with the interior of mine (D2x is under the belt on the right).
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:31 PM
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I can get a 1Dmk3 with 17-40 attached, 70-200, 2 flashguns in main part of bag with a compartment empty.
30D with grip in end pocket, quantum turbo in other end pocket and front pockets for cables and cards.
The D3 and spare might go in f2 if you remove the 4 insert for a 2.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:19 AM
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The D3 is compatible with everything recent you already own, and especially compatible with almost every Nikon lens made since dirt. The D3 is not particularly compatible with older film-era and early digital-era (D1, D100) flashes, which were made obsolete with the D70. The D3 works remarkably well with AI and AI-s manual focus lenses. I love it.
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