Camera Bag for 4x5 SLR

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  1. EASmithV

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    Hello All,

    I'm wondering what would be a good choice for my 4x5 SLR kit.

    I'm gonna make this my Handheld kit for shoots, so I'm going to ditch the tripod at all opportunities.

    I guess i'm looking for something like a giant Domke / Retrospective... Not really looking for a backpack style thing at this time. Unless it works REALLY well.

    Big enough to hold the Super D, 8-9 film holders, light meter, and maybe even an extra lens or two.

    And Hopefully, in a kit that is SOMEWHAT manageable. For its size the camera isn't all that heavy.

    Thanks!
     
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    You should look into video bags if you want to fit such a big kit all in one package. I picked up a Domke Pro V1 video bag from BH on sale for $60+ $5tax and its quite huge. Unfortunately its back up at $100 now.
     
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    you are going to need something big !

    i have a lowepro nova 4aw shoulder bag which is kind of large ...
    well large enough for a dslr, 5 large lenses, a meter and spare body :wink:
    but with all the dividers removed my series D fits in there ( on its side ) snugly.
    i have travelled to europe this way with this as a carry-on there are pockets on the outside and a large pouch
    but it isn't big enough for a bunch of holders and meter and an extra lens ... i have another bag with all that stuff.

    if you can find bag-mags grab them! they are compact and much easier to lug around than film holders ...

    good luck !
    john
     
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    That camera is usable without a tripod, but it's handy to have one! Or at least a monopod.[

    You might expand your search to include tool boxes/bags from lowes/hd.
     
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    +1 on the video bag. But I would also scout CL if active in your area.

    Also, consider a soft sided cooler bag like this.

    The large tool bags do work. I've used them with cardboard boxes inside to both cushion and divide. But I find them "height challenged" when you consider their "A frame" shape.
     
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    Don't get a case. Use the camera. Use it regularly. As soon as you get a nice case for it, you won't use it any more. Camera cases halt the use of cameras. Out of sight, out of mind. Mark my words.
     
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    I hate dedicated camera bags with all their redundant foam padding and inflated pricing. I just use
    (and am currently packing) a high-quality wheeled cordura carry-on with accessory straps. The 4x5
    and holders each go into appropriate polyethylene boxes, along with lenses, filter, meter, etc. There
    is plenty of room for my Gitzo carbon fiber tripod and a changing tent if necessary. The smaller outer
    pouch can be quickly zippered off and back on for X-ray, and contains things like eyeglasses, a book
    for the flight, rain parka or sweater etc. If I'm going to do any serious hiking I'd prefer a real backpack
    sent thru normal luggage, and would simply transfer things into it.
     
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    With that camera, there is no redundant foam padding. It's as old as yer grandma and twice as pretty.

    I would be looking for a deep Tamrac or the like backpack with well padded separators.I have a Tamrac Cyberpack 6, perfect for my Deardorff V8 but probably the wrong shape for your Super D. It holds the camera, three holders, an extra lens, dark cloth, and meter.

    tim in san jose