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Jim Fitzgerald
09-13-2008, 01:21 PM
I've been trying to find a way to haul my 11x14 system into the field and came upon something I had not realized was right in front of me.
I have been using a rolling tool case that I got from Harbor Freight for $15.00 but with my style of work it was a PITA to go to far.
I have an extra Large Kelty external frame pack that I was going to use with my 8x10 system but I decided I liked my REI pack better.
Looking at the Kelty this morning I realized that if I took off the internal "U" shaped post the bag could expand much more (DUH!!!) I put my entire 11x14 system with 5 lenses, 2 holders and the rest of my stuff in this thing! I'll have to weight it but my guess is about 40-45 lbs.
I'm going to the Redwoods next month and I was trying to find a way to take my 11x14 into thew woods. Success! If anyone wants pictures just let me know.

Jim

EASmithV
03-18-2009, 12:27 AM
Please put your shots up in this thread, or post your flickr!

Jim Fitzgerald
03-18-2009, 01:32 AM
Well, I wish I could put some shots up but my digital camera died and I would rather put that money toward 8x10, 11x14 and 8x20 film. I did find a better system for the 11x14. It is an old MEI backpack that is perfect for the 11x14. Folds open all the way. The old Kelty needs a new home so if anyone is interested it will be cheap. It does need some TLC.

Jim

Mahler_one
04-13-2009, 09:20 PM
What size MEI backpack Jim? Do they make only one size? Can holders and other gear fit in as well?

Ed

mgb74
04-13-2009, 09:46 PM
Keep in mind that with a pack frame, you can also lash your hard case (or other type of case) to the frame. They're a bit hard to find now, but sometimes you can find an old external frame pack and remove the bag. For example: http://www.fogdog.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2664684&CAWELAID=200132607

Mark Fisher
04-13-2009, 10:24 PM
Or you can buy a Kelty Cache Hauler (http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Cache-Hauler-Backpack-Frame/dp/B000XUZ52U/ref=pd_sbs_sg_5) and strap anything onto it.

Jim Fitzgerald
04-13-2009, 11:08 PM
What size MEI backpack Jim? Do they make only one size? Can holders and other gear fit in as well?

Ed

Ed, I think it is the China Clipper II. If you go to their website it gives all of the details. I do not have the zip off day pack and if I did i bet i could get some 11x14 holders in there. I'm thinking 3. I just lash an extra bag with holders in it on there now. I can put two lenses and my filter bag in with the camera and I could more than likely get more.
The best thing for me about this pack is that it "fits"! The 11x14 is a snug fit but it is relatively easy to carry.

Jim

Mahler_one
04-14-2009, 11:16 AM
Thanks Jim. For my 4x5 system I use the Photo-Backpacker system. Quite elegant, and "fitted to order". They have an 8x10 system for the Deardorff ( I don't have one yet ) as well. I am not sure if they offer an 11x14 solution, but Bruce ( the owner of the company ) can certainly provide guidance to any interested parties.

Note: I have no businsess, or other affiliation, with Bruce or any of his suppliers.

Ed

http://www.photobackpacker.com/home.asp

domaz
04-14-2009, 11:23 AM
40-45lbs? Wow that is the typical weight of my bag on a winter overnight trip (where my only camera equipment is an SLR). Hope you have a decent waist-belt pack on that pack.

Jim Fitzgerald
04-14-2009, 10:44 PM
Ed, I spoke to Bruce about a pack system for my 8x20 and 11x14 and he wanted to know if I would be a beta tester for any system he may come up with. I told him "sure". Bruce is a great guy and provides some great gear. I would love for him to come up with something for the 11x14 and 8x20. I have not spoken to him for quite a while. Maybe I'll drop him a line.

When i go out with my ULF systems I only go out a couple of miles. Generally day trips and the weight I carry is with some nourishment and essentials. The reward is the big negatives that come out of my darkroom. The MEI pack for the 11x14 has a very good belt/suspension and holds the weight very well. I need to readjust the REI pack so it rides better but the belt is top notch.

Jim