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    New 8x20 camera & tripod weights

    Several people at Per's Owens Valley workshop asked how much my camera and tripod weighted. So here is the info:

    Camera: 14lbs.

    Tripod with Majestic head: 10lbs.

    Film holders: 3lbs.

    So, I have four holders and even with the three lenses, extension rail, darkcloth and other misc. items I think the system will come in at under 40 lbs. When I find the time and $$$ for a backpack you can bet I'll get one.

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    Jim that is very resonable weight for an 8 x 20 camera. The Canham 11 x 14 camera come in at a little over 16 lbs. Congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten View Post
    Jim that is very resonable weight for an 8 x 20 camera. The Canham 11 x 14 camera come in at a little over 16 lbs. Congrats.
    Dave, thanks. Yes i think this is a very manageable weight. My 8x10 Seneca is about 10lbs. I can backpack with it some distance. I hope I can keep the 11x14 I'm building around the same weight. Just got a great deal on a Kelty backpack and I'm working on the fit. As soon as I can figure out how to scan some images I'll post them.

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    Very reasonable indeed. My American Optical 11x14" is about 15 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Very reasonable indeed. My American Optical 11x14" is about 15 lbs.
    David if I keep them at a reasonable weight then there is no problem taking them farther away from my truck.


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    Yeah, the 30 lb. 11x14" Wisner is impressive, but don't see myself ever using such a thing in the field, and in the studio, heck, one might as well use a studio camera.
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    The Wisner tech field is 30 lbs...has the added moves etc...the traditional 11 x 14 is 20 lbs.
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    I figured the 8x20 with 3 lenses, 4 holders, dark cloth and all the other stuff including the tripod will come in at just under 40lbs. With the proper pack I'm not opposed to going some distance with it. I'm even considering the Guadalupe Dunes. You know up hill in the sand!!!! Now there is a workout!!!!

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    I figured the 8x20 with 3 lenses, 4 holders, dark cloth and all the other stuff including the tripod will come in at just under 40lbs. With the proper pack I'm not opposed to going some distance with it. I'm even considering the Guadalupe Dunes. You know up hill in the sand!!!! Now there is a workout!!!!

    Beau Geste Fitzgerald, how long were you in the Foreign Legion Jim? That's about the same weight as a sack of wood pellets for my stove. Couldn't you get it down to just a Presto Log? I remember seeing that the Navy Seals run on the beach because the sand reduces injuries. Avoiding hard surfaces might be the key to endurance, and a good pack.

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    Curt, I learned from experience that you don't go out 5 miles into the dunes without a proper pack. Took the 8x10 out one time with my BIG shoulder bag. The trip out was great, you know the adrenaline flowing and all of that, then I had to hike back! A good pack is a must! Really helps one avoid those awful face plants in the sand.

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