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    Desktop Computer Road Cases for ULF cameras

    So after a few years of living in a cardboard box, my 1890s 11x14" American Optical field camera finally has a case in the form of a Tenba road case for a Mac G5 tower computer. As laptops are so powerful these days, I suspect that fewer people are schlepping these bulky desktop computers to trade shows and conventions and photographers who need to edit on location are much more likely to be using laptops, so there are some bargains to be had on these very sturdy and relatively lightweight cases.

    Here's what they look like new--

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...tialSearch=yes

    I got the one without wheels used on eBay for around $200, and it's a perfect fit for the camera, five holders (I only have 4), with room to spare for lenses, darkcloth, etc., and if I ever decide to travel with this camera, it could be checked on a plane.
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    Here's a quick snapshot.
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    That's so unfair showing that beautiful 11x14 camera! And All I can see is just the top of it, nice case too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    That's so unfair showing that beautiful 11x14 camera! And All I can see is just the top of it, nice case too.
    Curt, it is sort of like "flashing"
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    Damn. It's just a little too small for my camera. I keep looking for something like this & haven't been able to find something reasonable.

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    Gary, what are your exact measurements? I think the official specs include some removable cushions that could come out, though they would be good to use if you're actually shipping the camera or checking it on a plane.
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    David,

    I am at work, so going from memory its 65cm x 43cm x 15cm (LWH when folded). Being a 12x20 is quite a big larger than your 11x14, I would imagine.

    Thanx.

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    The maximum dimensions of the case are 21.25 x 10.75 x 21.5 inches, which would be approximately 54 x 27 x 54 cm, and there is a foam block in the cover that could be removed covering about half the depth that's about 5 cm thick, so it wouldn't fit the 12x20, but might work for Dave's 14x17.

    My camera is 18" square including knobs and not too thick, which is pretty compact as 11x14" cameras with reversible backs go.
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    David,

    Thanks for checking, I figured it was probably too small......the search goes on.

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