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    For $30,000, you can rent the type of vehicle you need when you need it for the next five to ten years, and still have lots of money left over for film!

    Website for MEI Packs -- I have the Trekker II.

    http://www.meipacks.com/TravelPacks01.html
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    8x20 in a hard case modified to have some larger wheels.
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    John that looks very nice.

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    John.....Nice job with the case. It looks like you added an axle and wheels like I did to the Samsonite. Is that one of the Pelican monsta cases and if so, which number. Some details of the wheels with pics would be greatly appreciated as I am contemplating the large Pelican myself as one of the larger ones they make might hold the 12x20 and protect it much more than the Samsonite.............TW

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    The case is similar to a Pelican but it's from Calumet. (Their # WT6840)

    It's slightly larger and cheaper than the Pelican version. I believe its Italian (HPRC)

    Wheels are mounted on a threaded rod. A square aluminum extrusion bolted to the case holds the axle in place. Castellated nuts with spring clips keep the wheels in position. The wheels were from Lowes and the axle and threaded rod were from Ace hardware. I did make the plastic wheel spacers and bearings on a lathe.

    When the wheels are removed the case fits into the trunk under the bed of my pick-up. That's a very handy but secure place to keep the whole mess.

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    Thank you John. That's all I needed to dive into the lab. If I make it and it gets great comments, I'll give you all the credit. If someone thinks it stinks, I'll tell 'em I made it! Appreciate the photos.....................TW

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Jarosz View Post
    8x20 in a hard case modified to have some larger wheels.
    Looks great, John. How much does the whole thing weigh once you get rolling?

    If I go that large, something like that -- with the ability to easily take off the wheels and lash the rest of it onto a pack frame (perhaps with a platform on the bottom like the elk hauling packs) -- would be nice for when the wheel can't get me there. Depends on how much weight the case adds, as there are lighter solutions. The protection would be nice.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    It depends on what camera I'm taking where. I just loaded a Nikon backpack with lots of glass and a Nikon FA, and a cheep padded shoulder ready bag with a N90s with a Tamron lens on it for a weekend trip to PA.

    I have leather cases made by Kodak for most of my Kodaks, a suitcase made for my Nikonos, and a hard sided padded case that I bought at Walmart I keep my Pentax 6X7 in. I also have a Lopro bag that can be used as a fanny pack, or backpack, it would be a huge fanny pack though, I normally carry it over my shoulder.

    I also have a footlocker type trunk that I can bring all my gear in if I really wanted to.

    It all depends on the destination, terrain, mode of travel, and what I want to shoot with. I have been known to carry a medium format folder in my pocket for fun as well.
    "Would you like it if someone that painted in oils told you that you were not making portraits because you were using a camera?"
    "Shouldn't it be more about the joy of producing and viewing the photo than what you paid for the camera?"

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    I haven't weighed the case separately but it's fairly heavy. If you were going to backpack this you wouldn't carry all the crap I put in mine. (and you could use a smaller case.)
    8x20 2D (modified) 17#
    300mm Metrogon 6#
    600mm Apo Ronar 3#
    420 Apo Nikkor 1#
    4 Filmholders ?#
    Dark cloth ?#
    Meter ?#
    2D Extension rail 1#
    Filters ?#
    Misc ?#

    Loaded case 70#

    I've also got 15# of a Gitzo tripod that's not in the case.

    That's why all this stuff is on wheels or in the truck.

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    I checked the Calumet site and the case weighs 30 lbs. without Johns additions. The Calumet case though is only $210 list and I have an idea that the Pelican case #1650 which is similar is quite a bit more than that.............TW

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