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    I need a changing bag - any recommendations?

    I need to buy a new changing bag. From what I see, most are very similar, made in China or Taiwan, and cheap. (Except here in Paris, where Photopro wants $130 --- I'm not kidding --- for a changing bag that wouldn't go for more than $25 in the States.)

    I know about Harrison bags, which are supposed to be very good. At over $80, they're also a bit steep.

    Anyone have any specific recommendations beyond Harrison?

    Thanks.

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    Actually, the Harrison tent for 8x10 is $229. It's fantastic, the "bag" never comes down and touches the film, depositing little bits of dust... I have been so happy with this thing I can't imagine going back to a bag...

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    Cotton, not nylon. The biggest you can find. Harrison if you can afford it, but don't worry if you can't. I've had two or three changing bags over the last 30+ years and nary a Harrison (or Lastolite, just as good) yet.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    A bag for 4x5 is easy - did you mention what size??? I use a tent now for 8x10 made by chimera I think - not terribly easy to work with but it was really well priced and has a lot of room in it - I am sold on the ones with rods in them - it is difficult to manage dust in the limp bags.
    My photos are always without all that distracting color ...

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    I purchase a Photoflex Changing room on ebay, like brand new, for about $22 including shipping. No instructions and a bit tricky to set up, really is nice when its up. Much better than my old (and rotting) changing bag. Since I had to replace it anyway, I thought I would upgrade.

    I see this type at low prices on the auction site all the time, probably because of the learning curve needed for set up.
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    I have the Photoflex Changing Room Platinum Series and I wouldn't use anything else now. Good luck, Curt
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    Thanks to one and all. That Photoflex bag looks nice -- anything that will stop the top cloth from falling onto my hands while trying to load a reel! I've been doing this since the 1960's, so I ought to be good to myself and by something nice.

    I appreciate your suggestions.

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    Get something that can 'breathe', I had a nasty nylon cheap bag with a plasicky coating on the inside. It destroyed 3 rolls of 120 film with the condesation build up before I scrapped it.

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    I use an 8x10x5" plastic food storage container inside of a generic changing bag. Before I start loading the developing tank, I put the tank, film, scissors, and openner into the container. The container serves to keep everything within reach in addition to supporting the bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    I have the Photoflex Changing Room Platinum Series and I wouldn't use anything else now. Good luck, Curt
    I can second the Photoflex Changing Room. I was looking for the same thing a few months ago because with the traditional bags I always found it annoying to load/unload film. The Harrison bags are nice, but they cost three times the price of the Photoflex. I ended up getting the Photoflex and haven't looked back. Good luck.

    Patrick

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