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    If you were from Sydney, Australia I'd direct you to a specialist shop called 'The Foam Booth'. Seriously.

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    If it is a Halliburton, you can buy it from them. Bill Barber

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    Buying foam is tricky. Not all foam is created equal. Even if it looks the same it may not be the same. Unfortunately, I do not know the formula descriptions on particular foam types. Some are urethanes and some are PVC's and other types as well. They age and act differently in various climatic and storage conditions. Beware, some will deteriorate and become gummy easily, some will stick to your equipment, some will trap moisture and promote mold growth. Some foam will tear or deform easily, some will snag edges on your equipment and tear. The smaller the foam porosity the better the foam and the stiffer the better as well. Often times you can obtain the perfect foam from shipments of electronics, it's usually the dark gray stuff and it holds up extremely well over the long haul. I have mostly purchased my foam from beacon Worldwide but I also buy SKB cases from them and I just add the foam set option. On occassion I order just foam. I'm not sure what there's is made from but it holds up extremely well and does not deteriorate or off gas. By the way, I have nothing to do with that company. Just mentioning my experience. I have purchased sets from B&H as well and they were okay too. Bottom line is that you have to be careful what you use or the foam may cause more damage to your gear that if you didn't have it. I'd be very caustious of using just any foam. The Foamamerica place seems to have good pricing, with low prices I would find out what it is before I would buy it. Good foam is usually pricey. FWIW

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    +2 on upholstery shops and don't forget the bigger fabric stores. I never had any problems with the foam I bought at fabric shops but maybe I just got lucky.

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    What I like about a good foam specialty shop is that they often build up or fit out cases for expensive electronic equipment. As a result, they know the different grades of foam and what will last.

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    I have on old suitcase(purchased at a garage sale for 1$) that I lined with eggcrate foam that I bought at Walmart. I cut it to fit the case. I store 35mm on one side and MF + meters on the other. When I go out to shoot, I just load up a shoulder bag with what I need.

    Mike

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