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    Where do you get foam for your cases?

    Hello,

    I seriously need camera cases. Finding a large Halliburton case in an antique mall in need of foam (it had none at all) for $30 inspired me to grab a few $2 hardshell suitcases at the Goodwill. I have plans to gut them and convert them into camera cases and free up some drawer/cabinet space for other things.

    What is the best source for high-quality foam that can be cut as needed?

    Any particular brands/retailers about which you could share experiences?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Try a good upholstery shop or specialty foam shop. You should be able to find various grades and firmness. Avoid the cheap white stuff; it degrades into small particles designed to get into your camera mechanicals.

    I like 1 to 1.5 in of flat foam on the bottom, topped with a 2 in. piece cut to match my equipment (you can have various "versions" of this layer to match different equipment). On the top, I like using "egg crate" foam. A very sharp fillet knife works well for cutting.

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    Look at McMaster-Carr for high density foam.
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    I have lined cases and rolling convertible school backpacks with closed cell foam (usually blue) 'camping' sleeping pads to turn them into equipment cases. This foam is also freqently seen at the goodwill/thrift store, or is inexpensively bought at a camping supply store. They line the inside walls of the case. I have had good sucess making Internal dividers from doubled up foam core board. I use scotch 77 spray glue to join the panels, and then cut them as one. I join them with clear packing tape, and cover edges with packing tape as well.

    I have several different foam core dividers that fit my cases.

    For instance, one backpack insert is for my Crown Graphic, spot meter, and about 10 film holders, with external pockets holding filters, loupe, etc.
    Another insert for the same case holdes a C330 TLR with lens up to 180, and a Metz 60CT flash rig, and has room for a few other lenses.
    The third insert holds 2 SLR bodies and a whack of lenses for the lightweight nature walk. There is room for a windbreaker, water bottle and lunch in this divider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgb74 View Post
    Try a good upholstery shop or specialty foam shop. You should be able to find various grades and firmness. Avoid the cheap white stuff; it degrades into small particles designed to get into your camera mechanicals.

    I like 1 to 1.5 in of flat foam on the bottom, topped with a 2 in. piece cut to match my equipment (you can have various "versions" of this layer to match different equipment). On the top, I like using "egg crate" foam. A very sharp fillet knife works well for cutting.
    +1 on an upholstery shop. I rigged a cheap backpack with such foam more than thirty years ago when I started hiking about with a 35mm kit. Two bodies, 4 lenses, and tons of misc. small items. Still have it, still use it.
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    I have bought numerous foam sets for my many Halliburton cases from this seller on Ebay. He is in Rochester and is a very reliable and straightforward vendor. The sets look very OEM like with the egg crates pattern for the tops and are cut very precisely for the Halliburton cases which he also sells in mint condition.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/FOAM-KIT-INSERT-...item1c0ea3860f

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    Old hard shell suitcases also work well when new foam is added. And don't advertise that the contents are valuable.

    The closed cell foam that Mike mentions is particularly useful in a backpack arrangement (as the layer between your back and the equipment).

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    Sleeping mats for backpackers.
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    Hi 2/F,
    I've bought "pick and pluck" foam from Foamerica several times.
    Reasonable price and really quick delivery.
    Here's their website.
    http://www.foamerica.biz/pelicanfoam.html

    Larry

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