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    How do you organize your bag or backpack?

    How do you organize dividers in your bag or backpack for a medium format camera?

    I'm especially interested to see variants for Contax 645 with 2-3 lenses and flash.
    Thank!

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    I bought the Photobackpacker system (an Apug sponsor.)


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    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    Thank you for reply.

    Are prism and lens attached when your camera in the bag?
    How do you position of your camera - lens down or horizontal or whatever else?

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    Organize? My MF is resting on a folded dishtowel in the main compartment, film in the front pocket.
    The 35mm bag is more organized because I have several fixed lenses.
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    "Let There Be Light" --God

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    Interesting solution. What is your towel?

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    The advantage of the Photobackpacker system is that you can buy individual cases to fit specific camera and/or lens needs individually, and combine them on a board in your pack, all held in place with velcro. I have 1 case with a divider that holds the body with lens attached and another lens, a second case that holds 2 lenses and extension tubes (also divided,) and a third case that holds filters, light meter, etc. The camera case holds the camera in a horizontal position with the finder attached. All cases fit nicely in a Kelty Redwing pack with some room to spare around the edges for film, lens shade, etc.


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    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    Evgeny,

    I'm too paranoid to carry anything that looks like a camera (or laptop) bag. I sometimes use a cheap overnight bag (hard bottomed with feet) subdivided with shoe boxes (or equivalent) lined with pieces of backpacker foam pad. I've used towels but after awhile too much lint floating about and loose threads catching on things. I have a "please steal me" silver Halliburton that I don't use anymore, the interior foam turned into mush, a bitch to clean up. Presently I'm looking for an old cheesy bowling ball bag to tote my RB, lenses-n-stuff.

    Terry

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    After searching for a number of years, I found a canvas rucksack 17"x12"x6"(deep) w/leather bottom, padded back, waist belt and padded shoulder straps. This pack holds (inside): Gitzo carbon fiber tripod (16" packed size), RB and 3 lenses (in leather pouches), 3 film holders (roll and cut film), film, rain gear, lunch and a few navigation tools. Total weight is about 22 lbs and very comfortable for a day in the back-of-beyond. The Photobackpaker cases also fit very nicely in this no nonsense pack. 25 lbs seems to be my upper limit in weight these days, I'm 60 this year.

    If I pack my little Galvin w/2 lenses I can knock off 8-9 lbs, totaling under 14 lbs. Nice! Good for reaching high elevations.

    Paul
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    "Pictures are not incidental frills to a text; they are essences of our distinctive way of knowing." Stephen J. Gould

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    I just toss in the Rollieflex into my pack with the 8x10 since it is so small I don't notice the extra weight...

    Vaughn

    PS...I do wrap it in the darkcloth for a little protective padding...
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    All my things photographic go to small plastic boxes which they fit full, occasionally it's a bit of foam that doesn't allow them to wiggle and make noise. The boxes then get their place in the backpack as the need is. Less weight than any Photo backpacks.

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