Jim - You answered a question that had been festering the back of my mind! Looking at the camera, I figures the only thing keeping it from being somewhat portable (considering it weighs a ton....) is the fact that the rail is capped and the camera can't come off it.
Obviously this can be changed. So, how did you remove the caps and did you replace them with some form of stop or just "live dangerously"?
BTW - I think I am setting myself up for a hernia..... http://apug.org/forum/html/emoticons/smile.gif
You think the camera is heavy? The case is close to 9lbs I think-( EMPTY-)) I hear the porter is supposed to sleep in it while you use the camera-) Not long after I got the camera I borrowed a 4" or something lens. I couldn't get infinity focus. It was very close but not quite. When I checked Calumet still sold a recessed board for it but the cost of the board and shipping almost exceeded what I paid for the camera. Would have made more sense to find a short version for that money.
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Slightly off topic...
The widest lenses ever made were Goertz Hypergon. A 30mm would have covered 4x5", but the shortest made was 60mm...
The end caps are held on by an allen screw. it may be hard to see if the head is filled with crud. I removed the caps and carefully drilled and tapped out the hole to hold a small thumb screw which I could tighten with my fingers. Carefully slide the standards off each end to be able to leave the tripod bracket on the rail.
Yes these cameras are heavy and awkward to use in the field. But they take the same quality of image as a camera that costs $2500. For me when I started out the price of the camera afforded me the opportunity to buy two very nice lenses.
Amen to that! I always find it a bit hard to imagine paying $2,500 for a metal rod, two metal frames and some cloth. http://apug.org/forum/html/emoticons/smile.gif Even if it is really high quality. Must be the miser in me.
I would also worry about damage. I know that the CC-401 is tough. Hard to damage. Some of those small portable monorails seem a bit fragile. I'd hate to break one of them!