I carry 9 11x14 holders in an ammo can to the trailhead. I pack 3 filmholders into a black, padded REI stuff sack to go along with my camera and gear. I have a simple shoulder strap system for the Crown tripod. I modified an old Janssport backpack to handle the camera itself.
For short trips I use the baby jogger with all gear in a large Tamrack 662 case-expensive, huge, rolling and enough space for anything I choose to take along.
Thanks for the ideas guys. I've gotten to be good sewing my own film holder bags so that won't be a problem. I just have to find a pack big enough. The jogger is something I'll need to get for both the 11x14 and 8x20. Maybe I should get a Twin baby jogger so I can take both!!
Deckled, how are things in my home town? I haven't been there in years.
I don't have a large format but I do have a torn ligament in one of my shoulders that limits how much I can carry. I've been looking at Pet Strollers, they have frames similar to Baby Strollers run less money and most of the pet baskets are easily removable. eBay has the best prices that I've found so far.
Right now I'm torn between this basket on top version, it would be nice to have a handy place to drop notes, lenses, filters etc.... http://tinyurl.com/69hrs9
and this 3 wheel jogger style with big wheels, (but not in pink)
I'm also almost done with my 11x14 veiw camera, I have given up on the case and I'm now making one out of wood. The enlarger is next. I do need a wide lens for the camera.
I ordered this Mountainsmith Rolling Zip Top Tote once and sent it back because it was too big. It's 15” x 26” x 15”, maybe something like this would work? They also make ones without wheels and travel cubes that fit inside that may help organize other things.
You might also look at soft sided coolers. They're still somewhat padded and usually lighter weight than camera bags. There are some with wheels and backpack ones.
When you actually look at the measurements for those bags, they usually turn out to be too small for an 11x14" camera. My camera needs at least 18" square internal dimensions and Jim's needs at least 20x17.5". One APUG member was transporting his Wisner 11x14" kit in a large rolling suitcase like this one--
Which is big enough, but it didn't last very long, and wouldn't be strong enough to protect the camera in checked luggage, if that were a concern.
There are better rolling suitcases of similar dimensions, but they get to be more expensive than the Calumet Watertight case that I'm looking at.
hey Jim, I posted to this thread but it got lost in the web somewhere.
Tho I have not an 11x14 (but the lust is there!) I have given it some thought. I like the idea of an old Janssport pack frame (they have that nice shelf on the bottom), then build a box out of 1/8" plywood that the camera can fit in. Strap the box onto the pack frame. In use, I'd lay the pack down and have a hinged lid that opens up like a front-loading pack.
I would make the box deep enough for the camera and padding to go in first, then a padded bag for the holders that would be placed on top of the of the camera. If the box was tall enough, lenses and etc would go on "top" of the camera (when the pack was standing up.)
Make the box easy to strap on and off the frame and the box could be moved to a baby jogger, wheeled dolly, to the car, etc.
Hey Jim, I use a Mountain Equipment Inc (MEI) backpack for 11x14. It has been with me since the 80's as my suitcase/backpack for travel but I found it works perfect for my 11x14. You can carry it like a suitcase with the straps hidden away by a zippered flap or you can use it as a backpack with heavy duty straps just like a regular back country pack. It has an internal frame and carries a load well. It also has a mini backpack that zips onto the back of the main one that is perfect for at least 4 11x14 holders (maybe more, but I don't have anymore than 4) There are numerous attachment points and d rings to attach tripods or water bottles etc. I would not use it as checked baggage with my camera in it however:)
Look up Parker cases. I have one which I used for both my 11x14s (Phillips Compact and an Explorer). They are excellent, wheeled and suitable for checking if you want to fly. I have one which carried my 11x14 and three holders and was only 62 linear inches (compact enough to check without an excess baggage charge). I've taken an 11x14 around the world in one - they are great cases (a Ron WIsner find I believe). If someone is interested, shoot me an email - I have sold my 11x14 so I don't need the case!...
Erik, it sounds like we have the same MEI pack...or almost. The detachable daypack is tight with 5 to 6 8x10 holders -- it might hold a few 11x14 holders. The pack could hold an 11x14 with a non-reversable back, since there is room for my Zone VI 8x10. Jim saw my set-up, so he should have an idea of the size. my pack is great for me, but I am 6'3" -- might be too big for Jim.