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Whats the best way to carry LF camera and 35mm equipment?

Ted Stoddard , Feb 20, 2004; 04:21 p.m.

I am going on a trip and i am bringing my kodak view master 2-d , minolta 35mm, with 6 lenses and a widelux F7 plus about 15 8x10 holders with filters,film and misc items.... what is the best way to carry it all comfortably? Please help.... i have looked at a few backpacks and so on but confused on whats the best....thanks ted


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Ted Harris , Feb 20, 2004; 05:09 p.m.

AFAIK there is no decicated backpack that will carry all of your equipment. I seriously doubt there are many backpacks at all that will carry it all and anything else at all. have you thought of the weight if you want to carry it all at once and all the time. I am adding up to well over 50 pounds just for the equipment.

I sometimes travel with a similar outfit (4x5 Horseman FA with 5 lenses, 8x10 Phillips Compact II with an additional couple of lenses, Noblex F, digital camera, and all the film and stuff that goes along with the above). I never try and cram it all into the same pack. I have a couple of ATA approved cases that carry the gear and I do carry a f64BPX backpack that I use when trekking on the other end. Whenever I can I ship the gear in advance via DHL/Airborne or UPS ground.

Bob Haight , Feb 20, 2004; 05:17 p.m.

Ted, if you have to hike any distance with all that gear you may want to forget it. Even if not, hard to take great photos while at the same time keeping up with all that stuff around onlookers, nature and gravity. You definitely should look at the array of cases with wheels.

Steve Allen , Feb 20, 2004; 05:31 p.m.

A Sherpa.

Terry Long , Feb 20, 2004; 05:46 p.m.

I use a backpack for my LF (4x5) equipment and the LowePro S&F Vest/Belt system for my 35mm equipment. Actually, I have a second backpack for my MF equipment too but, I don't take both MF and LF at the same time...kinda impossible to carry both backpacks at the same time.

Obviously you know what a backpack is. The S&F Vest/Belt system is pretty versital. It's a padded belt with a vest type harness attached. Both the belt and harness have loops where you attach various pouches. I've got a padded lens pouch for each of my lenses along with several other pouches for carrying film, filters, metering stuff, cleaning equipment, a second camera body, and so on and so forth. I've modified the harness by attaching a quick release buckle on each shoulder. The mated buckles are attached to my shortened camera strap. That way I can carry my 35mm camera, hands free, and have another camera in a pouch attached to the belt.

With the S&F Vest/Belt system worn I can still carry a backpack. I used this method while hiking Grand Teton NP, Zion NP, and Arches/Canyonlands NP. I'm 50 yrs old and had no problem with doing so but, I was psyched up and ready for the long haul. No doubt about it, I was a little tired at the end of each day but, it was worth it and is doable.

j nanian , Feb 20, 2004; 05:54 p.m.


look into tenba cases.

happy trails


Ellis Vener , Feb 20, 2004; 06:21 p.m.

The Lightware BP1420. would probably hold and protect all of that, but you = probably would not want to backpack with it due to the weight.

Ralph Barker , Feb 20, 2004; 06:59 p.m.

Depending on where you're going, how you're getting there, and what you'll be doing once there, the choices tend to lean in different directions. For most vehicle-based trips, I use a combination of a LowePro Trekker Classic backpack and a Tamrac rolling case, along with supplemental pouches that stay in the vehicle. I pull what I need from these at each specific location, depending on what I'm doing. If I need to go very far from the vehicle, and the terrain is reasonable, I use a folding golf cart to carry the two cases.

The cart, fully loaded

Jesse Kramer , Feb 20, 2004; 09:04 p.m.

I found this late one night while surfing


I am planning on getting one

Peter Lerman , Feb 21, 2004; 09:32 a.m.

YOu have to start thinking that dragging all that stuff around is going to seriously interfere with the time, attention and energey you can devote to actually seeing anything. No? Not that I doubt your sincerity or your intentions but I think that if you lighten up you will see more and enjoy it more.

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