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pound
26-Dec-2016, 05:05
Not sure should this be in this section but I thought how I made an protective case for my 8x20 camera.

My Korona 820 camera is heavy but it is still possible to hand carry it by the leather handle for short walking distance. Carrying it bare will expose it to scratches and knocks as it is easy to bump this big camera into walls and such.


https://youtu.be/f6w4wGHwZLw

So I went to buy a $5 foam camping mat, some Velcro straps with tape and went off to work on a DIY protective case. As seen in the video, I have the map trimmed to the required size including the corners and then add in the Velcro straps at the places where the different ends meet.

http://sgwetplate.com/2016/12/protective-case-8x20-camera/

Daniel Strasshofer
26-Dec-2016, 10:00
Great! I will "use" your idea for my 12x20!

Thanks,
daniel

Fred L
26-Dec-2016, 11:35
great idea and much lighter than the heavy case my 7x17 lives in. I like the opening for the handles so you're the weight is on the handle and not the wrap.

I should ask Daniel Stone about making a case for the 7x17, similar to the ones he made for my other cameras.

Jim Noel
26-Dec-2016, 12:19
Be extremely careful of the handle. Those old handles can look very good, and carry the camera many times, then suddenly they let go. Ask me how I know Luckily it happened as I picked it up off a piece of soft carpet.

pound
26-Dec-2016, 17:42
Be extremely careful of the handle. Those old handles can look very good, and carry the camera many times, then suddenly they let go. Ask me how I know Luckily it happened as I picked it up off a piece of soft carpet.
Yes Jim, the old leather handle broke recently. Luckily it consists of 2 layers of leather and only one layer broke. I have replaced it and it should last for a while unless the 2 metal lugs held down by small screws give way first.

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Luis-F-S
26-Dec-2016, 19:01
Gator makes a number of very reasonably priced "Mixer" cases that you can get at B&H:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1126496-REG/gator_cases_g_mixerbag_2118_padded_nylon_mixer_equipment.html
The 21x18 should be just about the right size. I have a 15x15 for the V8's and one a bit bigger for when I want to also carry several lenses, meter, etc.

Michael Kadillak
29-Dec-2016, 09:49
Too bad they no longer make the Strebor cases. Two inches of dense foam padding on all sides is the optimal insurance policy against damage for a valued ULF camera that happens at the most inopportune time. Had a buddy that lost a GG when the edge of a film holder case shifted in the back of his vehicle on a photo excursion (you know how equipment piles up in a tight space) and took it out right through the soft sided cover. He did not have a spare with him and it was trip over for that 8x10. They way I look at it insurance always costs money and risk is directly proportional to cost. I personally opt to take that risk out of play but each person makes that decision independently.

Daniel Stone
29-Dec-2016, 10:55
Michael,

Strebor might not be making cases anymore, but Lightware is still in business, and makes wonderful cases. I have used some of them for various camera systems over the years, and have always been pleased with their build quality, fit and finish.

-Dan

vinny
29-Dec-2016, 12:59
great idea for the case, not so much for the music track:)
I felt like I was in the club.

pound
30-Dec-2016, 05:19
great idea for the case, not so much for the music track:)
I felt like I was in the club.
My bad 😂 i blame it on youtube choice of tracks available.

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pound
30-Dec-2016, 05:25
....They way I look at it insurance always costs money and risk is directly proportional to cost. I personally opt to take that risk out of play but each person makes that decision independently.
I agree fully with what you say. There is a lack of suitable bags/cases locally and it would be very expensive to ship them from US or overseas without knowing how well it will fit. Meanwhile this will help. You can probably see in the video that I also made a DIY GG protector too :)

Michael Kadillak
31-Dec-2016, 19:21
I agree fully with what you say. There is a lack of suitable bags/cases locally and it would be very expensive to ship them from US or overseas without knowing how well it will fit. Meanwhile this will help. You can probably see in the video that I also made a DIY GG protector too :)

If you have the ability to read a tape measure give yourself an inch on the measurements in each direction and you will be fine. The people that makes cases relate to these directives. That is what I did with my case for my 8x20 and 11x14. People ship globally every day and expensive is a relative term. Figure it out and get the legitimate hard sided case that ULF mandates because everything in this arena is expensive.

Drew Bedo
5-Jan-2017, 07:26
The concept and manner of construction seem adaptable to other areas than ULF photo gear. I can imagine a pack pack liner customized for large spotting scopes/mioni tripods and other types of things.

laminating loop frabric to the interior would be helpful in preserving the foam. An outer layer of heavier fabric would make this a durable case. I recognize that these additions add complexity, cost and weight.

In any case: This is a great idea and the project is well executed . . .Well Done!

Hugo Zhang
5-Jan-2017, 10:03
I used something like this for my 10x20 camera:

http://www.costco.com/High-Sierra-30%22-Rolling-Duffel-.product.100307600.html

Jim Fitzgerald
5-Jan-2017, 10:27
Hugo, thanks that looks good.

pound
6-Jan-2017, 04:42
An outer layer of heavier fabric would make this a durable case. I recognize that these additions add complexity, cost and weight.

In any case: This is a great idea and the project is well executed . . .Well Done!

Thanks ! I have just bought a big piece of thick canvas cloth today to serve as the outer layer. No idea how will I get around doing it but I do know how to sew. Probably will secure with compression straps with buckles.