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William Whitaker
14-May-2018, 10:59
I usually store my Folmer & Schwing 12x20 in a case made, I believe, by Alan Brubaker. For some reason I had thought that he used ABS plastic for his cases, but this one feels like it's made of plywood. It is well-made and secure, but it is heavy. And when it gets a 12x20 camera in it, it's that much heavier. So, thinking it would be nice to have a means of carrying the camera short distances, i started to look about and found a log carrier from L.L. Bean, made of a vinyl-backed canvas-type material. Being made to carry pieces of trees, it is strong. The handle straps go completely around the body of the bag. The length of the bag is 23 1/2 inches. My camera measures 22 inches across the back. Two brass focusing knobs, 1 each side, add 1 inch each to bring that total dimension to 24 inches. So I'm half an inch over on the large dimension. But as the bag is fabric, it flexes nicely to allow all of my camera in. The width of the camera is about 6 inches; the bag 12 inches. So there is room for a couple of film holders, too. I can fit three in a pinch, but it makes grabbing the handles more difficult. In fact, that's my only complaint: I wish the handle straps were just a few inches longer to give better purchase on the handle.
Weight of the hard case was 21 pounds empty. Weight of the camera kit in the log carrier with one film holder, dark hood and my homemade tripod block is 28 pounds.
The difference is that with the hard case I'd have to set it down by 20 feet from my car, maybe less. With this I can make it across the parking lot before I collapse of exhaustion. But at least when I do set it down the polyester canvas keeps out dirt and moisture. Of course, padding is minimal to non-existent, so care is needed. I have thoughts of making a padded insert for the bottom of the bag out of rigid foam insulation bonded to closed-cell foam material like a camping pad. But I need to find someone who can lengthen those handles first.

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/42721?page=dura-tough-standing-log-carrier&bc=31-510044-516350&feat=42721-GNqv&csp=f&productId=720556&attrValue_1=Bark

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Still contemplating the jogging stroller solution. But that costs more than 40 bucks.

karl french
14-May-2018, 11:16
Very nice. That looks like a handy bag. I've been using a canoe pack for carrying 12x20 holders (4) and just have the camera in hand. It would be nice to have something like this to protect the camera when setting it down.

William Whitaker
14-May-2018, 11:20
Hi Karl, Let me re-iterate that although the handles do go around the bag to support the load, the bag itself is only one layer of material, so adding some kind of a floor to the bag would help protect the camera from hard surfaces.
W

diversey
14-May-2018, 11:56
You may look at Gator bags from sweet-water online. It has different size bags for music instruments.

gphoto
14-May-2018, 12:17
I would definitely look at some kind of wheeled solution. I'm sure you could find a used stroller on craigslist and modify it's person carrier into a camera carrier.

William Whitaker
14-May-2018, 12:26
Note last line of OP.

Luis-F-S
14-May-2018, 12:31
You may look at Gator bags from sweet-water online. It has different size bags for music instruments.

B&H also carries these. I put foam on the bottom of the bag for extra insulation on my 11x14 bag. L

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Mixer-Cases-Covers/ci/1808/N/3992462174

Pfsor
14-May-2018, 13:32
. But I need to find someone who can lengthen those handles first.


You can lengthen them yourself quite easily. Just add another pair of handles, made DIY, on the pair of the old ones, best at their base.

Lachlan 717
14-May-2018, 16:51
I’d look for an XL pizza delivery bag. The type the guys wear like backpacks.

Pretty sure they’ll come in 24x24” sizing, and will be insulated.

Whir-Click
14-May-2018, 17:03
I’ve been contemplating one of these for my Korona 12x20 and wonder if anyone has tried it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01ND0YMUN/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526342501&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=gator+2621&dpPl=1&dpID=415p0bhR1VL&ref=plSrch

dentkimterry
14-May-2018, 17:32
I’ve been contemplating one of these for my Korona 12x20 and wonder if anyone has tried it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01ND0YMUN/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526342501&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=gator+2621&dpPl=1&dpID=415p0bhR1VL&ref=plSrch

I use a 20x20 model of this same bag for my 11x14. Works great. The body of the case holds the camera,
a couple of lenses and the dark cloth. There is an outside zippered pocket that holds two film holders. Carries well with the handles but not comfortable for long distance. I put it in a baby stroller to go cross country. A good case for the money.
Terry

jp
14-May-2018, 18:00
Someone that sews canvas or leather should be able to sew longer handles on that bag for you. They are indeed rugged bags.

gphoto
15-May-2018, 09:02
Note last line of OP.

My point was that you could probably find a stroller for less than 40$.

Daniel Strasshofer
16-May-2018, 11:48
I use this bag for my 12x20" Canham: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NGT-Universal-Padded-Large-Bait-Boat-Bag-Carryall-Carp-Fishing-Tackle-/361623021536
Now mounted on a foam-padded backpack harness.

Whir-Click
16-Jun-2018, 20:59
I went ahead and purchased the Gator Mixerbag 2621 and it works brilliantly for my Korona 12x20. The caveat is that I only have/use one film holder, but I believe I could fit another if I were fortunate enough to acquire one. The exterior pocket comfortably houses light meter, filters, etc. 179464

Roger Beck
17-Jun-2018, 10:35
Works the same way with a Folmer Schwing ;+). The velcro straps that normally hold the mixer in place, are perfectly placed to hold a 12x20 and keep it from bouncing around. It was a great recommendation.

jesse
5-Jul-2018, 01:38
Just bought mine at Amazon for my Chamonix 12x20

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Drew Wiley
5-Jul-2018, 16:14
My solution: check the bellows very carefully for leaks, then fill it with helium.