Manorail camera bag : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Years ago when Zone VI was Zone VI, they sold a white naugahide camera bag for carrying a 4X5 manorail camera and film holders, lenses, etc. Does anybody know of a source for such a product?

-- Randy Sweatt (, October 19, 1998



My recent impression from looking at one of the old Zone VI white shoulder bags is that was set up to carry a folding camera, not a monorail. Currently Tenba, F64 and Tamrac all make really big, deep shoulder bags, Bags so big you can't (legally) carry them on a commercial airliner. If you don't mind lugging a case than you should look at what Lightware and Tenba have to offer.

-- Ellis (, October 19, 1998.

There's nothing that says a camera has to be carried in a camera bag. You can probably find a suitable backpack at a good outdoor/camping store. Maybe you could even improvise something, such as fastening a shoulder strap directly to the monorail?

-- Peter Hughes (, October 20, 1998.

I pack my Calumet Cadet (16" monorail) into a briefcase. I slide the front and back off the rail and the camera squashes down to about 3" thick. The rail goes in the bottom, and the camera gets wrapped in the dark cloth.

This trick also works in a cloth field case that I use.

-- Tony Brent (, October 20, 1998.

This is what I've done with my Arca Swiss. The case that came with it was bulky and cumbersome: Go to an outdoor store and buy a panel loading technical backback (>3500 cu in) and stuff it with some closed cell mattress foam. Waterproof covers are also available at outdoor stores. This will make you feel far more comfortable and mobile than a shoulder case.

-- (, October 20, 1998.

Hi Randy and all,

Calumet carries the Zone VI Case for a 4x5. It is white made of the material like a soft sided cooler. I carry my Wisner TF 4x5, 10 film holders,lense w/board,spot meter,filters,loupe,changing bag and dark cloth in it. With some re-arranging I can fit the poloraid back and film inside. Calumet pitches it for a field camera.(pg 53 of their new cataloge) The insides are velcro so you might be able to re-arrange it for a Monorail.

Happy hunting, Bobbe ;^]

-- Bobbe Singer (, October 20, 1998.

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