Backpacking 11x14

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by skopar, Mar 31, 2002.

  1. Anyone out there have a good way to carry an 11x14 in the field? I have a Korona 11x14 with 600mm Tessar and a couple holders, and want to get further than 100 yards/metres from the car.
    Thanks. David
     
  2. There was an article on this exact subject in "View Camera" magazine
    about ten years ago. email them for back issue info. If you use
    11x14, you must know Brett Weston's saying from his 11x14 days:
    "If it's more than fifty yards from the car, it's not photogenic".
     
  3. you may have to go outside of the photographic world to find what you
    need. if you look at a cabelas fall catolog you will see carts that
    are used to pack out deer and elk after they have been shot by
    hunters. I am sure that you could make good use of one of these to
    haul around your 11 x 14, and especially so if you were going to stay
    on trails.

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    Kevin
     
  4. The cart option is a very viable one as long as you do not go into
    designated wilderness areas. It is illegal to have any "wheeled"
    mobility in these areas. The only two other options are backpack
    frames or horses. The horse option is not a bad one when you really
    want to get back in. I have a cross buck saddle and panniers that
    work like a champ and I just walk the horse in with all of my gear.

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    Cheers!
     
  5. You just attach it to your hair shirt.
     
  6. I backpack 12X20 with a backpack frame intended for packing deer meat
    out of the woods. I can lash the camera, holders and a lens bag back
    there and carry the tripod. I wouldn't want to run the Boston
    Marathon that way, but it's quite viable for carrying the rig a few
    miles, especially as the pack frame has a good shoulder harness.

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    Nathan
     
  7. Nathan's got the best answer, in my opinion. I think that a wheeled
    cart is an effective way to move around if you have a bad back, or
    if you are not able to carry the gear, but it is really a
    compromise. You can't go too far off pavement with a wheeled cart
    without it turning into a real hassle.

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    I use a panel loading backpack for my 7x17, and it enables me to go
    anywhere I want, and it is comfortable to permit long day hikes
    without trouble.

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    I am planning to put together a pack frame for my 12x20 to do the
    same thing. There's nothing complex to it, but I recommend that you
    figure out a way to protect the camera a bit, or else it will start
    looking beat up pretty quickly from being lashed to a frame.

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    I fabricated some filmholder 'pockets' and a camera 'pouch' out of
    some quilted nylon fabric that I found at the sewing store. That
    way, the gear can be lashed together without direct metal to wood
    contact. The fabric is two pieces of nylon, with some batting
    between, which is then quilted together with an approximately 1 inch
    square grid of stitching. Because it was finished on both sides, it
    made an easy assembly into pochets for filmholders. I made the
    pockets with a divider in the middle to hold two filmholders each.

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    In the case of the 7x17, I then found a pack that would fit the
    camera and four holders. The 12x20 is much too large, however, so
    I will go the pack frame route for that one.

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    ---Michael
     
  8. The Eureka Sovergien packs are huge! (7,000 cubic inches) with a nice
    wide opening on the top. I think I used a E.S. II, didn't use it
    with an 11X14, but did have a everything AND the kitchen sink in it.

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    Pete.

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    P.S. They're also very reasonable.
     

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