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Old Aug 24, 2006, 10:57 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a rather large lens, Tamron 200-500 f/5.6 SP. It stands at 41cm and has a dioametre at the wide end of 11.5cm. So I need a case for it.

The lens came with the original factory hard case which is getting worn and I would not like to carry the lens around in it.

When I got my Takumar 300 f/4 I purchased a lowepro number 4 case which is perfect.

Unfortunately the Lowepro cases don't go to the size I need, the next size up in their range is still too short and then it jumps up to some massive trecker backpack.

I just need a soft case like the lowepro, not a bag, for this lens so I can carry it around without fear of it getting damaged.

I have looked at Tamrac, Lowepro, Kinesis, Kata, Lightware, Phoenix. None of these bags are even close to what I need. They are either too big, like 6 inches too long and twice the width I need or they are too short. One was correct on height but super fat and it would have looked stupid.

Does anyone know of any other brands of lens case/bag manufacturers that I might have missed, before i bite the bullet and get a custom made case done at three times the cost....
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Dare I say - ebay. Quite often have various cases on there. Seen them for the 400mm lens, but I suppose 500mm might be pushing it.



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Old Aug 24, 2006, 2:52 PM   #3
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Are you looking for the soft or hard case. If soft, why not make your own using bubble wrap and heat sealers.

Or if hard, using a PVC tube, line the inside with either bubble wrap or tent liner material.

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Old Aug 24, 2006, 4:36 PM   #4
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nlp239 wrote:
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Are you looking for the soft or hard case. If soft, why not make your own using bubble wrap and heat sealers.

Or if hard, using a PVC tube, line the inside with either bubble wrap or tent liner material.

best i can offer
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Yeah I think that should be possible.

You could always try to "fix" the old case, by strengthening it with a new leather coat or something like that...


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Old Aug 24, 2006, 4:45 PM   #5
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Are you looking for the soft or hard case. If soft, why not make your own using bubble wrap and heat sealers.

Or if hard, using a PVC tube, line the inside with either bubble wrap or tent liner material.

best i can offer
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jc damn good idea.. they even have covers..
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Old Aug 24, 2006, 6:43 PM   #6
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eBay has a lot, but nothing really for long lenses, we are talking 16 inch by 5 inch. All the makers seem to make for Nikkor an Canon which have 16 iinch lengths, but they are super wide along the lins of 8-10 inch.



I am now thinking of just buying a camera backpack and fit EVERYTHING in there, that will make my thrid camera storage bag upgrade in 8 months..:shock::shock:
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Old Aug 25, 2006, 7:09 AM   #7
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Crash, I hate giving money away so my final 2 suggestions now that we know the size in inches - I'm still old school.

If it's for travelling only get one of those aluminium cases with foam inside - they're cheap these days.

If its for carrying in the field try a tripod case or one of those folding chairs http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...romSearch=truethey make them for kids too and the pockets are quite thick.

That's my final suggestion and I want to be a millionaire
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Thanks, will look at it. I think it is mainly for when I am carryng it around, the factory case is good for storage, but out in the field, so to speak is where I am thinking.

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