MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/12/2009 21:21:49 MDT Print View

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MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/12/2009 21:28:37 MDT Print View

Nice work Sam. Will definitely give it a go before my next trip.

One thing though... did I miss it or did you forget to mention the finished weight? Shock horror!

Anyone got something similar (but more robust) for their SLR?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/12/2009 22:09:35 MDT Print View

Why not just use this:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/bubble_pakit_4x6.html

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/12/2009 22:40:42 MDT Print View

Because I have bubble wrap and duct tape (and I live in Australia!). ;-)

And this way you can get a perfect fit for your camera.

Edited by ashleyb on 05/12/2009 22:42:08 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/12/2009 22:59:11 MDT Print View

Ashley - I see your point!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/13/2009 00:45:56 MDT Print View

Hi Sam

Looks good.

I did something similar, albeit a little heavier, with 1/8" closed cell foam and packaging tape and a made-to-fit stuff sack of heavy Goretex fabric. The foam was in reaction to dropping my camera in a commercial camera pouch once and finding that the camera housing had cracked open. The stuff sack hangs off my pack shoulder strap, and the top rolls down to make a seal.

Actually, I have made several over the years: like yours mine get a little tired after a while. But yours is lighter.

Cheers

Ronald Strickland
(pathfinder)

Locale: USA
Bubble Wrap Camera Case on 05/13/2009 04:57:08 MDT Print View

Hello Sam,

I love the photo of you on the Pacific Northwest Trail. The photo is fuzzy on the details but it is wonderfully atmospheric, Ron Strickland

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Bubble Wrap Camera Case on 05/13/2009 07:30:01 MDT Print View

Love it - fantastically simple.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/13/2009 07:31:54 MDT Print View

Think I might try to make one out of windshield sun blocker (thin reflectix), black duct tape to form a loop for attaching to sternum strap or belt, and have a lid that closes with a patch of hook and loop.

Edited by jshann on 05/13/2009 10:29:25 MDT.

James Belk
(jgbelk) - F
Camera/phone cases on 05/13/2009 07:46:36 MDT Print View

Yep, I also just made one from an old closed cell sleeping pad - sewn together on 3 sides with dental floss. In fact, I made two, one for my cell/mobile (= phone, GPS, FM radio, mp3 audio & mp4 movie player, & pdf library) and the other for my camera. Weight was 8g (0.3 oz) each. Plus they fit nicely into the belt pockets on my ULA Catalyst. You can leave either a long or short side un-sewn, if you need to do stuff like connect a solar charger or some earphones at a particular side of the device (but don't step on a rattler listening to your tunes!). They're not field tested yet, but I can always duck(UK)/duct(US) tape them if they start coming apart.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/13/2009 11:24:52 MDT Print View

* Gasp * I did forget to include the weight! The finished product weighs in at a scant 5.47 grams.

If someone already has a BubblePackit bag it could easily be beefed up with some duct tape for use as a camera bag. The beauty in this MYOG project however is the precision fit it will have to your camera.

Ron, I don't particularly remember where that photo was taken otherwise I'd be more specific. If I had to venture a guess I'd say it was taken a day or two's walk West of Baker Lake.

In terms of the use of foam instead of bubble wrap, that would be an obvious step up in terms of strength, safety and durability. The bubble wrap was chosen for mostly two reasons - its light weight and to reuse an otherwise throw-away resource.

Post photos of your own creations here. And if anyone makes one for an SLR, contact BPL to possibly do a Part II of this article covering the project.

James Belk
(jgbelk) - F
My cases on 05/13/2009 12:17:42 MDT Print View

Closed cell foam pad cases

Here are my two. The phone is on the left, in a silk pouch as well to protect the screen, and shown connected to a fold-out solar charger.

You can put a fair amount of force on the floss stiching, and it seems pretty stable. But as I say, they're still untested on any trip of any length. Fingers crossed!

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: My cases on 05/13/2009 13:43:14 MDT Print View

I too use the MYOG closed cell foam, but then I put THAT into a ziploc bag, and then into a hipbelt pocket. I never know when I might fall in a river or get caught in an unanticipated downpour, so water proofing is at least as important to me as shock absorption.

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Picture quality on 05/14/2009 05:39:57 MDT Print View

To me it seems this would drastically reduce image quality. And I like my pictures to amaze people: "wow how did you make that picture???" "Uhm, with my cell phone" "really???" that kinda stuff.

Could you post some with and without pictures (preferably of the similar view/object) to see the difference?

Eins

johannes Eichstaedt
(nonBeing) - MLife

Locale: Fjäll, Himalayas
Solar charger? on 05/14/2009 08:42:06 MDT Print View

slightly off-topic, but hey...hello everybody.

@James...could you say more about that solar charger? Did you make it yourself, or is it a commercial product? Do you buffer the energy in lith. battery or you just connect to the phone directly? have you come up with solutions to power different devices with the same charger - like a camera, an ipod nano, a phone?

I'm very interested in your solution... I have the solio, the freeloader and a DIY solution - which suffers a bit from the lack of a buffering battery as devices tend to expect constant mA currents. The solio has functioned very reliably on a 500mi arctic trek, but it's heavy...

Edited by nonBeing on 05/14/2009 08:43:12 MDT.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/14/2009 08:54:31 MDT Print View

Einstein,

I'm not sure if your comment was directed at me or someone else. The case that I designed is only for storing the camera. When it comes time to take a photo I slide the camera out of the case.

- Sam

Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/14/2009 11:15:06 MDT Print View

Thanks for a great idea! I had a camera that needed a pocket case, and some spare bubble wrap and duct tape lying around, so this article couldn't have been better timed for me. I really like the case and have already tested it on a couple of short walks.

Here's a pic of the result:

Camera and case

Michael

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/14/2009 12:16:27 MDT Print View

Nice job, Michael. Good clean lines and quality craftsmanship.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/14/2009 18:43:27 MDT Print View

Here's a two year old version of the same idea plus a made to fit stuff sack cover ... had reflectix left over from insulating ductwork at home.
myog camera case
Haven't had it on trail though ... the camera was a present for my wife and she likes it too much to let it out of sight:-)

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Re: MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case on 05/14/2009 19:06:59 MDT Print View

Yes Sam, my comment was directed at you. Since the picture of you sham shows the lens not having ducktape in front of it I assumed you were making pictures trough the ducktape. And as I said that would I think seriously effect image quality, but indeed if you slide it out there's no prob.

Can you tell me tho, why the lens is not covered with ducktape? Coincidence?

Eins