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Old July 4th, 2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Bag for EX3.

Has anyone had any thoughts about this yet? Please share if you do! Ideally, I'd like to find one whereby I could leave the DOF adapter, lens and MB on it but that's not essential (although desirable). Portabrace has always appealed but they're not saying anything on their website about the EX3 yet (which I assume has different needs because of its overall height and length).

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Old July 4th, 2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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I discovered the ideal bag in a fishing tackle shop for 39 - $80.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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PMW EX3 bag - LCD protection?

I recently got a very nice Petrol roller bag (PWR-HDV, it has pull out handle, airline carry on luggage style) which I'm hoping will do as the "central divide" is detachable/movable in position (camera goes one side and ancillaries the other).

I think the biggest issue I see with the EX3 (I don't have it yet, it's on pre-order) will be the LCD screen. Unlike the EX1 it WON'T fold out of harms way if I've interpretted Phil Bloom's excellent video review correctly, it will just tilt up or down (but I see in the online manual that the pivot axle - if that's the right word - is adjustable and can be locked so it can be slightly further out from the body or not). But, even so, it will still always be sticking out (with or without the easily detachable viewfinder "scope").

I think any bag will have to ensure adequate protection/support for this LCD screen "sticking out" as I can see it might be a weak point/easily twisted or broken and needing to be protected from any crushing force. Note that the EX1 screen may not as rugged as it might have been - several reports of it coming loose/hanging at a drooping angle on DVinfo already. So, I will be thinking carefully about how it's packed in whatever bag I end up using with the above point in mind.

If anyone who has handled an EX3 has any comments about my percieved vulnerability of the LCD please let us know your thoughts.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:10 PM   #4
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Justin,

It doesn't matter what Porta brace recommends for an EX-1 alone because the footprint your talking about is huge. I intend to play around with a portabraces for full size 2/3" cameras.
I have a CSDV4 which almost accomodates the rig with EX, rails Letus and a prime, but no zoom , certainly no MB and I can't really close the top fully so its strictly for carrying around by hand in safe situations.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #5
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I discovered the ideal bag in a fishing tackle shop for 39 - $80.
Is it padded?

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Old July 4th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #6
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should have thought of that.

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Justin,

It doesn't matter what Porta brace recommends for an EX-1 alone because the footprint your talking about is huge. I intend to play around with a portabraces for full size 2/3" cameras.
I have a CSDV4 which almost accomodates the rig with EX, rails Letus and a prime, but no zoom , certainly no MB and I can't really close the top fully so its strictly for carrying around by hand in safe situations.
Yes, I realise EX1 bags won't do. The issue re. the projection of the LCD is pertinent since it doesn't slide laterally like a normal viewfinder from a larger cam often will, IIRC. I could settle for having to remove the MB - the Redrock one I ordered is massive anyway. Perhaps one should treat the whole set-up like a big camera, since I'm likely to use it 'fully dressed' most of the time anyway, and look into a hard case? Not my first choice but I will need something decent before mid August and a shoot far away.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #7
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I think the biggest issue I see with the EX3 (I don't have it yet, it's on pre-order) will be the LCD screen. Unlike the EX1 it WON'T fold out of harms way if I've interpretted Phil Bloom's excellent video review correctly, it will just tilt up or down (but I see in the online manual that the pivot axle - if that's the right word - is adjustable and can be locked so it can be slightly further out from the body or not). But, even so, it will still always be sticking out (with or without the easily detachable viewfinder "scope").
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I think any bag will have to ensure adequate protection/support for this LCD screen "sticking out" as I can see it might be a weak point/easily twisted or broken and needing to be protected from any crushing force.
I agree. I wonder if I need to be thinking about something like this:

http://www.petrolbags.com/products/C...CC-2/PCC-2.htm

Or is that too far fetched? The issue for me will be airline travel though. No way that's going in the overhead locker now, is it?

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Old July 4th, 2008, 09:02 PM   #8
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Bag For EX3

A Sports Duffle Bag (with wheels) does the job for me. I pad the base and sides with bath towels/rubber foam. EX1 with Letus fit well and travel OK in my vehicle.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 08:03 AM   #9
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Justin, I put some padding shaped foam in the bag. It is big enough to have the camera with matte box and viewfinder with hoodman in place. Sorry but never worked out how to put pictures on this site for viewing and have recently junked them. The reason for buying the bag was the fact that Portabrace etc did not have one that would take camera with matte box.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #10
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The EX3 viewfinder is fitted to a bracket that rotates round a central pivot. The pivot slides in and out. So you can adjust the view finder, up, down, forwards, back by about an inch either way as well as moving it in and out about an inch. It also tilts up and down, but as has been said the one thing it does not do is fold away and it is a big beast.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 10:36 AM   #11
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The EX3 viewfinder is fitted to a bracket that rotates round a central pivot. The pivot slides in and out. So you can adjust the view finder, up, down, forwards, back by about an inch either way as well as moving it in and out about an inch. It also tilts up and down, but as has been said the one thing it does not do is fold away and it is a big beast.
Still weighing my options but need to decide soon.

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Old July 8th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #12
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Hope this doesn't sound too crazy.... but you might look at some of the cases in a
music store... they may have just the size you need.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #13
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Hope this doesn't sound too crazy.... but you might look at some of the cases in a
music store... they may have just the size you need.
Not crazy at all...
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Old July 8th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #14
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OK Then, another option might be one of those airline carry on bags for golf clubs that you see in the sporting goods stores... if you want to have the rails and adapter in place..
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 08:35 AM   #15
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EX3 Bag for Airline Carry on

There are several Bag threads going on the EX3 but thought I'd post a link in here to a sort of solution for getting one into the cabin for airlines in the UK/EU. Note we have strict and much smaller maximum bag dimensions than some areas. No it's not a perfect solution but it's workable!

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