Shipping a calumet monorail 4x5 - suggestions

Recent Classifieds

Forum statistics

Threads
179,478
Messages
2,471,045
Members
94,828
Latest member
BudLight
Recent bookmarks
0

djkloss

Subscriber
Joined
Oct 17, 2004
Messages
711
Location
Cambridge Springs, PA
Shooter
Multi Format
Hello, I'm not sure where to post this thread, so I'm starting here.

I'm thinking of selling my 4x5 monorail. It comes in one of the old metal suitcases where it hangs up side down. I've heard you can ship suitcases, but I was wondering about something like this. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate some feedback so I can start downsizing.

Thanks in advance,

Dorothy
 

MattKing

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Apr 24, 2005
Messages
39,550
Location
Delta, BC, Canada
Shooter
Multi Format
I've moved this to the Large Format sub-forum, because that seems more appropriate than the Classified sub-forum that is devoted to operation of the listings on this forum.
Good luck with your query - I'm sure that questions about packing and shipping cameras are of interest to a few of us.
 
Joined
Oct 21, 2016
Messages
696
Location
Calexico, CA
Shooter
Multi Format
My Calumet cc400 came without the case. I was offered the case but I declined since there would be an increase on shipping. Mine came on a cardboad box with lots of foam nuggets.

Regards

Marcelo
 

Don Heisz

Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2021
Messages
2,301
Location
Ontario
Shooter
35mm RF
Get newspaper or similar, stuff it in plastic bags, pack it around the camera hanging in the case so nothing can move. Wrap cardboard around the case, wrap bubble wrap around that, wrap that in cardboard and send it. The key is making it so nothing bounces around in the package.
 

grat

Member
Joined
May 8, 2020
Messages
1,890
Location
Gainesville, FL
Shooter
Multi Format
Admittedly, I'm not familiar with the CC400, but my SC2 showed up disassembled and each of the parts wrapped-- front/rear standards were separate, the bellows was in it's own package, and the rail was in the box.
 
Joined
Nov 19, 2010
Messages
114
Shooter
Multi Format
When I got my Cambo Legand it came shipped in its heavy studio case packed in a box. That was from B&H’s used department, but I am sure it would not be cheap to ship all of that weight.
 

Dan Fromm

Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2005
Messages
6,283
Shooter
Multi Format
Hmm. I'm in the US, once shipped a CC-401 to a buyer in Eire. I unscrewed an endcap from the rail, ran the standards and bellows -- the bellows is permanently attached to the standards -- off the rail and put them all in a plastic bag, and put everything in a box. The rail just fit the box, one end was in the lower left front corner, the other end was in the upper right rear. Padded with, IIRC, plastic peanuts. It arrived in good order, the buyer was happy.
 

xya

Member
Joined
Jun 13, 2010
Messages
682
Location
Calais, Köln
Shooter
Multi Format
Years ago I received Linhof Standard Monorail hanging in an old metal suitcase, shipped from Germany to the south of France. The standards were pushed to one end and the seller had put pieces of styrofoam to block everything from moving. Then he had wrapped the suitcase with cardboard, no bubble wrap, just cardboard. It arrived just fine...
 

laser

Advertiser
Advertiser
Joined
Jun 16, 2005
Messages
819
Shooter
4x5 Format
I have owned several Calumet 400 series cameras. It is easy to remove the rail.
1. Use an allen wrench to remove one of the black caps on the end of the rail.
2. Rack the front, back, and tripod mount assemblies off of the rail. BE SURE to capture the nylon insert (round slugs) that are pressed against the rail by the rail-locking screws.
3. After shipping reassemble in he opposite manner. It couldn't be easier.
Note: If you don't need the 16" extension cut the rail or buy a spare and cut it for field use.
Bob
 
OP
OP
djkloss

djkloss

Subscriber
Joined
Oct 17, 2004
Messages
711
Location
Cambridge Springs, PA
Shooter
Multi Format
I've moved this to the Large Format sub-forum, because that seems more appropriate than the Classified sub-forum that is devoted to operation of the listings on this forum.
Good luck with your query - I'm sure that questions about packing and shipping cameras are of interest to a few of us.

Thank you Matt
 

M Carter

Member
Joined
Jan 23, 2013
Messages
2,120
Location
Dallas, TX
Shooter
Medium Format
If it's the plain-old SC-era Cambo/Calumet, they break down very easily if you want to ditch the case and ship the camera "fairly flat". Unclip the bellows from each standard and remove; remove the rail end-caps (they may have small set screws) unlock the standards and roll the standards off the ends using the friction knobs. You don't necessarily have to remove the tripod block from the rail.

Years ago I saw a soft case for the Cambo SC line, but it requires all-the-above steps to pack up the camera... kind of a pain!
 
Photrio.com contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.
To read our full affiliate disclosure statement please click Here.

PHOTRIO PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Ilford ADOX Freestyle Photographic Stearman Press Weldon Color Lab
Top Bottom