Case for 450mm prime?

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  1. Yan Lauzon

    Yan Lauzon TPF Noob!

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    I purchased a vintage 450mm prime lens on the cheap online. It didn't come with any case.
    My original plan was to put it in my camera bag like any other lens I own.. But this lens is just too big.

    I searched online and whatever I found was under half the size I'd need.

    Are there protective / transportation gear for such big lens?

    Thanks


     
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    ac12 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Several companies (like Pelican) makes specialized cases, but they are not cheap.
    What brand of lens, and what are the dimensions of the lens?

    Maybe you should have gotten a mirror lens.
    Compact size is one of the benefits of a mirror.
     
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  3. Yan Lauzon

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    It's a soligor 450mm f/8

    I never tried mirror lens, but got a pretty sweet deal on that one. I just didn't realize how big 450mm can be until I tried to put it in my bag!
     
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    When buying cases my first stop is the Container Store to see if they have a form fitting plastic container. I take my lens and spend some time trying out the options. For the lens you mention I might look at a sporting good store and see if there's a scope case that fits. Or you could buy a bottle of Glenfiddich and see if the lens fits in it's protective covering.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    So far, short of an oversized rifle case, I have seen no offerings that is large enough. It seems to be just too big for the short boxes, but way too small for the big ones.

    I like your suggestion of Glenfiddich... Right now I have found a wooden wine bottle case in which it fits tightly. If I don't get anything better I'll alter it for better protection and transportation. At least it's not just laying around anymore.
     

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