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I never would have pegged you as a Crumpler guy, Stan. I was thinking maybe a Swedish army surplus gas mask bag for the small kit, and a Danish school bag (purchased forty years ago from Chocolate Soup) for the large kit...BTW, I ike the Widelux. I always wanted one of those, but I never got around to getting one.
Jeez, I never even knew there was such a thing as "A Crumpler Guy." Anyway, truth be told, I've probably averaged being "A Crumpler Guy" about two days a year since I got the damn thing. Lovely bag really, but I only use it on road trips, and those have been far and few between the last decade. Lemme tell ya- you could not find a half decent camera bag back in the '70s- they just didn't exist... Period! I did go the gas mask route, the fishing tackle route, the Danish school bag route, the do it yourself out of god knows what route... Then along came the Domke and it was like... Eureka-Civilization!!! The Widelux is a mixed blessing- ya never know what you're gonna get with the damn thing. Kinda like shooting with a Holga. The distortion can drive you mad (other times, it can help "make" the shot). The "hundred percent accurate viewfinder" (quoting from the instructional pamphlet) displays about 80% of what you actually get in the final image, and it can be rather stubborn to operate- sometimes refusing to engage (one of its 3) shutter speeds or advance film properly. And god forbid you forget to hold it correctly (kinda like handling an ice cream sandwich) and you end up with an image replete with finger tips.It does look cool though- kinda like a WWI army tank.
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