Recommendations for a small Pelican style case?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by PhotoPat, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. PhotoPat

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Pelican seems kind of pricy, but i am looking for a hard case for travel that i can cut foam to fit my gx1 body, and 2 to 3 prime lenses.
    Any suggestions?
    Any other nice brands aside from pelican?
  2. whatisinthebag

    whatisinthebag Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Central California
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  3. Pyro451

    Pyro451 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 18, 2012
    Massachusetts, USA
    I own otterbox cases, pelican cases, and some no-name gun cases. Pelican is head and shoulders above the competition. Hardigg bought pelican a few years back, so I assume the Hardigg/Storm cases may now be up to par with the pelican cases.

    If you want to custom cut the foam, look for a case with solid foam, not the pick and pluck. That stuff falls apart with repeated use (at least with guns being inserted/removed frequently). I recommend cutting with a hot wire cutter or an electric carving knife.

    Good Luck!
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  4. Josh_LSTV

    Josh_LSTV Mu-43 Rookie

    May 30, 2012
    I use a Pelican 1400 case that I got on eBay for $50 used but in very good condition (foam was never plucked). You really can't get any better than a Pelican case IMO. Check out the Pelican case torture tests on Youtube to see how durable one is.
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  5. dagaleaa

    dagaleaa Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 4, 2011
    Naples, Fl
    Take a look at the Pelican was mentioned in that OMD review video that was posted here yesterday....nice little case for the money. I just looked at Amazon it is the 1120 Pelican case he showed in that video.
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  6. michaeln

    michaeln Guest

    Why do you need a case for a small pelican?
  7. PhotoPat

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    :rofl: dying right now
  8. PhotoPat

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    And thanks for all of the suggestions! im thinking the 1400 might be the one i will be getting.
  9. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    I use a Pelican 1150 when carrying a minimalist kit in harsh conditions. I can carry the PM1 with 20mm attached, spare battery, a couple filters, lens hood, and lens pen. The 14-42 II and WCON can replace the filters, hood, and cleaning kit if necessary. At one time I had it configured to carry the PM1 with 14-42 attached, the battery charger, and a neck strap...

    Fitting a camera much larger than the PM1 with a lens attached might be an issue with the 1150.
  10. emperorvince

    emperorvince Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    I also carry a Pelican 1150 and cant give it enough praise. It has literally been through Hell and High Water. After changing the foam for the fifth time in 5 years..I can fit my GF2, Panny 14-42, Industar 69, Canon fd 50mm with adapter, and 2 cables. If travelling in the rough..Pelican is the way to go.
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  11. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Buy an Invicta watch off ShopNBC (google it) and get a free case. And they give em away with very reasonably priced watches. They're not bad cases. If you lived near me I'd give you one. :smile:

    I have a bit of a watch habit. :tongue:

    I'm referring to the case they give away called an 8 watch case. It's like 14" x 12" x 7". Has heavy duty latches and a rubber O ring seal.
  12. Best Pelican for a small traveler IMO is the 1510. Wheels, handle, divider set, and most importantly, the largest size that is allowed for airplane carry on. At under $200USD its cheaper than most SOFT bodied rollers from Tamrac and such. I carry a bicycle cable and lock with it so I can secure it a little better in the hotel room.
  13. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I would go with Pelican 1504 with m4/3 gear... for utmost down-and-dirty ruggedness (which I seldom actually need).

    So I decided to go with a Pelican 1505 padded divider set (same set that comes in a 1504). I like the versatility of being able to customize the dividers whenever desired.


    which will fit in a Sterilite plastic latch box while at home/RV.


    And when I want to travel with most of the gear, the padded divider set drops into a Halliburton aluminum case. (I add the convoluted foam lid liner to cushion the top of the gear before closing the case.)



    However, a great, low-cost way to do this, of course, is to go with a Pelican, like the 1504, which is in the $135 range, or so, from B&H.


    The padded divider set is easily removed from the Pelican and placed into a Sterilite Latch Box for in-home storage of the gear, a Halliburton for lightweight light-duty travel, or the Pelican 1500 case for "throw-it-around" ruggedness.
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  14. PhotoPat

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    They give those cases away for free??? Holy cow! Looks like an awesome case! and exactly the size i would need.
  15. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

  16. TDP

    TDP Guest

    I just picked up an HPRC 2200. It will hold my EM5 with a large mounted lens, plus 1 additional lens and a few other small items. Here are some shots. The EM5 has a leather body wrap on it, the mounted lens is a CV 17.5 with hood and 1 filter (the fattest, longest lens I have), the side lens is a CV 25. The other two items are a spare battery and the kit flash.

    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr
  17. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Let's breathe some life into this thread. I bought a hardcase for my "bigger lenses", I mean lenses like Oly Pro lenses, Oly 75mm 1.8 and Oly 75-300. I have Underwater Kinetics Ultrabox 308 and it has served me well. Unfortunately it can only take smaller m43 lenses like Oly 25mm 1.8, Oly 30mm macro, Pana 15mm 1.7, basically lenses with 46mm filter thread. My new bigger hardcase is B&W Type 1000. It cost me 37 euros from and it goes for 31 dollars in The case feels rugged and the construction is very good. On my fishing trips I usually carry E-M5mk2 and 12-40mm 2.8 in a pouch on my belt. My plan is to take secondary body (E-P5), 7-14mm 2.8, 25mm 1.2 and 75mm 1.8 with me and I needed something that I can toss around the boat and shores without having to worry too much. Today I made a torture test for the case when we were at a beach. I swam with it for half an hour and sank it down to 2 meters many times, I even stood on it when it was underwater but it took the beating without any water getting inside. This case is truly waterproof!

    Inside it fits easily E-P5 with Oly 7-14mm 2.8, Oly 12-40mm (or Oly 25mm 1.2) and Oly 75mm 1.8
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  18. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
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  19. Indianpeaksjoe

    Indianpeaksjoe Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    ThinkTank makes hard cases now, well it looks like they make dividers and use SKB hard cases. SKB iSeries 3i-1510-6DT Case Might be worth checking out.

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