Recommendations for a small Pelican style case?

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

  1. PhotoPat

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 15, 2012
    Virginia
    Pat
    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

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    Dec 23, 2011
    Central California
    Chris
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  3. Pyro451

    Pyro451 Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 18, 2012
    Massachusetts, USA
    Steve
    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

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    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

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    Jun 4, 2011
    Naples, Fl
    Dawn
    Take a look at the Pelican 120...it 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

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

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

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

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    Aaron
    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

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    Jun 8, 2012
    NYC
    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. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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
    Don
    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.

    P1050782-2.

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

    P1050781.

    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.)

    P1050790.

    P1050788.

    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.

    Pelican1504.

    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.
     
  14. PhotoPat

    PhotoPat Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 15, 2012
    Virginia
    Pat
    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

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  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.


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    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

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    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

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    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

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    HPRC 2200 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr