Waterproof cases.

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  1. waynecrider

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    I'm looking to get a waterproof case like a Pelican for 2 FD bodies, 24mm, 28mm, 50mm F1.4, 70-210 F4 (55mm filters) and a flash and maybe a few filters. Any ideas as to what size is sufficient?
     
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    It would be good if you could go in a store with all that stuff and lay it on the foam of the Pelican cases until you find one that fits.
     
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    Here's the one I use Wayne. It measures in at about 18x12.5 inches inside. I get the T90 with 35-105, F1 body, Tamron 80-210 f2.8 (wicked nice zoom), and 20 and 24mm wides. The spot with the strap will usually also hold film and filters, or my Tamron 500 f8 reflex. Top foam isn't glued in, my gray card is up behind it.
    This has been a great case which has kept the gear clean and dry on numerous boat and beach days, plus its protected the gear from quite a few airport baggage handlers.
    This case is made by Pelican but was sold by Nikon for use with Nikonos systems. I got it many years ago off a bargain table at some long forgotten camera store. I remember it was really cheap and they had a few. I made the mistake of only buying one!
     

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    Why dont you just lay your gear out on the table in the way you envision how you think it might work the best for your needs, then measure the perimeter, and try to match up to the case that comes closest.
     
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    Considerd that and still may try it but the depth of experience around here always has suggestions as to better deals and suggestions for extra considerations.
     
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    Ed that looks just about right. Thanks for the picture.
     
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    Help with Pelican sizing...

    Hello,

    I work for a company that distributes Pelican cases and we also do custom insert work. If you like, I can tell you what size you need if you give me the dimensions of your equipment. Shoot me an email at administration@orioncase.com and I can send you some Pelican size charts. :smile:

    This forum is really neat. I personally use a digital and like to think I'm somewhat of an amateur photographer--I'm pretty good :wink:. I am also a member of a digital photography forum. (I wish I had a 35mm, though.) But, my mother LOVES her old 35mm that she used as a youngster. I will definitely refer her to this forum. I also would like to say that there is some incredible work here!! You guys rock!
     
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    Doskosil also makes cases similar to the Pelican for less money.
     
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    I think it somewhat depends on how you plan to use it. In other words, the rougher the handling the more foam will be required between the items and over/under the items.

    Assuming you are the one handling it, I'd want at least an inch of good quality foam between items and at least 1.5 inch along the perimeter. Plus at least 1 inch on top and bottom. That's what I use in my hard cases, including my theft resistant cases (old hard Samsonite suitcases). I cut the foam so items are firm in their holes.

    I'd space a bit further apart if I was shipping the gear.

    Make sure you use good quality foam. Nice thing is you can cut multiple foam inserts for various equipment systems.
     
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    I like Pelican cases and have several.

    Some models have rollers which are convenient for airports and some of those are sized to be carry ons. So if your gear fits into one, that is a good option. The rollers add weight to an already heavy case though.

    Also, the foam inserts reduce the amount of gear that will fit in a given case. The adjustable inserts are much better for fitting more gear into the case. They are enough padding for most camera gear. I use things like socks, extra t-shirts, lens wraps, etc. to fill any dead space in the case if I am taking it on an airline. Also, your gear is likely to change over time and the foam inserts are designed for a single setup.

    I usually buy from:

    http://www.pelican-case.com/15caonca.html

    They carry all of the colors so you are not stuck with black which I hate for photo gear. Also, the empty cases (no foam or inserts) are pretty reasonable and make good storage for things like film, film holders, changing tents because they are waterproof and dustproof.
     
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    Good points. I'm out of town and don't have all my gear with me so I guess I'm gonna have to wait, but after the trek thru the airport recently I realized that a harder case and maybe one on wheels will be better.
     
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    Thanks for the offer of help, and congrats on your first post! Now we need to find you a little film camera so you can start shooting some b&w alongside what you have now.
     
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    I'm looking for a carry on case and the Pelican 1510 seems to be the one. I read somewhere, can't find it now, that the 1510 will go in the overhead and or fit under the seat. Is the under seat space really that large? The only colors I see them in is black and tan. Those who have the 1510 what is the largest camera and gear that you put in them? They do have weight so the gear adds up too, I couldn't find a weight limit for carry on and I suspect that it varies, has anyone had a problem with carry on weight?

    I don't think I have enough time to get one by the time I leave for Tonopah though.

    Thanks,
    Curt