Just out of curiosity, what kind of cases do people have here?
For airline travel I have an Amabilia hard aluminum case for my Hassey, but occassionally I'll carry it on board in a LowPro backpack with two lenses. When I go for 'fun' shoots, I just bring my Hassey in the LowePro.
I carry my 35mm SLRs in one of several LowePro backpacks, my largest having wheels as well for airline travel.
For all my studio gear I have a Tenba aircase that pretty much holds all of my lights (4), umbrellas (2), power unit (1), reflectors (4), softboaxes (2) and cables (even a barn door!). All the stands and tripods go into a regular no-name duffle bag.
I tend to travel with as little number of items as possible, not nessarily as little weight - although I wish that too sometimes.
I use a padded computer knapsack for my 8x10" Gowland. My Tech V 4x5" usually resides in a Crumpler Fux Deluxe with photo insert. I have an f/64 large case for most of my 35mm setup, and a ScopePak for the 600/4.5. I usually check my tripod on planes in a Tenba TTP 34 case.
My favorite cases, though, have come to be old Perrin leather cases. They are really beautifully made, often are better suited to some of my older cameras, and look different enough from modern photo cases that they are a little less obvious about their contents than they used to be. They tend not to be as flexible in the way of dividers as newer designs, but I usually find some way to make them work. If I had to repair one of them, it's the sort of work any leather repair place could do.
The Perrin 200 is actually designed for use with a 4x5" press camera with room for holders, camera with grip attached, lenses and extras. The 700 is perfect for a medium format folding camera. I have a couple others for lighting gear and other stuff. The Kontur design was meant more as a working shoulder bag, so I have a large one for my 6x6 kit. The Kompak is perfect for 4x5 filmholders.
I have the usual cases for my equipment except two. One is for the pinhole camera and stuff that I use with it. It is an extra large can cooler I picked up at safe way. It is a double decker where the 6 packs fit on top of each other inside a nice padded case. I was surprised at how well it was made. The interior has a plactic pull out contaier that can be abused. It also proctecst the inside from any sharp corners tearing at the fabric. The very top of the case is a zippered pouch to hold ice. I use it for spare film holders.
The second box and one of the most fun is ( several have been saved) an old cardboard box I recieved flowers in from flowers.com. It holds my tripod in its case nicely. I have used it several times on airlines with no problems. I watch as they check through my boexes and suitcases, then duct tape it up again as they have passed it through the checking system. It just looks like an old flower box, not an expensive tripod.
I have an small Lownpro backpack I use when going ona long hike or a climb and I want to take just one camera a filter or two and extra film. I picked up a $30 (CDN) aluminum no name brand attache style case out of the local hardware store. Came complete with the cubed foam. It carries both the 35mm and the TLR, light meter, several filters and a bunch of film. It's not water proof, and a pain to carry if your "in the woods" but it sure takes a beating.
If I had the money, I would have bought a Pelican case.
I got my 1600 pelican case on ebay last year for $45. Only draw back is it is bright grass green (which is my favorite color anyway). It is so bright it glows in the dark. I will never lose it in a crowded airport.
Originally Posted by rogueish
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My 4x5 fortunately came with pelican style aluminium case, which I tend to use quite a lot with a regular shoulder slung camera bag for lenses/film holders.
Last year I splashed out and bought a Lowepro Dryzone for coastal landscape work. Fits all LF gear including 2-3 lenses, filters, meter, holders (outside dryzone). It's absolutely invaluable. It has saved all my gear once, perfectly, when I once went literally swimming with it.
You do know you can get underwater cameras for that sort of thing?
Originally Posted by John McCallum
My 4x5 stays in a Lowepro Trekker, my Hassy & Leica are kept in an ugly green and black small photo backpack caked with dirt, my slr is in a
Zero-Haliburton aluminum case, 8x10 in a regular unpadded knapsack with a foam-core ground glass protector
A Lowepro S&F Rover Lite (I think that's what it's called) takes care of anything up to my 4x5" camera with 4 lenses, or MF (ETRS) with three.
For longer travel I have a big Pelicase for camera and lenses - up to 8 - holders, Pola holder and lightmeters.
For the 5x7" beast I carry the lenses and holders in the Lowepro, and the camera in one hand.
My 18x24cm camera came with a suitcase...
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
I have a Kodak Shoulder bag that will just about take my camera, lenses and a small selection of filters and a belt pack for just the camera and a wide angle or short zoom when travelling light.