Airline carry-on case
To date I have used a backpack, Lowepro, and a computer case to carry my cameras on board when flying. I would like to switch to a hard case but I would be back to lugging it around in airports. Some larger cases have wheels but it seem excessive. I see people stuffing and pushing and crushing bags in the overhead so a hard case seems like a good choice. What's a smart choice for a medium format or 4x5 and lenses? I also see that TSA combination locks are available, anyone use them and where?
I've been thinking of getting the Pelican 1510:
I have that Pelican 1510 and it fits a complete Hasselblad system (with dividers not with foam): Two bodies, one winder, four lenses, three backs, polaroid back and adjustable lens shade. No room for the smaller accessories (such as filters and tubes) though.
Originally Posted by thebanana
I am sure it will fit a 4x5 with lenses and accessories just fine though.
I haven't taken it on a plane or actually moved it from the studio at all, but it feels comfortable to carry, if a bit heavy.
Be sure to get a lock for it, such as the Pelican one or one that would fit the holes.
I use a Tamrac Expedition 7 backpack - has the added benefit of going out into the field with me. The 8 is a bit taller but otherwise the same. It seems to do a fine job protecting my gear. It fits into a 737 overhead fine but it was a very tight fit into a Embraer or Canadair RJ (I had to remove the contents of the laptop pocket, put in the bag and then replace the contents)
I also recommend the Pelican 1510. It's made for the purpose you describe. Get the extra lid insert with all the pockets. That's where all the filters and small things go that Ari can't fit in. ;) Mine holds an RB67, 4 lenses, 3 backs, prism, spot meter, film, filters, cable releases, notebooks, etc.
I chose not to get it as it replaces the top foam and felt a tiny bit less secure without it. I am sure its not a problem, so I may get it someday, just to have all my Hassy gear in one place. Yes, put all my eggs in one basket- atleast this one doesn't break.
Originally Posted by David Brown
With a hook for the wall (the ones that fit in securely) and something similar in the car, with a heavy chain wrapped around you have a very well protected case against theft too.
Just have in mind and I will repeat it: its really heavy.
I have the Porter case (http://www.portercase.com/) and love it. Whilst I carry medium format equipment in it instead of large, there's no reason it can't be reconfigured for whatever you want to carry. It comes with a set of Velcro-attached padded dividers, so you can move them as you need them. It also has the advantage that it converts into a hand truck to carry your checked luggage around the airport. I've carried it on many airplanes and have never had a problem fitting it into overheads.
The Pelican 1550 (with foam) fits a complete MF kit comfortably. It has no wheels and is still OK to take on int'l flights as carry-on.
I was actually looking at the Pelican 1510 last night, they say that it's the largest carry on. As Ari says though it's really heavy. That's the nature of camera equipment, it comes heavy and I have the "everything but the kitchen sink" syndrome. I'll have to think it over and pare it down.
My recommendation would be a Haliburton, they are pricy new, but used ones are around. They are light, sturdy, and very comfortable to carry.
For a carry-on I don't think you need to worry about a TSA lock, since you'll always be with the bag. Just don't lock it for when it goes through the machine.