Pelican Case Question

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    Matt Tucker
    Matt Tucker
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    I have a Pelican 1450 currently, but it isn’t quite big enough to carry two camera bodies and an SB600 in it. What size Pelican is everyone taking with them out in the boat. I also have a 1550, but that seems so much larger. I am really looking to carry my D7100 with 80-200 attached, my AW1 with 11-27 attached, my Tokina 11-16, and an SB600. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    #75737
    Steve K.
    Steve K.
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    Hey Matt,

    I don’t know if this will help….but I’ll throw it up to give some perspective. My 1400 on the left and 1450 on the right. I typically take the 1400 in the driftboat. I also have a 1550 but its a beast….think suitcase-size.

    #75741

    Buzz Bryson
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    I have, or have had, the 1450, 1500, and 1510 (the latter being a maximum carry-on size roller). First thing, I’d try a set of the padded dividers. They’re expensive, but are more substantial than the foam, so the spacing between items can be less (the downside being, the perimeter padding is, in my opinion, thicker than it needs to be), allowing you to cram more into a given box. And the padding doesn’t shred like the foam eventually will.

    That said, and assuming you’re talking about a fairly substantial boat (as opposed to a canoe/kayak), I’d go with a bit oversized box; you’ll always have something else you want to put in there (wallet, cell phone, coiled flash cord, spare batteries, etc.). If there’s a store nearby that carries the cases, visit it with your gear and lay it all out on the inside of the case. Lacking that, take a piece of cardboard, sketch out the interior dimensions of those you’re considering (they’re on http://www.pelican.com), and see which layout fits. The 1500 holds a lot, and the 1510 holds enough you’ll want to use the rollers.

    I like Pelican cases, but would make two points. They’re heavy, and the latches are relatively tough to operate. The sister company (Storm) has cases that are a bit lighter, and have latches that are much easier to open. They are perhaps not as tough, but unless you sit on them, they should be fine.

    I’ve carried both the 1510 and 1500 in boats (drift boats, center consoles, jon boats); no problem. Which brings one final thought to mind. If you’re out in a powered boat, with the typical small-boat vibration and bouncing, I’d suggested Velcroing a piece of closed-cell foam on the bottom. The extra cushioning may provide little more than peace-of-mind, but then it might keep a screw or two from loosening up.

    Buzz

    #75742
    Roy Conley
    Roy Conley
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    1450 here also, carries a lot but fits into most bow open storage areas. My D800 with 70-200 attached is an easy fit along with extras.

    #75743

    As Buzz said, get the dividers – much better than the foam and gives you more room.

    I have a few different sizes for different bits of kit, but by far the best has been the 1600’s.
    Typically when out on a boat they carry camera gear, tackle and jacket ect. so all I walk on with is a couple rods and the one case.
    Everything is 100% protected and worst case, if I ever go in the drink, I bet (hope? lol) it floats..

    For planes, it gets locked and goes into the hold with reels ect. – never been an issue.

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    #75744
    Matt Tucker
    Matt Tucker
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    I have the padded dividers now for the 1450 and it isn’t quite big enough. Looks like I will take a visit to my local camera shop and start playing with their cases a bit. I have been holding off buying another case, hoping for a Studio Cruzer case (http://www.casecruzer.com/studiocruzer/), so maybe the solution is to just keep the AW1 out and about (since it is waterproof).

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    #75745

    Hey Matt, what about all these new water proof boat bags around ?

    Anyone using them ?

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    #75746

    Buzz Bryson
    Member

    David,

    I’ve tried several of the waterproof bags, from the older roll-top ones (Seal Line) to the semi-rigid Patagonia one, and the “zip lock”-like closure ones from Watershed. Some have camera inserts, some I’ve rigged with inserts from a bag full of insert leftovers I have. I find myself going back to the Pelican type hard cases. The soft ones make me nervous in boats, not so much because of water, but getting stepped on, bouncing around if in compartments, etc. To some extent, at least when the bag is in a compartment in the boat, those are non issues. I guess the biggest reason I stick with the hard cases is that it’s quicker and easier to get the camera out (and back in). Pop the latches, and there it is. No hard to open waterproof zippers, no rolling/unrolling, etc.

    But when wade fishing, the hard cases aren’t too great. Heavy, hard to carry, etc. Still looking for the perfect wading bag/box that’s waterproof, easy to carry, easy to access, etc. Haven’t found it yet. At times, the Watershed Ocoee comes close, but at other times, eh . . .

    Buzz

    #75748
    Matt Tucker
    Matt Tucker
    Member

    I bought a Lowepro Dryzone Rover off of LorenE from the forum a few years ago. I use it quite a bit when shooting my daughter on dry run creek, but Buzz is right; the zipper is an absolute pain most of the time and it takes way too much time to get the camera out that I don’t zip it most of the time, unless i am making a crossing or something. I like the idea of the hardside case over the backpack for protection. No worries, just figured I would ask what everyone else was doing, seems like we are all on about the same page.

    –matt tucker

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    #75764

    I stick with the hard cases is that it’s quicker and easier to get the camera out (and back in). Pop the latches, and there it is. No hard to open waterproof zippers, no rolling/unrolling, etc.

    I hear ya.

    I can’t help but think that sooner or later rather than brining out the same old style of camera bags with a new marketing campaign someone will get this tough/waterproof, but not a pain in the ass thing right.
    Wishful thinking ? lol

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