Pelican has pretty much been an industry standard for many years now, in the worlds of both the photography and video. They’re tough, rugged, can withstand being driven over by a Jeep, and many photographers and filmmakers trust their gear to be safe inside them. Pelican has now announced the new lightweight “Vault Photography Collection” range of cases specifically designed for photography and outdoor enthusiasts.
Pelican cases are a good choice for protecting your pricey gear while flying. But one such case recently caused a series of unpleasant situations for photographer Antonio Kuilan. The airport security stopped him three times at Houston Airport, and all three times he raised suspicion because of the Pelican case in which he carried his gear. We spoke to Antonio about this case to hear more, and we learned that he wasn’t the only one who had this experience.
So now that you’ve picked out the camera, lenses and lighting gear you want, you need to figure out what you’re going to store and transport it all in. That’s why this buying guide is all about bags and cases. There really is no ideal bag that fits every situation you might find yourself in, but here are some of our favourites and those we use on a daily basis.
People do all sorts of stupid things when they are taking selfies with animals, we’ve seen it before. Young photographer Juan van den Heever wanted to take a photo with a biting pelican. It wasn’t enough that the bird was biting his camera and selfie stick, but he eventually stuck his head into the pelican’s beak, of course, to take a selfie.
So, you’ve got your camera, your lenses, and your lights. It’s all well and good having the kit, but where do you store it? How do you transport it to a location? Well, nut surprisingly, that’s where bags come into play.
This list contains a number of bags that we use to store and transport out kit. While there’s no single bag out there that suits every purpose, each offers its own unique advantages.
There’s no two ways around it, Pelican cases are expensive. But, there’s a reason for their cost. They have the reputation of being the toughest cases out there. Many users trust them to hold thousands of dollars worth of equipment. But just how tough are they, really?
That’s what the folks at B&H wanted to find out. So, in this video, they put one the new Pelican Air Cases through its paces. They threw it off a roof, banged it against a tree, and even set fire to it. It took a hammer to even make a crack in the thing. But, even after that, it still managed to take a lot more abuse.
If you live in the US, and have a Sam’s club nearby, you are going to be very happy about this. Sam’s Club are selling a Member’s Mark hard case with foam for $19 in store (or $31 online, if you don’t have a store nearby).
True, it’s not the more branded Pelican 1450, then again, it’s about fifth of the cost.
If a Pelican hard case has been on your shopping list, this post-Christmas sale we spotted on Amazon might just be for you. Three of their popular cases are currently available on eBay at very substantial discounts. With almost half knocked off the price on some combinations, depending on whether you want foam or padded dividers, they’re an absolute steal.
Rugged cases like Pelicans are great at protecting your gear. They’re waterproof, climate proof, indestructible and makes a great apple box when you need to sit or stand on something. After having more camera equipment than I am willing to carry on my shoulders, I bought a Pelican 1560 with padded dividers to carry it all.
The way the cases are structured, it is very difficult to put anything large inside, like reflectors or umbrellas into the case, and it is also very space consuming / uneconomical to put things like clamps and power cables and grip equipment inside the case, and almost always stupid to put water bottles inside the watertight case.
We’ve curated and shared our 2015 gift guides for cameras, lenses, lighting and accessories. Now, we’re on to our last collection, camera bags. You know the thing that you buy at the begging of each new year when you make the resolution to not buy any other piece of gear this year other than THAT bag.
Below is a round-up of some of our favorite camera bags to pick up for yourself or loved ones this holiday season.[Read More…]