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Wheeled Hard Cases recommendations ?

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Hi everyone,

I am currently looking to buy a Hard Case for transporting my most used gear (AF100 + Half a dozen of lenses + External recorder + small rig + extras).
I found the cases from Pelican and HPRC to be quite expensive.

Do you have other brand recommendations or a ways to get cheaper cases ? I thought about buying used, but people doesn't seem to sell their cases :s

Thanks :)

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Hi - this one's great (and cabin useable) 

http://www.pelican-case.com/1560.html

I wouldn't scrimp on price - I've bought the cheaper versions and they're not much good to be honest.

The Seahorse branded ones are o.k. and about 50% cheaper than Peli.

 

http://seahorsecases.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=S&Category_Code=WHEELED_CASES

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13 minutes ago, silvertonesx24 said:

Look for flight cases on your local craigslist. See what you can find and adapt from the musician/DJ world. That's where I got mine. Guitar amps, turntables, mixers, all can be adapted nicely for cameras and lenses.

I actually looked for that, but I couldn't find a case with the foam I need. Maybe there's a way to get foam separately but I am stuck here. I went to local stores of backstage equipment but they really have nothing that is suitable for me :s

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20 hours ago, Justin Bacle said:

I actually looked for that, but I couldn't find a case with the foam I need. Maybe there's a way to get foam separately but I am stuck here. I went to local stores of backstage equipment but they really have nothing that is suitable for me :s

You can buy foam separate. I've bought a few used Pelicans on Amazon or ebay and ordered new foam.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/watertight-case-foam-inserts/ci/31198/N/3659994678

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Pelican all the way....they will last you a lifetime and if you buy replacement foam inserts you can tailor them to your shooting/traveling needs...like lenses they will last a lifetime and the  roll on airline overhead bin compliant ones are great...the only thing stronger are the aluminum cases that go in the plane's belly, but then you risk theft and large temperature changes on your gear...unless of course you're lugging around an Alexa or F35 and even then you can do a lot with Pelican...I think the 1510's are compliant and go for around $149 including pluck foam

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12 hours ago, Fritz Pierre said:

Pelican all the way....they will last you a lifetime and if you buy replacement foam inserts you can tailor them to your shooting/traveling needs...like lenses they will last a lifetime and the  roll on airline overhead bin compliant ones are great...the only thing stronger are the aluminum cases that go in the plane's belly, but then you risk theft and large temperature changes on your gear...unless of course you're lugging around an Alexa or F35 and even then you can do a lot with Pelican...I think the 1510's are compliant and go for around $149 including pluck foam

Okay I'll definitively look into that. It is just to bad that the pelican cases are overpriced in EU. The Pelican 1510 case w/ foam is for sale at $160 at B&H, and at €200 in europe ($230).

Thomann.de seems to have some pelican cases for cheap.

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Okay so basically, I have the choice (in an affordable budget) between the Pelican 1560 (int. 506 x 380 x 229 mm) for €250 or the vanguard Suprem 53F (int.  560 x 450 x 200 mm) for 230€.
The vanguard is a bit cheaper, and has more space. I know it is a reliable brand, but how far is ti from Pelican ? Does anyone have used vanguard hard cases ?
Thanks 
(I'm still a bit worried the these two cases are not big enough, but that will force me to take less gear, which is not a bad thing I guess. :D #gearporn )
 

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1 hour ago, Justin Bacle said:

Okay so basically, I have the choice (in an affordable budget) between the Pelican 1560 (int. 506 x 380 x 229 mm) for €250 or the vanguard Suprem 53F (int.  560 x 450 x 200 mm) for 230€.
The vanguard is a bit cheaper, and has more space. I know it is a reliable brand, but how far is ti from Pelican ? Does anyone have used vanguard hard cases ?
Thanks 
(I'm still a bit worried the these two cases are not big enough, but that will force me to take less gear, which is not a bad thing I guess. :D #gearporn )
 

That one is pretty small. You could keep a DSLR and a few lenses. I have the 1600 for lenses, and the 1650 for storing my Ursa Mini + shoulder rig and follow focus.

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21 hours ago, AaronChicago said:

That one is pretty small. You could keep a DSLR and a few lenses. I have the 1600 for lenses, and the 1650 for storing my Ursa Mini + shoulder rig and follow focus.

Okay, I'll try and put €400 aside for the 1650 then :) Thanks for the advice

It's gonna be hard not to spend the cash on other things (I juste bought an ISCO ultrastar + 50D because why not ... :D)

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