Travel with confidence
June 23, 2011
RA Johnson Photography
I travel extensively as a freelance photographer. In the past I have used a backpack to hold my cameras, lenses and other items. I literally spend weeks living out of my camera bag from job to job as it was the most convenient way I knew how to travel. However, for any of you who have been forced to board a "smaller" plane, you know how nerve racking it is to have to check a soft-shelled bag before you are allowed to board the plane. After the last time having to do it, I promised myself never again would I put my livelihood in danger. I decided that I would research the best product on the market to protect my equipment during travel.
After much research into vapour and air pressure control, construction and materials, and customer satisfaction, I decided to check out the 514 Carry On 1510 Case with Dividers by Pelican. The Pelican line of cases is considered to be one of, if not the best hard shelled case on the market today. It's the same material and construction as the cases the military use to protect their sensitive equipment as it travels around the world. Water tight, air tight, heat and chemical resistant and constructed to withstand impact and significant weight, these cases are neigh unbreakable and designed to take the worst you can throw at them (In one review I saw they set one on fire for 4 minutes and the contents were unharmed). These are pretty high endorsements, but how does that translate to the real world? The case is the perfect size and shape to be used as carry-on luggage for mid to large sized aircraft. I myself had it packed with two Nikon D90's, three lenses, an HD Video Camera, an LED Light Panel, Rode microphone AND all my cables, chargers and batteries and STILL had room in it. It has a surprisingly large amount of storage space, and can be configured in multiple ways thanks to the adjustable dividers. And what about checking it as luggage? My last trip saw me take a twin-prop aircraft to my destination, and therefore I had to check my camera on the tarmac. The flight was particularly bumpy, and when I landed I was slightly concerned about the conduction of my equipment. On landing I rushed off the plane to check my case, only to be greeted with the sight of the attendant dropping it as he tried to put it on the cart. Well, went I got it back I was pleasantly surprised! There was not a single scratch on it (even where it had impacted), and the contents were unharmed!
As cases go this is a 5 out of 5, a 100% no brainer. With wheels and an extendable handle, this armoury for your equipment is the single greatest accessory I have ever purchased. Now I can travel with confidence knowing that no matter what my livelihood is protected.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to ANY photographer, whether you travel or not to protect their equipment.
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