Need Hard Camera Case Advice, Please!

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  1. SummitPhotoNH

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    I'm an avid hiker and photographer, and combining the two is at times a challenge. Living and hiking in NH means dealing with a variety of elements and conditions, so when I hike with my gear I'm constantly worried that my camera will be exposed to moisture...or that it will get banged up if I take a fall. Plus, it's really tough to balance out my hiking gear and my camera gear in my bag.

    I hike with an EMS Summit 5500 pack, which is huge - I keep a sleeping bag and other soft items in the bottom of the back, in the mid/center I keep my tent (a very small/skinny 3lb tent), some spare clothes stuffed in a dry sack, and my camera gear...which is usually in a cushioned lowepro case. I'm carrying a 5D Mark II body, a 50mm 1.2, a 24-70 wide zoom, and in its own carrying case a 70-200mm 2.8 tele. ...a few filters and thats it.

    Hikes are multi day, 4 seasons, all kinds of terrain...

    Ideally, I would love to find the perfect long and slender case to put in my backpack next to my tent...I don't believe that there is a properly made hiking bag/camera bag hybrid, so i really want a hard case to put in the bag...i found some by pelican, but nothing apealing in terms of dimensions. Does anyone have advice? Thanks!
     
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    Pelican is usually the brand to look at...but they don't have every size you might want.

    A quick Google search should turn up some hard case manufactueres there are plenty of them. Most can be bought with pick-apart foam so you can customize it to fit your gear. You might also consider a foam lined soft case. Probably easier and lighter to pack and the amount of foam will determine it's protective qualities.

    Personally, I don't know if the extra size & weight of a hard case, would be worth the benefits here. Sure, you don't want to break your gear...but if you take a spill hard enough to damage it while in a foam padded pack...then a damaged camera may be the least of your worries.

    Also, having your gear insured can take a lot of the worries out of traveling or high risk activities.
     
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    I would also choose Pelican as a first choice.

    Zero Halliburton makes a wide range of cases, but they are terribly expensive.

    Hope you find what you are looking for!
     

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