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Equipment cases for location lighting.
Old 04-01-2003, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for suggestions for some rigid, lightweight, top-loading equipment cases for hauling (not shipping) my location lighting and props.

I remember some cases David Chan used on location many years ago (1980's) that were great top-loading cases for location equipment. They were about 40 inches long, 14 inches wide and about 25 inches deep. A handle in the middle of the top for carrying was perfect, as all you had to do was bend your knees, grab the handle, and stand up... like carrying a suitcase. No bending over. Great to fill with lightstands props and other equipment. I think they had slip-on tops, rather than hinged tops. If David Mecey is around, maybe he remembers them?

I'm definately NOT looking for cloth or padded cases... these were rigid and hard material.

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I think you are looking for Pelican cases. They are rigid, heavy plastic and when closed are air/water tight. They come in quite a variety of sizes and shapes. I'm sure there is one to fit your needs.


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Old 04-02-2003, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have one Calumet case that is very rigid, I use it for my 4x5 equipment. Around 20" high, 16" deep and 24" long. I stand on it all the time, not cheap, I think they're around $250.

I also have a small Lightware case and 2 Tamrac cases, one of which is a rolling studio, or cargo case, very big. these are faily sturdy and protect equipment well, but standing on them is not an option.

I spose if I had to buy more, I'd but 2 or 3 more of the Calumet case.
 
 
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I've bought several "Anvil" style cases on ebay. The most expensive was a 24x40x30 case that I paid $60 for. They are usually used and need the foam replaced but they are indestructible.

Search for "anvil case" on ebay.

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check out stormcase...
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i checked some out the other day...the best latches i have ever seen...
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Some really inexpensive alternatives...
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Depending on what you are hauling around, and what you are hauling it in, there are some inexpensive alternatives.

You mentioned that you are only interested in rigid cases, but let me mention some soft sided bags that others may find useful.

Light stands, tripods, and other metal work can be hauled in bags designed for sports equipment. For example, baseball bat bags, airline golf bags (they totally enclose the normal bag), and ski bags. The bat bags will handle several of the most common light stands. The airline golf bags frequently have rollers on the bottom making lifting unnecessary, and some of these are made from rigid material, either fiberglass or some sort of heavy duty plastic. Ski bags should accomodate just about any stand.

Check local thrift stores, flea markets, and used sports gear stores. I frequently find used heavy duty bags for under $5, even airline golf bags for under $10.

Another possiblility is display transport cases. These are fairly heavy fiberboard cases with reinforced corners used for transporting displays to conventions, shows, etc. These are available in a wide variety of sizes. I just found a case 60" long. 20" deep, and about 10" wide for $10. It has straps which hold the top on, a carrying handle, and appears to be very rugged.

These can be found at places that manufacture displays such as signmakers, etc. Ask if they have any used ones they would part with.

A final alternative is equipment shipping cases. These are nearly indestructable cases used for shipping fragile electronic equipment through the airlines. This type cases may also show up at military surplus outlets. Unfortunately, they usually carry stiff pricetags. I've seen used ones offered for several hundered dollars.

Or you can go out and spend several hundred bucks for the official photo cases... your choice.
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As Jayon had mentioned Storm cases, but I prefer Pelican and they have a much more diverse selection...you'll find what you need. Plus you can order on line right from the manufacturer including getting replacement foam inserts.

Expensive but they will last and take alot of abuse while still protecting your gear...I have two for my camera gear and looking to buy 2 more for my studio stobes and power supplies.

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Old 04-13-2003, 09:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I know you said lightweight but you might want to look into Cabbage Cases. You can drop a "bunker buster" on them and they will stay intact.

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