5. PELI 1510WITH PADDED DIVIDERS £229/$238 peliproducts.co.uk
extremely strong and durable, it’s a byword for hard cases. A 6.4mm/0.25in neoprene ‘o-ring’ keeps out the elements, while an automatic purge valve quickly equalises changes in atmospheric pressure. Double ABS latches seal securely, with padlock protectors providing strength and extra security against theft. The 1510 has long and comfortable side handles, a substantial front handle, and retractable extension handle with easy-release latch. There are strong polyurethane wheels with stainless-steel bearings.
The Peli brand is synonymous with super-tough cases that protect fragile optical equipment. And no Peli bag has been as popular as the 1510. It’s a legal carry-on and comes with a set of padded yellow and black dividers. If you see a professional filmmaker or photographer wheeling a Peli bag through check-in at the airport, it’s probably a 1510. Virtually unbreakable, the case is watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical resistant and corrosion proof. Made from an ultra-high impact structural copolymer that makes it
The divider kit has high-visibility yellow Nylex material, a felt exterior and is well-padded. Elastic hold-down straps secure your gear. If you want ultimate protection, the Peli 1510 is ideal. It is also available with different interior options, including a lid insert and lots of pockets for accessories.
7. THINK TANK RETROSPECTIVE BACKPACK 15 £229/$250 thinktankphoto.com/snapperstuff.co.uk Think Tank’s Retrospective Backpack 15 is stylish, with its outer-coated canvas repelling the elements. Under the lid, a flap tucks away, providing speedy access to kit. This includes a 15-inch laptop slotted in its own pocket. The metal hardware is antique-plated brass for a stylish look. Closed-cell foam reinforced dividers take a large DSLR or mirrorless camera carrying a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, plus two or three other pro lenses and accessories. There is 20 litres of storage – 15 inside and another five litres in the front pocket. A tripod attachment fits the front or side pockets, plus there are two collapsible water bottle pockets and a couple of smaller pockets, ideal for camera batteries. The harness is padded and comfortable, while a removable webbing waist belt and adjustable sternum slider keep it snug. It weighs just 1.8kg/4lb with all its accessories.
If you need to move heavy kit over a fairly long distance as easily as possible, a wheeled bag could be just the thing you’re looking for. The Tamrac SpeedRoller International rolling case is built to take the strain out of moving camera gear and a laptop across mixed terrain, and uses large inline skate wheels. It is built for pro-style DSLR bodies, easily swallowing up mirrorless cameras or small cinema cams. There is also room for up to six additional lenses, as well as a bunch of accessories. One of the nice touches is a clear storage compartment on the inner lid –meaning you can instantly see what bits you have with you. The bag also has an exterior pocket for even more small accessories. A foam-padded outer pocket takes a 15-inch laptop, while you can fasten a small tripod or boom pole to the side, thanks to a stretchy pocket and adjustable strap. The outer is made from tough ballistic nylon, with a rigid plastic wall keeping the bag in shape. A rain cover is also included in the price. There are top-quality aluminiumwheel supports and the telescopic handle stows away in a zip pocket. 6. TAMRAC SPEEDROLLER INTERNATIONAL £400/$368 tamrac.com/intro2020.co.uk
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