Monday, December 6, 2010

Pelican 1510 review

I had been wanting the Pelican 1510 LOC (The idea being you can pack your clothes and your laptop and either check it or carry it on) since I saw it on Gizmodo or Uncrate (I forget), because what can be cooler than a virtually indestructible suitcase? However, I wasn't ready to plunk down the $250 just for a fancy single purpose suitcase. After a while I decided there was a multi purpose way I could justify owning the case. I opted for the cheaper Pelican 1510 with dividers, which only ran $150 on Amazon, and add to it a Lid Organizer for another $20 bucks. So I saved $80 and got a more versatile case.

This is what I got:


Here it is packed with my Hasselblad H3D kit. I was surprised how well it fit everything, it seemed to take up mach more room in my Tamrac Cyberpack 8 (granted without a laptop or the ability to strap a tripod to it).

So this way I can check my clothes and carry my Hassy on board without a problem because this will definitely fit in the overhead bin. On the other hand, the entire camera divider pulls right out and will fit 3 pairs of jeans, 3 t-shirts, socks, chones, a pair of Chucks, and hoodie or light rain coat. The lid organizer will double as my Dopp kit, I'm sure it will fit all the little stuff like chargers as well.

I will be trying it out this weekend when I go up to see my brother. One thing to remember when arranging your camera in any case is to remember which way it will be oriented when you use it. E.g. you don't want to place lenses glass out facing the wheels of this case. The bouncing as you roll it is best directed at the rear or sides of lenses lest you damage the delicate focusing mechanism.

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