I’ve been having a bit of a look round at cases- Most of my jobs are with a reasonably light kit and I’ll get there on public transport. I’ve been looking at Peli cases, which are made to withstand environmental extremes, but I could probably do with something a bit lighter. For the last couple of years I’ve made do with a backpack, along with having my sound bag on but there’s the odd time where ‘I could have really done with that’. Also something where I can use dividers should also help finding things quickly, instead of having to root around at the bottom of the bag for that obscure adapter.
Stuff I’m having a look at:
Lowepro Pro Roller X300 – A self-shooting director I work with bought one of these for his C300. Being able to use the inside as a backpack’s nice. It’s got 35L capacity, which is only a bit more than I’ve got now. Weight 6.1kg
Petrol PA1003 – Really like the 2 layer design, *looks* quite big although the interior specs seem to say otherwise (30L, maybe only counts 1 layer as main compartment?). It’s also quite heavy (8.1kg) There’s a video up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI-HvH2eO8s&noredirect=1
Kata FlyBy-77 – Lightest of the lot (4.1kg) and pushes 40L capacity, although some of that is from being a bit deeper. Is also good as airline carry-on. Wonder if reduced weight= less protection, though?
Lighting bags? Petrol PL2003 etc
They’d need extra dividers to cushion stuff, but they’ve certainly got enough space in. You can also put a whole boompole and/or mic stand in lengthways on the longer ones.
Also as an alternative to Peli cases, I’ve been pointed at B&W cases, they’re made in smaller sizes and are considerably cheaper with dividers.
Anyone used any of these, or have any other ideas?
Here’s a comparison table
|int||L(cm)||W(cm)||D(cm)||vol (L)||Weight (kg)||££ (inc VAT)|
|B&W Type 66||53.5||36||19.5||37.56||6.6*||180|
|B&W Type 70||67.5||42.5||22||63.11||9*||252|
|Petrol PL2003 (+trolley)||73||35||21||53.66||7.77||238.77|
|Petrol PL2004 (+trolley)||88||35||21||64.68||8.6||262.21|
*no weight with internal dividers given (expect to be similar to Peli cases)