I often travel between Greenland and Denmark, and need a hard case for the most essential gear. I have my usual backpack, but need something which is not as big, and which I can still bring as carry-on, even in the Dash8 which is used here in Greenland.
What I consider most essential is; D800 w. 50mm and battery pack, 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 85mm, SB-900 (all lenses with their respective hoods). I also need to bring the usual collection of cables, chargers, and stuff.
What would a good sized Pelican case be, possibly with wheels and handle? The www.peli.com site has a lot of options, and I am looking for experience...
The Pelican 1510 Carry on case is the perfect carry on as it meets all the airline requirements and has wheels. One can use a high density "closed cell foam", aka kayak foam, for the internal protection. Cost is about $150 to $160 on Amazon with foam.
I suggest you contact the carriers you travel with and determine the size limitations directly from them. This will eliminate any problems.
What I wanted to know was if anyone else are using Peli cases, and their experience with packing these with Nikon gear, especially the D800 w. battery grip, the 14-24mm, and the 80-400mm, as these particular items are a bit different in size. I.e. can the D800 w. grip stand up in the Peli 1510? I also have the RRS L-bracket on it, so it's borderline according to measurements....
I ordered the 1510 with dividers, the photography lid insert, as well as the laptop insert, and just to be sure, I also got the foam insert package, so I can make my own padding.
You have a life time warranty on them. We shipped some machined parts through the nation with Pelican cases and when UPS broke the hinges or the top they were replaced for a new piece no questions asked, even not after it happened multiple times.
In the 1450: Can fit a D700 17-35mm, 24-70mm, 50mm, SB700, (2) SB 400's, (3) pocketwizzard TT5's, a TT1, and an AC-3. The D700 does not have a battery grip, and this is a pretty much no room to spare (cables have to be neatly packed).
I would not try the 1500 because one side is beyond the FAA carry on size. I don't use it for camera equipment so really never tested what it could hold.
The 1510 is my go to case, the biggest of them so I can carry more gear and it has wheels so I don't have to carry it (the other two cases I have have to be carried). Your required list should easily fit in this case but be careful because you can start to go over the weight limit for a carry on (I have never been checked but could see airlines start checking this, being a hard case it adds to the weight but no way to get around this). On your smaller planes I have had to gate check this case, not my favorite thing but I can trust my case to make the trip.
Hope that helped some.
Back to the Peli cases; thanks for the advise here given, I am sure the 1510 will serve me well, and wonder why it has taken me this long to get one. Good to know it will fit my gear, and is FAA certified as well.
Almost all airlines allow carry-on luggage of at least 45 linear-inches in size (typically 14" x 9" x 22") or in metric, 115 linear-cm. The Pelican 1510 was designed to fit right up to this 45 linear-inch limit, so it is a good choice for a carry on.
I am able to fit D800, 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 50mm, 85mm, 80-400mm, and 105mm. I then switch between SB900/flash-kit and the 80-400mm depending on need.
Did you cut out the foam yourself? What is the red tape for I see in the picture?
I too want to get this 1510 Pelican case, and was wondering if the solid foam for interior, or the preset adjustable dividers with velcro is the better way to go? @MsMotto also mentioned kayak foam. Has anyone had both types and can comment on which type is best? I would be sometimes carrying different items, so that is why I am not sure. Thanks for any insight.
Don't bother with the std. inserts from Peli, it is the standard velco crap and the solid foam may be OK, but the TrekPak is so much better...
Only grief with TrekPak is that it takes ca. 1cm on all sides.
I don't know if it's better, but it's certainly more adaptable. And, as you can more easily adjust according to needs, perhaps it is more protective.