Over the years you tend to acquire a lot of gear and as a result you need something to carry it around in. I have, as my wife will tell you, tried many different types of bags, from backpacks, messenger bags , pouches, to tactical vests ! I have come to the conclusion that there really is no one bag that will suit every situation.
As i am not as young or fit as i used to be and i am lucky enough to have acquired some good equipment over the years, i have decided to purchase a good quality hard case for my gear. This will serve a couple of different purposes. I chose to go with the Pelican 1510. Pelican is a company with a great reputation for hard cases that they are so confident with, they come with a lifetime warranty.
This case is advertised as being the maximum required size for airport carry on luggage, but i would still check with the carrier before travelling, even if it is within the limits you may find it exceeds the maximum allowed weight ! The case also has a extendable handle at the top with wheels on the bottom to allow you to pull the case along as you would a suitcase. This will make things easier when travelling or when out shooting in many different locations. The case is also waterproof , dust proof and pretty much indestructible . Great for just storing your gear for extended periods in the knowledge its well protected.
This case as with many pelican products, comes in several configurations from the pick and pluck foam to custom made inserts. I went for the padded dividers as you can configure the layout to suit your needs, and if your needs change well , change the layout. This is not possible with the pick and pluck unless you order another set of inserts. I also went with the lid organizer so i can put all the other smaller accessories in the case, such as lens pens, batteries, remotes and all the little bits and pieces we end up just throwing in, just in case !
As you can see from the image above the case is not huge and i was a little disappointing i couldn't fit ALL my gear into it but i have managed to get all the important stuff in. A word of warning that if you have a Canon 5D Mark III with a battery grip it will fit as long as you don't fill up the lid organizer pocket adjacent to it !!
Overall i am very happy with the case as it makes it easier to carry around more equipment in a well protected case and highly recommend it if you are looking for a top quality hard case to protect your gear.