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scanny
12th February 2009, 01:01 AM
Hi all

I was about to splash out on a 2nd peli 1500 case this month for my growing kit but i found a far cheaper alternative that is not too bad.

Maplin are selling their aluminium cases for 19.99 and it has almost identical pick and pluck foam inside. I picked one up today and ive got an E1 with grip, e510, sigma 18-125, ZD40-150 and an fl36 in with space for another accessory, leaving the expenive lenses in the peli.

Granted the aluminium is the typical thin sheet and i doubt a it would survive a drop from height or a trip down a river like the peli, but its fine for keeping kit in whilst traveling or out and about, a good option at a quarter of the price.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=36796&source=1

Steve

E-P1 fan
12th February 2009, 07:59 AM
I bought one of these last year in Birmingham,. VERY good value, nice looking and max protection.

snaarman
12th February 2009, 08:38 AM
Yes we regularly use these at work for shipping small items abroad. They are thin but OK

Pete

benvendetta
12th February 2009, 12:45 PM
Hi all

I was about to splash out on a 2nd peli 1500 case this month for my growing kit but i found a far cheaper alternative that is not too bad.

Maplin are selling their aluminium cases for 19.99 and it has almost identical pick and pluck foam inside. I picked one up today and ive got an E1 with grip, e510, sigma 18-125, ZD40-150 and an fl36 in with space for another accessory, leaving the expenive lenses in the peli.

Granted the aluminium is the typical thin sheet and i doubt a it would survive a drop from height or a trip down a river like the peli, but its fine for keeping kit in whilst traveling or out and about, a good option at a quarter of the price.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=36796&source=1

Steve

I have often thought about getting one of these. Do you have any pictures of it with your gear in to show how much it can reasonably hold?

scanny
12th February 2009, 03:26 PM
Hi

Here is a pic of both to compare. I got the peli to satisfy the insurance requirement to have my insurred kit in a locked box in my boot whilst it was in the car with me or whilst in my room at uni. The maplin one would suffice im sure.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/scannee/DSC02308.jpg

Theres space for another lens or toy in the maplin one, the peli arrangement is a little haphazard because of the length of the 50-200 and 135-400 but in another arrangement it can swallow just as much as the maplin one. Incidentallly the replacement foam in the peli costs more than the maplin one

Archphoto
12th February 2009, 07:18 PM
I have had the alu one's for the past 30 odd years and have still 2 or 3 of them. They offer good protection.

One is for the biggish Rollei SL 66, the other will be used for my Oly stuff when I am back in Holland.
New foam was never a problem: a store in The Hague had the grey foam and cut it to size for a low price. The only thing you had to do is to draw the outlines and use a hobbyknife.

For Brazil I have a backpack from LowePro: I am riding a motorbike again.....

Peter

benvendetta
12th February 2009, 07:55 PM
Hi

Here is a pic of both to compare. I got the peli to satisfy the insurance requirement to have my insurred kit in a locked box in my boot whilst it was in the car with me or whilst in my room at uni. The maplin one would suffice im sure.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/scannee/DSC02308.jpg

Theres space for another lens or toy in the maplin one, the peli arrangement is a little haphazard because of the length of the 50-200 and 135-400 but in another arrangement it can swallow just as much as the maplin one. Incidentallly the replacement foam in the peli costs more than the maplin one

Thank you for that - looks good, but what'll the wife say? Not another camera bag/case????
It would be my sixth!

MarkVarley
12th February 2009, 11:49 PM
Thank you for that - looks good, but what'll the wife say? Not another camera bag/case????
It would be my sixth!

cheaper than beer, gambling and loose women! (marginally) *chr