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  • SOLVED Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

    We are about to sell our large house that we have lived in for 21 years and retire to a smaller place somewhere near Devon's "English Riviera" coast. This would mean less space to store our personal stuff, including camera kit. I am paranoid about careful storage of kit when not in use and as we are more likely now to get guests and entertain, I cannot be too careful.

    With that in mind, I am looking for a large case that would hold almost all of by equipment and yet not cost an arm & a leg. It does not have to be carried on all holidays & trips because I have a few smaller, older bags for that and will take only what I am likely to use. The big bag is mainly to keep my stuff safe when not in use and also to take with me when we move to our apartment in India for 3 or 4 winter months.

    My kit consists of:
    • Olympus OMD EM5 II Body
    • Olympus PEN-F Body
    • Olympus 12mm f2 lens
    • Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens
    • Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens
    • Pan-Leica 42.5mm Nocticron lens
    • Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro lens
    • Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens
    • Olympus 8mm fisheye bodycap
    • Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
    • Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II
    • Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 lens
    • Olympus FL-600R flashgun
    • Nissin i40 flashgun
    • Other accessories like battery chargers, cables, spare AA batteries, slim filter case etc

    I shopped around and the Think Tank Airport Commuter seems to be to fit the bill best. https://www.wexphotovideo.com/think-...muter-1594155/

    As you can see, it has 3 rows of compartments and is quite spacious. At 175 it is reasonably priced. Can anyone here please give an opinion on that case or suggest another equally or more suitable? Thanks, as always.

    PS: All my lenses and even bodies are in individual soft cases that take-up very little additional space. But the advantage is that I can place small lenses like the 12mm and 17mm in the same compartment, one on top of the other.

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    Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

    I've got one of these

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AMP-outdoor.../dp/B001N2MJ44

    It's a great case and of high quality and extremely strong (I can stand on it!). It's sealed and I keep silica gel containers in it to keep the humidity down - and regenerate them as necessary. This would be useful in India with high humidity.

    Jim

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    • #3
      Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

      The first thing that jumps out to me would be a rigid Peli case, but they don'y come cheap.
      could you get your kit on one of these? https://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Instru...Handle/40-9477
      Best Regards
      Bill

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      • #4
        Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

        Thanks people. Both those cases lack the amount of space that I need to keep all my gear in one place. This I want to do because when we downsize, I might end-up sharing storage space with my wife and when that happens I usually come out the loser .

        I was considering the TTAC because of the amount storage space pouches that it offers. I want to use that as the 'base store unit' to keep my stuff and choose what kit items I need depending on where I am going. I have a couple of good old smaller bags that I still use for travelling.

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        • #5
          Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

          Peli cases are seen as the industry standard, but they did come with a weight penalty.
          The new "Air" versions are much lighter and there is a large size range to choose from as well as different internals including divider sets. See the link.
          I have a couple and they are waterproof and bomb proof too, don't mention that when flying though!

          https://peliproducts.co.uk/info/air/
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          • #6
            Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

            What about a suit case filled with that cut away foam?
            Regards
            Michael

            OM-D E-M5 mk2, m12-40mm f2.8, m25mm f1.8, m45mm f1.8, m60mm f2.8 Macro, M14‑150mm 1:4-5.6 II, M75-300mm MK2, Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye

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            • #7
              Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

              Originally posted by peak4 View Post
              The first thing that jumps out to me would be a rigid Peli case, but they don'y come cheap.
              could you get your kit on one of these? https://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Instru...Handle/40-9477
              The B&W case I mentioned above is similar to a Peli case, but much cheaper. Being of German manufacture you can rely on the quality.

              Jim

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              • #8
                Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

                How about something like this

                https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-A...-/232844624022

                I see lots for sale at the Land Rover events I go to and have bought a couple for use in the garage - there are a number of sizes and many come with foam inserts

                You would probably find some at a local military surplus place fairly cheap

                Regards
                Andy
                My Kit (OK I'm a hoarder...)
                4/3 E500, E510, E30 + 35macro, 50macro, 7-14, 11-22, 14-45 (x2), 14-54, 40-150 (both types), 50-200, 70-300, 50-500,
                m 4/3 EM1MkII + 60 macro, 12-100 Pro
                FL20, FL36 x2 , FL50, cactus slaves etc.
                The Boss (Mrs Shenstone) E620, EM10-II, 14-41Ez, 40-150R, 9 cap and whatever she can nick from me when she wants it

                My places
                http://www.shenstone.me.uk
                http://landroverkaty.blogspot.com/
                https://vimeo.com/shenstone
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                • #9
                  Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

                  Originally posted by shenstone View Post
                  How about something like this

                  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-A...-/232844624022

                  I see lots for sale at the Land Rover events I go to and have bought a couple for use in the garage - there are a number of sizes and many come with foam inserts

                  You would probably find some at a local military surplus place fairly cheap

                  Regards
                  Andy
                  Hmm- they're quite expensive!

                  Jim

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                  • #10
                    Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

                    Have look at the Auer packaging protective Cases, similar to Peli, but much cheaper.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Advice on choice of large camera/lens storage bag

                      Thanks everyone. I decided to buy the Think Tank Airport Commuter anyway and thankfully, it took ALL the items mentioned in the list above plus the bits & pieces. There was even space for the larger hoods of the Nocticron, Oly 75mm and the Panasonic 100-300mm. Handy to carry because of the 'backpack' style but it also has a conventional handle. Even fully loaded it is within the size for airline cabin baggage.

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