These Pelican cases are my new favorite things. I’m sure you’ve experienced going on a job for video or photography and you show up with a bunch of different, mismatched cases – old, new, borrowed, whatever. They get the job done, but there are a few problems.
I’ve found it’s very easy to forget to take a small piece of equipment to the job or leave something behind on site afterwards. For me, it’s a matter of being unorganized and not having a system, and that drives me nuts.
The two cases I have now allow me to limit the number bags and cases I have to bring and they allow me to have a better process when packing for a job. The larger case (1615 Air) even has room for my tripods and lights stands.
Now, we all know perceptions matter. Right or wrong, people make judgments on what they see. I’m not normally a “brand” type of guy – I’m concerned about functionality and costs. However, because Pelican cases are recognized as an industry standard or they just simply look professional (and cool). I’ve noticed a different reaction when I’m on a job and traveling. People assume I know what I’m doing, my clients seem more at ease and take direction better, and I get a lot more photo and video related questions.
The more my business grows the more I’m finding myself traveling, which is great, but Initially I couldn’t fathom how I would make that work. At first, I was just going back and forth between Colorado Springs and San Diego, I was able to preposition equipment so I didn’t have to bring as much on the plane. That quickly became impractical, because I can’t do that for every city I go to.
Now, I use the small carry-on case (1510) for my cameras and lenses and keep that with me. The larger case (Air 1615) to check as luggage. They are made to withstand the abuse and keep moisture out. I’ve also bought TSA approved locks to keep the cases secure.
If you travel with your gear or go on-site for jobs I’d highly recommend these cases. There are links below to the two Pelican cases that I have, as well as the locks.