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How do you store / transport your studio gear

 
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Jan 28, 2009 03:31 |  #1

Last week I received my new RX series lights, and wanted a better way to store / transport my studio gear. So I picked up an aluminium box, got some plywood and some foam.
I was dissapointed to find that the aluminium case I bought for such a good price is only chipboard with aluminium foil on the outside & rubber on the inside.
I guess you get what you pay for.....At least the lights are well protected. I won't be using it as check on lugguage on a flight or something.

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Jan 28, 2009 03:44 |  #2

For location work, I use two of the Elinchrom hard cases to pack six of the RXs (usually two 300RXs and four 600RXs). The modifiers go in a big hold-all, the grids are packed flat in a zip-lock bag, the gels rolled up in a long cardboard tube.

You'll never be able to get everything you need in one case without either risking damaging something or wasting space. If it's getting transported by car, it's far more valuable to have everything separate and easy to re-pack in a hurry.




  
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Jan 28, 2009 07:43 |  #3

I should get some foam for my case. I bought a HUGE (read this as REALLY FREAKIN HUGE) Stanley rolling tool case. I could layer about 10 heads in the case if I had to. Has a good sturdy handle to it, that extends/retracts from the side; can lock the top cover; has a small tray on the top for misc cords/plugs/etc.

Cost me $70 from Home Depot. The only problem is I have to use the SUV, as it's very tall too- I'll find the link for it.

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Jan 28, 2009 08:43 as a reply to  @ hawk911's post |  #4

all my gear barely fits in the trunk of my prelude
i have this aluminum box that holds two Ab800s, two sunpak383s, cactus set, cables, etc
another alu case that holds my camera gear
a tripod bag that holds 3 8ft stands and 3 umbrellas
two bags that hold a 4ft softbox each
8ft steel stand
13ft alu stand
13ft steel/alu boom stand
and a foldable dolly

im taking my gear on friday and im packing the car up the night before...
so ill update this thread with pics of how i transport my crap




  
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Jan 28, 2009 09:12 |  #5

An alternative: don't look for photo cases, look for golf cases. Strange, but true.

After searching for a bag to carry light stands and accessories, a Golf Guard plastic hard-shell case (external link) popped up in a discount store. The cases are designed to carry golf bags and clubs, but they have 46 inches of space inside, just right for light stands, and also have enough space for some lights and cables if they're packed correctly (lots of bubble pack helps). The Golf Guard case passed the transport test when they got through airline handling in one piece on a round trip to the West Coast. The only obstacle is the airlines' 50-pound weight limit.

This discount store (external link) had the cases for half the listed price.




  
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Jan 28, 2009 09:20 |  #6

I've seen these mentioned before, but the price was always over $150 when I check the stores. I might have to check K-mart. That would certainly fit in my Grand Prix, and I could get 2 of them :)


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Jan 28, 2009 09:53 |  #7

I keep my Elinchrom lights in an Elinchrom case. I keep two of my Alien Bees in a Storm case that I picked up at an estate sale for 5 bucks. My other two lights are in search of a case.




  
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Jan 28, 2009 10:09 |  #8

I use one of these, can't remember which. Fits my Genesis 400, stands, wires, a couple of backgrounds, and a bunch of other miscelaneous items.

Amvona cases (external link)

Very secure, easy to transport and looks professional from the tool chest I used to store them in.




  
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Jan 28, 2009 10:26 |  #9

hawk911 wrote in post #7204432 (external link)
I should get some foam for my case. I bought a HUGE (read this as REALLY FREAKIN HUGE) Stanley rolling tool case. I could layer about 10 heads in the case if I had to. Has a good sturdy handle to it, that extends/retracts from the side; can lock the top cover; has a small tray on the top for misc cords/plugs/etc.

Cost me $70 from Home Depot. The only problem is I have to use the SUV, as it's very tall too- I'll find the link for it.

Here: Stanley Rolling tool chest (external link)

I looked at that exact same case too. As this sides aren't straight I figured it would be a bit difficult to get the dividers to fit properly, also it was so big & deep I thought I might fall in and not be able to get out again :lol:.
Naaa. It was on my short list.

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all my gear barely fits in the trunk of my prelude
i have this aluminum box that holds two Ab800s, two sunpak383s, cactus set, cables, etc
another alu case that holds my camera gear
a tripod bag that holds 3 8ft stands and 3 umbrellas
two bags that hold a 4ft softbox each
8ft steel stand
13ft alu stand
13ft steel/alu boom stand
and a foldable dolly

im taking my gear on friday and im packing the car up the night before...
so ill update this thread with pics of how i transport my crap

I did a shoot recently with most of my gear, and my car with the seats folded down was absolutley full including the pasenger seat. Amazing how you collect the stuff over time. Also amazing how much you need.


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Jan 28, 2009 11:04 |  #10

Pelican 1610 for my rangers.


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Jan 28, 2009 11:16 |  #11

I use pelican cases for all my gear.


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Jan 29, 2009 00:58 |  #12

Mmmmm Pelican would be nice, but in this size a little pricey


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Jan 29, 2009 04:18 |  #13

akiwi wrote in post #7210930 (external link)
Mmmmm Pelican would be nice, but in this size a little pricey

I'd suggest HPRC but they're just as expensive... if not more... than Pelican.


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Jan 29, 2009 08:11 |  #14

SnlpeR wrote in post #7204702 (external link)
all my gear barely fits in the trunk of my prelude
i have this aluminum box that holds two Ab800s, two sunpak383s, cactus set, cables, etc
another alu case that holds my camera gear
a tripod bag that holds 3 8ft stands and 3 umbrellas
two bags that hold a 4ft softbox each
8ft steel stand
13ft alu stand
13ft steel/alu boom stand
and a foldable dolly

im taking my gear on friday and im packing the car up the night before...
so ill update this thread with pics of how i transport my crap

here are some pics
i wanna show it in the trunk...but its quite embarrassing :o
i realize i dont need those 3 smaller light stands..(two came with the impact kit)...but i bring them just in case
and im still looking for a case for the longer stands...the longest is about 49"

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Jan 31, 2009 20:18 |  #15

Pelican 14xx..not sure which one. Holds 3 strobes, and a whole bunch of other stuff.


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