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Nov 03, 2020 10:57 |  #6556

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My trusty Domke F2 is able to eat up all gear pictured.
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Takes a bunch of gear and easy to work out of


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Nov 03, 2020 11:43 |  #6557

My favorites are still the F-stop Kenti for hiking, The Thinktank Retro 30 for when I want a shoulder bag but lately I've really grown to like the MindShift BackLight 26L. I used it for a few portrait sessions and it's the perfect bag for my setup. I have my 5d2 with 135L attached. My EOS R with the 50L. I also have my 16-35 and 35 1.8. Flash, diffuser, batteries, filters etc. It's also great for travel.


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Nov 03, 2020 12:37 |  #6558

I have 2 smallish backpacks, but don't feel my gear is protected after a car accident sent my backpacks flying around the car. I purchased 4 of these for less than the cost of 1 Pelican ($47 each after coupon). I can keep these in my car with my empty backpack & then decide what goes into my backpack before I leave my car. I didn't want the dividers as things can still move around a bit, but the pick & pluck foam doesn't seem to hold up to much abuse. Found a solution on YouTube, people using Plasti-dip to secure the foam. Seems to work well, we'll see how it holds up in the long term. You can see by the photos that the foam looks more like "one" piece rather than small squares. If this doesn't holds up I'll replace it in the future with Kaizan foam.

Hard to complain for only $47!


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Nov 03, 2020 16:29 as a reply to  @ Pigpen101's post |  #6559

So did you only Plasti-dip the top edges or top and bottom? What was source or brand of the cases? I know Harbor Freight has a line. And Sam's Club.


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Nov 03, 2020 16:50 as a reply to  @ CanonCameraFan's post |  #6560

Yes, Harbor Freight. Bought 1 at a time using 20% coupon. The foam comes in 4 pieces: eggcrate on top, thin piece on very bottom, & 2 pull & pluck layers. I handled the foam differently depending on what is in it. This one, with flash & triggers, all 3 bottom pieces were glued together AFTER I plasti-dipped each layer. Once glued together I sprayed 2 thin coats around the sides. Another one I wanted to be able to remove the top foam so I could uses the bottom foam to hold small things such as batteries. I covered both layers in several coats, but did not glue them together.

A little advice about watching YouTube for this. Each one of them uses the plasti-dip a little differently, I took an idea or 2 from each & did it my own way.




  
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Nov 03, 2020 17:18 |  #6561

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Looks like it could take a large ICU if need be, as it looks like you have a medium in there. How comfortable is it?

The large f-stop ICU fits perfectly too.

As far as comfort goes... it's too flat on the back for me. Don't give up your Gregory.


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Nov 10, 2020 18:16 |  #6562

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The large f-stop ICU fits perfectly too.

As far as comfort goes... it's too flat on the back for me. Don't give up your Gregory.

I have no intensions to give up my 40L Gregory, thinking about a 70L f stop or shamoda


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Nov 10, 2020 18:29 as a reply to  @ CanonCameraFan's post |  #6563

Harbor freight Apache case are good as long as you hand select them. Sometimes the latches snap closed too soft or too hard. Skip those.
Give the foam layers a few days to air out.
A few hard cases have taller reinforcement ribs to reduce lid flex.
Elephant cases are good too.
I think a smaller amazon basic hard case I have may have been made in the same factory. Yes the latches snap securely.




  
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Nov 10, 2020 19:10 |  #6564

I've got 4 of the Apache cases from HF, but if I didn't, I think I would look into this. It looks like the best of both worlds, foam & dividers! Not waterproof or as rugged, but enough for many.

https://www.harborfrei​ght.com …-aluminum-case-69318.html (external link)




  
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Nov 10, 2020 19:25 |  #6565

Pigpen101 wrote in post #19150312 (external link)
I've got 4 of the Apache cases from HF, but if I didn't, I think I would look into this. It looks like the best of both worlds, foam & dividers! Not waterproof or as rugged, but enough for many.

https://www.harborfrei​ght.com …-aluminum-case-69318.html (external link)

That's not real aluminum (not like the Zero Halliburton cases). That's thin plywood (or maybe these days only fiberboard) with a very thin aluminum sheet over it. The structure is provided by the wood, not the aluminum.

I had a Zero Halliburton case in the past, but I sold it with the brace of Canon F-1 cameras that I carried in it. Sigh.


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Nov 10, 2020 19:27 as a reply to  @ RDKirk's post |  #6566

I understand they are cheap, that may be the attraction for some. I think the HF Pelican knockoffs are the better deal.




  
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Jan 08, 2021 22:13 |  #6567

sawsedge wrote in post #19147355 (external link)
The large f-stop ICU fits perfectly too.

As far as comfort goes... it's too flat on the back for me. Don't give up your Gregory.


I fixed this problem. I stuck a 1/2" thick piece of dense closed cell foam in the belt area, making the lumbar area fit my back much better. Now I can go for miles with the Shimoda.


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Jan 09, 2021 10:13 as a reply to  @ post 18886926 |  #6568

I love the old Tamrac 610 camera bags--I have two of them now. I use them now to store my camera equipment, when I am not using it. You can stuff a lot of equipment in them.




  
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