Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-25-2019, 05:28 PM - 2 Likes   #1
Pentaxian
kkoether's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Huber Heights, OH, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 602
Apache 5800 Nice Pelican Knockoff

I picked up an Apache 5800 Rolling Carry-On Case today at Harbor Freight Tools. It lists for $89.99 and I had a $20.00 off coupon. Doing the boat racing photos I'm outdoors all the time. I was able to fit both my K200D with DA 18-55mm and K-3 with DA* 60-250mm and HD 1.4X AF Tele Converter all attached. Also Metz flash and stand. Spare batteries and chargers and other misc. odds and ends.

This will allow me to be able to quickly pull things out and put them away without taking things apart in sometimes wet or dusty conditions. I think this will workout well as it is superior protection for my gear when traveling to and from.





Just thought I would pass this along for anyone who is interested.

05-25-2019, 05:41 PM   #2
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: 43.670399, -92.974831
Posts: 55
I picked up an Apache case awhile ago, too. Haven't tried to fit stuff in there just yet, but definitely will be doing so soon. Good tip to share - Harbor Freight has some amazing prices for equipment that rivals some big brands!
05-26-2019, 09:55 AM   #3
Pentaxian




Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 1,067
Thanks for the heads up

Got this thread marked.
05-26-2019, 01:13 PM   #4
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 21
I have the Apache 4800, knock off of Pelican 1520. Picked it up when the local Harbor Freight store introduced them. They had it on sale for $49.99, (base price $59.99), used a 25% off coupon and got for $37.49. Conversely a Pelican 1520 is about $150.00. It provides more protection than I will every need. I keep my bodies and lenses in it. I use an old video camera shoulder bag for all my accessories. It easily holds everything I use. Currently it carries a DA 300mm, Pentax K70 with DFA 28-105mm attached, DA 55-300mm PLM, Pentax A 28mm, DA 18-55mm, and a K50 body. I think I left room to add a DA15mm and a 1.4x teleconverter in the future.



05-26-2019, 01:24 PM   #5
Pentaxian
Wasp's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Pretoria
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 940
Pelican cases are the wrong dimensions, i.e. they do not fit my budget. Thanks for this tip. I guess these are made for power tools etc. but they will definitely work well for photo gear. I will investigate about the availability of such things in my part of the world. Thanks for the tip.

Edit: a quick search turned up this one, available from a local chain (owned by Walmart, incidentally). Priced at less than USD40. It looks promising, but I will have to visit the nearest store to check if it comes with a foam liner.


Last edited by Wasp; 05-26-2019 at 01:35 PM.
05-26-2019, 02:58 PM   #6
Otis Memorial Pentaxian
Loyal Site Supporter
stevebrot's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 32,653
Not to be a spoil sport and I do love good lower-priced gear, but how is the water resistance of this case? Have any of you owners tested it on the water with dummy weight for ballast?

I would not ask except that I was on a white water rafting trip several years ago where one of the rafters had a Pelican-type case leak badly ruining a digital camera and other kit. Water literally poured out when the latch was released.


Steve
05-26-2019, 03:50 PM - 1 Like   #7
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 21
QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Not to be a spoil sport and I do love good lower-priced gear, but how is the water resistance of this case? Have any of you owners tested it on the water with dummy weight for ballast? ...
I did test it for water tightness in my bath tub by sloshing it around, flipping it over, submersing the seams and pressure relief port, etc. I even turn the shower on it, but I did not have any weight in it. It came out bone dry on the inside. Now, how long will that last, I don't know. The build quality and tightness seems very good to me.
05-26-2019, 05:13 PM - 2 Likes   #8
Pentaxian
kkoether's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Huber Heights, OH, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 602
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Not to be a spoil sport and I do love good lower-priced gear, but how is the water resistance of this case? Have any of you owners tested it on the water with dummy weight for ballast?

I would not ask except that I was on a white water rafting trip several years ago where one of the rafters had a Pelican-type case leak badly ruining a digital camera and other kit. Water literally poured out when the latch was released.


Steve
For my expected use it should not be an issue. However my white water rafting days are behind me! If that was how it was going to be used I might be a bit more picky. It does have a nice thick o-ring seal around the perimeter and nice positive latches. Any type of waterproof case can fail especially if something gets closed in the seal or in this case there is a pressure relief valve. If that is left open that also is a potential leak. My expectations for this case were something that would hold both bodies and lenses along with accessories and protect them from sudden downpours or blowing dust. Also ease of storage. Both cameras and lenses fit without disassembly which is a real plus for me. My equipment is ready to go right out of the case.

05-27-2019, 09:09 AM   #9
Journeyman Cat Wrangler
Loyal Site Supporter
SSGGeezer's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Maine, U.S.
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,683
I found that the smallest one did not seem as sturdy or line up as well as the larger cases in this brand. I think the size you chose is the sweet spot for warp resistance and build quality.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
apache, tripod
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3 body only - Mint condition - Shutter count 5800 LexDan Sold Items 2 07-11-2016 11:47 PM
My ebay Cokin knockoff test shots Rafael Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 04-23-2013 10:42 AM
Gimbal Head knockoff from Great Foto (ebay) littledrawe Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12 02-05-2012 12:41 AM
Pentax A 2x-L rear converter & Chinese knockoff Gimbal on the same day!! littledrawe Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 01-10-2012 02:26 PM
Chinese Knockoff Flash Guns kwetiaw Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 27 10-24-2010 12:21 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:02 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top