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04-24-2021, 11:51 PM   #1
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Does a DFA 150-450 fit in a Pelican 1510 or 1535 along the short axis with trekpack?

I'm looking at buying a hard case carry on for air travel and to have something a bit more secure to leave lenses in the car when hiking. Looking at the two primary options (the 1510 and 1535) I was wondering if the 150-450 fits along the short axis in either case. By my measurement it is VERY close with the Trekpack foam inserts and I was hoping someone here would know or could try it as finding a case locally to try is proving to be obnoxious.

Any other insights into pelican cases would be appreciated. I would probably be traveling with some combination of the 150-450, 15-30, some primes, and/or a DJI mini 2 drone.

Thanks in advance.

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I have a smaller Pelican case,(Iím 2200) with pick and pluck foam, so I canít give you exact information but maybe it can help a bit. That.is a KP, DA 1.4 converter, and DA*300 lens with hood reversed. The case has a 15 inch measurement that way. That is a filter case that is 1/2 inch wide, the width of the pluck sections, so you can kind of figure it out. B & H says the Trekpack dividers are 3/4 inch. I guess another option could be get the foam and pluck out enough to put a full camera bag inside, but that would not offer the same protection. Iím very impressed with the Pelican case, I think I could drop that case from 20 feet on concrete and it would protect the gear, but Iím not going to test that! I got mine to travel by boat, but I may use it for air travel some day.

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Measure the lens and check here for sizes:

Pelican Case Sizes| Pelican Case Size Guide with Dimensions
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Measure the lens and check here for sizes:

Pelican Case Sizes| Pelican Case Size Guide with Dimensions
Oh I have. Itís ridiculously close which is why Iím asking. 1535 is specíd at 11.2 inches interior with 14/16ths in trekpack foam (both sides) Iíve got about 10.4 inches of room and the lens measures almost exactly that.

As a backup Iím thinking about renting one for $30 just to check but figured Iíd ask here first.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
I have a smaller Pelican case,(Iím 2200) with pick and pluck foam, so I canít give you exact information but maybe it can help a bit. That.is a KP, DA 1.4 converter, and DA*300 lens with hood reversed. The case has a 15 inch measurement that way. That is a filter case that is 1/2 inch wide, the width of the pluck sections, so you can kind of figure it out. B & H says the Trekpack dividers are 3/4 inch. I guess another option could be get the foam and pluck out enough to put a full camera bag inside, but that would not offer the same protection. Iím very impressed with the Pelican case, I think I could drop that case from 20 feet on concrete and it would protect the gear, but Iím not going to test that! I got mine to travel by boat, but I may use it for air travel some day.

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Thank you! Good to get some confirmation on pelican quality and usefulness :-)

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The thing with pelican cases is that how protective they are from drops is only a function of how much extra room they have... if you squeeze a lens into a pelican case and it only fits by the skin of its teeth, when you drop the case your lens is just going to hit the case wall hard, which is no better than just hitting the ground itself hard. All that to say that if itís as close as you say, you probably want to go up a size if you can. I usually try to have at least a full row (0.75 inches) of the pluck foam on each side of the lens uncompressed
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The thing with pelican cases is that how protective they are from drops is only a function of how much extra room they have... if you squeeze a lens into a pelican case and it only fits by the skin of its teeth, when you drop the case your lens is just going to hit the case wall hard, which is no better than just hitting the ground itself hard. All that to say that if itís as close as you say, you probably want to go up a size if you can. I usually try to have at least a full row (0.75 inches) of the pluck foam on each side of the lens uncompressed
So Iíve had this thought but with trekpack Iím only going to have the amount of foam that trekpack is designed with around the perimeter. Iím not going to have more foam if I place it the other way. The only issue I could see is if the entire case flexes and I should be able to mitigate that by placing the lens near a strong point like the shackle mounts.
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