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01-06-2016, 01:43 PM   #1
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Excellent IP67 waterproof storage case

I wasn't sure whether to post in this section, but hopefully this has pretty wide appeal and no-one will mind

I set myself a New Year resolution to get my photographic gear more organised, so it takes up less room in my home office ("play room" ) and keeps it all readily accessible. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome of my little project, and thought I'd post it here in case it helps anyone else wanting to do something similar.

After a lot of thinking and research, I decided to go for a carry-case solution, as I figured it could double as transport for all of my important gear should I ever need it (unlikely, but it could happen).

I settled on a MAX505CAM case from MAX Cases. It's IP67 rated - dust / sand-proof, and waterproof for at least 30 minutes at a depth of one metre (not really a requirement for me, but nice to have). It's amazingly well built with durable latches at the front and sides (many cheaper cases only have front latches, it seems), soft rubber gasket sealing, air pressure valve, dual padlock holes, strap holes, and a very comfortable, load-tested handle. It also closes with tight tolerances - no sloppiness whatsoever, which makes me think it stands a good chance of living up to the IP67 rating (so long as the gasket is kept clean).

One of the reasons I chose this model is that it comes with a well-padded lift-out liner and padded dividers designed with photographic equipment in mind (hence the "CAM" designation in the model number), so it can be configured like any regular soft camera case. I prefer this to pick & pluck foam as I may want to alter my kit list, or change my mind about the layout (which I'm bound to do).

It swallows up a massive amount of kit. I've managed to pack all of the following without compromising on organisation (so I can find every item in a logical place - although some items are double-stacked in protective pouches):

2 x camera bodies with battery grips attached
8 x prime lenses in pouches
4 x zoom lenses in pouches
2 x rubber lens hoods
Speedlight in pouch
Speedlight off-camera cable
IR camera remote
2 x Pentax chargers
2 x spare D-Li90 batteries (cameras and grips are already loaded with batteries)
Battery grip AA adapter, just in case
8 x AA batteries to fit speedlight or battery grip
Flu-card and spare SDHC memory cards
Viewfinder cover
USB & HDMI cables
Filter wallet with filters and adapters
Sensor cleaning kit
Dust blower
Grey card
Various microfibre cloths, lens cloths & wipes

I could have fitted even more in if I'd stored some of the items without their pouches, but this really is all of the equipment I think I'd ever deem necessary (oh, I haven't put my strap in yet, but I'm sure I can squeeze it in ). Other than this, I only really need my tripod and, occasionally, speedlight boom, and they have their own carry cases.

After organising everything to fit (which took a few frustrating attempts, admittedly), I was left with a good handful of spare padded dividers, which will come in handy if I ever re-configure the layout.

I'm really impressed with the case. Because of the soft velcro surfaces all along the base as sides of the liner, I've been able to achieve the exact layout I want, and everything is held securely. The only thing I'd criticise that the top section doesn't open flat - it rests at 90 degrees to the base when opened. I'd much rather it laid flat so I could rest items on the padded "roof" while sorting through the items I want to remove for a shoot. Frankly, it's a minor point and doesn't really bother me at all.

I wouldn't dream of carrying this around for a normal day's shooting - my objective was to come up with organised storage for all of my main equipment. But, while it's fairly heavy when fully loaded, I'd be quite happy to take it on a trip if the need should arise.

Measurements are as follows:

External dimensions: 555 x 428 x H 211 mm/21.85 x 16.85 x H 8.31 inch
Internal dimensions: 500 x 350 x H 194 (136+58) mm/19.68 x 13.78 x H 7.64 (5.36+2.28) inch
Weight: 3,86 kg

This seems to be OK for some airline carry-on, and just over for others (maybe a centimetre too long or wide) - not an issue for me, but worth bearing in mind (there is a smaller model, the MAX430CAM, which looks like it will still hold a decent amount of equipment).

The price of the case varied quite a lot between suppliers, but I eventually tracked one down for 73 with free shipping here in the UK.

The second photo shows the case mostly loaded, although one of the zoom lenses and a couple of small accessories have been removed, as I took the photo with that lens on my old K5!

I'm hoping this might be helpful to other forum members who have yet to find a good storage or robust transport solution for their kit.

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01-06-2016, 01:48 PM   #2
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That's a gorgeous case, I googled it and it appears that it is only available in European countries through Amazon.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, etc. But not Amazon.com
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That's a gorgeous case, I googled it and it appears that it is only available in European countries through Amazon.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, etc. But not Amazon.com
Ah, OK. I just had a look at the MAX Cases website and found this list of US distributors - might be worth contacting them?

EDIT: Actually, I'm not 100% sure this is the same company. They don't seem to have the equipment cases on that website. I'll have a look around and see if I can find a USA or international distributor...

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I wonder if that would fit carry-on regulations for a plane?
And maybe be able to squeeze a laptop and charger in there as well...

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I wonder if that would fit carry-on regulations for a plane?
And maybe be able to squeeze a laptop and charger in there as well...
Measurements:

External dimensions: 555 x 428 x H 211 mm/21.85 x 16.85 x H 8.31 inch
Internal dimensions: 500 x 350 x H 194 (136+58) mm/19.68 x 13.78 x H 7.64 (5.36+2.28) inch
Weight: 3,86 kg

It fits within *some* airlines' size limits, but might be a centimetre over on length or width for others. I did look at that when I was researching cases, but I don't envisage a situation where I'd carry all of that kit abroad. There is a smaller model, the MAX430CAM, that definitely is well within all of the airlines' size limits for carry-on... If I was going to carry enough equipment this way on a regular basis, I'd have bought one of those also - but, as I say, for me it's more about organised storage and possibly a rare need to transport my main gear all at once...

EDIT: I've added the dimensions into my original post. Thanks for querying it

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Further to my last post, I found this summary of international regulations for carry-on luggage, which might prove useful. It seems there's quite a variation between airlines, and in some instances this case is several centimetres too long / wide / deep for carry-on. Rarely all at the same time, however. But it does mean you'd need to check with the airline before travelling.

I read something else interesting. Elsewhere on the internet, someone claimed that it wasn't legal to lock a case for hold baggage due to security and customs requirements. It seems this is inaccurate. Certain authorities reserve the right to *break* locks in order to gain access to a piece of luggage for examination. As such, while you're perfectly within your rights to secure your case with padlocks, a better solution might be to use strong cable ties - these will deter casual opening, but allow easy access for official personnel with little risk of damage to the case when snipping them open. Additionally, there are "TSA" locks available which the security services at airports can open with master keys that (allegedly) aren't available to the general public. All interesting stuff - though not relevant for my purposes (at least, not right now! ).

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Do you think you could squeeze a laptop in there somehow as well?
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Do you think you could squeeze a laptop in there somehow as well?
You would need to place a thick cloth over everything and rest it on top, or better still, cut out a portion of the lid foam (which is *very* thick but flexible), but yes - for sure. In fact, if I ever did use it to transport my kit (rather than simply storing it), I would - at the very least - wrap my tablet in a cloth and place it on top of the kit already in there...

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You would need to place a thick cloth over everything and rest it on top, or cut out a portion of the lid foam (which is *very* thick), but yes - for sure. In fact, if I ever did use it to transport my kit (rather than simply storing it), I would - at the very least - wrap my tablet in a cloth and place it on top of the kit already in there...
Neoprene laptop sleeve?
It could make a very useful travel box, and if you fly on the right airlines it's good for carry-on.
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Neoprene laptop sleeve?
It could make a very useful travel box, and if you fly on the right airlines it's good for carry-on.
Yep, that'd work

Actually, it's worth bearing in mind that the liner and dividers lift out easily - they're not attached to the inside of the case - so it can also double as a piece of luggage (carry-on or hold) if you need to use for something other than photography...
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