Changing Camera Cases – Peli Protector & Air cases
For the last few years, I have been using my trusty yellow Peli case – the 1510 to be model specific. It has been the backbone of my camera and photography kit, however, it is about to be replaced by not one but two new cases.
My old 1510 (yellow right) next to the new 1535 air (black left).
There are a new range of cases – the Peli Air range – they are the roughly the same sizes as the normal protector cases yet the 1615 is 40% lighter than is protecter equivalent case. These cases are all about protection and keeping your stuff safe. They are by far away the best cases you can get if you want to have the maximum level of protection from the elements.
Image of the new cases – photographed in Ireland (click here)
1535 AIR – Wheeled Carry-On
I will be using this as my day to day camera case when I just have to carry a smaller amount of gear – such as 2 bodies and 3/4 lenses plus laptop & hard drives.
1615 AIR – Wheeled Check-In
This case will be used to carry my 3 Legged Thing tripods, lighting equipment, lighting stands, the DJI drone plus any other things such as warm clothes or back up equipment. On the way home from Ireland we packed the case, using the Trekpak system, as half camera case and half suitcase to carry clothes. The case was actually lighter than my North Face roller case, meaning we could carry more inside it. The 1615 is a little shorter in length than the 1670, but so much lighter. I love this case !!
Check out more here (https://peliproducts.co.uk/air/)
Another cool thing about the new Air cases on sale in the uk is that you can buy them with TrekPak pre-installed. I have had a ton of people asking about this cool system and where they can buy it. It’s a pretty cool rack & pin system letting you change the lay out of a case on the fly with no velcro.
Side by Side details.
The new cases are pretty new from the ground up – looking closely at these photo you can start to spot the new feature and the updated body shell. Peli are calling the newer rounder lid a ‘conic curve’ – which I guess sounds fun but – it does mean that its harder to fit a lid organiser in at the moment – something that might be updated as the new cases come out.
The rear of the case where the handle and wheels are house is now fully integrated into the case.,meaning all the extra plastic is gone helping bring weight down. Plus now the case has extra deep side pockets in the very bottom of the case due to a more refined shape around the handle and wheels. When you buy the case with Trekpak installed the bottom foam will flatten out these dips with foam inserts.
The handle on the top of the case has gone with the new design leaving just the one handle which is also the extendable handle – which has also had a redesign to make it tougher and less bendy. Those of you who have had to drag a have case over cobbles will know what I mean about that !
There is also a nice big & clear name plate on the case which is great for holding a business card or ID tag for the case. On the bigger cases there is a space for more than one tag, also the bigger 1615 has handles top and bottom. My plan for the two cases is to use the smaller one for the cameras & laptop etc with the longer things like tripods and lighting equipment going in the 1615. Both cases come with Trekpak and with a cutter so you can shape your own cases.
Both cases fit very nicely into the overhead compartment of a plane & the 1615 has the same lock points to keep your keep safe when putting the case in the hold.