February 5, 2017 at 1:11AM

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Bag or Case?

What camera transportation unit is best? A backpack/bag, or a case. I presume it depends quite a bit upon the person using it. What's the benefit of having a backpack with a plethora of pockets; what's exceptional about a case filled with intricate shapes cut into foam? I'd love to know what people use and why they prefer it over the other, as I am trying to figure out which one to buy for myself.

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Backpack with trolley... I use for my camera + lens + battery + audiorig+monitor a very confortable way to have free hand, and when you need, you can extract handle and use it like a trolley. i use old version of this
http://www.tenba.com/uk/products/roadie-hybrid.aspx
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i'm one man band or two guy, i need a way to grab my gear, take with me, and save my hand, and distribute the weight on my back, instead to ruin my hand, arm grabbing a case. Case are excellent to flying, to work in a big group, where you have many people that help you to move it from one place to another.
when you shoot in a forest, on the top of a mountain and you need to grab 5-7 kg of gears with you, case is the worst way to move your gear, a good backpack save your back, and if you usually go in mountain is easy.
Any people have preferred way, if you can go by car to shooting place, bag and case are good, i prefer ever to move bay backpack / trolley be cause offer me more flexibility, and all my gear are well protected.

February 5, 2017 at 1:39PM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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There are so many variables. Do you need to move everything yourself? Do you have access to a vehicle? Do you often go places where vehicles can't?

I have my camera and lenses in a Pelican 1510 with TrekPak dividers. My camera cost me more than my car I want to be sure it's safe. I know it's safe inside a Pelican.

Other stuff (audio, computer, other accessories) I keep in a Lowepro backpack. I plan to switch to a Cinebag CB-01 so I can fit more. I have a RocknRoller RMH1 Multi-Cart Mini-Handtruck arriving on Thursday, the plan is to put the Cinebag, Pelican, stands, tripods, etc on that so I only have to make one trip from the car.

Also don't expect one solution to fit every occasion. If I want to go super light I have another Lowepro bag that will fit camera, one lens, audio recorder, mic, and headphones, and I can strap a lightweight tripod to the outside.

February 6, 2017 at 1:18AM

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If your career depends on the gear, a hard case with cutouts. It's a pain in the ass, but it will keep your gear safe from small drops and bangs. As well it will keep it safe from water.
With planning you can have just the right spaces to make sure everything is quick to setup and break down.

Counter intuitively the more remote the location the more important a case is. The more bumps, bangs, thuds and moisture will happen remotely when hand carrying gear over a distance.

However cases are a physical pain to lug cases around.

February 7, 2017 at 6:51PM

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