My photo gear is my livelihood, so protecting it is important. I can be frugal, so when it comes to bigger purchases, I take my time & do my research.
In this case, I was in need of a case where I could carry all of my gear with me, show up to a shoot full pro-style, and store my things without worry.
My first choice was actually a Manfrotto backpack, it was totally rad, and I do love the backpack for its functionality, and because it gives me the freedom to take my camera to the streets or to the hills. I might get the backpack further down the road.
After I decided against backpack, I wanted a hard shell case that I can keep in my car or in my studio, and always have my gear on hand. There have been a few shoots where I show up with bags of gear and lenses, and it honestly didn't feel "professional".
This Pelican 1500 waterproof case is my top choice for the amount of gear I have.
it averages around 100 bucks on amazon, comes in about 4 colors, and arrives with foam that you can customize to your needs:
simply cut the size you need:
I ordered a few sizes because I thought I might keep one at work, where I use my camera for about 3 hours a day, but these two smaller cases were too small for my canon 5d mark III.
Pelican so offers various inserts and camera organizers for the interior. I love anything that I can customize.
I could have chosen the pelican with wheels, but decided to go briefcase handle style. As my gear collection grows, I'm sure I'll get another pelican case, and make sure it has wheels for easy transport.
pelicase case the company is based in Hawthorn, California - bonus!
next purchase? External hard drive... Let the research begin.