Professional photographic gear and other electronic equipment is expensive and delicate. But you already knew that. When you’re carrying your own gear you can afford to be as careful with it as possible. But once you hand off your gear to someone else—airport baggage handlers, limo drivers, overnight couriers, and the like—the only thing safeguarding your gear is the case you put it in. If you have anything worth protecting you should do it the way the pros do—with Pelican hard cases.
Even if you’ve never used a Pelican case, you’ve surely seen them. Wedding photographers, DJs, and field service technicians use them all the time. They are usually black, but Pelican makes them in all sorts of colors, various shapes and sizes, with wheels and without.
Pelican hard cases are unbreakable, watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical resistant and corrosion proof. They’re made of ultra high-impact structural copolymer, with 0.25-inch neoprene o-ring seals, rugged double-throw latches, and automatic pressure equalization valves that adjust the internal air pressure according to changes in the surrounding atmospheric pressure. The cases come in sizes that will fit anything from a cell phone to a desktop computer and everything in between. All of the cases feature stainless-steel hardware and minimum temperature ratings from -10° to +199.4° F; most are stable to +210° F and some down to -40° F.
Because the cases are waterproof and airtight, they float. And each case will float with a certain amount of weight inside. Buoyancy specifications are for salt water, but the cases will float with nearly as much weight inside when placed in fresh water. The cases will remain completely dry inside for at least 30 minutes.
Cases with foam cushioning inside feature Pelican’s Pick ‘N Pluck foam. Thought it comes as one piece, the foam cushioning consists of pre-cut half-inch cubes that can be plucked as needed to create a cutout that fits whatever gear you want to put in the case. All you have to do is trace out the item you want to put in the case and remove the foam cubes that fall within its outline.
The chart below shows the sizes and special features of some of the more popular Pelican cases. The model number of each case is also a link to the product on B&H’s website. There you can see all the different colors and options available, along with any special features and pricing.
Exterior Dimensions (inches)
Interior Dimensions (inches)
|Handles||Insert||Weight (pounds)||Buoyancy (pounds)||Special Features|
|1020||6.82 x 4.75 x 2.12||5.31 x 3.56 x 1.68||ring and lanyard||soft liner||0.56||0.75|
|1040||7.5 x 5.06 x 2.12||6.5 x 3.87 x 1.75||ring and lanyard||soft liner||0.71||1.26|
|1050||7.5 x 5.06 x 3.12||6.31 x 3.68 x 2.75||ring and lanyard||soft liner||0.83||1.74|
|1060||9.37 x 5.56 x 2.62||8.2 x 4.25 x 2.25||ring and lanyard||soft liner||1.03||2.5|
|1120||8.12 x 6.56 x 3.56||7.25 x 4.75 x 3.06||fold down||3-pc foam||1.23||5.0|
|1200||10.62 x 9.68 x 4.87||9.25 x 7.12 x 4.12||oversize||3-pc foam||2.87||12.55|
|1400||13.37 x 11.62 x 6.0||11.81 x 8.87 x 5.18||fold down||3-pc foam||4.41||20.0|
|1450||16 x 13 x 6.87||14.62 x 10.18||fold down||3-pc foam||6.39||30.0|
|1500||18.5 x 14.06 x 6.93||16.75 x 11.18||fold down||3-pc foam||7.05||50.0|
|1514||22 x 13.81 x 9.0||19.75 x 11 x 7.6||retractable||foam||15.2||64.2||wheels and dividers|
|1520||19.78 x 15.77 x 7.41||18.06 x 12.89 x 6.72||fold down||3-pc foam||9.36||40.0|
|1550||20.62 x 16.87 x 8.12||18.43 x 14 x 7.62||fold down||4-pc foam||11.9||69.89|
|1560||22.06 x 17.93 x 10.43||20.37 x 15.43 x 9.0||retractable||foam||20.0||104.0||wheels|
|1600||24.25 x 19.43 x 8.68||21.43 x 16.5 x 7.87||fold down||3-pc foam||14.1||75.0|
|1610||24.83 x 19.69 x 11.88||21.78 x 16.69 x 10.62||retractable||5-pc foam||23.57||120.0||wheels|
|1620||24.81 x 19.38 x 13.88||22.06 x 17 x 12.56||retractable||6-pc foam||26.1||150.0||wheels|
|1650||30.75 x 20.5 x 11.62||28.5 x 17.37 x 10.5||retractable||4-pc foam||35.49||181.0||wheels|