Hey Neuro, what do you use for Pelicans and what is your set up?
I have the following:
- Pelican Storm im2075 hard case with foam
- Pelican Storm im2300 with padded dividers
- Pelican Storm im2500 carry-on hard case with padded dividers
- Pelican 1600 hard case with padded dividers and lid organizer
The small Storm im2075 has the pluckable foam removed, leaving only the top and bottom pads - that holds my gripped 5DII with 24-105mm attached and a 430EX II, all wedged in tightly enough that they don't move at all with the lid latched shut. It's my quick access for around-the-house case.
The Storm im2300 is my frequently-used lens case - it has my 70-200mm II, 100mm L Macro, and the 'holy trinity' of primes - 35L, 85L II, and 135L.
The Storm im2500 is usually empty, and I don't use the padded dividers currently. I only use that case for air travel, where for short trips I load it with body + a couple of lenses in smaller Lowepro cases, tripod or monopod, and clothes/toiletries - that as a carry-on and my laptop bag as a personal item is all I bring. For longer trips, I load up my Lowepro Flipside 400 AW with gear and stuff that into the Storm im2500 - I still carry it on, but it's protected if I'm forced to check it, and serves as somewhere to store gear in a hotel room (locked with a pair of SearchAlert
locks). If I accumulate gear beyond the storage capacity of the other cases, I'll use the im2500 for storage at home, too.
The Pelican 1600 stores my less frequently used gear - 7D, 16-35L II, TS-E 24L II, MP-E 65, MT-24EX, another 430EX II, PW triggers, etc.
Each case has a desiccant pack or two inside to keep the air dry.
Light stands, monolight, modifiers, etc., are all in soft cases (although I should probably move the PCB Einstein to the Peli 1600.
Overall, I've got quite a few cases!