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Pelican 1300 Case with Foam for Camera - Desert Tan
Color: Desert TanSize: 1300 with FoamChange
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2010
Great case. Got a 1300 case with foam and it's perfect for what I need it for (DSLR case). These things are rock solid and I feel a lot safer traveling or moving my camera around in this than one of those chintzy foam cases. I'd drop this thing from a 2nd story window and not be surprised if the contents came out alive and well. Easily customizable to your item with the 1/2 inch square pick and pluck foam. Took me less than 30 min to completely pick and pluck all the foam and get it just how I wanted it.

What I have in there now:
Sony DSLR-A230 camera with 18-55 kit lens attached
Battery charger
Spare battery
75-300mm Zoom lens
50mm portrait lens
UV and polarizing filter

All this stuff fits in there just fine with at least 1/2 inch of foam between items. You'll be hard pressed to find a more durable and protective case for your camera, and this holds all the items that you'd need during the course of a normal session. It might get a little tight with those lenses if you were using a full sized body camera, but for a smaller body it's just fine.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2014
I have a big folding knife collection. Even in my safe they were susceptible to surface rust. $50 is a small price to pay to protect the expensive ones. Pick and pluck foam is awesome, took a half hour to customize. Check for pics
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2011
I bought this pelican case (I love pelican cases) to carry a Canon Rebel T1i camera with extra battery, SD card and charger. They all fit beautifully and are very secure. I recommend this case (you may want a different color or not) to carry anything that you value that fits. Pelican makes different size cases if you have larger objects, but I found this case a great fit for size and price.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2008
If it's valuable. You want quick access and still know your equipment is safe, this is for you. Photo equipment went down the white water river without a trace of damage or water leakage. Great price performer!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2008
The Pelican cases are very reliable and protective to valuable but delicate items. I'm using this 1300 case to store and transport my US$600 SIGMA macro lens.
Perfect, and colour is so sharp and won't lose attention from any junk of luggages.
Don't forget the lock!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
Pelican says it all. Great case, durable, rugged. Does have the "pick and pluck" foam. I customized the case for a single DSLR--Nikon D7000 with the 18-200 zoom lens. Left plenty of foam around the camera. The Peli rode on a kayak for a five day trip. Would not have trusted the camera in anything less. The "black box" also has a little mystique to it. I suppose you could eliminate much of the foam and manage to pack camera, additional lens and a couple of small items. Again, I chose to allow for impact and only carried the camera with zoom lens, plus an extra battery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2011
As of 4/11: got the latest version (with the newer 2 stage locks) from Amazon.

Did not use the foam, instead got velco to line the inside of the box to use with some dividers (left over from another bag).

Purpose: Store 1 dslr with lens still on it (5D w/ 24-105mm) and batteries/charger.
Results: Perfect! Has extra head room too. Great for jobs where I want to be as lightweight as possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
I would give this 5 stars, if not for the one flaw that this case does have. This case is rock solid and as advertised in terms of protecting your valuable products.

The Good:

I bought this to protect my $600 video camera and accessories on a cross country road trip in which we spent a lot of time outdoors in all the National Parks. The road trip was 12,000 miles and 8 weeks long and the pelican case absolutely did its job, not only protecting it from physical trauma, but also protecting it when left in the car in 95 degree heat.

A couple notable examples of the amazing protection were a hike 10 miles down into the Grand Canyon with a 3 night stay. The sand on the hike was like powder and got absolutely everywhere, except inside this case, the case also protected against the bangs and bumps that will be inevitable on that type of outdoor excursion. The other more tangible example was that I chucked the case with my $600 camera inside down a huge hill in Badlands National Park in South Dakota, and the camera didn't even flinch, it completely protected everything inside.

The Bad:

The one weak spot on this case is definitely the latches that snap down to close it (I will add a picture shortly so you can see exactly). It takes a good bit of pressure to snap the case closed, which is fine because it makes it very secure when closed, but it puts a lot of pressure on the thin spot on the latch, which eventually caused this latch to crack.

Luckily this was after the road trip was over and didn't compromise my equipment, but I called Pelican and they were very responsive and sent a pair of replacement latches right away and said it is pretty easy to replace yourself. It is definitely not easy to replace as the pin holding the latch on is embedded in the thick plastic so there is no way to unscrew with a wrench or needle nose pliers and even if it was sticking out a little bit, the pin is round so it is nearly impossible to get a solid grip on it. You definitely need specialty equipment to replace this, which I still haven't found 3 years later (granted I haven't needed the case as much since the road trip).

Conclusion:

All in all, the case is as advertised, all but bulletproof and I love it for that, unfortunately the rugged construction quality of the case makes it very difficult to replace the latches, hopefully I will have an update on how to replace them if I ever figure it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
fits my camera very well, i have the sony NEX camera. I put the camera in there with the larger lens and keep the smaller lens and accessories right within the case as well. Fits the whole thing fairly snug so that we feel safe traveling with it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2007
After dropping my 2-day old camera in a live well, my son felt I needed a little more than a cheap cloth case. This case is heavy-duty and I don't think a truck running over it could crush it. Love the pull out foam so you can customize the case to your camera, batteries, extra cards, and other things you want to keep safe & watertight. Only thing that keeps it from getting a 5 with me is that it's a little heavy and won't fit in my purse. But other than that. It's a great case.
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