How to Choose the Right Camera Case
By Fi C Jamieson
Choosing the right camera case
Choosing the right camera case will depend on a number of factors. It may be that you need more than one. It often happens that the more you get into photography, the more space you need as the quantity of your camera equipment grows!
To arrive at the right choice you should first decide what type of photographer you are, how much equipment you have, and what special requirements you may have.
What type of photographer are you?
Before deciding on your ideal case, decide on what type of photographer you are.
� Are you a professional photographer or is photography a hobby?
� Do you have a lot of additional equipment, or do you have just one camera and a couple of lenses?
� Do you take photographs in extreme weather conditions?
� Do you travel a lot with your camera?
What size of camera case?
Once you have decided what type of photographer you are, gather all your equipment together and consider what size your camera case should be. Lay everything out on a table and this should give you an idea of the size of camera case you will need. Your collection should include all cables, memory cards, chargers and batteries as well.
If you are thinking of having different cases for different occasions, consider what you would put together in the first camera case, and then what you would have in the second. It may be that one small and one larger case will answer your needs.
What do you want from your camera case?
Camera cases have different pros and cons, so you need to decide what the most important factors are for you.
� Does it need to be waterproof?
� Should it be shock proof?
� Should it be insulated?
� Should it be lockable?
� Does the interior need to be well padded?
� Should it be easy to carry?
� Should it fall into the cabin luggage size requirements set out by the major airlines?
� Should it be robust enough to survive rough handling during travel?
� Should it be versatile, allowing for different equipment to be carried at different times?
� Should it be dust proof?
Types of camera case
Once you know what you want from your case and how big it should be, it's time to decide on what type of case you want. These are the main types of camera case:
Usually carried across one shoulder, these will allow you to easily access your camera. They may also have external pockets for storing smaller items such as batteries and lenses.They will not protect your camera from hard knocks.
They can carry more than a shoulder bag, some designs allowing for a tripod to be added. They make the camera less accessible in a hurry, but will allow you to carry more. They will not protect your camera from hard knocks.
These can range from the size of a briefcase to a medium-sized suitcase. They are usually made from either aluminium or hard plastic (such as Peli cases) and can be fitted with internal foam padding or padded dividers. They can be fitted with wheels and handles.
These too are made from hard plastic (such as Peli Cases) and can be fitted with internal foam padding or padded dividers. They are usually used by professional photographers and camera crews where a lot of heavy equipment needs to be transported. They can be fitted with wheels and handles.
Visit http://www.tough-case.co.uk for more information about Peli cases and how they can be used to store and carry camera equipment.
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