Last updated: August 19, 2021

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Welcome to our big photo case test 2021. Here we present all the photo cases we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best photo case for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a photo case.




Summary

  • A case is the safest way to transport your equipment from A to B. It is the easiest way to store all your equipment and protect it from water and dust. It is the easiest way to store all your equipment and protect it from water and dust.
  • Since lenses are among the most expensive tools of a photographer, they should also be well protected on every trip and excursion.
  • Depending on the size and the frame, the price varies considerably. Therefore, you should already know how much you want to invest in the end.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a photo case

Why buy a photo case?

A photo case is the safest way to carry everything you need. You need so much more on a shoot than when you are out in nature taking a few pictures.

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A camera case is great if you need all your accessories. (350543 / pixabay.com)

The photo case is perfect when you have a shoot in a studio.

In a room you need all your equipment from the camera to several lenses, from the light to the screen, which is often needed as a background. A lot of it is very sensitive and you want to get this expensive equipment from A to B safely.

Did you know that you can also use photo cases for other items?

With a photo case you can transport not only your photo equipment, but also microphones, laptops, measuring devices or hard drives.

What should I look for when choosing a photo case?

It is important to know how the case is padded. You should also keep an eye on the workmanship of the hinges. You don't want to buy a low quality case for a lot of money.

  1. Always go one size bigger than your current equipment requires (experience shows that equipment always grows faster than you think).
  2. Pay attention to stability (if you choose a case that is so stable that you can stand on it in case of an emergency, this is a great advantage.
  3. Pay attention to the dimensions (it is best to choose a suitcase that does not exceed the dimensions for hand luggage of the airlines (this way you always have your valuable equipment with you)

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A photo case can be described as waterproof if it can withstand water pressure for 30 minutes. Internationally, waterproofness is marked with "IP". With an IP value of 6 or more, the case protects against heavy splashes of water. With an IP value of 8 or more, the photo case is even suitable for diving.

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The most important points in summary:

  1. It isimportant that the hinges are not made of plastic, but of metal. Plastic breaks quickly or warps and you will soon have problems closing the case properly.
  2. The case should be waterproof and dustproof, so that you don't get any problems if you want to store your equipment for a longer period of time
  3. Your case should have a pressure equalisation valve if you plan to travel by plane.
  4. The padding should be individually adjustable so that you can rearrange your suitcase for any purpose.
  5. The case should also have an extra pocket for small items such as batteries, SD cards and power supply units.

Decision: What types of photo cases are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between two types of photo cases:

  • Photo trolleys
  • Photo cases to carry

Similar to travel suitcases, photo suitcases also offer the option of avoiding carrying heavy luggage. Small castors allow the case to be pulled or pushed and thus - at least on level surfaces - it can be transported quickly and is easy on the back. Carrying cases, on the other hand, have to be held by a handle while you are on the move.

Both types of camera cases have their advantages, but both also have their disadvantages. The following overview will help you find the right one for you.

How does a photo trolley work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With at least two, sometimes four wheels on the bottom of the camera trolley, the case can be moved relatively effortlessly. A telescopic handle helps you to move and steer the trolley in an upright posture.

In combination with a solid lock and a stable casing, this is ideal for air and train travel! Of course, this is especially true if you want to carry your lighting equipment with you.

Depending on the quality of the photo trolley you choose, the wheels can move freely or are fixed in one direction. Of course, trolleys with wheels that can be swivelled and aligned as required guarantee particularly comfortable handling.

However, camera cases with these features are usually more expensive than trolleys with fixed wheels.

Most camera trolleys hold more luggage or padding than camera cases without wheels. The fact that large camera cases are more often equipped with wheels is logical from the application.

After all, camera equipment is heavy, and when a lot of technology is stowed in a case, a total weight that is still comfortable to carry is quickly exceeded. With a trolley, however, you can comfortably transport even extensive equipment.

Advantages
  • Large capacity
  • Easy to transport
  • Easy on the back
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive
  • Not suitable for all terrain
  • High empty weight

However, you should note that camera trolleys are really only easy to transport on firm, level ground. Even on grass or paved paths, they can reach their limits, and in outdoor areas at the latest, the wheels become more of a burden than a support.

Whether a camera trolley suits you and your photo equipment depends on the scope of your equipment on the one hand and is determined by your photography and travel plans on the other. For example, a camera trolley is definitely recommended for portrait or architectural photographers in cities. And if you need a lot of luggage for your shoots and travel frequently for photography appointments, a photo case with wheels is recommended.

However, you should also remember that great shots sometimes require you to leave the proverbial beaten track. And this should of course be possible with all cameras and lenses, and not fail due to the suitability of the case for off-road use.

How does a carry case work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Carry cases can only be transported with the help of the handle provided for this purpose. With this variant, you have to carry the entire weight when you want to move around with your camera equipment.

This may seem impractical and uncomfortable at first, but it can prove to be the only effective solution in rough terrain. Especially in nature, reliable protection against water, shocks and dust is essential for your camera.

Advantages
  • Less expensive than trolleys
  • Can also be transported on rough terrain
  • Low empty weight
Disadvantages
  • Relatively small capacity
  • Must be carried, therefore sometimes uncomfortable to handle

Camera cases that have to be carried are generally smaller and lighter than trolleys. The packing volume is correspondingly smaller. This means they are not suitable for very extensive equipment.

So if you are looking for a camera case for a lot of lenses or extremely large lenses, or if you want to transport professional tripods and lighting equipment in addition to your camera, then you are probably better off with a trolley than with a small carrying case.

If, on the other hand, you want your camera to be safely packed even in rough terrain, then a photo carrying case is probably the right choice for you. This product category is therefore particularly suitable for landscape, outdoor and wildlife photographers.

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