Six super-tough SLR cases on test
Get the ultimate in gear protection for when the going gets tough
After splashing out big bucks on your Nikon kit, it makes sense to keep it safe when you’re on the go. A regular camera shoulder bag or backpack will offer good protection against light knocks and bumps, but to survive more serious rough and tumble – or the assault course endured by checked-in airport baggage – something stronger is in order.
Hard cases offer the best possible protection for your gear, short of locking it in a safe, and they’re still relatively portable. Most hard cases are waterproof to at least one metre (3.3ft), so they will easily withstand a downpour or a dunk in a stream, and many are also marketed as crushproof. This can mean that they’ve been tested to various military standards, but in layman’s terms, a crushproof case should comfortably stand strong under your weight, while also shrugging off drops and harsh treatment without serious damage.
Hard cases are less flexible than a camera bag in every way, so do your homework before buying. To help, we’ve selected six rugged cases covering a range of sizes and price points to see which offers the best protection without breaking the bank – or your back.