Lowe­pro Hard­side 300 Photo £175, $200

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The Hard­side 300 Photo is IP67 rated, cer­ti­fy­ing it wa­ter­proof for up to 30 min­utes in one me­tre (3.3ft) of water. Lowe­pro uses an ABS poly­mer for the outer shell, and while this eas­ily sur­vived our test­ing, it gives the im­pres­sion of be­ing a whisker more brit­tle than some of the other case ma­te­ri­als here.

In­side, you won’t find diced foam, but rather a re­mov­able, self-con­tained padded soft case with cus­tomis­able di­viders and a pair of con­ceal­able back­pack straps. Within this is space for a body and at­tached lens, plus four to six ex­tra lenses, though the case’s rel­a­tively svelte form means the op­ti­mal di­vider lay­out is best suited to nar­rower lenses. The payoff is 40 x 24 x 11.8cm (15.7 x 9.5 x 4.7in) of in­ner space and a shell that com­plies with most air­line carry-on rules.

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