Four fea­tures to look for

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Roll with it

Most us­ably-sized hard cases weigh up­wards of 4 ki­los (8.8lbs), and that’s be­fore you’ve filled them with gear. If you’ll be trav­el­ling far from your car, go for a rolling case and your back will thank you.

Cus­tomise with care

The pad­ding of choice for most hard cases is a sim­ple block of foam, per­fo­rated into small cubes. You grad­u­ally ex­tract these to form holes that’ll per­fectly fit each item of your kit. Hol­lowed-out foam is al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­con­fig­ure, so lay out the kit you’ll carry to en­sure you get the right size, and cus­tomise it with care.

Deal with the pres­sure

Water-tight cases are also air-tight. To avoid wor­ry­ing pres­suri­sa­tion is­sues such as de­for­ma­tion at high alti­tude (eg in a plane’s hold), an air-tight case should al­ways in­cor­po­rate a pres­sure valve.

Feel more se­cure

Hard cases are all about keep­ing your Nikon safe and se­cure, so ded­i­cated pad­lock points are a must, while latches that re­lease in two stages help guard against ac­ci­den­tal open­ing.

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