Calumet RC1188 Rolling Camera Case
53 x 36 x 25cm, 6.5kg www.calphoto.co.uk
This is the cheapest option here, yet the RC1188 feels every bit as rugged as pricier rivals. You get reinforced outer corners, rigid sides, and plenty of scuff protection underneath, though all this toughness does add up to a 6.5kg unladen weight, making this the heaviest case on test. Its 25cm depth could also be problematic at some airline check-in desks.
Inside, the padding and dividers are adequate, if not as impressive as the exterior quality. The 30cm internal width is about 3cm narrower than it is in the Manfrotto Reloader, but that’s just wide enough to fit fast full-frame lenses alongside each other.
But Calumet claws back ground with extra features. The entire padded interior can be lifted out and has its own lid and carry handles, and the practicality doesn’t stop there. The front flap will expand by a whopping 19cm, effectively doubling the capacity of the bag.
Pros Feature-packed, yet keenly priced and still well made Cons
Weight and size may be problematic for cabin luggage; tight for some lenses We say
If you’re not a particularly frequent flier, this bag offers stunning value Overall score