Calumet RC1188 Rolling Cam­era Case


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53 x 36 x 25cm, 6.5kg

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

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