When dragging it behind you on the wheels, it has one large handle that unclips from the side and makes moving it a bit easier. I would like to see the handle extend out a bit farther to give you more leverage and I'd like to see the wheels be a bit larger in diameter.
On anything other than a smooth, tiled or wood floor, the wheels are so low to the ground that they simply make the box drag on what ever surface you're moving it over.
Granted, the box is built pretty indestructible, but I still dont like dragging it over rough concrete or gravel.
Since moving to Florida, we've spent ALOT of time out on boats shooting the birds and the local wildlife.
Carrying a normal bag while on the ocean is just asking for trouble. Thank God we've been lucky so far, but there was the last boat ride we went out on before we got the Pelican box when the wind picked up and waves started splashing over the sides of the boat. I had my ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack
with me sitting on the floor of the boat loaded with camera equipment. I had to pick it up and wear it to keep it somewhat dry and away from the saltwater spray. I was freaking out the entire time that I was going to lose an entire bag worth of gear to Mother Ocean.
Now that we have the Pelican box, we simply wheel it down the dock and throw it in the bottom of the boat. It acts as another seat if needed and we have no worries of our gear getting wet or damaged. I've heard that it will float even when loaded, but I'm too wimpy to actually toss it overboard loaded with 70+ pounds of gear just to test the rumors it'll float.
The Pelican website says that the 1650 has a Buoyancy Maximum of 181lbs, so I'm guess I'll just trust their calculated measurements.
We've also found that the dog learned real quick that it gives him a safe place to sit so his butt isn't in the saltwater that always seem to collect on the bottom of the boat.
I read on one of the photography forums that a guy loaded all his photography gear in his Pelican case during Hurricane Katrina before the floods came. He wasn't able to get it out and it sat in his house underwater for 3 weeks before the waters receded and he was allowed to go back to retrieve it.
He said when he opened it, everything was safe and dry and he's still using the stuff today. I'm thinking that if it can survive for 3 weeks underwater, then it's gonna keep my gear safe in the bottom of the boat with the occasional splash.
If I was to bring the case with me for a wedding shoot or something where I'd have to leave it and go shooting, it has multiple locations to put locks to keep the contents safe.
For my next few wedding shoots I have, I'm thinking I'll get a heavy duty bicycle cable lock and simply find a place to leave it at the reception so it doesn't go walking off yet I can still have it close to me.
For those who wonder how to keep their gear safe and in one place while in their house, this is really the perfect box to do it. Except for a fire, it's safe from flood, dust and everything is in one spot.
Simply load your choise photo bag for that particular day and you're good to go. Make sure when you get home everything goes back into it's designated spot and you have a pretty fool proof way to keep track of everything.
Here is the way we have ours loaded. This picture is clickable to bring you to the gallery where it's hosted incase you want to enlarge it to read it better.
There is still lots of open space left in this case that I simply have filled with odds and ends to keep the gear from being thrown about in the case while in transport. So far when I get to where we're going, everything is in the exact same spot where I left it no matter how rough the boat ride was.
I could fit a few more bodies if I had too and I have two flashes in for repair right now that will all ride down the center section where that collection of lenses and extension tubes sits right now. I find myself changing around the way its set up every few weeks as I figure out a better pattern to store it. Sort of like an ever changing puzzle.
What I'm thinking I'll end up doing is keeping a small bag or even buying another Pelican box to simple hold all the little odds and ends like battery chargers, lens attachments, collars, cleaning supplies and lens/camera body caps.
One other option we added was the Lid Organizer
. I have mixed reviews about this because of the way it hangs on the 1650. On some of the cases it actually has tabs for the organizer to screw into the lid without piercing the outer structure of the box. On my particular model, it was simply sent with some 3M Two Sided Tape to stick it to the lid.
Problem is once it's loaded up, the two sided tape tends to start peeling away from the lid itself. I dont even have it loaded with all that much either.
You should see the amount of stuff the Pelican Website has it shown holding. I'm simply carrying extra batteries, press passes, some note pads, a ThinkTank Pixel Pocket Rocket to hold extra media cards and some more odds and ends.
It does really help to bring stuff that we all need with us while on shoots, but I'm wishing the tape would hold it better.
All in all, I'm thinking I've found the perfect way to store all our gear safely and make sure it's clean and dust, and dog hair free while staying protected from water. From here, we simply load the ThinkTank bags from the Pelican box and go out shooting.