Need An Indestructible Lighting Case That’s Lighter Than The Competition? The Pelican iM2950

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When you travel on assignment over 100k miles a year like I do, you start to learn the importance of durable cases for your gear and slimming down on weight to save on baggage fees. For years I have been flying around with the Pelican 1650 to protect my flashes. I had it so fine-tuned for weight that it was 69.5 lbs, just half a pound under the 70 pound airline weight class. Although, after recently replacing my White Lighting flashes with the new Profoto D1 Air flash heads, I wondered if I could find a lighter case option.

After some online research, I discovered the Pelican iM2950 Storm Case. It’s just as tough, can carry my 4 travel flash heads and modifiers, and rolls just like the 1650 does. On the inside, the 2950 is a couple of inches larger than the 1650, and depending on what site you read its about 5 to 10 pounds lighter. I ordered the case with the padded divider kit rather than the cubed foam. Unfortunately the kit does NOT come with enough padded dividers to organize my setup the way I needed but thankfully I kept some extra pieces from my old 1650 and made it work. You may want to keep that in mind if you order a setup for yourself. You can see my new case configuration below. The grey dividers are from the old case.

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Currently the case weighs in at around 66 pounds. The extra weight savings will allow me to squeeze in a few more light modifiers or I could just replace the two D1 500 heads with the more powerful D1 1000 heads, which are about a pound heavier each. I know to those that don’t travel on shoots every week, this may not seem like a big deal, but the extra 5-10 pounds of weight savings will give me more flexibility to travel with a lot of the light modifiers and accessories I would need on location.

According to B&H:

The Pelican iM2950 Storm Trak Case with Padded Dividers (Black) is an injection-molded case made of HPX high performance resin, that is virtually unbreakable, dent-resistant and shatter-resistant. It is tough, rugged, lightweight, airtight and watertight. There is a permanently attached Vortex valve that automatically adjusts air pressure without letting in water, and won’t unscrew from the case. Press & Pull latches open with the push of a button, yet stay closed securely under impact or stress. The case has unbreakable molded-in hasps that allow the addition of standard size padlocks. It has hinges with integrated feet that hold fast under impact, and create a flat surface for upright stability. It is carried by three double-layered, soft-grip, solid-core handles, lightweight retractable, telescoping handle and rugged in-line wheels.

Material Exterior: HPX high performance resin
Interior: Water-resistant, PVC-coated nylon fabric dividers
Interior: Convoluted foam pad in the lid.
Type of Closure Five Press & Pull latches
Two unbreakable molded-in hasps
Hinges with integrated feet
Exterior Dimensions 31.3 x 20.4 x 12.2″ (79.5 x 51.82 x 30.99cm) (LxWxH)
Interior Dimensions 29 x 18 x 10.5″ (73.66 x 45.72 x 26.67cm) (LxWxH)
Lid depth: 2.0″ (5.08cm)
Interior Fitting Water-resistant, PVC-coated nylon fabric dividers
Accommodates Items that need protection and organizing
Carrying/Transport Options Three padded handles
Telescoping handle
Built-in wheels
Weight 34 lbs (13.15kg) 1

 

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My well-worn Pelican 1650 (top) vs my new iM2950

You can order an iM2950 at B&H HERE.

3 Responses to “Need An Indestructible Lighting Case That’s Lighter Than The Competition? The Pelican iM2950”

  1. Jared says:

    I’m using a Tamrac 662 Rolling Studio, because it can carry light stands. What do you use for your light stands?

    http://www.tamrac.com/products/superrollingstudio/

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