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Old May 18th, 2009, 03:55 AM   #1
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HMC151E: What Case?

I'm looking for a cheap case for the HMC151E. What do people recommend? I suppose I'm looking for it to be under 40, preferably available in the UK (so I don't have to worry about import duty) and able to hold 3 batteries and the power supply as well.

I am all for using another type of case for this if it can be made to fit the task. I know what you're thinking, why entrust my camera to a cheap alternative? Well, I can't afford the expensive option and I think having something is better than having nothing in this instance.

So, what can you all recommend?
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Old May 18th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #2
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That's not a lot of money. I am going to make a pilgrimage to B&H soon to look at bags in the flesh (canvas?). I've decided a want a Petrol product--largely based on looks I guess.

I'm going to compare these:
Petrol | PCCB-1N Compact Camcorder Bag | PCCB-1N | B&H Photo Maybe too small?
Petrol | PWB-HDV Wingbag (Blue) | PWB-HDV | B&H Photo Video I'm a little miffed that it says it was designed for Sony cams.
Petrol | PCUB-1N Camcorder Bag | PCUB-1N | B&H Photo Video They've also got a used one--don't anybody buy it!

But these are all beyond your price point. I'm not sure you can get, or would want, a bag for that much money. How much was your camera? Doesn't it deserve good protection?
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Old May 18th, 2009, 08:35 AM   #3
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How much was your camera? Doesn't it deserve good protection?
Of course it does but I'm not convinced that spending a fortune on a bag is going to give it the best protection. As I said, I can't afford anything more and I believe that it is better getting something, rather than nothing.

I was actually looking at something like this:

Rugged case (large) > Maplin

But the size isn't quite right (Internal height needs to be at least 7in/180mm).
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Old May 18th, 2009, 09:18 AM   #4
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That's not a lot of money. I am going to make a pilgrimage to B&H soon to look at bags in the flesh (canvas?). I've decided a want a Petrol product--largely based on looks I guess.

I'm going to compare these:
Petrol | PCCB-1N Compact Camcorder Bag | PCCB-1N | B&H Photo Maybe too small?
Petrol | PWB-HDV Wingbag (Blue) | PWB-HDV | B&H Photo Video I'm a little miffed that it says it was designed for Sony cams.
Petrol | PCUB-1N Camcorder Bag | PCUB-1N | B&H Photo Video They've also got a used one--don't anybody buy it!

But these are all beyond your price point. I'm not sure you can get, or would want, a bag for that much money. How much was your camera? Doesn't it deserve good protection?
Andy, I went with the Petrol PCCB-2N Bag for my 150.

It's a little larger than the 1N and works fairly well. I don't think the smaller bag would do it.

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Old May 18th, 2009, 10:18 AM   #5
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I'm with Andy and Bob: Petrol
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Old May 19th, 2009, 04:50 AM   #6
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Baring in mind that I can't afford that, what are the other alternatives? There must be something out there, surely?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 06:17 AM   #7
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Dunno, see if you can find a used Pelican? That's about the only thing I would buy used and expect it to work
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Old May 19th, 2009, 07:54 AM   #8
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so, where could I look for second hand cases then?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #9
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craigslist? ebay?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #10
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There's nothing on Craigslist, or Gumtree. Ebay has one case but it's way out of my budget, is located in the us, has a ridiculous shipping cost (125) and would cost an extra 15% in import tax.

I still can't believe that there isn't something outside the 'camera bag' sphere (which seams incredibly over-priced to my mind) which is, none the less, suitable.
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There's nothing on Craigslist, or Gumtree. Ebay has one case but it's way out of my budget, is located in the us, has a ridiculous shipping cost (125) and would cost an extra 15% in import tax.

I still can't believe that there isn't something outside the 'camera bag' sphere (which seams incredibly over-priced to my mind) which is, none the less, suitable.
OK...back when I had my GL2 I used an insulated soft cooler, you know, like people pack their lunch in, but bigger.
It had two pockets on the outside and room inside for all my accories. I just made some dividers.
The insulation provided padding and protected the camera from heat or cold.
Plus, it didn't look like a camera bag sitting in the car waiting to be stolen.

Something like this:
NorChill 24-Can Soft Cooler Bag - Camouflage : Target

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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #12
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Thanks Bob,

That's definitely the right sort of thing. I think that's the right size for it too. Thank you very much. I hadn't thought about that. Now I just need to source one in the UK.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 05:51 AM   #13
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I thought I would post what I have chosen just in case anyone comes across this in the future.

I went and had a look at small suitcases and cooler bags and finally settled on a small, hard suitcase which had enough room for the bottom of the packing for the camera (although I shall replace this with foam soon), the camera its self and all of the accessories.

Current cost: 20

The foam should be around 20 as well by the look of it, which brings the total price to the budget :)
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