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Old 07-01-2012, 23:33   #1 (permalink)
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For quite a while now I've used a big bag for storage, and because I have nowhere safe to put any kit that I am not going to use, I tend to leave it in the bag which makes it heavy. Very heavy. So I decided to get a smaller bag to just take the gear that I needed for any given situation, and to make a storage box to keep most of my kit in one place. Of course, my home-made storage box would ideally need a padded divider system and looking on the Calumet web site revealed that they sell spare padded dividers for their trolley bags and Peli style cases in different sizes.

Padded Case Dividers - Calumet Photographic UK

I settled on the up to 15 compartment set priced at just 25.52

Calumet Padded Dividers for WT2175

Before I got the plywood, 2x1 and my tools out, I thought that maybe there was a box out there somewhere that the insert would fit in. A trip to B&Q paid dividends as I found a sturdy fibreboard box with a lid that had the perfect dimensions to fit the insert into in the sale for 7.99! It was the Big Bengt that now appears to be discontinued, so I can't give a link. It has a handle at each end and is a few inches taller than the insert so documents, instruction manuals or other stuff can be kept on top of the cells.

The advantage now is that my bags are freed up to do what they do best and my kit is safely stored. As a bonus my bag now weighs considerably less only having the kit that I need inside.
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Nice one Graham.

Shame the box is discontinued as I have my gear all over the place (several bags and two Peli cases) so could have used something like that.

Any chance of a picture of the box?
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I'll try to get some up shortly Ian. I suspect that there are other boxes that might do the job from places like Ikea. It came flat packed and on the very easy assembly it is held together by the nuts and bolts that hold the handles on. The edges of the lid are strengthened by a metal strip too.

The insert I used was 48cm x 37 x 20 deep. The box was 51x37x30 so it fits just right, but for this use it does not have to be a 100% fit.
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I use really useful storage boxes (that's the brand name)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000O1IN6...SIN=B000O1IN68

They are plastic with lockover handles and come in a massive range of sizes. The bottom is a honeycomb construction which makes them really strong and the thing which makes them really useful is that the inside has straight sides which makes stuff easy to stack.

I keep a multitude of small one inside the large one so I can organise filters rings etc.

I put the link just so you can see them but I got mine in Tesco on offer for about 11 for the big one and 7.50 for a nest of 4 smaller ones

Would be pretty easy to put dividers in also because of the straight side construction
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They look good

I was initially looking for plastic, but could not find many without tapered sides and those that had straight sides were too small for my insert and were expensive compared to the fibreboard one.

I'll try to get some pictures up later.
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Here it is. You can see that I'm using a couple of the dividers as a shelf and have put the manuals on them. However, you would not have to do this as any items that you want to have loose in the top of the box will simply just lay where you want them.

















Some of my kit is in the 'in use' bag - the D700 + 24-70, the 14-24 and SB900 + some odds and ends - and the D70s + 18-70 and D300 + 18-200 have to stay in their own dedicated bags as my wife does not know that I've bought two more bodies since the D70s in 2006, or the two f2.8 lenses to go with the D700

But there is plenty of room in the storage box and I could put more kit in there if needed. I opted not to go for a two-tier solution at this time as I think that another identical insert would be quite heavy if filled up with kit, and lifting the top layer out might be awkward with no support for it. Any items in the lower level that are higher than the insert will prevent the top layer seating properly too. Also there is insufficient height above the first insert for another identical one. I do realise that long lenses could be laid down to maintain an even height on the lower layer. I might add a small top layer later if needed.

You might wonder where my flashguns are, but I have a separate flash bag for the SB 800's, the triggers, diffusers etc.
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Thanks Graham....looks good
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