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Old 28-04-2013, 13:19   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone any experience of Rolling Camera Bags e.g. LowPro Roller X100. They do seem very expensive so I would like to hear from other's experiences before deciding what to buy. With back problems, I really cannot continue with a backpack so this type of bag may be the only solution for me.
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Old 28-04-2013, 13:24   #2 (permalink)
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I've never tried a rolling bag, but I have used a folding luggage trolly to transport my Peli case with Mamiya kit around.
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We've used a folding trolley before - but I've seen those fishermen's trollies used and they look excellent for negotiating any terrain (nice big tyres!)
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I DON'T KNOW IF YOU COULD FIT A CAMERA BAG TO A GOLF TROLLEY
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When I was looking to make a kit storage box I ended up with this:

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...hlight=storage

Whilst not offering quite the same degree of padding as a purpose made roller case, I have considered using the same principal with a cheap suitcase.

In my local Wilkinson, I bought a small roller suitcase to use for a flash case for most of my speedlight kit. This cost £13 and the speedlights are in their stock padded cases. At the end of last season the whole range was in the sale so I bought a full sizes trolley suitcase for £10 (!!) with the intention of it also taking my light stands. Alas, when I got home the stands were about 6cm too long to fit in! however, I did get a few reflectors and other bits and pieces in too.

Last week with the new season here, they now offer a 75cm trolley case for £23 and I Have one and it takes the light stands and all of the other clobber with ease. This leaves me with the old trolley case and I'm considering looking for suitable inserts and other foam sheets to see if I can convert it into a photographic roller case on the cheap. While I realise that it will not be as good as a custom made case, I think that it will serve me well enough as it will not be out of my hands and I'll make sure that it does not get treated roughly.

Bear in mind that they work really well on smooth surfaces, but are no good off the beaten track. This applies to the proper photo cases as well as the suitcases. I guess that bigger wheels would help or maybe a catapillar system that I think that you can get with some general purpose trolleys.
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Re: Rolling Camera Bags

I know someone who did it the cheap way and got some thick foam cut it accordingly with a electric carving knife of all things and it worked a treat however i would say Dave that you may come unstuck at airport and seeing it disappear into the cargo hold rather than keeping it with you I did look at one once the Lowepro as you said but as you say its not cheap but whats a few hundred quid if youve got got a few grands worth to protect
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I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WOULD SUIT YOU

Pelibox Flightcase 1510 without foam plastic box: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...MTY95P851AF9RE

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Re: Rolling Camera Bags

I have had a few similar suggestions from friends. The golfing trolley (and I have one for the occasional golf I play) would actually work well over rough ground but unlikely to be allowed in an aircraft cabin. The idea of a standard roller suitcase is feasible and much cheaper. On its own it does not offer much protection but I could leave my kit in my Lowpro Slingshot inside the roller suitcase. Perhaps not ideal but it would certainly work. For the folding luggage trolley, I plan to use one on a photo day this week simply because my wife already has one so it is worth trying. Even if it just confirms that I must have a rolling solution, it will add to my knowledge.

I have some feedback today from a friend who has owned a Lowpro Roller X100 for two years. He does use it over country pathways as well as towns and cities. He believes that it was worth the investment because the wheels are not sufficiently robust on standard suitcases. The Lowpro has real bearings and the wheels are easily replaceable (not that he has had to replace them yet). There are also a number of useful extra features. I think that Muscle has a good point about spending to protect several thousand pounds worth of kit. I actually think that this is the only reason why the price is so high as you would not pay £250 for a Roller if your kit was only worth a few hundred.
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Just a thought, would vibration cause camera screws to loosen?
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Hi Dave, a few years ago when my back was getting bad I swapped to Think Tank belt and yoke kit as it puts the weight onto the hips and off the back, this was a good solution for me being on crutches, untill things progressed and I have reverted to a shoulder bag but on the "floor" of my mobility scooter.
Having said that, I don't carry a lot of kit, just camera, 2 or 3 lenses, filters,flash and spare batteries. Dont know if this helps or just adds another question to your dilemma.
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Blackadder, as I will try the folding luggage trolley on Wednesday, this will give me a good idea as to whether a roller type solution is right for me. I would still be a little concerned about putting the load
on hips as that is the area of my back problem. It does need closer investigation but I wont go into that as this is a photographic forum rather than medical.

From reading reviews by people who have bought rollers, they seem popular with wedding photographers.
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I was at a wedding on saturday and the photographer had such a bag I don't the make but it seemed to be a very convenient way for him to transport his equipment about when outside going to various locations in the grounds.
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