And Now, Your Lighting Case Pr0n

I am a big fan the ThinkTank Logistics Manager case. If you think Airport International Security on steroids, you won't be far off.

It can swallow up a ton of lighting gear, too. Four Profoto Acute packs and 4 heads is no problem. And because it is about the size of a Tokyo apartment, you can configure it just about any way you want. Which is the point of this spot-on video and the many config pictures on the product page.

And then there's that music. Chicka-chicka wow-wow…



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Blogger Robotrogue said...

Oh god... that was hot. *fans self*

October 28, 2010 1:09 PM  
Blogger Alan Blakely said...

Seriously? A soft-sided case for regular air travel? No thanks. I travel constantly with my gear and wouldn't think of using anything but hard-sided cases. You never know when you may have to check your "carry-on" bag due to plane size or other unforeseen surprises. Have you seen how the baggage gorillas handle luggage? I've used Pelican cases for years and will continue to do so--and no, I'm not being paid by Pelican to say this.

October 28, 2010 1:21 PM  
Blogger Kurtis said...

I think I just went from six to midnight...

October 28, 2010 1:33 PM  
Blogger David said...


This is not billed as an air case. It is a roller -- generally for around town, out of the trunk kind of stuff. I approached ThinkTank four of years ago, looking to buy three rollers for my gear. (This long was before the LogisticsManager came out.)

They advised me to go with an Airport Int'l Security (carry-on roller, which I love) and made specific recommendations from other companies for the checked bags. I had a lot of respect for that -- came in wanting to buy three bags, and they sold me one.

Between the PITA, cost and risk of traveling by air with Big Lights, it frequently makes more sense to rent at your location anyway.


October 28, 2010 2:44 PM  
Blogger David said...

I have to agree with Alan.

I use soft sided cases for my carry-on (which holds cameras and lenses), but never for lights and grip gear. My hard cases are far and away the best way to go. All have rollers and I can lock them and ship UPS when I have to. I go many places where rental is not an option, but UPS will always deliver it to my hotel and have it waiting. ThinkTank and others makes some great gear, but if you are going to let a third party handle your gear, use hard cases.

October 28, 2010 5:26 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I am spinning around this decision with the Logistics Manager, a Tenba 634-137 Air Case and a Pelican 1650 in play.

The Pelican is likely best for shipping / checking but it weighs over 25 pounds empty. So when it is full of gear I am thinking it might be too heavy to check or attract $$$ overweight charges.

The rental idea is great for certain locations but consumes time and money, plus I like having my own gear available.

October 29, 2010 8:19 AM  
Blogger MasterOfGoingFaster said...

I've got to agree with everyone else that hard shell is the only way to go. Being able to ship from a site, or both ways via UPS or Fed-X is hugely important to many of us.

That said, I think the Think Tank stuff is really nice. I'm a LowePro user and the TT stuff seems a little nicer.

I think they could get more sales if they did a better job of telling us about their cases. They seem to fall into the same trap as everyone in the case business - not educating us about their "system". If you read the RRS web page, you are educated about the whole RRS/AS system and it becomes easy to understand how all the pieces can fit together. An educated customer is a happier customer.

Contrast that with the case vendors who cannot even provide a lookup chart for what case fits what lenses. Everyone in the case business does a lousy job of helping us understand what goes with what. It took a lot of work on my part to learn what LowePro lens cases fit my lenses, so I stick with what I know.

I hate buying cases, only to discover my collection of gear doesn't fit. At least TT will chat with you on the phone and try to help.

October 29, 2010 8:50 AM  
Blogger Warlequin said...

A roller case with broken/damaged wheels is of no use.

What is the weight supported by the wheels ? are they replaceable ?

October 29, 2010 4:40 PM  
Blogger Neuffy said...

I've got a Logistics Manager that holds:
Full Horseman 4x5 monorail with film holders, darkcloth, etc
3 4x5 lenses on Linhof lensboards
2x Gripped 5DII
70-200 4L IS (2.8 would fit in the slot)
A couple small~ish primes, and a macro
2 580EX IIs
Umbrella swivel
Manfrotto Nano Stand
Manfrotto 055 with Markins Q3 Head

Assorted triggers, chargers, batteries, emergency kit, etc.

Fully loaded it's over 60 lbs, but it works.

It's the only bag I've ever owned and thought "I would change nothing".

October 30, 2010 12:44 PM  
OpenID kurtwerks said...

It's getting hot in here, take off all your...wait, wrong song. Nice bag, but rather more space than I need *at this time.*

October 31, 2010 10:23 PM  
Blogger Al Overdrive said...

"The Pelican is likely best for shipping / checking but it weighs over 25 pounds empty. So when it is full of gear I am thinking it might be too heavy to check or attract $$$ overweight charges."

IT is pretty inevitable that you are gonna attract overweight charges for your cmaera lighitng gear when you travel.... assuming you are travelling for work and not for fun, you just have to factor it into the buget for the job.

I recently flew from UK to USA to CANADA and back, using a peli for my lights, a kata for my stands and modifiers and my backback carry on for the laptop and cameras. There is no way I would ocnsider shipping th elights in anything other than a hardcase....... it's a false economy to worry about the extra baggage fees conpared to the cost of repair and hiring new lights when your gear arrives broken due to being damaged in transit.

To me it's a case of "can i afford not to pay the extra shipping charge compared to hiring gear on location".

Just my 2 cents based on experience.

However, when travelling by car in the UK, the peli is simply overkill and and switch to lighter, softer cases.

November 02, 2010 7:26 AM  
Blogger Thomas Boyd said...

Here's a review of the Logistics Manager I wrote a few months back.

November 02, 2010 12:48 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

At $600, that's a lot of dosh. £450 in the UK is the best price I can find so far. I looked at this a few months ago and choked on my coffee.

I do have some think tank gear and my conclusion is, if I was a pro then I'd consider this stuff standard issue. (except for their drawstring lens pouches ... too pickpocket-friendly IMHO)

As an amateur, it's a different league and I'm still playing in the county minors.

My Digital Holster has some of that plastic stuff in the lid and I have to admit to finding it a dead space because it won't stretch. They could design their lid interiors more intelligently I think.

November 02, 2010 12:58 PM  
Blogger Al Overdrive said...

"As an amateur, it's a different league and I'm still playing in the county minors."

No shame in that, gives you a freedom that us full-timers don't have ;) - I hope my earlier comment didnt come across as too harsh to anyone.... it sucks that stuff is expensive, but not all photo products are aimed at everyone ; bags like ht eone in the post are aimed at working pros or rich dentists ;) who can justify the cost.

November 03, 2010 1:47 PM  

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