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Re: Eclair Cameras: Pelican Cases

Hi Michael,

I have a 1650 Pelican case that I use for my Éclair Cameflex. I also use
Pelican cases for my intervelometer and other gear ­ they are great cases.
Just traveled to Hong Kong, Thailand and Nepal with all my gear and
everything was in Pelican cases except my motion control unit and that was
the only case that got damaged (the motion control was fine though).  I even
trekked extensively through the Himalayas with the case. Fortunately I had a
lot of porters helping to carry all the weight but the gear was up and
running every time I needed it.

I did a shoot last year though where I had some trouble with a case. I was
shooting in a crowd of about 800,000 people. I had the 1650 case, my
Cameflex, lens, loaded mags etc packed inside, a heavy duty tripod strapped
over the case, plus batteries, intervelometer etc (almost 200 lbs) and was
using this ³wheeled case² as my dolly (I know, silly me). I ended up
dragging this unit with all this weight piled on top of it  for what ended
up ­ miles. After a while the bearings in the wheels started heating up (due
to the weight) and one wheel eventually seized. Once I finally set up for
the perfect shot the police threatened to arrest me on the spot if I did not
leave immediately, back the way I came. After a ³debate² which I did not win
I was forced to ³drag² my gear out of there and with the bearing gone, the
wheel melted away and I was dragging the case on concrete as the truss that
holds the wheels was quickly grinding away. All the gear was too heavy
carry, the cops are hot on my heals and I had to find a new set up as quick
as I could. Needless to say, the next day I examined the case and found the
case still fully functional but I¹d never be able to use the wheels or even
replace them for there was nothing left to attach them to. I called up
Pelican and they replaced my damaged case with a brand new one. Their cases
are 100% guaranteed ­ and they sure stand by that promise (I can¹t say that
about many other companies I¹ve ever encountered). The moral of the story -
contact Pelican and get that handle replaced.

All the best,

From: Michael Welle <mwelle@starband.net>
Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
Date: Sat,  2 Aug 2003 23:36:32 +0000
To: EclairACL@topica.com
Subject: Eclair Cameras: Pelican Cases

Rather than shipping your camera off to A&J Cases or Calzone Case
Company, do a lot of you use Pelican Camera Cases?  The only drawback
that I see with these is that they are not shipping cases, and I can
attest.  When I sent my camera to Du-All to have it repaired, the 1650
case that I had came back with the pull out handle broken.  The real
question I'm asking here is what Pelican case is the best for the ACL?

If you wanted to simply have 2X200' mags, the camera body, an ergonomic
handgrip, and room for your lightmeter, and spare film it seems to me
the 1610 would be the best choice.

But if you had 2X400' mags and 2X200' mags, it might be better to go
with the 1650 or the 1660.

Do any of you have experience with these cases?  If so, I thought of a
potentially good tip for them.  Maybe if you saved the original
cardboard box that they are shipped in, you could use that to ship your
camera in when mailing to your technician for repair.  These cases are
good, because they are inexpensive and you don't have to send the camera
off to a case manufacturer to get your case made.  You simply do the
work yourself by using the supplied pick n' pluck foam.

Below is a link to a place which has Pelican Cases for very good prices:


What do you guys think of these cases for use with the ACL and if you
use them which ones do you have?

Michael Welle

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