by Kevin Alexander | 4th August 2015
The TBOX Tank is a weatherproof protective camera case for action and rough weather shooting conditions housing anything from a DSLR to a cinema camera. Imagine putting your DSLR in a Pelican case as your camera’s housing unit. That’s the basic concept behind the TBOX TANK, which is currently in the crowdfunding stage on IndieGoGo. The team behind the TBOX TANK began with a Pelican IM2075 case to create a prototype unit that is shock proof, splash proof, and watertight (up to a depth of 3.3 feet). It can then be mounted similar to action cameras, or you could even shoot with it near water without worrying about damaging the camera. Granted, it’s not a full underwater housing unit. But it sounds like it could be just what you need for a quick shot near a pool or while standing in the rain. There are a couple of features worth mentioning. It has two removable stoppers for cables and accessories. For example, if you’re shooting with a DSLR you could still have it connected to your computer’s USB port. It has tempered UV glass in the front lens housing area. There are two cheese plates, one on top and bottom, for attaching various accessories. On the inside, it has a Manfrotto quick release plate so you can easily switch from shooting on the tripod to the case. While it’s designed for DSLR’s it is adjustable in height and length for various size cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. And it has a large viewing window in the back so you can see the camera’s LCD screen. TBOX has designed other models that extend the system beyond simply DSLR’s. The TANK Pro is designed specifically for time-lapse work, and includes a solar panel, power accessories, and a Canon-compatible solar powered intervalometer. The TANK Lite is compatible with mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7S while the TANK Mini is designed for the GoPro Hero 4 (includes extended power for up to 20 hours of time-lapse shooting). The eventual price at launch will be around US $900. The IndieGoGo campaign was just launched, and early backers could get a discount and receive their cases by October. SPECIFICATIONS Exterior Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.8 x 7.7 inches Interior Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 7.3 inches Weight: 8.8 lbs Internal Diameter: 100mm Case: Pelican IM2075 Check out the TBOX crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. More information on www.tboxsystems.comRead more
MyCaseBuilder is a fantastic website-based service that enables you to design your own foam inserts, for any case. Our friends over at NewsShooter caught up with the team at PhotoPlus Expo to learn more. I’m yet to find another service that is this easy to use. Whether you’re looking for a specific case & foam combo, or just a custom foam insert for your current case, MyCaseBuilder can supply either. The website uses your required case size as a base point, and using their shape library you add products to design your custom foam cut out. If you’re piece of kit is not in the shape library, simply add an image of your kit on a clean background, and trace it using the pen tool. Once you’ve tweaked the trace and added some measurements, MyCaseBuilder will instantly convert this into a 3D render and add this to your custom insert. I’ve slaved over many an insert in the past, faffing around with pick and pluck foam to try and get that perfect custom cut out; it’s time consuming, doesn’t last and doesn’t look professional. This service tackles all of these; with the finger notch feature, and use of polyethylene foam (denser than your standard pick and pluck) the foam will last much longer. I can see this being fantastic for awkward shaped bits of kit, drones and motorised stabilizers immediately spring to mind. The company are US based offering a flat rate shipping anywhere within the US, plus international shipping. Orders take 7-9 working days to process.Read more
Think Tank Photo is known for their quality camera bags and cases mainly targeted at photographers. But here’s a new giant camera case we found quite interesting that might be useful to the more eager videographers out there. With interior measurements of a meter by 35 centimeters this “camera case” is really huge. Of course it can be used for large items like lighting kits or similar, but it also comes with many small separators so it can be used to store a truckload of small gear. Why not? As a video shooter I often find myself carrying 3-4 bags to a shoot and if you are familiar with that situation you might find that the Think Tank Production Manager 40 could be a valid alternative. It certainly isn’t on the budget side in terms of pricing, but comes with Think Tank durability and many features as described in the video above. The Production Manager 40 is $549 and available here. More information on www.thinktankphoto.comRead more
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