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Pelican/Lowepro camera case modification for R1200GSA

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I was looking for a safe way to carry my photo gear on my GS for a while. In a flea market, I stumbled upon a Lowepro Omni Pro which is a photo bag sold with a matching Pelican case.



I asked my BMW local club and I got an accidented aluminum case (like this one but damaged)

I was able to salvage the stainless parts that mates to the rack and attached them to the Pelican case

Reinforced from inside with aluminum flat bar
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Nice work and very resourceful. I’m actually down with DIY, just overwhelmed on several fronts currently so looking for the happy path in terms of time, at least. (And, I can be a bit lazy… just installed my Denali system after sitting on the kit for a year!). Anyway, I may look around for a case first to fit my photo kit needs (I’ve been known to travel with two bodies and several lenses), before looking at a solution. Maybe it’s the case (pun?) that Caribou’s offerings don’t necessarily match my needs. Thanks for the reality check!
Thanks MichaelM, to help you select the proper case, here are some more information about my setup.
The case is a Pelican 1520, in the photo bag I carry:

-Nikon D750 body (it fits with the battery grip so a pro DSLR will fit).
-24-120 f4.0 lens
-50mm f1.8 lens
-Two flashes (SB-800 and SB-600)
-Micro tripod/clamps for the flashes
-Foldable soft boxes, color gels, tape, etc...
-Spare batteries and other sundries...

The bag is reasonably full. Eventually I'll replace the 24-120 f4.0 by a 24-70 f2.8 and a 70-200 f2.8 I'm almost sure they will fit in the bag.

Depending on the lenses you are using, if you go easy on the flashes and lighting equipement, you might fit two bodies with lenses in my bag.
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Thanks mucho for this elaboration! My two bodies are a D850 and Z7. I’ll always pack a Voigtlander 21/1.4 (Leica M) and a combo of:
  • Voigtlander 125/2.5 (F mount)
  • Voigtlander 40/1.2 (Leica M)
  • Nikon 70-200/2.8 (great lens, though tough to haul on a bike!)
  • Nikon 300/4 PF (pretty compact, easier than the 70-200 for carry)
  • Batteries, chargers, iPad with LR, Z/M adapter, USB cables, etc.
I don’t use flash or other lighting for the type of shooting I do (street, landscape/\architecture)… and because I never really learned how to do much more than bounce/fill with my SB-800 :p.

I have a MeFoto carbon fiber travel tripod, but I haven’t ever brought it on my bike. Fits easy in a pannier, though. I’d be using the Pelican case with my Bumot soft panniers, not so much with the OEM alum panniers.

Anyway, kinda excited to start a camera top case project. I’m not in a hurry, so plenty of time to plan… your info is a great start, thank you!
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BTW, our older son starts at University of Toronto in the fall… I’ll look you up, if you’re still on that side of Canada.
My employer head office and our robot assembly plant are in Toronto but I work remotely from my place in Quebec City or around the world at our clients facilities.

Of course, I'm often in Toronto, get in touch when you'll know when you'll be around.

I do mostly urbex photography with a lot of light effects, hence the lots of flashes, filters, etc..
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