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Multiple lens storage / organization - how do you do it???

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by jac0224, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Not sure if this is the correct forum, but since my Lens Lust has gotten me into this situation..... Currently I have my photography equipments spread out amongst numerous day bags, backpacks, etc. Since I haven't hiked in years (literally) I need to consolidate. Time to find a lens storage scheme to keep me (and my wife) from going crazy! I really like the idea of the Pelican 1624 with the dual layer of storage, but the height has me a little scared. The Mountainsmith Reflex XXL is just a little small and I'll have to get two. Right now I have a D300, D50, all the cords and accessories, and approx 20 lenses from the tiny (yet great) 50 1.8 to a 300 F4. Whichever way I go, the case will be put on a closet shelf that measures 27w x 22 d x 12h. I'd like to keep everything in one or two cases including all of the bits and pieces. How do you keep your lens / bodies / accessories organized???
  2. i keep everything in a glass doored cabinet and take it out as I need it...i keep bodies on 1 shelf, big glass on another shelf, etc...works out nice and stays dust free

    I have a photo backpack, a tamrac photo bag on wheels and an assortment of smaller bags for hiking, day events like the zoo, etc
  3. I've got the same problem. Let me know when you've found a solution. :smile:
  4. I use a Pelican 1654 with padded dividers, I'm happy.
  5. Pictures of 1654?

    Do you have any pictures showing the relative size of the 1654? Say, standing next to it for reference or how it is packed? I haven't found a good size comparison on the net. Anything to sway me would be helpful!
  6. I did, let me look.
  7. I use a shelf unit from Ikea.

  8. Look at this post.

    The 1654 comes with wheels. Make sure you buy the lid organizer.
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    Things have changed since I took that photo.
    Right now I have the following items in there.

    D3, w/two batteries
    D300 with MB-D10 w/four batteries
    battery chargers for both cameras
    14-24 f/2.8
    24-70 f/2.8
    17-55 f/2.8
    70-200 VR
    105 f/2.8 VR Micro
    18-200 VR
    1.7 TCII teleconverter
    Four SB-800
    two Quantum Turbo 2x2 and chargers
    Custom Bracket Pro M
    Giotto Rocket Blaster
    a whole bunch if items in the lid organizer like CF cards, flashlight, lens clothes, AA batteries, etc.
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  9. Poor-Boy Storage Solution

    Kudos to Greg for having the ultimate solution. In the meantime check this thread and the metal cases purchased at Lowe's as a poor-person special. 2 cases purchased for $60 at Lowes.


    One case easily holds my MF lenses (i.e. 28/2.8 - 55/2.8 Micro - 85/1.4 AIS - 135/2.8 - 200/4 AIS and my AF Sigma 24/1.8.

    Second case has my AF 14/2.8, 75-150 E Zoom, 105/2.8 VR and a TC. Room for 1 or 2 more Lens Lust opportunities.

    As a precaution, all of the lens are stored in plastic bags to keep any black foam residue from invading.

    I keep my 300mm as a lone ranger in my Kata backpack.

    Happy shooting...and storing:)  Gordon
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  10. The link doesn't work....now I'm REALLY curious!:confused: 
  11. acena


    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    Another vote for the Pelican case.
  12. Like Greg, but on a smaller scale, I have a newly acquired ThinkTank Airport International which holds virtually all my main gear (bodies, lenses, TCs and flash), while the chargers and cords, etc. stay in a cabinet in my home office. However, with the acquisition of just one more lens (it's bound to happen sooner or later :biggrin:) , it will be too small -- right now there is just enough room for everything, but nothing more.

    EDIT: Actually, I just thought about it some more, and realized that the 18-55 that I never use isn't in there.
  13. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    It might not be bad to divide stuff between 2 cases in 2 different closets in case of burglary or fire.
  14. +1 for the Pelicans! I use a 1660 w/dividers. 200/300 VR's fit vert.w/ body mounted.
    All my Nikon stuff plus 3 Canon bodys/4 lenses too. Not for the faint
    of heart...weighs a ton, TG for the wheels. :biggrin:
  15. rich
    you are so organized
    love the labels
    the only way to make sure you know where everything is and belongs

    thanks for the picture
  16. Snipps


    Oct 7, 2006
    Think Tank Airport International, same bag as Mike above.
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    300/2.8 AF-S
    50/1.4 ais
    TT PPR
    Couple Filters
    Battery chargers and extra batteries
    Pocket Wizards and appropriate cables
    2xSB800(Not shown)
  17. What kind of half assed filing system is THAT? No "To be Filed" or "Miscellaneous" bins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:biggrin::eek: :tongue:
  18. Same kit, too, except you have the 24-70 (which I'm currently ogling) while I have the 35-70!
  19. I went for 3 medium to large Pelican cases (1500 series). Zooms in one, Primes in another, and lighting/other items in the 3rd. The long lenses stay in their respective single unit Nikon carriers until needed. This organization "finally" keeps me organized.

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