How to make your own camera hard case
Updated: Nov 15, 2022
Save hundreds of pounds and make your own
What is a photographers hard case?
These are sometimes called flight cases, but they are often a waterproof hard plastic storage case for all sorts of photography equipment.
They come in lots of different sizes and can be used for travelling around and transporting your expensive camera gear. Inside they have padded compartments of various sizes
I prefer these types of cases when travelling to a client job because they have easy access, are very protective and look professional. It’s not the sort of thing you would take out on a hike though, thats when the rucksack rules.
These cases can be expensive, anywhere from £200 to £500 and upwards, depending on the make, size and type you need.
So a year ago, I thought how hard can it be to make your own. I’d already found that you can buy the basic plastic case on its own without anything inside. Or even some came with that horrible foam you can ‘cut out’ or tear out holes to fit your gear in.
I tried foam a long time ago, never again. It doesn’t last, breaks up easy and you can get tiny bits of foam rubbing off every time you take your camera gear in and out.
After working out what gear I wanted to carry and laying it out on the floor, I found a case online that seemed about the right size.
It was called
“327 US PRO Waterproof Hard Carry Flight Case Watertight Photography Tool Box”
And cost £35 which looked like a bargain
When the case came it had protective foam inside the lid and bottom which was fine, but I binned the cut out foam that filled the rest of the compartment.
What you need to make padded inserts for camera hard cases
I spent too much time looking for inserts I could buy to make compartments but firstly they were expensive, something around £150 or more, and secondly I couldn’t even find ones they were the exact size for the case, including the depth.
You will need (mostly from eBay)
1. Waterproof 4oz coated nylon fabric (orange) lining 1m to 2m £10
2. Upholstery foam sheet high density (blue) £10
3. 2 x 4mm beekeeping Correx Sheets £7.50