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patmurris wrote:
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Have a nice aluminium hard case that I’m going to fill with foam and fit the GT. … Here it is inside the case with the foam cut, also added the BLF Q8 so I would have a thrower and a flooder together.

Woaw! What a case! A tad on the large size isn’t it?
Not sure i should applaud or advise to get help! – lol Wink
With a couple BLF A6 and a charger, you’d have the ultimate portable BLF shrine. Well done!

I also plan on getting a similar hard case, but smaller. I’ve never tried cutting/carving foam… How does it go?

I was thinking exactly that (the 3 lights)… and now I’m thinking how “next level” can we make this?

Possible kit contents:
i) Lights 1) GT 2) Q8 3) A6 4) 348 (possibly more than one)
ii) Charger(s)
iii) Space for separate/extra batteries (in waterproof boxes? (in the waterproof case!))
iv) GT lens cap
v) GT strap/handle
vi) Replacement parts (which, though?)

For the charger I’m considering one of these:
a) 1 x Nitecore i8 (8 slots @ 0.5A) – if you are going for looks and not charging speed (especially if you are rationalizing buying all of this by it being a gift for someone who isn’t going to fiddle with buttons on the charger)

b) 1 x GyrFalcon All-88 (8 slots @ 1A)

c) 1/2/3 x Miboxer C4-12 (4 slots @ 3A) if you have money to burn

Are there any other chargers to consider here?
I’m leaning towards the Nitecore i8 since the package will be a gift to someone who won’t mess with any buttons. (In line with that, I’ve set the GT to “Mode-set” 1 (100%, 2A). Is there any data on how much an XHP35’s life is shortened by overdriving it at 2.5A instead of overdriving it at 2A?)

To fit all of this, could we find someone to design a “configurable” foam cutout (where you only remove enough cut pieces of foam to fit the lights+accessories you want)? Two points against this: it implies a single case size which will be too big for some contents + won’t look as nice if it’s half empty.

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Have bought two of the cases. OP #1 is too small for the GT, can not even zip it closed with the GT inside. OP #2 is very cheaply made and will probably fit two GT’s inside, too large, only very thin padding on one side.

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Here’s how well the GT fits in the case I linked earlier. The dimensions are pretty perfect, and the case is super padded.

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Here’s how well the GT fits in the case I linked earlier. The dimensions are pretty perfect, and the case is super padded.

!{width:75%}https://imgur.com/LOMNPPE.jpg!

Looks good – I like the padding.

About the Op/Tech USA hood hat in the picture, what “style” (size) is it, and do you think it’s the perfect size from Op/Tech USA’s selection?

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Another very good one from srwaite HERE

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I picked up this lowepro lens case off amazon for the GT. Just barely big enough and well padded.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KJE8H8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s...

My wife bought a camera bag from lowepro years ago, the quality of their bags is fantastic!
High quality, very well padded.

https://store.lowepro.com/lens-case-13-x-32cm

Maybe i will buy this one as well, when i’m accustomed to the price Cool

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patmurris wrote:

Woaw! What a case! A tad on the large size isn’t it?
Not sure i should applaud or advise to get help! – lol Wink
With a couple BLF A6 and a charger, you’d have the ultimate portable BLF shrine. Well done!

I also plan on getting a similar hard case, but smaller. I’ve never tried cutting/carving foam… How does it go?


Just perfect size, added my charger (the star vp4) and a shoulder strap.
Still need to put some batteries in there.
I used 3 layers of ‘pick and pluck foam’.

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This is what I bought. Scaled to size

Plenty of room for all the necessities

 

Product description

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ACPROLC18 Ape Case Professional Large Lens Case is a strong and versatile way to store and carry your precious DSLR Lens and is made with the high quality materials and craftsmanship you have come to expect from Ape Case. This Pro Lens Case is designed to hold most modern 300-2.8 lenses. (please check interior case dimensions closely against your lens' measurements) The ACPROLC18 is fully padded and features an extra, removable interior base pad for even more protection on the case bottom where you need it the most. This Pro Lens Case can be carried with the supplied shoulder strap, or by hand with top loop handle. There is also a uniquely designed belt/loop attachment system that has a standard-type sewn-in 3.5-Inch loop for belt attachment, plus a stiff hinged openable and closeable Velcro clasp-type "attatcher" that can be used on a belt or used to attach to another case that has a loop (like our ACPRO1800, ACPRO1900, ACPRO2000 or ACPRO4000). The top opening is generously sized for easy lens retrieval. The dual zippers are joined together with a zipper pull that allows you to zip or unzip both zippers simultaneously gaining quick lid opening access. The lid is also secured with an adjustable quick release clasp. All together, the lid system allows for secure closure, yet quick and easy access. There is a slim pocket on the front of the case under the lid to hold memory cards. The case also features Ape Case's signature "black on the outside yellow on the inside" color scheme. The Hi-Vis Yellow interior makes seeing what is in your case a breeze.

 

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  • Product Dimensions: 40.6 x 17.8 x 17.8 cm ; 431 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
  • Item model number: ACPROLC18
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 Ape Case ACPROLC18 Professional Large Lens Case, Black/Yellow

 

The GT fits nicely with room to spare cool

 

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borealis wrote:
BingoThink wrote:
Here’s how well the GT fits in the case I linked earlier. The dimensions are pretty perfect, and the case is super padded.

Looks good – I like the padding.

About the Op/Tech USA hood hat in the picture, what “style” (size) is it, and do you think it’s the perfect size from Op/Tech USA’s selection?


I’m using the XL, fits very well like it was custom made for the GT.

The one pictured looks maybe a bit bigger maybe XXL? If that’s the case, looks like either one would be fine.

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thijsco19 wrote:

Just perfect size, added my charger (the star vp4) and a shoulder strap.
Still need to put some batteries in there.
I used 3 layers of ‘pick and pluck foam’.


Where did you get the foam? need some new for my peli case.

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borealis wrote:
BingoThink wrote:
Here’s how well the GT fits in the case I linked earlier. The dimensions are pretty perfect, and the case is super padded.

!{width:75%}https://imgur.com/LOMNPPE.jpg!

Looks good – I like the padding.

About the Op/Tech USA hood hat in the picture, what “style” (size) is it, and do you think it’s the perfect size from Op/Tech USA’s selection?

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borealis wrote:
BingoThink wrote:
Here’s how well the GT fits in the case I linked earlier. The dimensions are pretty perfect, and the case is super padded.

Looks good – I like the padding.

About the Op/Tech USA hood hat in the picture, what “style” (size) is it, and do you think it’s the perfect size from Op/Tech USA’s selection?


I’m using the XL, fits very well like it was custom made for the GT.

The one pictured looks maybe a bit bigger maybe XXL? If that’s the case, looks like either one would be fine.

This one is the XXL. It’s maybe a little looser than I’d prefer, but I do like that I can get it on and off with one hand, and it’s not going to slip off that easily on its own. I hear people saying that the XL fits perfectly, but it looked a little tight to me in pictures.

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MichielSanders wrote:
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Just perfect size, added my charger (the star vp4) and a shoulder strap.
Still need to put some batteries in there.
I used 3 layers of ‘pick and pluck foam’.


Where did you get the foam? need some new for my peli case.


You’ve got PM ;).
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The Ape Cases arrived. See this post for images.

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I like it! Thumbs Up

Maybe add a piece of fiber board, nylon/lexan plastic to the bottom to protect the head and glass lens.

Looking at getting a UCLp lens for both of mine, but haven’t heard back from Chris yet????

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The bottom is double padded. Easily 1" thick. Add the OP/Tech hoodie on the light and you're good to go!

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ARsee wrote:

The bottom is double padded. Easily 1” thick. Add the OP/Tech hoodie on the light and you’re good to go!


Glad your confident in your set-up, I’ll add a 1/8’‘ piece of fiber board/Lexan because I’m not! Wink

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Just got my OP/Tech hoodie today (XL), I sort of regret not getting the XXL, the XL is a very tight fit when putting it on. From the looks of it, the XXL is definitely not going to come off and its dimensions seem to be a better match for the BLF GT.

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KawiBoy1428 wrote:
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The bottom is double padded. Easily 1" thick. Add the OP/Tech hoodie on the light and you're good to go!

Glad your confident in your set-up, I'll add a 1/8'' piece of fiber board/Lexan because I'm not! ;)

I may add something. I'm not sure yet. I was thinking about something cylindrical, that the head of the GT slipped down in too.

Spare batteries are my first thought. A piece of foam the thickness (length of) 18650 batteries. Cut out so the battery tube of the GT slides through, w/8-18650's (individually) around the circumference with a handle of made of strap material attached to lift it out. Here's a sketch.

 

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Just got my OP/Tech hoodie today (XL), I sort of regret not getting the XXL, the XL is a very tight fit when putting it on. From the looks of it, the XXL is definitely not going to come off and its dimensions seem to be a better match for the BLF GT.

I have the XXL now. It works fine. Not as snug and it stays put. I however did the opposite of you. I ordered two of the XL that are not here yet!!

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Question for those who got the Op/Tech Hood Hat – Is it neoprene only or does it have a stiffener/piece of plastic along the bottom as well?

The reason I ask is because I went with the LensCoat Hoodie. It is more expensive, but there is also a pocket on the bottom of the sleeve which contains a thin piece of plastic which has additional padding on one side.

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The Op/Tech is neoprene only

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Kindle wrote:
Question for those who got the Op/Tech Hood Hat – Is it neoprene only or does it have a stiffener/piece of plastic along the bottom as well?

The reason I ask is because I went with the LensCoat Hoodie. It is more expensive, but there is also a pocket on the bottom of the sleeve which contains a thin piece of plastic which has additional padding on one side.

I own a few LensCoat Hoodies and a few Op/Techs.

The front disc in pouch is why I prefer the Hoodies. It offers much better impact protection, fits better, and the rigid front keeps the hood from slipping around.

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seery wrote:
Kindle wrote:
Question for those who got the Op/Tech Hood Hat – Is it neoprene only or does it have a stiffener/piece of plastic along the bottom as well?

The reason I ask is because I went with the LensCoat Hoodie. It is more expensive, but there is also a pocket on the bottom of the sleeve which contains a thin piece of plastic which has additional padding on one side.

I own a few LensCoat Hoodies and a few Op/Techs.

The front disc in pouch is why I prefer the Hoodies. It offers much better impact protection, fits better, and the rigid front keeps the hood from slipping around.


Is it this one seery?

https://www.amazon.com/LensCoat-LCHXLBK-Hoodie-Large-Black/dp/B0087N2LOU

Or this one?

https://www.amazon.com/LensCoat-LCH2XLBK-Hoodie-Large-Black/dp/B0087N28Y...

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I own a few LensCoat Hoodies and a few Op/Techs.

The front disc in pouch is why I prefer the Hoodies. It offers much better impact protection, fits better, and the rigid front keeps the hood from slipping around.

Thank you. Hopefully the additional info helps some folks deciding on what to get.

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Yes, that’s the Hoodie.

Not sure though which size will best fit the GT, as I’m near the end of the list.

I picked up the XL & it fits well.

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Thanks seery and kindle! This is what I found……

From the Manufacturer

The LensCoat Hoodie helps protect the front element of your lens from dirt, dust, moisture and impact. The neoprene Hoodie fits easily and snugly around your lens hood or shade in either the shooting position or reversed. The Hoodie features a reinforced removable front element protection disc made from rigid plastic and firm foam to further protect your glass from damage. Great for travel and storing your lenses. The X Large fits lens hoods from 4.75” to 5.25” in diameter.

And about the XXLarge…

From the Manufacturer

The LensCoat Hoodie helps protect the front element of your lens from dirt, dust, moisture and impact. The neoprene Hoodie fits easily and snugly around your lens hood or shade in either the shooting position or reversed. The Hoodie features a reinforced removable front element protection disc made from rigid plastic and firm foam to further protect your glass from damage. Great for travel and storing your lenses. The XX Large fits lens hoods from 5.5” to 6.25” in diameter.

I measured the head on my GT and its roughly 5.275” so I was thinking I would rather have the larger plastic insert of the XXLarge?

kindle is the Hoodie you have, the XLarge (plastic insert) actually bigger then the GT’s Head?

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If the bezel of the GT measures ~5.25”, the XXL would probably be too large and wouldn’t stay on properly/securely.

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Yep, maybe…

I’m not inclined to have it fit tight, something to put in the bottom of the bag, that has a plastic protector for the glass that is bigger then the GT’s head. Instead of a piece of fiber board or Lexan/Plastic. Besides it’s only a 1/8’‘ bigger on the radius of the GT head at the XXLarge smallest dimension 5.5” so I’m thinking the Hoodie part is still going to be alot smaller? Maybe?

I’ll probably get both playing it safe, use one for when the light is slung over my shoulder on it’s sling and one for the transport bag.

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The XXL slips on easily and stays on fine. Think back what the XL fit like on Dales, how it looked snug to the cone of the head. The XXL is not like that. At the cone there is about a 2mm stand-off. The hoodie fits snug (not real snug) to the area that's lens diameter, with a little sag (like loose pants at the waist) over the lens. But it stays on fine. Considering how the XXL fits, and the thought of adding some protection in the lens area, it should tighten the hoodie up some. With the talk of doing this, KB, I may be following your lead. I think I'll use 1/4" high density foam to cover the lens radius, glued to a another that's slightly larger. I'll stop in to see my upholstery buddy tomorrow Big Smile

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KawiBoy1428 wrote:
kindle is the Hoodie you have, the XLarge (plastic insert) actually bigger then the GT’s Head?

It is larger than window (barely), it just covers the inside edge of the bezel but does not extend to the outer edge.

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Kindle wrote:
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kindle is the Hoodie you have, the XLarge (plastic insert) actually bigger then the GT’s Head?

It is larger than window (barely), it barely covers the inside edge of the bezel but does not extend to the outer edge.


Thank you very much Kindle, this is what I needed to know! Thumbs Up

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ARsee wrote:

The bottom is double padded. Easily 1” thick. Add the OP/Tech hoodie on the light and you’re good to go!

The Lowepro was too tight. The torch was under compression and this fails the padding, imo. I ended up with this case. I put a 3d printed lens cover underneath an op tech hood and it does well. I cut up the piece of foam from the GT package that fits the body tube into a ‘square’ that I put over the tube at the top to keep the torch centered and from knocking about. An M4 2 point sling and a couple packs of 4×18650’s and a charger fit nicely in between.

I’m looking forward to Neal’s case for my second GT, that arrived today. Cells are on the charger! Smile

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I knew the LowPro was too tight. I looked at that one as well. This ApeCase I got is nice.
Yeah, I thought about using the packing foam the light was packed in, but what (if for any reason) you have to ship it somewhere, or decide to sell the light?
I’m leaving the original foam where it belongs and getting other

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