See my Sony mirrorless wish list.
This trip I decided to try some hard cases from Lowepro, on loan from B&H Photo. I normally travel with soft cases, but with my Sprinter van coming in a few weeks, I figured that stacking and strapping hard cases might make some sense. The Lowepro hardside cases discussed here do not have wheels.
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Lowepro Hardside 400
The Lowepro Hardside 400 Photo Waterproof hard case with removable backpack is the larger of the two. As shown, it holds a Nikon D810 with attached Nikon 28mm f/1.4E, a variety of Zeiss lenses, some filters, a Giottos blower for cleaning the sensor, a slot for a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8E zoom due to arrive today, and two neoprene lens case for field use.
The zippered soft case in side can be lifted out and used as-is—such as on the seat of a car or similar when traveling. Put it back into the hard case, latch it shut, and it can go on rocks or dirt or in a mud puddle. Tip: zip the soft case to one corner, so that they don't catch in the hardcase latches..
Shown below, the Lowepro Hardside 400 also has two zippered storage panels in the top of the case that would fit extra batteries, SD cards, cleaning stuff, etc.
Lowepro Hardside 300
The Lowepro Hardside 300 Photo Waterproof hard case with removable backpack is a smaller unit more suitable for a Sony mirrorless system or Micro Four Thirds (or a small DSLR with small lenses).
Shown below, the Lowepro Hardside 300 contains a Sony A7R II with a Sony 12-24mm f/4 G mounted. It’s a relatively tight fit and could orient either way, but this seemed most efficient (height clearance is no problem at all). Also inside are Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia lenses (albeit with Sony lens caps, I’m constantly mixing them up), spare batteries in a Ziploc, a neoprene pouch perfect for the Loxia 21/2.8 for field use. The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 at bottom left is a bit of an awkward fit due to its diameter, but the dividers could be adjusted better.
In general the Lowepro Hardside 300 is probably too small for a Sony kit with big lenses like a 70-200 and 24-70/2.8 and so on—the Lowepro Hardside 400 affords much more room. But if the lens is removed from the camera, items could be stowed better than I show here (since the larger lenses can sit vertically.
The only minor issue is the zipper pull tabs—make sure to zip these into a corner so they do not catch in the edge when it is closed, s shown below.