I have to admit that I am quite the organisation nerd. I love keeping my photography gear neatly organised and I constantly try to think of better ways to do that. Until recently, I kept my drone, the remote, batteries and all the other accessories stored inside my photography bag. Because I frequently only fly my drone, or don’t need it at all (such as on the puffin photo workshop), I began thinking of new ways to organise my drone photography gear. After seeing a colleague use a dedicated drone case, which could be put inside his photography backpack, it got me thinking. Could this be a more convenient approach which fits better with my workflow?
I have been using the f-stop drone case (large) for the last 5 months and definitely put it through its paces this summer in all kinds of weather and situations. Interested to know how I am using it and how it holds up? Let’s find out!
Full disclosure: While I am an f-stop ambassador, this article is not sponsored in any way. I am an ambassador because I strongly believe their products to be the best for my style of outdoor photography. The drone cases shown in this article were purchased by me and no one asked me to review them. However, when you make a purchase using the link in this article, I may earn a small commission. All opinions in this article are my own. If you (dis)agree, I invite you to open a discussion in the comment section.
Why You Need a Dedicated Drone Case
While most drones come with a case, at least if you purchase a FlyMore combo version, they are not the most convenient in use – especially if you’re a photographer. Most photographers already own photo backpacks and have no use for another dedicated drone bag or backpack (as you get with the Mavic 3 models).
While you could argue it’s possible to put your drone inside the internal camera unit of your existing photo backpack (as I was doing for the longest time), it’s also not the most convenient. If you purchase a dedicated drone case, which fits conveniently inside your photo backpack, you can conveniently leave your drone gear behind when you don’t need it. The opposite is also true, you can leave your photo backpack behind if all you are going to do is fly your drone. You can of course also leave your drone gear behind by taking it out of your internal camera unit. However that will likely mean all of your other gear will move around inside the internal camera unit.
What I Like About the f-stop Drone Case
There is a lot to love about the f-stop drone case. The large version, which I am using, is sized 28cm (length) x 15cm (with) x 15.5cm (height), which means it has plenty of volume to fit more than just your drone. The build quality feels great. The outside is made from the f-stop DuraDiamond fabric which means the drone case is weather resistant, while the inside feels soft and sufficiently padded to keep your gear safe. I have used both the drone case and my f-stop Ajna photo backpack through heavy rain and did not experience any issues. The stitching is great, as well as the zippers. Even with tension on the zippers (when I stuffed more than I should have inside the case) held up exceptionally well.
The design of the drone case is compact, yet spacious. The drone case zips open entirely which means you can easily access both sides of the case. Because of this design you might not be able to immediately get to your drone gear inside your photo backpack, but it allows you to carry more within the same volume. It fits A LOT of things, which you will read about further on in this article. It fits all of my gear with ease and with this setup I am able to fit an extra battery and the DJI RC Pro, which didn’t fit when it was stuffed inside my internal camera unit.
Organising it is very easy and effective. Both sides have a zipped cover, one being a mesh and the other a cover with several pockets and storage possibilities. This means that when you open the drone case nothing will fall out. The pockets have magnetic covers which allows you to easily access what’s inside while not having to worry about things falling out. In both halves of the drone case you will find velcro dividers which you can adjust to fit your specific drone model.
I have already touched upon this but one of the things I like most is the fact I can easily leave it behind when needed, or carry only the drone case. There are always scenarios where I won’t use my drone, for example when I am going to photograph birds such as on the puffin workshop I host. I also sometimes want to take just my drone, for example when we go hiking in certain parts of the highlands that show better from an aerial perspective I will only bring my drone. The drone case fits easily into my photo backpack, as will be the case with pretty much every f-stop backpack depending on how large your internal camera unit is.
A final benefit, which I can’t stress enough, is that it can be treated as a personal item on a plane. I have been in one situation where the airport staff made me weigh my carry-on backpack, which can be very stressful when you carry a lot of gear. With this f-stop drone case, it’s super easy to take it out and treat it as a handbag, or personal item.
How I Organise My Drone Photography Gear Inside the f-stop Drone Case
Before I can delve into how I have set my f-stop drone case up, I want to share what drone photography gear I use today so you can truly understand how much this fits.
I use the DJI Mavic 3 Pro in combination with the DJI RC Pro remote controller. Inside of the drone case, I have 5 batteries (one inside the drone), the remote controller, a 100 watt Anker charging brick, two USB-C cables, the Mavic 3 Pro 100 watt charging dock, propellers, memory cards, control sticks and an Apple AirTag.
I recommend having separate AirTags for your drone case, photo backpack and even internal camera unit when you often split up your gear.
On the side with the mesh cover, I keep my drone, which has a battery inside of it, together with 4 spare batteries. I’ve labeled each battery with a number so I can more easily rotate between batteries so they degrade evenly. I placed the velcro divider between the drone and the batteries, while also splitting up the batteries. All of this fits very comfortably. Thanks to the mesh, the Mavic 3 Pro can stick out of the divider a little bit as it is taller at the front than at the back.
On the other side, I keep everything else. The DJI RC Pro remote controller sits there, together with the charging dock, two USB-C cables and the Anker 100W power adapter. In the sleeve, with the various pockets, I keep the spare propellers, memory cards, spare control sticks, a strobe light and an AirTag.
During my usage of this drone case, I switched my setup slightly. I began using it with a DJI Mavic 3 Classic and the DJI RC. Both both very comfortable in this drone as well, as you can see from the images below. Because the DJI RC is slightly smaller than the DJI RC Pro, you have some extra room in the controller compartment.
Having this drone case in my photography gear setup has made my life more convenient. I can more easily leave my drone (or take only my drone), while also carrying more gear with me. The case is very durable and hasn’t shown any out of the ordinary wear during the lengthy time I have used it. I have used it in horrible dusty environments, rain showers and I was even sandblasted at one point in a remote desert in Iceland. The materials hold up extremely well. I am very happy with it and I can only recommend it if you are considering adding a case such as this one to your setup.
If you are curious about other configurations for this f-stop drone case, I recommend having a look at the review section on f-stop’s website. Many users have posted images of their configurations there which can be helpful to you in figuring out the best possible setup.
If you are interested in the photography gear I use, please have a look at my Gear page.
Buy the f-stop Drone Case (Large) for DJI Air 3, DJI Mavic 3 series or similarly sized drones: https://geni.us/jvn-largedronecase
Buy the f-stop Drone Case (Small) for DJI Mini 2/3/4 series or similarly sized drones: https://geni.us/jvn-smalldronecase
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