GUTEK Tortoise Hard Cases for Gear by NANLITE – First Look at the New Brand

As you may already know, the NAB show is full of surprises. Besides showcasing several new products (like additions to PavoSlim series, or Alien LED panels), NANLITE also revealed their new sub-brand called GUTEK. The company offers protective gear cases in three different sizes. My colleague Nino visited NANLITE’s booth to take a first look at the GUTEK Tortoise series and talk about their specifications.

As Andy Lin from GUTEK explains, originally, they started research on building hard cases to offer NANLITE’s customers better protection for their lights. However, along the way, manufacturers came up with an independent line of products that can withstand decent competition in the market. What’s so special about the new Tortoise cases? Let’s find out.

GUTEK Tortoise: robust but lightweight protection

As with every good hard case, GUTEK Tortoise is durable against falls and accidental hits, keeping your expensive camera or lighting gear intact. At the same time, the series has an IP67 rating, which means they are also dust and water-resistant. According to Andy, company developers put a lot of thought into the materials and different layers of finish, not only for the sake of design but also to optimize the cage’s weight. For instance, the T-230 model is only 2.77 kilos (around 6 pounds) when empty, and that’s not much compared to other rugged cases.

GUTEK Tortoise cases - robust
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Each case has “press-pull” latches designed so users can’t hurt themselves. For additional security, there are stainless steel lock holes for padlocks.

GUTEK Tortoise cases - the latches demonstrated
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Sizes and colors

GUTEK Tortoise cases come in three sizes: T-300, T-230, and T-MCC-1. The first two are for standard use (storing cameras, lights, or other valuable “normal-sized” gear). Both fit as carry-ons for most airlines (but please check beforehand). The latter option is a small transparent rugged case for memory cards (also waterproof).

GUTEK Tortoise cases - the small case for memory cards
T-MCC-1. Image source: CineD

T-230 and T-300 are available in two colors: black and olive green.

What do you get inside the GUTEK Tortoise?

GUTEK hard cases for gear come with a lid and bottom foams, as well as padded dividers for customization. To this standardized setup you can add optional kits, like the net kit for cable and small elements that can be attached to the lid.

GUTEK Tortoise cases - what it looks inside like
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Price and availability

The new GUTEK Tortoise protective cases are available for pre-order. Here is the pricing for all three featured models:

  • GUTEK Tortoise T-300 – $195
  • GUTEK Tortoise T-230 – $135
  • GUTEK Tortoise T-MCC-1 – $22

These prices seem reasonable to us for hard cases. For more information, have a look at their website.

And what do you think about NANLITE’s new sub-brand? Would you like to try out the new GUTEK Tortoise hard cases? Any features you usually miss in such products in terms of protection? Let us know in the comments below!

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