DIY: Make Your Own Hard Camera Case
A soft case for your camera is pretty cheap to come by, but hard cases can easily run to the hundreds of dollars. Luckily, they're not too hard to make if you've got a little time and a little foam.
Kevin A. Crider posted this great suggestion over at DIY Photography. He suggests that the best way to start is to get a small suitcase from a garage sale that opens in the middle. "You may use any suit case, " he writes, "but the ones that open in the middle allows us to store equipment on both sides."
Then it's as simple as cutting the foam to fit. You can use scissors, or an electronic meat slicer as Crider did. You probably won't get everything exactly the way you want it on the first go, but foam is cheap enough to come by where a few tries won't break the bank.
In the end, you've just got to fit the foam and you're good to go. Once you're certain of your layout, you could glue the foam pieces together and to the bottom of your case.
Not only is this a nice way to keep your camera safe while travelling, it's also fully customizable. Need a spot for that new lens you bought? Get out the scissors.