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Half case, full case or no case? I've found in the past, a camera case to get in the way. Willing to reconsider because some of them look so awesome (Luigi).  Plus some cases have a built in side grip, that could be a plus. Tell me your experiences, please. I have both film and digital M's.

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13 minutes ago, kivis said:

... Willing to reconsider because some of them look so awesome (Luigi). ....

If you judge your candidate purchases by looks, then that is entirely a personal decision. For me, function and ergonomics are top priorities. I rarely use a camera with case attached. Transportation? Yes. If this is not your first experience of buying a new camera, then you will know how you prefer to store, transport and use your equipment.

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No case, not even a half case, a reasonable sized camera bag is far better and leaves the camera slim and light when using it. What is a reasonable sized camera bag? One where you can drop a lens into a soft pocket and worry about refitting lens caps later, and with one pocket left over for other stuff, like film, or a meter, a sandwich, a bottle of water, etc.

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I used to use a "Benser Pouch" - a zip-up thin kangroo-skin pouch with eyelets on the back for the strap to exit. Slide the pouch up the strap and hold the bare camera for use. I had them for both my M4 and Leicaflex (different sizes). Zip it up to store in bag or if it started to rain.

 

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I have too many cases - and don't want a half case

I also have an 'original Benser' case in case it might rain

 

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You’ve replied on my post about when I dropped my camera. That hard leica film m case really saved the mp. Id go for one of those (for actual protection rather than just aesthetics)  if you do go with a case over the beautiful but thin leathered arte/pelle/luigi/zhou halfcases. Has a “top cover”/lens cover but I don’t use that. The iso dial hole fits perfectly and there is a sort of nub at the back for thumb grippyness. 
 

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Just bought a Leica M10-R and is due to arrive early next week. Considering a half case to protect it. Looking at the Luigi cases based on comments. It is reasonably priced but several items:

  1. Do the Luigi cases include a bottom door for battery and SDXC card access? I don’t see anything mentioned and no pictures for indication. 
  2. May be similar how do the cases connect to the M10? Many connect via the tripod mount at the bottom. Can’t really tell with the online photos
  3. Regarding the back door or cover over the screen: do most people get this cover or exclude the cover? If include the cover do you get the detachable or the one that remains detached. With the DSLR I don’t have a case or cover for the back screen. My concern is that continually gets in the way while shooting. 

I have looked at Arte di Mano (expensive), Oberwerth and Artisan Workstation (reasonable but long delivery time) - any experience or thoughts on these cases? Anything else that I may be missing?

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I am relatively set in the brown Q2 Leica half case and matching strap.  But two things (beyond price).  1) I wanted a darker brown case…and I don’t like black ones.  2) many straps have leather tab to protect camera where the ring attaches…not the Leica. Thinking of using peak design quick release system…but it isn’t strictly made to attach to a metal ring on the strap side.  

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On 3/10/2022 at 11:10 AM, ejg1890 said:

Just bought a Leica M10-R and is due to arrive early next week. Considering a half case to protect it. Looking at the Luigi cases based on comments. It is reasonably priced but several items:

  1. Do the Luigi cases include a bottom door for battery and SDXC card access? I don’t see anything mentioned and no pictures for indication. 
  2. May be similar how do the cases connect to the M10? Many connect via the tripod mount at the bottom. Can’t really tell with the online photos
  3. Regarding the back door or cover over the screen: do most people get this cover or exclude the cover? If include the cover do you get the detachable or the one that remains detached. With the DSLR I don’t have a case or cover for the back screen. My concern is that continually gets in the way while shooting. 

I have looked at Arte di Mano (expensive), Oberwerth and Artisan Workstation (reasonable but long delivery time) - any experience or thoughts on these cases? Anything else that I may be missing?

I have these questions also.

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IMHO, in one way or another camera cases always get in the way. I vote no case.

If you really have to get one Luigi and Angelo (Angelo Pelle) are both amazing Italian crafters, JnK-handworks (Arte di mano) is also a very fine option. You can't go wrong with any of these three in terms of craftsmanship, but they will all get in the way while looking splendid on any M, 

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I have a Luigi case for the Q2. For me the fit is borderline. I liked the first Luigi case on the M10 thats why I went for Luigi for the Q2 again. 

Now I use my „old“ Luigi M10 case on the M11. Clearly M11 ist not quite M10. But as I am unsure with Luigi I still did not decide for a new M11 case. Arte di mano seems to be completely outpriced considering its far east production (offering crocodile 🤨). More and more often I use my M11 without case. BtW I never even considered a case with Canon cameras . . .

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I have two Luigi half cases (and more over the years), a neck strap and a couple of wrist straps.
Mine have never had a battery door, but he sells a base plate with a battery door and by paying a bit extra the cases are made with a flap that gives access to the battery door. Obviously a M with a traditional Leica baseplate will not work with almost any case in place.
The cases are held in place by integral strips of leather and poppers that hook over the strap lugs.
I never had a flap to cover the LCD - just a window.

I prefer Luigi's designs to others - the shape of the edge of the leather across the front looks more elegant (?), more organic (?). The fit is always tight, but OK, the leather high quality, (though not treated to the highest levels of softness), they are well made. and I like the colours. My current half cases are for a M4 (black) and a IIf (military green). I like Luigi's 'Silky' straps as well. 

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My second half case from Luigi, this time handcrafted to my personal requirements for the Leica M11 (based on Luigis "menu" of options) 

- connected backdoor

- handgrip

- direct battery access (battery ( USB port door)

- tripod-ready (screw).

Chapeau to Luigi for his craftsmanship and for his flexibility to offer individual, well thought-through solutions. A lot of experience. Beautifully made, and the leather… a piece of art!

And even more important: for me great usability and a reliable companion on long photo trips.

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Depends.  Today on an urban hike I took two bodies with two extra lenses in my jacket pocket.  I have two Billingham bags - one for Sony gear, one for Leica gear. For the Blads I have a metal Hasselblad case.  I only carry full cases when I'm on the road for a shoot with everything.  Otherwise I have a great canvas small messenger-type camera bag to operate out of.  However, I try to have no case with me for simplicity. 

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