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Leica M-D: Enter the Classic Case for the new screenless M

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Although a screenless Leica M had been rumour bait for nearly two years, ever since Photokina in 2014, the announcement of the M-D in April surprised many. Accessory manufacturers were caught wrong footed but demands for cases, in particular, soon surfaced.

The British manufacturer Classic Cases was early off the mark. For the past few months I have been working with Paul Glendell to work out the best way of designing a case to fit the M-D without obstructing any of the vital functions.

Prototypes have been shuttling back and forth between Bovey Tracey and Macfilos Towers. The exact positioning of the ISO cutout, in particular, proved a problem since Paul didn’t have the camera. I did, however, and we have been fettling the dimensions over the past few weeks.

Paul and I decided that the case back should be designed to accommodate thumb grips such as the Matchtechnical Thumbs Up shown in several of the accompanying photographs. I was also keen to ensure that the rangefinder cutout was big enough to accommodate Leica’s screw-in magnifiers. It is small points like this that are sometimes overlooked.

 The back of the case is crafted to display the ISO dial and has cut-outs for a thumb grip as well as enough space around the viewfinder to allow a Leica magnifier to be screwed in. This is the final pre-production model fitted to Mike
The back of the case is crafted to display the ISO dial and has cut-outs for a thumb grip as well as enough space around the viewfinder to allow a Leica magnifier to be screwed in. This is the final pre-production model fitted to Mike’s M-D.

The resulting case is something of a triumph and I am currently using the first production sample. I will give it a thorough test and let you have my final assessment later.

First impressions are vital, however, and I am very impressed with the design and fit. Paul uses a tough saddle leather which is reminiscent of vintage Leica half cases, most of which were in brown, and he pays careful attention to the stitching. This black case is a perfect fit on my M-D and offers protection as well as added allure to the camera.

Unlike cases made from softer “glove” leather, Paul’s Classic Cases need some running in. They will wear well and the leather will assume a smoothness and perfect patina that is difficult to achieve these days.

 The first case to go out to a customer was specially distressed by Paul Glendell at the buyer
The first case to go out to a customer was specially distressed by Paul Glendell at the buyer’s request. It makes the camera less new looking and obvious, particularly useful for street photography at which the M-D excels

The inside, a red plush on my case, protects the camera and the fit is immaculate. Paul offers a number of customising options, including outer leather and interior. He will also stamp your initials on the bottom of the case if you wish.

The Classic Case for the Leica M-D is now available to order at a very reasonable cost of £165. You can find full details, including information on customisation, at the Classic Cases website.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The leather and the cases from Paul Glendell do look good, and locally made for a change. Though saying that, I have a Japanese strap on one camera and an American one on the other.

    I didn’t see any mention of the very prominently displayed strap Mike…

    I think we should be told.

    • Oh oh, I have seen it now, on Mr. Glendell’s website…

      I wonder if it can be made to a custom size, I prefer 120mm?

    • That case and strap belongs to a customer. I hadn’t realised it was a Classic Cases strap. You can email Paul to see if he can make different lengths; I imagine he had do.

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