British manufacturer Classic Cases has an enviable reputation among Leica enthusiasts. Our contributor William Fagan, for one, swears by them and the company has a faithful following. The cases are indeed classic, using strong oak bark tanned leather similar to that used on camera cases in the past. They contrast with the softer glove-style leather used by some manufacturers and I suspect this leather will wear better over time.
A big bonus, too, is that the cases are made in Scotland by Paul Glendell who is also a professional photographer and knows a thing of two about what we photographers want when it comes to camera protection. This home-grown manufacture is reflected in the competitive pricing.
Paul’s latest case, made for the new Leica M10, adopts a completely new concept for him by dispensing with the strip of leather above the screen. There just isn’t room for it to be made strongly enough. Instead, in order to retain rigidity, Paul has stiffened up the side bars to ensure the case fits securely and doesn’t sag. I much prefer this open design (which allows for the use of a thumb grip if desired) to the more fussy full-frame back.
I’ve been working with Paul over the past few months to make sure that the case fits the M10 perfectly and I am currently testing a pre-production model. It looks great on the M10 and the workmanship is superb. The design retains the traditional fixing straps at both ends of the top plate and they close securely with press studs to achieve a close fit on the camera. The case could have been tailor-made for my M10. And, indeed, it was.
The Leica M10 cases are offered in the usual three colours from Classic cases of black, light brown and reddish brown. Three lining options are available: red, dark blue and green.
If you like the traditional hard-wearing leather construction and want to add some character to your M10 this is about as good as it gets. The protector is available direct from Classic Cases and costs a reasonable £175 plus postage. If you want a rear screen cover added the cost goes to £205, again very reasonable considering the standard of workmanship and when compared with some imported cases.
Above left: Front view of the case in brown. Centre and right. rich brown