A review sample of Arte di Mano’s ingenious leather half-case for the new Leica Q has just arrived. I thought I’d share this preliminary picture with you as a greaser for the review that will follow. I will be putting the case through its paces over the next couple of weeks. Unusually for my taste (which tends to veer towards the black), this case is in a more traditional brown leather and sets off the Q2 to perfection. I bow to Sejun Kim’s recommendation which has taken me slightly out of my comfort zone, and that is no bad thing
I know that many photographers don’t like half cases covering up their pride and joy. They prefer to use their camera as nature intended and I certainly have no problem with that because these things are very personal. As always, I can see both sides of the argument. Some cameras – for instance, a pro DSLR or even the new Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R don’t lend themselves to half cases. I’ve never even seen one for this type of camera.
But for Leica cameras (and some other brands, Fuji being a good example) half-cases have allure. They protect the body and, if constructed carefully, can actually improve the handling. In some cases, as with this one, a hand grip is integrated.
One of the big negative factors with many cases is the need to remove the them to get at the battery or SD card slot. It’s a real chore and, for that reason, I will pass on Leica’s otherwise admirable cases. The AdiM case, in contrast, is extremely well thought out and features a magnetised opening bottom, allowing access to both the battery slot and SD door. Quite ingenious, but how will it perform in practice. And is it worth the substantial price tag?
That’s what I am to find out. I’ll be writing a full review and will cover every aspect of the design.