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Arte di Mano: Christmas arrives early at Macfilos

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A handsome beast and no mistake. The vestigal finger grip is a standard feature but you can ask Arte di Mano to build in a more substantial version.

Look what dropped on the doormat this morning. It’s my Christmas present in the form of an Arte di Mano half-case for my cherished Leica M10-D. Up to now, I’ve been jogging along with a similar (and very functional) case designed for the M10. It fits, but it doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity offered by the lack of a screen.

I know I should have left it until the 25th, but what could this be, all the way from Soeul in South Korea?
I know I should have left it unopened until the 25th, but what could this be, all the way from Seoul in South Korea?

This new case functions in the same way as the M10 model, complete with the opening door for access to the battery and SD card. As with the M10 case, it replaces the bottom plate of the camera (otherwise there would be no way of getting to the battery or card).

It works extremely well and does not hinder the operation of the camera in any way. The only possible negative aspect is that you lose the weather protection at the bottom of the camera.

The full-cover version, just like a case for an M7 or M6. Note the hole for the red warning light at the bottom right of the case
The full-cover version, just like a case for an M7 or M6. Note the hole for the red warning light at the bottom right of the case

Brown Christmas

Father Christmas ordered this case in the same natural brown colour as the case I ordered for the Q2. They are now two peas in a pod. As usual, the M10-D case offers impressive protection for the camera body, although the ends of the top plate remain vulnerable.

The porthole for the rear control dial is perfectly executed and it makes the camera look even more like a film model. Initially, I find it just a bit more difficult to turn the outer wheel to on and wifi — the thickness of the leather means you cannot put a finger on the knurled outer edge.

I find it easier to grip the wheel and 3 and 9 o’clock between the thumb and forefinger. The exposure compensation dial is unaffected and can be moved using pressure in the usual way.

A handsome beast and no mistake. The vestigal finger grip is a standard feature but you can ask Arte di Mano to build in a more substantial version.
A handsome beast and no mistake. The vestigial finger grip is a standard feature but you can ask Arte di Mano to build in a more substantial version. In fact, you can change many aspects, not just the leather and the plush interior but also the colour of the stitching. The traditional approach is often the best, however

As always with leather accessories, a period of use is essential before making a final verdict. Leather cases tend to improve with age. For that reason, I will be back in mid-2020 with a long-term review of both the Arte di Mano case for the Q2 and the new one for the M10-D. We’ve already reviewed the M10 version here.

Q2 case, same leather and colour but the press-studded “ears” offer slightly more protection to the top corners of the camera. This is a more traditional approach but it doesn’t work well with the M10’s ISO adjustment dial.

While I understand many photographers hate half cases, I also know that M (and Q) owners like the retro look of a nice case. I don’t hanker after a case for the SL or even the CL, but the M definitely suits a modesty cover.

Third decade, cheers!

This will be the last Macfilos post until the New Year (unless something drastic happens) so I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers and contributors a happy and restful holiday season and a photo-filled 2020. Thank you all for your support as Macfilos enters its third decade.


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21 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Mike, you deserve a break! I wish you a refreshing break and an awesome Christmas season. Thanks for all your efforts-they are much appreciated.

  2. So at Macfilos Towers Arte di Mano cases drop out of the sky as delivered by some guy in a red suit and sporting a white beard. Meanwhile back at Seargeant towers, some guy passes off several lumps of coal and a satsuma as filling the same requirements.

    Thank you for everything Mike, enjoy that more than deserved break. Hell who knows I might manage to polish off that article I’ve been promising, but work keeps compromising if I get a few minutes. Oh and spare a thought for those of us who work through the jolly period, only with a silent J.

    Happy Christmas and New Year folks.

    Dave S

    Humbug.

  3. Santy Claus has not come here since we blocked up our chimney with a gas fire. He visited here many times in years gone by when we had an open chimney. The children always left a glass of whiskey and mince pies for the man himself (which ‘he’ greatly enjoyed) and some carrots for the reindeer. Nothing photographic is expected as a Christmas present this year, but a 19th Century camera from the last of the Autumn auctions is still wending its way to me.

    A Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to Mike and all readers.

    William

  4. Have A Merry Christmas and night to remember New Years Eve, call Ivor for bail. Where ever you going be safe, I say this selfishly, we all need our
    Macfilos opium fix. ENJOy

  5. Hi Mike ,
    I would like to extend Christmas wishes and a very Happy New Year to you and all contributors to your website. Great stories, exceptional writing and inspiring photographs is what brings me to your site every day. Thank you again for an amazing year and look forward to a new decade with the Macfilos family.
    Cheers,
    Jim Boychuk
    Ottawa

  6. Hello Michael. Have a great break until the New Year, and then have a wonderful 2020.
    And best end-of-year wishes to all the Macfilos readers and family. Will “see” you all again next year.

  7. Dear Michael ..wishing you and Macfilos all the very best for a very Happy Christmas, and a fulfilling New Year 2020, with less to worry about and more to enjoy!

    With all best wishes to you ..and the ‘Macfilos family’ who provide so much entertainment and insight here! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! ..Yours, David.

  8. Hi Michael
    Here’s wishing you and the Macfilos crew all the very best for Christmas and hoping that 2020 will be successful, happy and healthy for you all.
    Cheers, Tom

  9. Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Christmas Mike. Thank you for all your hard work throughout the year and best wishes for 2020 to all Macfilos readers.

  10. Hi Folks,

    Where ever you are in the world, I hope you are all safe, and enjoying the New Year as it arrives. Here is raising a glass of Bourbon to all of the Macfilos community for a healthy and prosperous 2020.

    Best Wishes

    Dave

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