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.
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.
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.
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.
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.