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New reviews roundup…(new Gariz leather case for the E-M5)


The picture on top shows the new Gariz leather case for the E-M5 which are right now for sale on eBay (Click here). You can find them in Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here). Looks good or not?

New reviews:
More Fun Comparisons – Fuji X-Pro 1 vs Olympus OM-D vs Sony NEX-7 – JPEG by Steve Huff (Click here): “Out of the three, the most joyful and fun to shoot was the Olympus.
SLR Magic x Toy Lens Pinhole for Micro Four Thirds at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).
GF5 versus GX1 JPEG and RAW comparison at DSLRcheck (Click here).
The Lightroom 4.1 beta (CLick here) now supports the E-M5 RAW file.
Sigma 19mm review at Photographyblog (Click here).

And here are the links to all the mentioned stuff:
SLRmagic pinhole on Brown (Click here) The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

  • beautiful case!

    • admin

      I also like it a lot :)

    • And you don’t have to take the case off to change the battery.

      • MJr

        Indeed, tho it makes one big hole ! :/

    • Vlad

      Totally! Gariz make great stuff.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Yeah, it looks pretty good.

      It’s too bad they slapped the hideous logo on the front.

    • frelwa

      I already have Gariz half-cases for my E-PL2 and my Fuji X100 and X10. I’m addicted to them, so I bought a black one for my E-M5 on eBay. I’m just waiting for it to be delivered.

  • Will

    Personally I think these hideous leather cases people get are the most pure form of GAS syndrome. Granted I’ve never seen someone under 40 sporting them but they seem so useless and make the usability much worse and look so try hard.

    • Anyway, grip is little more big, and look very nice too. :-P

    • Vivek

      These “hideous” and pricey cases are very well made and are also quite useful (not in case of the OMD that has a fantastic 2 part grip), especially for the Sony NEX’. They make the NEX’ more usable.

    • Achiinto

      @Will, I guess you have never used one and funny how you made such conclusion. I have been using leather case for my e-410, e-p1 and e-p2. I always found that the usability and ergonomic increased. The cases help the smaller cameras to have better grip on par with E-3, E-330 and E-510, which I also have.

      Good thing is that it weights very little, it protects your camera from scratch, it gives your camera some style, It could gives you better grip. You might find this leather case a cheaper and smaller alternative to the battery grip if ergonomic is a concern.

      • Esa Tuunanen

        > The cases help the smaller cameras to have better grip on par with E-3
        And pigs have wings.
        It can only make that brick little thicker.
        And squarish brick isn’t ergonomical shape for human hand unlike bigger rounded grip of modern high end cameras.
        If you disagree then you shouldn’t be using any tool (hammer, drill…) with rounded grip.

        • Vlad

          And what is your point precisely? None of the smaller cameras have the nice ergonomic grip anyway, hence people using cases to improve it.
          And you forgot all the other points Achiinto mentioned.

        • I have an Aki-ashi on my ep2 makes the ‘feel’ great.

      • I went back thru this thread, and I think yours was the info I was looking for. I just missed it the first time. Protection and much less expensive than the EM-5 grip, which IS very nice, but the portrait part of which I won’t use. I suspect that Owner User or some other third party will make an auxiliary grip like the Olympus one at some point. But in the meantime, this will do quite nicely, and if I want it really small with a pancake lens, I can always remove it. Many thanks for your thoughtful comments.

    • Vlad

      I would have to agree with the others, my leather case gives me much better grip (it feels annoying to use the camera without it now), protects the camera quite well and after almost four years of extreme weather (heat and extreme humidity and lately – 30C), it still looks great. I guess, if you are frustrated, because you can’t afford it, you can call it a GAS syndrome :)

      • Will

        The first few years of getting into photography was using my fathers old rangefinder which he refused to let me take out of the leather case, I hated it but at least it was from a time that it was natural to have a leather case.

        How in the hell does it make the grip better? It just partly covers the camera, often only the lower part, and gets majorly in the way, you really think making the camera a little thicker in random areas makes the grip better?? Also they look terrible combined with the modern camera’s of today and so hipster almost.

        I have sour memories of my fathers camera so i’ve always hated them, I used to sneak it out of the leather case, still to this day he uses that camera (he’s 71) in the leather case which is falling apart around it now.

        Leather cases don’t last either, same with leather straps, modern day materials are much stronger and last much longer, it’s gear for the sake of gear!

        • Vlad

          You just repeated your previous statement, do you expect me to somehow react differently?
          I’ll repeat what I said too then, with a few more details. I am using a 70 euro case on a 400 euro Powershot G10. Quite expensive, huh? I’ve been guilty of buying gear just for the gear, happens to everyone, but not in that particular case. The thing is 3mm thick, when you include the leather and padding, but because of how it is made, it gives me a nice grip of almost 1cm (measured with a caliper). Here’s a picture of something relatively similar – . I also dropped the camera twice and I am pretty confident, that if it weren’t for the case, it would’ve been much worse. Yet another thing is that when shooting in relatively cold weather and not having gloves, it is much better than touching the magnesium alloy. And on top of that, it looks nice. Actually, almost as new after 4 years. For me, that is money well spent.

          • Esa Tuunanen

            > You just repeated your previous statement, do you expect me to somehow react differently?
            How about looking to mirror?

            And if camera needs such for improving ergonomy that’s simply sign of unergonomic design in the first place!
            Or do you accept repairman just putting paint on top of rust in your car instead of actually fixing problem?

            > Yet another thing is that when shooting in relatively cold weather and not having gloves, it is much better than touching the magnesium alloy.
            That’s just another sign of bad camera design.
            Whole outer surface being retro metal is and has always been bad design and sign of designer having never used camera in real world. Or design being only retarded showpiece and not tool for actual use.

            • Vlad

              “> You just repeated your previous statement, do you expect me to somehow react differently?
              >How about looking to mirror?”
              Did you even read what I wrote? You know, like the second sentence? Apparently, you just hurried to show how smart you are.

              “>And if camera needs such for improving ergonomy that’s simply sign of unergonomic design in the first place!”
              So what exactly do you expect me to do? Buy a huge DLSR just for the grip? That is called a trade-off.

              “>That’s just another sign of bad camera design.”
              Same here. What’s your point?

            • in the days of the SLR good cameras had leather cases with flip down fronts.
              It meant manufacturers did not have to make massive bodies like DSLRs.

        • Mr. Reeee

          What does your therapist have to say about your case issues? ;-)

          I had leather cases on all my 35mm cameras, except for my FM2. Back when you only had a 50mm lens a full case made sense. For my GH2 I have a stretchy neoprene thing that can cover all sorts of lenses, but when the camera is out of my bag, it’s also out of the neoprene thingie.

          • mooboy

            Hey Mr. Reeee, which neoprene thingie do you use on GH2? One of the Op/Tech ones? I have one for my DSLR, but would like to get some for GH2 and OM-D for when they’re travelling…

            • Mr. Reeee

              Actually, I have two different ones, both from Zing Designs. They’re well made and better than the Op-Tech stuff.

              The ABK1 Accessory Bag (B&H $17) fits the GH2 and a pancake lens, like the 20mm or Voigtländer 35mm f1.4.

              The Large SLR Action Cover (B&H $27), isn’t that large, but takes the GH2 and Voigtländer 25mm, 7-14mm or the 14-140mm. That one I use a bit more. They make several with similar names, but after trying them all, this is the one that fits best.

  • shin

    gariz is an excellent case just beware when buying the glossy one it scratch super easy even from your fingernail.

  • bob

    I like the case. It’s beautiful, and does well to disguise the ugliness of the square-looking E-M5

  • > GF5 versus GX1 JPEG and RAW comparison at DSLRcheck.

    I am disappoint. Whatever new sensor it is, at lower MP count it is worse than G3/GX1.

    • Anonymous

      Just say; bye bye Panny ,.. Oh wait , I said that 3 months ago ,and I just confirm to divorce her when i received my E-M5 a weeks ago

  • Admin, Olympus Epm1 @ – $399
    EPM1 $399 until May 12th

  • It looks like the case also adds the “gun-shot” clip which might be useful for some people. It’s just a shame that it is so expensive.

  • Bob B.

    Hey…I used a leather half case on my GF1..and it really helped protect it. (believe me…I did not pay ANYWHERE near $100 for it!)….so I am generally not opposed to them… This one seems kind of useless as the only way to use the OM in my world is with the top half of the battery grip, period. (unless you are shooting video, I wouldn’t know).
    Gotta say…this case is too expensive and kind of silly.

    • Charlie

      Agree on all points — a waste of $$$ with this camera.

      • Bob B.

        yeah…and if you have to buy one…why would you buy brown. brown? on a black camera? huh? I guess you cold back that up with some stylin black shoes and a brown belt!!!! :-)

        • Brown adds style, as long as its not rustic. There is something other than black in this world.

  • ela

    Bought the special edition for my em5. Love it so much.

  • Camaman

    I hope they make other colors. Real brown would be nicer.
    This has to much dark red tone…

  • Where is the top half? It only comes 3/4 the way up, spoils the look entirely. It should come to the top of the leatherette like the aki-asahi does on the ep1/2 and GH series cases. This one has some nice features on the bottom, but is totally ruined for me by only being 3/4 high, having an embossed logo (must have American MM) and the brown which i prefer over black is slightly to dark.
    For me the shade should be the same as aki-asahi brown or the braided strap from Barton 1972.
    Now that is a great combination, and no strange logo, just quality.

    Any one who has not tried on of these cases on the Pen range is missing a great accessory that improves the ‘feel’. If you have not tried it, you don’t know what your talking about for those decrying the products here.

  • Alyson.b.mitchell

    This just calls out for a tan leather case, not that chocolate brown. But it does give it that old school look.

  • Lighting

    Does not look good with EM-5 IMO

    • That’s because its only half there and wrong colour. If it went up to the top of the leatherette and was tan it would look quite good. Better on the chrome version.

  • Putting aside some of the hyperbole I’ve seen in this thread, what I’m seeing with this accessory is a way to slightly increase the size and thickness of the camera and add some “grip.” It’s not the Oly auxiliary grip, but it’s also not $300 and doesn’t force you to buy the portrait grip that isn’t necessarily what a lot of people want.

    It’s not weather-resistant, but it also adds an element of protection. This is the first time I’ve seen this advertised. I’d be interested in some constructive observations. IOW…I don’t need more more GAS venting…

    Thanks, and regards….

    • I agree. As I said in an earlier entry these cases give the camera some ‘feel’. This sample needs to stand in water to grow to its proper size – to the top of the leatherette, it makes the camera look only half dressed being 3/4 coverage.
      I don’t know if Aki-asahi has their em5 case yet, if not, wait, it will have more style and not leave a half dressed camera, I hope, I have the ep2 case its great.

  • E-1

    I find the Steve Huff images more interesting than some leather.

    The colors and pictures of the M5 are much nicer than the Fuji, but I guess that is the reason why I shoot Olympus, Fuji users probably have a 180° different opinion.

    But I’m happy, I thought the Fuji might be some über-camera, for me it’s not.

    (While waiting for the M5 to get its starting production problems solved, I bought that 200 EUR EPM1 body that was linked here some time ago. And while I bought it for the faster AF compared to my EPL1, expecting to not really like the camera, well I really like it. The size is better than the EPL1, with the 20/1.7 it’s really small.

    PS: The EPM1 was a double zoom kit from the Netherlands where the lenses where sold separately)

  • Steve

    I love Gariz’s stuff – use their awesome Galaxy S2 case on my phone, though I use a Roberu on my E-P3. I need to get a case for the E-M5 so maybe this will be the one!

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