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Why use half-cases?

Discussion in 'Fuji X Forum' started by seukel, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

    16
    Oct 31, 2012
    Hello,

    could anyone please explain the usefulness of (leather) half-cases compared to normal camera bags.
    TIA
    Peter
     
  2. northernsouluk

    northernsouluk SC Regular

    27
    Nov 4, 2012
    Scotland
    gives you protection and also is quick to use.
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    The camera is "at the ready".....no need to dig into the bag. It's also a preference for a "look". I occasionally carry a bag if I need more than just my camera, but I prefer the simplicity of just a camera.
     
  4. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yeah, a lot of it is a traditional style factor. But think about it: The reason to use any case is to provide protection. And, in this instance, even if you're using both the top and bottom halves that these cases often feature, you need only pull the top half forward and the camera is ready in a second or two. A lot faster than unzipping a camera bag and pulling the camera out - even faster than a sling bag. And if you're only using the bottom half of the case, you still have a considerable amount of protection and it's just as fast as having no case at all.
     
  5. tdp

    tdp Guest

    Adds a bit of girth for grip to smaller camera bodies.
     
  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    i really only have cameras as fashion accessories.
    I like a leather half-case because then they look a bit more chic
    And because I adore the feeling of leather next to my skin.
     
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  7. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011

    Insert : OMG! Snigglesnigglesnicker!!!!!

    Ahem. Yes, well.. snicker.

    Anyway, what evades me is yes a halfcase is very useful for hanging the camera around your neck and having it at the ready not to mention they can look slick but what I don't get is why people make only the bottom, purchase only the bottom. The snap off tops seem, to me, to make the cases more useful. Here is an entire protective case you can toss in your carry on bag or flip into the back seat when you are traveling.. and take the top off when you are ready to go. Vs.. Here is a half case and you still need to wrap your camera in a towel or something protective in your luggage.. just a weirdness to me that screams "I am all about image". Protect the lens too!

    ^ Still snickering at Paul.
     
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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    now you're getting the idea
     
  9. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Not touching that one! Bwahahaha!
     
  10. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

    16
    Oct 31, 2012
    Me too, but are there any eveready cases (whole cases with a top) for the X-E1 + the 18-55 zoom lens? So far I have only seen half cases. Would be nice.
     
  11. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Stop feeding me lines Kristen
     
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I just ordered this one yesterday http://www.kaza-deluxe.com/detail.php?id=172. I use only the bottom half 80% of the time, but for the small price difference it's nice to have the top part as well. I believe it fits all the current lenses.
     
  13. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    You were on a roll before I ever answered the post :D
     
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  14. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'm going into a darkened room (on my own) for a couple of hours now, so I shan't derail the poor OP's thread any more this evening. Love the new avatar btw Kristen.
     
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  15. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Goooodnight Paull.. ;) And thanks.
     
  16. Archiver

    Archiver SC Top Veteran

    619
    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    After getting a half case for my M9 I was hooked. The handling of the camera changed dramatically for the better; I don't really use it for protection, just to ensure a better grip on the camera. I have a Zhou case on my M7 and the official Fuji half case for my X100. Amusingly, I don't use the top section of the Fuji case, only the lower.
     
  17. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

    16
    Oct 31, 2012
  18. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    On an entirely serious note, Mr Zhou makes beautiful affordable leather cases and halves for all sorts of cameras. Have a look at eBay seller jioZhou
     
  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    It really pained me to pay that for a piece of leather, but when I factored it in to the total overall cost of the whole kit, it's actually a small percentage of the whole :redface:. I have this manufacturer's case for my X100 and it is beautiful. The difference between a case priced like this and the cheaper ones is the feel of the leather. This one feel like an old baseball glove, a real quality piece of cowhide. The synthetic leathers have certainly gotten better over the years, but if you appreciate the difference between leather and "pleather (plastic leather)" then it may be worth the extra $60-$80 to you. In the end, it was to me.

    I also like the battery/memory card slot cut-out on the bottom. I have had other cheap ones before without it and I end up leaving them off the camera because I try to shoot every day and want to see the photos and need access to the card. So with the bottom access point, I leave it on all the time, it's better protected and I use it more giving it more value.

    As for the dealer being reliable, the website is also the manufaturer (I believe). But I bought mine through an eBay listing where I have protection through eBay AND through Paypal.