PEN-F Case, BolinUS Handmade Genuine Real Leather Half Camera Case Bag Cover for Olympus PEN-F Bottom Opening Version + Hand Strap - Black

$30.95

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  • This camera is made by real top layer oil leather, the design is simple and vintage, use Metal sizing techniques make it very fit with the camera body.
  • It has a special design for Olympus PEN-F which makes it easy to turn over the Screen and it will totally not affect screen rotation.You don't need to take off the half case when you connect data lines.
  • Under base screw is made by copper and it can easy take off by coin. You don't need to take off the half case when you use tripod.
  • There is a opening on the bottom for battery, You don't need to take off the half case when you change battery.
  • Internal soft design gives you a soft and comfortable touch.

Brands:

BolinUS

Product Code:

B01H1QD0P2

Availability:

In Stock
Color:Black

1.This camera is made by real top layer oil leather, the design is simple and vintage, use Metal sizing techniques make it very fit with the camera body.
2.Inside lining use high lever velvet to protect camera body for scratch and coloration.
3.There is a opening on the bottom for battery, You don't need to take off the half case when you change battery.
4.Under base screw is made by copper and it can easy take off by coin. You don't need to take off the half case when you use tripod.
5.It has a special design for Olympus PEN-F which makes it easy to turn over the Screen and it will totally not affect screen rotation.
6.You don't need to take off the half case when you connect data lines.

Content:
1 x camera half case,
1 x Free Genuine Real Leather Hand Strap,
camera not included.
Material:Genuine leather.


Product information Color:Black Package Dimensions 6.46 x 5.51 x 2.28 inches Item Weight 4.9 ounces ASIN B01H1QD0P2

Let's be realistic; the reason we buy things like camera half-cases is because we think they look good. We can mumble about scratching the hard-as-diamonds base plate, or getting a better grip with the little bump on the front, but it's really about looks.
I had a black fake-leather half case on my Pen F, cost something like $6 on eBay, wanted to see if I liked the idea before springing any serious money. Loved the look, but it was recognizably not the product of a cow. At least not the outer skin. Gariz leather stuff is pricy, but this, and a few others that look identical, are reasonable, so what the heck.
Well, surprise! or not. It looks great! I love the brown contrast (my Pen F is silver over black, so it's like a 1950's Packard, 3-tone paint job), I love the feel, It fits probably better than the skin fit the original wearer. And the little bump on front does help the grip a bit, surprisingly. It's still a handful with my 12-40 pro, which weighs double what the Pen F does, but the little bump adds some security with more practical lenses, like any prime. In other words, it's perfect. People assume I'm some kind of hipster shooting an old film camera if they see it at all. Now and then somebody comments on it and goes off on how their old Argus that looked exactly like that (it didn't) was the best camera ever made. It's great fun, in other words.
I have one very minor grumble, it's not possible to flip the screen when it's all the way unfolded, you have to flip it between half out and 90% out. No big deal, I suspect that a razor blade judiciously applied to the left edge of the half case would cure it, but I'm not going to. I flip the screen approximately never anyway. By the way, it has a generous cut-out at the bottom allowing plenty of thumb grip on the screen to unfold it.
OK, you've read plenty of rave reviews about this thing already and this is just one more. Here's the surprise. The strap that comes with is fabulous! Really!
I expected a thin strip of stiff-as-wood leather, rough on the inside and crudely riveted. No indeed. Unlike many of the available straps, it's lined, and the lining is soft and neatly stitched. And there's a stitched cover over the rivet. And the leather is frighteningly soft, but seems amply thick and strong. It's not quite up the standard of, say, Ona's Kyoto strap, but the Ona is double the price of this half case and strap together, if you can even find one. I know this because I've fondled the Kyoto, and have one on order. Back to this one; I'm almost tempted to return the Ona. Or not, but this one is really, really nice. I mean it. If you're thinking about springing another $10--$20 for a genuine leather wrist strap, go have lunch instead.
So, for the piddling price, this is a fabulous half-case, taking your thoroughly modern camera back a good 50 years in appearance (if you've been around that long, think what you could have done with a Pen F in 1965), that comes with a really nice wrist strap as a free bonus. And being prime, you can have it in a couple of days; 6 at most if you go for the cheap shipping. If retro appeals at all, this is the ticket.

Ordinarily, I would have given this 5 stars. It's very well made and fits the camera perfectly. One reviewer mentioned that the mounting hole was slightly off center, but that was not a problem with mine - it lined up perfectly. A minor point is that the stitching on the one I received is gray, whereas the stitching in the photos is red. I liked the red stitching, but like I wrote, this is a minor issue. The included hand strap is also high quality and a nice extra.

The reason I deducted a star is that the company's name is BolinUS. I interpreted this to mean that this is a US made product. It's not. It's made in and shipped from China (took 6 days to arrive). I really have nothing against Chinese made products, but I don't like being led to believe that it's a US made product when it's not. So, for that, I deducted a star. If you don't care about something like that, then this is a 5 star product.

The half-case looks really good, stitching is pretty good, leather feels like good quality and it's an authentically retro look on a camera designed to evoke the precision and simplicity of a rangefinder film camera. My one complaint was that the hole in the bottom where you screw it onto the camera was about 1/16th of an inch off and I had a hard time getting the screw into the tripod hole. I would have tried stretching the hole out but it has a metal sleeve inside to keep the hole from getting out of shape, which is a great design feature if the hole is in the right place. I ended up working the bolt into the camera but only by pulling the leather over as far as I could to the right. I imagine this is a function of having an animal hyde case because between the time the leather is cut and the case gets to you, I could see that one part of the thing might age slightly differently pulling it one way or another. At any rate, I did get it to work, it looks great and it's really well-made. I'm leaving it at 5 stars because it's just a good value al around, imho.

I was a bit unsure about this when I bought it. It looks good and really does help improve the grip on the camera. Just enough to be helpful and not so much that it become an awkward protrusion. Overall, I just feel more confident holding the camera. Its altogether more 'handy' with either hand. I was wondering about the leather quality when I ordered it, but it seems very nice and I expect it to be long lived. But... I just don't get the wrist strap. This camera deserves a full neck strap and I would have gladly paid a few bucks more

I think this one is real animal leather. Some of the Chinese sellers have recently taken to calling PU (man made) leather "Real Genuine Leather". It reminds me of the generic auto parts that are labeled "Genuine replacement part".
The tripod L bracket I use fits tightly to the camera so you can't use the bracket and the case together. Fortunately it only takes seconds to switch them.

This works great and I enjoy the retro look. The snap open flap gives easy access to the battery and the card. My only surprise was this was the half case just the bottom part. I intended to mostly use it just this way but I thought I was getting the top part as well that I could use occasionally with the pancake lens. This was my derp though and I should have realized it based on the reasonable price.

What can I say other than this is a great product. It is really well made. I can't believe the quality at this price. Looks wonderful on the camera. Adds to the retro look perfectly. Offers good protection. The battery compartment is easy to access. I absolutely love the hand strap and don't know what I used to do without it. The case adds a level of security when holding the camera that is not there in its naked form. In fact I was going to get a accessory grip but this is way better. And it is a steal compared to everything else out there. If you have a Pen-F you simply must buy this case. Six stars!!!!!