I actually didn't want to buy any case for my X-Pro1 because I felt that it doesn't really need a case. However Zelenpol has one that's really quite nice.
There are many X-Pro1 half cases around, I choose this one because of three reasons.
- The focus dial is not inside a circle like most other cases.
- The metal trimming at the base looks smart.
- It comes with a neck and wrist strap two-in-one.
I bought this from eBay at US$134. It was shipped from Korea and arrived within a week.
The items come in a simple box. They are laid out nicely on soft foam inside. There's the neck padding, the half case, the strap, two eyelet, some screws and ring.
The red colour behind the leather is striking.
The case doesn't actually cover much of the camera, just the sides mostly.
The same red finishing is used inside. When you put the camera on it, you can't see anything red.
There's a metal trimming that goes around the edge of the base. The base is also finished with leather. The whole base plate is quite thick, almost about 1cm tall. X-Pro1 is quite big and with the case, it looks even taller.
The case is quite light so it doesn't add much weight to the whole setup.
This is the screw that locks the X-Pro1 to the base of the case. The little lever has a small piece of magnet that sticks itself into place.
You can still fit a tripod head into it but it may be a bit awkward because the base plate is lower than the metal edge.
When you flip out the lever, you use it to tighten or loosen the screw.
The hole for the battery is cut very precisely. Now when the battery flap is flipped up, it rests against the case behind and you no longer get that flimsy feel of the flap.
The leather of the case is quite soft. When you looking from the front, the right side of the case (near the viewfinder) doesn't hug that close to the body, but it's a minor issue.
I find it easier to grip the camera with the case.
However, when your fingers go underneath the metal rim below, it doesn't feel that comfortable. Happens when you're pressing the AF point selection button. That's because the metal rim edge is angled and not rounded off.
Most other cases have a circle to access the focus switch. I thought it would be easier to access it without. But now that I'm using it, I don't think there's any difference with a circle hole being there instead.
This are the screws used to hold the straps together. You need a tiny screw driver to tighten and loosen them.
Here's how to put the eyelet and the ring at one end of the strap.
This is the other end of the strap which you can remove and turn into a wrist strap.
This is how the wrist strap looks.
You can detach part of the wrist strap and combine it with the neck strap to form a single piece of strap. When I'm wearing it, the camera is around my stomach area. It can go lower but that's the highest it can go.
When you combine the wrist and neck strap, they are sort of side by side. That's how the strap came in the box.
I rearranged the strap placement to make it easier to turn it into a wrist strap. This way, you just have to unscrew once at the neck strap to remove it leaving the wrist strap behind.
This is a very handsome case. The build quality is fantastic. And the leather used is great as well, it's soft and looks durable enough. It also enhances the grip slightly.
If you need to switch between neck and wrist strap while on the go, you need a screw driver because a small coin doesn't fit into the groove of the screw.
Overall, I like it very much. It looks like a high quality product. Highly recommended.
If you don't need the strap, you can consider Gariz.