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Hi all,

 

Given the price of my newly bought (from China) X-T1 half case, I should not complain either way ;) ... but is there a way by just looking to see (e.g. from the grain) whether this is genuine leather or PU leather? The item was described as genuine leather, by the way. Whatever material it is, I am surprised by the quality, given that it cost me €16 to get it shipped to my door (it was discounted when I ordered it)

 

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Thanks!

 

No affiliation with the seller, but here is the link: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Classical-Genuine-Leather-half-body-camera-case-set-for-Fujifilm-Fuji-X-T1/32658211547.html

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Leather smell can be added and texture embossed, believe me, most people will never recognize it.

 

This particular example looks like Bicast PU Leather, it is a technique much used these days.  

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicast_leather

 

This is PU

 

 

Don’t delude yourself, it is almost impossible to detect.

 

http://www.shoe-materials.com/shoe-leather/53-pu-shoe-leather.html

 

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A good thing is that the half case has a solid feeling steel bottom frame, so it won't bend easily, and that it looks to be finished well (the stitching).

 

I am sure that a Gariz or Fuji case will be higher quality, but this is probably good enough for me.

 

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Johant, please tell us the name of the manufacturer and or supplier else we are all just guessing!

 

The link is in my first post ... the cases are sold on AliExpress, by the Joynang shop. They sell on EBay too, but at higher prices (EBay fees?).

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I take it that aliexpress is a Chinese version of eBay?

It's a Chinese online market place.

 

I let my daughter test the case with her nose (much better than mine), and she says leather, no doubt.

 

Unless, like milandro speculated, they may have sprayed the case with leather scent from a can ;)

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coupled leather has leather and has a pu base read the link that I gave above.

 

It probably has a PU base indeed ... the through and through leather cases (I presume) are advertised as "full cow hide leather". Anyway, no complaints for €16 ;)

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yes, and to some extent it is (what a pun) immaterial whether it is leather or not.

 

The fuji halfcase is also sold as genuine leather case ( I had one for my X-E1) but that leather is certainly very thin and possibly also coupled to some base material for strength. The inside of the case is certainly some synthetic cloth.

 

Personally, I prefer thicker and softer leather compared to the Fuji original halfcases.

 

It would be nice to marry an halfcase to a set of L plates because I use the camera on a stand and I truly loathe to remove the halfcase and then mount a L plate (small plates are in the way of the battery if you need to change it and you know Murphy’s law!)

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I don't know I must have a bug up my a$$ about bags and cases.  I don't understand why you would want to add more bulk, and weight to a "tool".  I just don't get it... But it must be just me.  

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I don't know I must have a bug up my a$$ about bags and cases. I don't understand why you would want to add more bulk, and weight to a "tool". I just don't get it... But it must be just me.

Because it's not about the weight?

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For me, I dislike a scratched/dinged bottom plate. and the rubber does wear out. I'm seeing some already on the Pro2.

 

As much as I avoid it, some people still persist in taking my camera for a "spin". Sometimes, they place it on cementitious  or rocky surfaces and drag it either to move it out of the way or when they want to pick it up again. It just shows lack of common sense or clumsiness.

 

I'm no advocate to pampering any gear but I try to avoid unnecessary damage.

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