Aki-Asahi Leatherette for E-P3 by Month's End

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by thearne3, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    For those who favor the 'classic' look of a leather bound cam, Aki-Asahi.com is almost ready to sell a skin for the E-P3. See their blog at é￾©è£½å“￾製作 店主激闘ブãƒ*ã‚°.

    Here's what it will look like on the silver:

    001.

    I've had this product on my E-P1 and E-P2. Really great quality - and only about $15 delivered! (No, I don't get paid...) :rolleyes:

    Looks like they're adding an optional piece for the button area:

    001.

    Here it is on black:

    009.
     
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  2. Stevo

    Stevo Mu-43 Rookie

    18
    Jul 8, 2011
    Awesome can't wait to order this!
     
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Love the look of the black! Thanks for sharing the news. I think I'll be ordering as well.
     
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Will the grip still fit over it?
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I assume it won't. I think I'll prefer it this way without grip. Just like my OM-2n :2thumbs:.
     
  6. I love the Aki-asahi skin on the E-P1. I don't think I'd be using the piece around the button area though.
     
  7. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Yes! It's a no brainer...if you like the look, you can put on any grip you want. Notice mounting hole in the side is open (lower left last picture). I think they have another pic on the site with the grip mounted over the skin. :2thumbs:

    The English translation isn't clear, but here's a photo:
    010.
     
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  8. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    This should also make the camera easier to handle without a grip, as I think the camera would be rather slippery to hold otherwise. But it looks damn good with or without the grip. ;)
     
  9. odsagn

    odsagn Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 6, 2011
    Los Angeles
    really a beautiful addition to the E-P3!
     
  10. mach330

    mach330 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2011
    The OC
    Looks awesome. I would buy one as well.although I think I would like real leather better and I would pay premium.
     
  11. Jeroen

    Jeroen Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2010
    the netherlands
    thanks for the reminder. I just ordered one for my e-p2 :)
    not sure what the deal with payment is. no paypal email is mentioned anywhere..
     
  12. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    My last order was January. They sent a confirmation email saying they'd bill through Paypal within 24hours. If I read their website correctly they're off on Friday, back on Saturday - maybe some delay?

    BTW, the E-P3 skins are now listed (black leatherette and cherry and walnut wood - not my taste...), but they seem to be apologizing for delays in checkout. Will be monitoring and report back!
     
  13. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    807
    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Aki-asahi is now taking orders but I can't figure out how to pay.... In the past Paypal was an option, but they're using a new financial intermediary, My netshop. Anybody familiar with this???
     
  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I don't see it listed on their site at all. Did they take it down?

    Edit: Now I see it, but it isn't listed on their English language page.
     
  15. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
  16. JohnMetsn

    JohnMetsn Mu-43 Veteran

    Ordering is just under pictures, but it seems that right now it's possible to send it only to Japan. So if you need international shipping you should try to write an email to them.
     
  17. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    But their email is not working...

    I've tried to email: info@aki-asahi.com, but I get a mail server error 'no such address'.
     
  18. JohnMetsn

    JohnMetsn Mu-43 Veteran

    Strange :frown: You might try contacting them trough the contact form then...
     
  19. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 10, 2011
    My Japanese is far from fluent. But as far as I can tell the shopping cart page is designed for domestic shipments.

    I sent the following inquiry, and will let you know the response once I get it:

    アメリカへの配送は可能ですか?
    そして、海外への配送について、お支払いはどのような方法にできますか?

    ありがとうございます

    Do you also ship to America?
    Also what payment method is available for overseas delivery?

    Thank you very much

    Right now is about 4:30AM Sunday, Tokyo time. So it may be a while
     
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  20. tmc

    tmc New to Mu-43

    5
    Aug 3, 2011
    just got a reply from Aki-Asahi.

    They will be posting a link on the English site soon.