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Aki-Asahi skin

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by babaimage, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. babaimage

    babaimage Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jan 27, 2010
    Kyushu
    Custom Leatherette skin for Panasonic GF1

    It look nice & cool :2thumbs:, so I ordered one for my GF1.Those who are interested to see how it looks like can go to Aki-Asahi.com website.
     
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  2. klythawk

    klythawk Mu-43 Veteran

    348
    Jan 28, 2010
    Nottingham U.K.
    John
    Hi babaimage.

    When you receive your cover, could you let me know if they have cut a small square out for the yellow "L" logo. One shot shows it cut out, the other shows it's not cut out.

    Thankyou, John.
     
  3. babaimage

    babaimage Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jan 27, 2010
    Kyushu
    Hi Klythawk,
    I already received mine and can confirm that there is no cut out for the Lumix logo [L]. It is exactly like the first photo when it is fixed on the camera body.

    As I did not use the usb cable for photo transfer to my PC, I fixed the leatherette for the usb door and it looks much better..the classic look is there:thumbup:
     
  4. jhob

    jhob Mu-43 Veteran

    Just fitted an aki-asahi skin to my silver GF1 and I think it looks really good. I'd heard reservations from elsewhere regarding how it looked on silver cameras but I'm pleased to say that I'm really happy with it. Gives the camera a great understated elegance.

    Seems high quality too and definitely improves grip. I'm pleased!

    All I need now is the screen protector that I'm waiting on and my GF1 will be fully clad.
     
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  5. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hey Jhob, I never knew they even made such a thing. I will look out for one. Would you be able to post a picture of your camera with the skin on?
    I'm not sure whether the GF1 is painted or anodised. If it were just pain it would take much to scratch it.

    Thanks,
    Brady
     
  6. jhob

    jhob Mu-43 Veteran

  7. Alan Wolf

    Alan Wolf Mu-43 Regular

    66
    Jan 20, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    I'm not sure whether the GF1 is painted or anodized. If it were just pain it would take much to scratch it.

    Thanks,
    Brady[/QUOTE]

    Almost positive it’s paint. If it’s anodized, it’s so thin as to be the same as paint. My first day I dropped my GF1 onto the sidewalk and scarred up (also roughed up) the back lower edge. Good news is that the camera is working fine. But the black finish is fragile—more so than I remember the old black Nikon (I’m talking 70s) was. This may also be due to the body alloy being softer than the brass that used to be de rigueur. :frown:
     
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  8. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    454
    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    +1 for aki-asahi got one for my ep-2 in like 6 days... I'm in NYC
     
  9. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I'm thinking of getting one for my Pen 2, never the Pen 1, as I noticed today that there's a small piece worn off near the base of the grip. The dark tint on the Pen 2 is certainly not anodising, but more what I think is a thin coat of laquer or the like over the stainless base. Olympus would have been better off giving it a proper coating of hard wearing enamel or similar, like on all of their other bodies.

    Note: Just order a skin, but what a weird way to get to the PayPal payment system, not through a normal link.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
  10. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    from my examination of the coatings on the ep series they seem to be coated with a very hard , but not un chippable\ un scratch able solvent acrylic lacquer similar to the finish that is ofter used for automobiles,

    if its put on correctly l with proper surface preperation , it can be a durable and hard wearing coating , however i think Olympus may have some quality control issues with at least some of the ep2 translucent black coatings , as Ive seen photos of the finish failing catastrophically in at least one instance in a relatively new machine
     
  11. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Mine's got a very odd wear mark and I think I know what caused it. The other day I did a work trip and on the way stopped off here and there for a few shots. At the end of the day, instead of taking of the EVF and putting the body back in the usual manner, I left it face down in the camera bag and it obviously rubbed against the lens cap of one of the lenses. Probably a little too much to expect in regards to durability, but the aki skin will certainly protect against that sort of wear.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
  12. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I have seen these before and I believe they make a "Carbon Fibre Look" version or is that another maker?

    Either way, I have been considering one for my GF1 - the instructions are a bit contradictory as they show the GF1 with cover on the side access door to USB/AV input then further down tell you it is not recommended!
     
  13. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    The carbon fibre look is from SGP. Here. I put a deep-black one on the GF1 and was surprised at how well it fitted. I see they now do one in white, but I reckon that's pimping things just a bit much.
     
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  14. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Oooooh that Carbon Fibre one is very tempting - perhaps a little overboard?

    Have these improved the feel of the camera and increased grip at all?
     
  15. klythawk

    klythawk Mu-43 Veteran

    348
    Jan 28, 2010
    Nottingham U.K.
    John
    Ian, they recommend that you don't cover the USB door if you use the door to gain access to d/l images. I think there is not enough clearance for the door to swing open without catching the stick on cover. I'm also interested if it improves the grip, for me the finish of the GF1 is far too smooth and slippery, like a bar of soap in your hands. :frown:

    John.
     
  16. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    For me, yes. There's noticeably more traction with the deep-black skin on.
     
  17. jhob

    jhob Mu-43 Veteran

    Yes, it definitely does improve grip, the handling is improved. The grips are worth it for this alone I would say. I agree that it is too slippery as is.

    I found that the door opens fine with the skin on, there's a bit more resistance but it's certainly not impeded from opening. If this resistance concerned you it would be simple to trim 1mm from the edge to prevent this from happening.
     
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  18. flipGTO

    flipGTO Mu-43 Regular

    117
    Feb 8, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    bullfrog, does the deep black skin from ebay actually feel like leather/pleather or is it a smooth vinyl?
     
  19. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    carbon look cool
     
  20. tobeeornot

    tobeeornot Mu-43 Rookie

    20
    Feb 17, 2010
    EP1 Body Covers

    Does anyone know where I can purchase a black one?

    Part of me doesn't want to ruin the beautiful metal retro look but I quite like making the camera more inconspicuous on the street.