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Body Skin for Olympus E-M5?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by recasper, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. recasper

    recasper Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2012
    Alameda, California
    I noticed in a thread recently, someone noted they intend to replace the skin on their upcoming E-M5. Which sounds like a wonderful option.

    That said, does anyone know of a good place to get skins for the EM-5, or if nothing is available yet, at least a tried and true seller that may very well have some offerings soon?
  2. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011

    You can make your own from sheets from cameraleather.com.
  3. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 17, 2010
    Why should one do that? Why does this sound like a wonderful option?
  4. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    1) function, you can get skins that grip better
    2) style, you can be stylish
    3) options are all wonderful
  5. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    why? because i want a silver camera with a brown skin on it. olympus wont make a special ME edition, so ill make it myself ;) 

    reply from aki asahi on april 22 to a check in inquiry i sent


    Thanks for your inquiry.
    I have not made it yet but I will make within a few weeks.

    best regards,
    Aki-Asahi.com "Custom Camera Coverings"

    Rikuo Nakamura (Mr)

    Phone & FAX 052-893-8458
  6. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    A very reliable source for skins is Aki-Asahi Camera Coverings. They have already confirmed they will be offering skins for the E-M5. They have also cautioned (with the x100) that removing the existing skin may void the warranty.

    Many here have used the skins for the E-Px series...
  7. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I don't even have the camera, but I would love a silver camera with a brown leather, too.....or croc skin.
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  8. recasper

    recasper Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2012
    Alameda, California
    You all are awesome, thanks for the replies. I'll be checking out those links... and like Songs2001 said, all options are wonderful...
  9. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 29, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I was going to say aki asahi. Personally I'm going to do this slowly since I want to be very sure that removing the skin is not going to interfere with the weather sealing.
  10. recasper

    recasper Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2012
    Alameda, California
    I'd certainly wager that the skin is asthetic only. From the weather sealing schematic, it looks like its all tightened up by the implemeted gaskets.
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  11. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    if theres some kind of random hole under it, im sure aki would mention it on his site, and mebbe say "sorry not offering skin for em5 due to weathersealing issue possibility" or some such thing
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  12. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Alexander Julian "Colours"! :biggrin:
  13. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Why cover a thing of beauty, the black model that is.
  14. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Has anyone here actually done with with the E-M5 (or really any of the OM-Ds)? I can understand the reluctance when the camera was new, because according to the Aki-Asahi instructions installation requires some disassembly which could void the warranty. However, now that the camera is out of warranty anyway, I figure someone here might have taken the leap.

    I'm particularly interested in two things:
    1) How difficult the process of removing the original skin and applying the new brass under-plates actually is (since Aki Asahi states that installation is "extremely difficult"), and
    2) What these might look like on a black E-M5, since all of the images on the Aki Asahi site feature the silver body, which IMHO isn't the best canvas for some of the options.

    Thanks in advance.
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