cases or no?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by oly.sol, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. oly.sol

    oly.sol Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 14, 2015
    Cambridge, MA
    do you use a case on your camera(s) or not, and why?
  2. CWRailman

    CWRailman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I am assuming you are talking about cases as shown on these two cameras.
    Personally I would never spend money on such items but both of these cases came with the cameras when I purchased them. In the 1970’s cases such as these were called “Ever Ready” cases but they quickly became know as “Never Ready” cases. They are adequate in protecting the camera while transporting it however they are a nuisance when using the camera. Camera salesmen had stories they told about people buying those cases and I have not seen one for sale in a camera store for a while. I do not know if the stores stopped carrying them or if photographers stopped buying them. I see a lot of them being sold on Ebay by China based companies and they advertise them as leather but in reality they are not leather.

    I do not like big camera bags but prefer to use a small camera bag that fits on my belt. Most of the time I just keep batteries and filters in my pocket and have the camera on a strap around my neck or on my shoulder.
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  3. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I'm more partial to metal grips. There are a few 1st and 3rd party alternatives depending on your camera.
  4. ohaya

    ohaya Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 1, 2016
    I do use the "ever ready" type cases whenever I can find one that fits. I have them on my film SLRs and on my DSLRs (all Pentaxes except for one Nikon) and I'm waiting for one for my "new" used E-PL2.
  5. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    I keep my camera in an Optech or Zing neoprene case for transport which I shed during use. I had never-ready cases for my OM's but again, only for transport and storage. Remember the post-pounder cases that screwed into the tripod socket?
  6. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
    Mike Crosa
    I use the Gariz half leather case on my EM1 and very happy I got it. Its not in the way at all and protects a lot.
  7. ohaya

    ohaya Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 1, 2016
    Thanks for pointing that out. I should mention that when I said I use the "ever ready" cases, that most of the time I only use the bottom half. I didn't realize that you can get just a "half" case, so maybe I can find something for some of the cameras that I couldn't get the full ever ready case for.

  8. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    never use cases on cameras... also don't obsess on camera bags... have one to transport stuff from place to place and a small Domke that I sometimes use when on a walkabout.

    Cameras in cases (or bags) don't take photos

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  9. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    I remember german tourists with these cases. I am getting old.
  10. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Wasn't the 'ever-ready' case renamed the 'never-ready' case.

    As you may guess I have no use for them.
  11. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    No on cases. I do use small bag or pouch if I feel the need protection.
  12. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I have used a half case on my Fuji X100 cameras and E-PL1 in order to make the camera a little larger (plus I liked the way the cases looked) and I have kept them in a fitted neoprene case so I could just toss them in a bag.
  13. specialagenttuna

    specialagenttuna Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 19, 2013
    I also have one for my x100t but only because I bought a bundle that came with it. I do like the feel of it though for that camera but wouldn't bother for any of my other cameras. I never use the top part that covers the lens and dials though, just the base.

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  15. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    Same here with my E-P5. The Gariz adds just a tiny bit more thickness and cushions my grip so that my hands don't get too fatigued.
  16. oly.sol

    oly.sol Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 14, 2015
    Cambridge, MA
    i got a couple gariz cases yesterday. they're really great. holding the ep5 was comfortable for me before the case, but so much more so now. love that the battery compartment is accessible, too. why on earth do so many first party manufacturers block batter access? can't be stupidity, but i can only think of stupid reasons to block battery access.
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  17. pigiron

    pigiron Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 27, 2016
    Portland, Oregon
    I use a wrist strap on my GM5 with my Olympus 25mm lens and either put it in my pocket or under my shirt when it showers which here in Oregon is every day. I just use a padded camera bag when running around with all my gear.
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  18. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    If you got one for the E-M1 or E-M5 II, I would appreciate your impressions.
  19. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    No. I bought into this system for small size and I don't like to compromise that.

    When I travel, there is usually one body and a couple of lenses, maybe a strobe, in my overhead carry-on bag. I slip cheap-o Walmart boot socks over these to cushion them a little bit against bumping into hard things. Sometimes I have used the inexpensive neoprene lens bags available on eBay. But when the equipment is working, it works naked.
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  20. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    I use an OpTech Soft Pouch to protect the camera during transport when I'm not using a bag. I clip it to my Utility Sling so I just pull it off and let it dangle when shooting.