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DIY half case for E-pl1

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by mambastik, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. mambastik

    mambastik Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    Hello. I’ve been looking around for cases for my E-pl1. So far there are only 2 extremes, cheap Chinese ones, and gorgeous but extremely expensive Korean/Japanese ones. Solution: Design and build one myself from materials at home. Took me about a week and a half to finish. While it doesn’t look as polished and has that “diy-quality” to it, I am very happy with it. Total cost: $0.00.

    Like all big projects, stop complaining how much work it is and just jump right into it. First thing’s first: Get something to cut with, and lay out the foundation.

    Then I basically eyeballed the rest; held up a ruler and measured out the lens release button, lcd, etc…

    Some scribbles on the paper for some minor adjustments and adding that little piece that hooks over the strap lug. I want how I could easily slip the case off, but none of the cheap Chinese ones had this, only the Korean ones, and I wasn't planning on spending an extra $100.

    Repeat for the other half and voila!

    I then decided to create a kind of mold by stacking the base several times. This will help keep things in shape. I used the templates to trace it onto a manila folder. I just don’t want to wrap the camera in leather to protect against scratches, so I decided to layer several manila folders for shock protection as well.

    Several layers later and it is actually very sturdy, holding its shape without the mold.

    Found some nice blood red silk material from a jacket we were about to throw out anyway and traced out the shape. At this point, I started using rubber cement to glue the fabrics and leather.

    Next some leather. Same thing, trace and cut out.

    Problem was that since the case was several manila folders thick, it was visible between the leather and the silk. At first I was planning to just take a permanent black marker and color it in, but after going through the closet, I found a nice set of thick suede laces.

    Last step: Add velcro to the lug hooks.

    And now for some product shots! I wasn’t planning on it, but the red outline on the case and the blue on the lens complement each other, which looks really really nice. Hope you like it and enjoy!

    Just a little note. It was split in 2 pieces rather than 1 long piece because I designed it to be small enough to be traced and cut out from an average sized wallet. I was planning to visit those 99c stores where I could get a variety of leather wallets but had no time. However, I am planning to make another one with brown leather, or perhaps faux crocodile?
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  2. russell

    russell Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 28, 2010
    Victoria, Australia
    Wow! Great job. Have you done things like that before? No way I would even contemplate making my own case... if I did it would consist of gaffa tape and... more gaffa tape!
  3. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    That sure is purdy. I think it looks great.
  4. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    Kudos to you....well done! I especially like the red-lining for contrast.

    Might have taken long, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it more than any vendor bought piece.
  5. pboga

    pboga Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    That's pretty awesome!

    Looks really great and well built!
  6. sinpig

    sinpig Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    Superior, WI
    Fantastic job!! I wish I was that handy... It beats buying some knock off version on ebay.
  7. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Very nicely done, mambastik! Thanks so much for all the play by play photographs, as well. It's very nice looking!
  9. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Very creative!

    Dude - you are very creative! Nice job
  10. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    That's awesome! Now that your prototype is completed...when will you be going into production?
  11. Roark

    Roark Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2011
    Boston, MA
    That is quite crafty of you. Congrats on a job well done!
  12. mmj1986

    mmj1986 New to Mu-43

    May 14, 2011
  13. bellyface

    bellyface New to Mu-43

    Apr 4, 2011
    amazing. you prolly didn't sit still during class in school. I'm with you ;) 
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