Replaced camera leather, anyone?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Loose Gravel, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. Loose Gravel

    Loose Gravel Member

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    Have any of you replaced your camera leather? I'm looking at cameraleather.com and it looks nice. Did it work out? Easy? Quality?

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  2. clay

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    Funny you should post this. I just received my old M2 back from cameraleather today with a spiffy verdigris goatskin covering on it. It looks great!! I let them do it since they have all the experience with removal of old vulcanite from camera bodies. The extra cost was pretty reasonable.
     
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    I got a replacement leather kit for my M4 from Cameraleather and put it on myself per thier instructions. The hardest part was cleaning off the old vulcanite, but it was very doable. I should add that I am not usually very adept at this sort of thing, but would do it again, and, in fact am looking to recover a Rollei 2.8F with another one of thier kits.
     
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    Depending on your camera, it could be very easy or very hard. I sent Morgan (at cameraleather) my F2 so he could get the pattern down- he sent it back to me with new leather on. I eventually had to take it off and put it on another F2...anyway, its much easier than regluing your original leather- he uses little adhesive strips that are quite strong.
     
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    I only hear good things about them on other forums, mostly from people on a Leica forum. I purchased covering for my Minolta Autocord TLR and it fit perfectly and looks good. The only negative is you have to keep after Morgan for delivery. He gets busy and a little bit of the "squeaky wheel" theory applies. But from posts of dozens of people I've never heard a bad word.

    The hardest part of the process is usually completely taking the old covering off not putting the new on.
     
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    I've done 2 Nikon FM bodies with their leather kits - fast, easy, and a great fit. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.