I remember thinking those "neveready" cases were such a nuisance when they were commonly available. The top part was kind of gangly and occasionally tipped up in front of the lens while taking a picture and just got in the way for verticals. If you didn't bother with the top part, the bottom section had to be unscrewed to reload, and even when there was that metal screw base with its own tripod socket, it wasn't the most stable way to support the camera on a tripod.