The "hard" leather eveready case was once a common
accessory. During the past several decades production of these classic cases
all but diminished. As for the belt pouches, they are a relatively recent addition
to the market. However we feel there is room to improve as evidenced by the hundreds
of non-leather or soft cases in the marketplace. We intend to fill this void and
expand our inventory as the economics dictate. The process of shaping leather is a
specialized art in the world of leather-craft. Very few are able to do it. We
are excited about restoring this craft to enhance and protect fine photographic equipment.
After all, the collectors market would be vastly smaller if it weren't for fine
cases of the past.
Everything we make is made from 100% top grain leather.
We are only using drum-dyed black leather. This is due to the size of leather
hide we must purchase and the relative few requests we get for other colors. In the
future we may expand to brown or tan. For each eveready model a three piece wood
mold is made. Once the leather is selected it is cut, wet-molded shaped and tailored
so to fit the curves of the camera. Each piece of the case is lined as it is
assembled. This gives the interior an upholstered, refined appearance. Overall our
cases look, feel, function and smell wonderfully.
To secure the camera to the case, we use a knurled knob type
fastener. This fastener is made from aluminum and has been machined specifically for
this purpose. It screws through the base of the case and into the tripod socket.
We prefer this system rather than tiny leather straps that snap around the body
lugs. These straps are prone to stretch where as the screw will not.
Our cases do not include a strap. There are plenty of
straps available commercially and many customers prefer their own favorite strap.
However, we have recently started to produce straps at the insistence of certain customers
who wanted the option of matching the leather quality of the case to the strap. We
do fasten two standard 1/2 inch strap eyelets to each side of the case so your strap is
fastened directly to the case and not the camera body. We believe this is the ideal
way to carry the camera which also prevents the strap from brassing the top plate.
The top portion (or nose) of the case can be
easily removed from the body. At one time we offered a chrome, flush
mounted "lock and key" type fastener as seen in several photos
of our cases. We have exhausted our limited supply of those fastners and
efforts to fine more have been unsuccessful. We are currently using the
black PRYM-style snaps. These are the same flush snaps used for the top portion
of the case. They work quite well. Customers who have used both report no
difference other that the PRYM-style snap has a lower profile
however it nicely matches the other two snaps used to secure the top of
ABOUT OUR BELT
Belt pouches are made much the same way. For
example, our pouch for the Rollei 35 is an excellent design reproduction of the original
Rollei belt pouch case. The original Rollei case was made of thin grade leather
glued to a cardboard form. It has thin belt loops that easily tore. Their lining was
felt paper and had vinyl piping which turned to goo. Our case is vastly improved. It
is made from top grain leather with extra thick belt loops. The loops are stitched
and riveted to the case. The color is black with a textured grain to complement the
rubber finish on the camera. Our piping is quality leather. The lining is fine
suede. Were pleased to have heard from customers that our case is superior to the
current soft pouch offer by Rollei for the "Classic". That case sells for
Our eveready cases are priced from
$320 - $340. Our
camera pouches range from $109 - $120. Conventional pricing guidelines would have us
relate the price of the camera to the cost of the case. We cant afford to. We
make the best item possible and chips fall where they may. The reality is leather
pouches and ever-ready cases with this type of quality have not been made in 30 years.
To revive the craft and develop the tooling has been difficult. Several
customers have suggested we should ship production overseas or to Mexico. We refuse
to. Quality control and nationalistic pride prevent us. All our cases are made
in Los Angeles by several seasoned leather professionals. They are accomplished
artisans who have spent a lifetime developing their craft. We are very proud of our
work and believe the discerning photographer will be equally pleased.
Each case is handmade -- one at a time. Stock
inventory is usually not possible for us due to our "old-world" production
techniques. We do make several extra cases during each production run so depending
on the item, it could be in stock. Otherwise, delivery for an eveready case is
weeks possibly longer. The belt pouches can be 2 - 4 weeks.
Our preferred method of shipment in the U.S. is the U.S. Postal
Service Priority Mail.
We welcome international orders. Shipping costs overseas
have greatly increased in the past year, and the costs and method depend on your exact location.
ORDERING A CASE
Best to contact via e-mail.
Tell us what case you are looking for and any questions you
may have. Include your name, address, shipping address if different, phone/fax (if available).
We respond to email once or twice a week so please be patient while waiting
to hear back.
We waived our 50% deposit due to the
demand for our cases far exceeds our output. When your case is
complete you will be contacted regarding payment.
I hope this has given you some insight into our
company. We are limited to the number of pictures we have available. In time we
expect to have picture for each item we offer. For specific information regarding an
item or if you have any questions, comments or suggestions -- feel free to e-mail, call or
Again, thank you for visiting KAMERALEDER. Your
interest in our work in very appreciated.