Obviously I like to share my love arround and I must say I had excellant service from all 3 stores. Sometimes people forget how important & valuable REAL customer service is when shelling out $$$ on a new system.
Surfice to say this is not a review on the X100s, there are plenty of great reviews to whet your apetite from prominent well respected Photographers such as Chase Jarvis, Zak Arias, Charlie Sorrel, Ken Rockwell and our very own Morgan Roberts, as well as some minor 'Huff & Puff Stuff' from some guy whose name I refuse to mention. After selling both the X-Pro 1 & XE-1 I continued shooting with my existing Ricoh GR (on the eigth day God created the GR) and Leica M9-P (in retaliation the Devil made Leica Digital M). I felt these covered all my needs... despite my empty bank account and the consumption of two minute noodles until Christmas 2017,
So where was I ? ... oh yes I was happy and content. So as I mentioned at the start of this review, when you have everything you need I did what every good photographer does and purchased the X100s, and now was looking for a good case to grace it's beautifulness...
I had previousy used leather half cases on both Fuji's and Leica's, however they do bulk up the cameras a bit so I was looking for a slick alternative. Enter David Hobby and his Youtube vid. Like most of you, I did my fair share of online research before purchasing the X100s and in doing so noticed David had a unusualy streamlined case adorning his new X100s. I discovered this to be the creation of J.B Camera Designs, an American owned company producing various grips for various camera lines. Their 'Fuji X100s X100 GRIP-CASE' in Davids video was to be my purchase via Amazon (JB stock was sold out). If you click on the image above you can get a closer look at some of the styling and detailing on their case. I chose black, but it is available in various colors. I will stick with JB's own great descripition of the case...
... carefully designed to snugly fit each camera model while allowing the user quick access to the battery and memory card compartment. Each Grip-Case comes with a stainless steel screw that secures the case to the camera via the tripod socket. This screw can easily be removed with any penny*, dime, or quarter for convenience. Each grip is hand poured (not injection molded), then edges are carefully hand sanded to give each Grip-Case our unique texture and distressed look
*Penny included, nice touch. Below is a few pics of what arrived in the box including a image of both the screws provided. It was well packed and the included brochures are a nice touch, as are the stickers. It really is a great fit on the camera and the textured surface along with the slightly raised grip really improve the handling as well.
Also includes a NEW TRIPOD ADAPTER SCREW that allows tripod and sling-style strap use while the Grip-Case is still attached to camera, nice touch if you are one of those sling / Y-Strap users. It alsogives me some peace of mind knowing that JBCD are looking at looking at ways to improve their product.
Above is a quick video of the Grip on it's own to give a visual idea of the dimensions and size, below is another video of the JB Camera Designs Grip on my X100s, along with a couple of other accessories. Both OEM, Thumb Grip and lens hood (eBay bargains at $6 and $8 respectively). I do have an original Thumbs Up grip (Mainline Photographics), the cheaper alternative is fine if your on a budget, but it is not as comfortable as the genuine article. On the other hand the OEM alternative lens hood is equal to the genuine $100 LH-X100 Fujifilm accessory.
I must say the case has been great, I could not be happier. It has proved a wonderful addition to the camera and definately adds to the ease of use and ergonomics when shooting, although a slightly larger grip at the front could be something for J B C to consider. It does remind me of the 'GARIZ Genuine Leather FUJI X100S Black Half Case' and I have a few pictures below for you to compare. The Gariz does sell for about $129 so the JB Grip is definatley hard to beat when it comes to price.
- PROS - Beautifuly crafted | Great price | Slim Design | Grab it
- CONS - Slightly Larger Grip at front would be nice *update 29/12/14 Loving the grip no need for a bigger front grip while using the Thumb-Grip
Short conclusion I know, and there you have it. A quick look at the J.B Camera Design's Fuji X100s Grip Case, a well made and extremely likable grip for your X100 or X100s. Look no further if your after a non leather well priced grip. It will be sitting on my camera for some time to come. If I could suggest one thing besides the suggested larger grip on the front is this, A LEica M9 | M Grip would be GREAT.
This case ROOOOCKS, I have been using this camera case non-stop for the last few months and can now say with all sincerity GRAB THIS CASE. We here at WECC are very happy indeed and it is definitely the first case I recommend for the Fujifilm X100/100s. Soon as they get a New X100T case up we look forward to reviewing it ASAP.