Dear forum members, has anyone else come across this?
The coating on my 6 month old Alpa SWA handgrip has started flaking off.
I've treated this camera like a newborn child and as you can see there is no other wear nor any marks around the flaking.
I communicated this to Alpa and they offered to refurbish both handgrips for 250CHF (280USD). They apparently use a two lacquer process which cannot be 'repaired' as such.
The camera has lived its life in my ONA bag when not shooting, well protected from the elements and hard objects but I didn't notice any issues when I bought it so this must have happened through wear.
I just thought others should know that the coating on the wooden grips is neither hard-wearing nor user serviceable.
If it becomes an issue (looks like it will spread) I'll just remove both grips, strip the lacquer and oil and wax them myself like I did with my ebony.