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    Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    It's awfully expensive for what it is, but I do like the idea of easier access to battery compartment. Anyone here use it? I'm worried that it might be too flimsy and break, especially the hinges on the doors, or that it will not do a good job of keeping dust out.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    I have one that I bought directly from Luigi at his apartment in Rome. Mine's black. It's very well made and fits perfectly. I showed it to Tim Isaac (maker of the Thumbs-Up) and he was very impressed too. The door hinges are sturdy - just don't bend the doors back beyond their design. It lives on my M9.

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    I designed the original M-Mate which Luigi acquired a couple of years ago, but I haven't seen his derivative design yet. Manufacturing costs are quiet high in Italy but I haven't been able to convince him to build it elsewhere. I wouldn't worry about dust, unless you are shooting in a dust storm in the Sahara, in which case the unsealed M8/M9 isn't really a good choice anyway.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    I cannot find a case that can work with the M-Mate 2.

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    I have ordered one, am waiting.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    Quote Originally Posted by Hacker View Post
    I cannot find a case that can work with the M-Mate 2.
    I'm sure Luigi can provide it.
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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    He takes 60 EUR additionally to any case - for creating holes.

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    Yes, he will carefully cut and stitch holes for both doors, but I think that makes the case look, um, not so good. I think this is a case where esthetics trumps function.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    Back to the bottom plate itself, it works very well. It does exactly what is is suppose to do. I have had mine for about four weeks and it works with both the M8/M9. It is a bit sharper on the front edge than the Leica bottom plates but nothing objectionable.

    Being able to switch batteries and cards without taking the damn bottom plate off speeds things up and eliminates having to handle the bottom plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oc garza View Post
    Being able to switch batteries and cards without taking the damn bottom plate off speeds things up and eliminates having to handle the bottom plate.
    The problem for me is that I use/depend upon the Leica grip (my Luigi case is customized to accommodate it); if Luigi made an M-Mate 3 w/grip, I'd buy it in a heartbeat, and send my half-case back so that I can pay him to punch a couple of holes in it.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    after several email with luigi, i have a chance to buy a M-mate 2 with 2 modified cases(improved) with free shipping and 10EURO discount(which is nothing LOL)

    just wonder if u will be interested in trying this new design of "Croco-like embossed" black case with 2 "improved" doors which is made by stackz of leather and u can simply open and close when u needa change your SD care and battery. when the door is closed, it looks just like a perfect half case as normal.

    i have order 2 mate2 + 2 cases. u can pick any of them if u like.
    pricing is same as the web with free shipping (if under 30USD) =D however 4% charge of Paypal is needed as i paid luigi as well.

    PHOTO will be posted when i recieve my shipment from luigi

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    We do have a FS section , please use that if you have items that you are trying to sell. Forum threads are not a place to be selling items. Thanks

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    yes, sir

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    i will host a thread in FS section once i got it on hand.

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    uach- looks ugly

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    I actually find the bottom of the case quite neat and not objectionable at all.


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    I also have it. I like it, only sometimes it is not easy to operate with bigger hands, but anyway I am managing using it, and for sure is easier than taking oryginal plate off and on each time.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    It can be difficult to take the SD card out at times. The leather is very thick and you need long finger nails.

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    Re: Luigi's M-Mate 2 replacement base plate for M8/M9

    Quote Originally Posted by Hacker View Post
    It can be difficult to take the SD card out at times. The leather is very thick and you need long finger nails.
    Not surprising; it's hard to get the SD card out anyway. It still should be easier than removing and replacing the case.

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