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    DIYing the M8 with Griptac

    Hey all, new to the forum and I just wanted to pass on my experience with replacing the covering on my M8. I got the black Griptac cover from CameraLeather.com. The whole job took about 10 minutes including peeling off the old covering. I used the "wet method" as shown on the web site's help section. Couldn't be easier! So what do I think of it? Awesome! I can't describe the difference it makes in how the camera feels. I had the Leica grip on before the change and the M8 kit came with an extra piece of covering for the grip. I haven't switched the covering on the grip yet because I'm not sure I'm going to be using it anymore. I've always had a love-hate relationship with the grip and I'm going to try doing without it for a while. Take care, jc

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    I just did mine with the vulcanette and it was easier than expected. I used the dry method. This covering makes the M8 look like a classic M.

    Jan

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    Re: DIYing the M8 with Griptac

    Hi John and welcome to the forum! Great first post by the way!!!
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    Did both my M8s as well with Griptac using the dry method - perfect, and it makes a HUGE difference in handling the cameras! Will do it on my MP too soon
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    Re: DIYing the M8 with Griptac

    Welcome to the forum . Have to say that looks nice . Do they sell the grip for the leica grip also. i may want to do this if so
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    Hi John,
    Wow, that is one ominous looking arrangement!
    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Welcome to the forum . Have to say that looks nice . Do they sell the grip for the leica grip also. i may want to do this if so
    The M8 kit was $44 and I did mention in my email to CameraLeather that I needed a piece for the Leica grip. What I got was the body cover, a precut piece for the Leica Grip and the small piece used as a thumb grip on the back of the camera. I'm not sure if this is the way every M8 kit comes or they threw in the extras because I asked. The kit isn't orderable thru CameraLeather's shopping cart yet, so you have to send them an email and they'll send you back a PayPal invoice.

    Guy, if your asking can you buy just the piece for the grip, I can't say, but the guys at CL are easy to work with. Just send them an email and I'm sure they'll get you whatever you need. jc

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    Thanks John appreciate the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Thanks John appreciate the info.
    Re: grip, I didn't mention it at all (I don't even own one) but folks at Cameraleather included the grip cover as well (as a perk I suppose) which is indeed very useful for spares, to cover other areas of the M8 (right thumb area) and such. Great product, great CS: very recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Campbell View Post
    ... the guys at CL are easy to work with. Just send them an email and I'm sure they'll get you whatever you need.
    Hmmm... I'll try again. I need some griptac for my 560's thumb lock button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Hmmm... I'll try again. I need some griptac for my 560's thumb lock button.
    Doug:


    Call or email them. I bought a M3 kit from them a few months back and I bet the piece that they cut out for the ASA dial on the M back is big enough to fit. You could also measure the diameter you need and they just might have a scrap the exact size.


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    Quote Originally Posted by robsteve View Post
    Doug:


    Call or email them. I bought a M3 kit from them a few months back and I bet the piece that they cut out for the ASA dial on the M back is big enough to fit. You could also measure the diameter you need and they just might have a scrap the exact size.


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    Thanks Robert, my first e-mail was not answered. I'll give them a call.

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    Doug, I have the impression they are not always organized as well as they could be - just repeat the mail. They are a good outfit and the merchandise is first class.
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    I will second the quality of their kits as well as ease of application. Though perhaps the reason "they" seem to be somewhat unorganized is that "they" is really "him". I never got the impression that Morgan has much assistance and every kit for the M8 is prepared to order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matmcdermott View Post
    I will second the quality of their kits as well as ease of application. Though perhaps the reason "they" seem to be somewhat unorganized is that "they" is really "him". I never got the impression that Morgan has much assistance and every kit for the M8 is prepared to order.
    Also I think there has been illness in the family so it's not always so easy for him. His products are first class.

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    And from the e-mail contact I had he seems to be a nice guy as well...
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    I just heard from Morgan and he dose in fact have to travel due to family issues. Heís currently applying the Griptac to my Leica Grip. If I like it, then Iíll send in the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Thanks Robert, my first e-mail was not answered. I'll give them a call.

    I've just sent a fourth email, the first three falling into a deep, black hole over a period of 6 weeks.

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    Re: DIYing the M8 with Griptac

    I just put on CameraLeather's Griptac. Great product and easy install using the dry method. What a difference in handling. Great grip!!! See pics.

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    I'm heading down to VT in June to check out the Goat Skin Walnut; curious to see how this looks on a black M8. My feeling is a dark brown leather will nicely complement the black finish; I'll leave the grip black for contrast. I'll post the post-operative results should I pimp my Meight.

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    Interesting, I was considering something very similar: Dark brown lizard with black Griptac Leica grip. Those who feel that its just a tool are likely driving around in an AMC Pacer or a 79’ Ford Pinto.
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    Last edited by Digital Dude; 12th May 2008 at 08:16.

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    Well, today I received my Leica grip back from Morgan’s shop. First off, the craftsmanship is top notch! Like’ several other customers, I believe the Griptac unequivocally enhances the security and feel of the M8. The material is actually less industrial looking’ than in photos I’ve seen posted. This may be especially true on the silver model. I didn’t want to commit the entire camera although I now have plans on sending my M8 in for the full treatment. It is quite conceivable that having the Griptac on the body in combination with Tim's Thumb's Up, would be enough to ensure complete confidence without the Leica grip. As it stands with the Leica grip w/Griptac and Thumb’s Up, the camera feels welded to my hand. ~ Kudos to cameraleather ~
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    Those are some very good-looking cameras.

    I am quite tempted to cover my M8 with some leather. To match my steering wheel, of course.


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    maggie, love your new avatar

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    maggie, love your new avatar
    Thanks, Dan!

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    Finally got my slide developed of the M8 with DIY vulcanette. Taken with MP and 75lux; M3 in background.

    Jan
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    Well, it's an attractive photo and the red dot is nicely highlighted, but I have no idea what the leather looks like.

    Horses for courses, wot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
    I just put on CameraLeather's Griptac. Great product and easy install using the dry method. What a difference in handling. Great grip!!! See pics.

    Regards,

    Reynolds
    I don't mean to hijack the thread but, Reynolds, where did you get your strap?

    And to bring the discussion back to recovering the M8, I'm not sure that I would have enough nerve to do it myself.

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    Re: DIYing the M8 with Griptac

    For those interested in DIY Griptac covering, here's a reminder that Mark Norton started one of his typically thorough threads on the subject at LUF:

    http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-...-yourself.html

    Recommended reading for those interested in the subject.

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