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    Luigi Mate for M9

    anyone find Lugi's line of Mates baseplates any useful for the m9?

    looks cool, but not sure if it is going to be any more useful at the end of the day?


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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    Quote Originally Posted by gooomz View Post
    anyone find Lugi's line of Mates baseplates any useful for the m9?

    looks cool, but not sure if it is going to be any more useful at the end of the day?


    thanks

    Marginal improvement. I like mine but could live without it pretty easily.

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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    "meh."

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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    I wasn't even aware of the existence of this baseplate. Looks very nice but quite expensive. Honestly I don't see the benefit since removing the original plate is very easy and fast, but I can see how it can be very useful with the matching leather case as you don't have to remove the case every time you change the battery or SD card.
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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    I sold the original design to Luigi a couple of years ago. Offered to help him get it manufactured elsewhere to get the price down, but he declined.

    Operationally it's a big improvement, being able to quickly swap cards and battery without requiring three hands. Yeah, one can manage, but this is just a poor design by Leica. There is no reason for a film-like bottom plate on a digital.

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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    I love and use the baseplate very day on both of my M9's. I have Robert's most recent latest designs...
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    I would say that I can't live without mine, as I have Luigi cases with cut outs for the case, and I never have to take case or baseplate off...ever. It's a nice thing and avoids scuffs and the like!
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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    To be honest, before getting the M9 I heard a lot about the antiquated baseplate and how difficult and time consuming it is to remove it, so I was expecting a nightmare. In fact it turned out so easy, even easier than other cameras that have the battery in the grip side like my old 5D.
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    I use the Luigi baseplate and love it. Switching of batteries and cards is instantaneous and you don't have to find a place to put the Leica base plate.

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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    The best out there for me so far. Just plain convenient. Used on my M9 and MMono.

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    Re: Luigi Mate for M9

    I have just purchased the m-mate and I have the Luigi half case. Has anyone tried cutting the case for the openings in the bottom?

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