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Artisan & Artists ACAM-75

I'm a fan of A&A's camera bags and straps since I saw them for the first time in Tokyo perhaps 7 years back. I've been using an ACAM-3000 since then and the worn canvas look and lack of big branding makes it a nice stealthy looking bag. 

Recently I have been drawn to small camera cases when I want to travel with a normal bag and have a small area to store a Leica M with a lens. Or a Sony RX1 with a spare battery. ACAM-61 does that nicely. So it was this one day when I was out looking for another ACAM-61 that I came across a new style case called ACAM-75.  

Its basically a roll top version of a single camera pouch with a firm elastic band to keep not close. I guess there are cases when a zipper too would be more convenient and times when roll top would be better. 

The fabric is canvas. Not as thick as the bags but still feeling strong. As usual A&A's workmanship is impeccable. No complaints there. No loose threads and it is made in Japan. I went with the red colour so it will not go missing inside a larger bag. Padding is not excessive and there doesn't seem to be any rough edges on the inside to scuff up a camera over the long term. 

 

It fits a Leica M snugly. RX1 will move around a bit since it is smaller but the elastic band solves that issue when secured. there are no rubber feet on the bottom, which I guess is more practical than aesthetically pleasing so not a big problem. 

ACAM-75 with a Leica M2 and 35mm Summicron ASPH. To be fair, it also has a Abrahamsson Rapidwinder attached to it and a half case. The elastic band closes ok but it is definitely pushing the boundary of "fit". 

ACAM-75 with a Leica M2 and 35mm Summicron ASPH. To be fair, it also has a Abrahamsson Rapidwinder attached to it and a half case. The elastic band closes ok but it is definitely pushing the boundary of "fit". 

With M2 and lens wrapped up. 

With M2 and lens wrapped up. 

This time with a Sony RX1. This camera also has a half case on it - by the way JnK in Seoul makes a killer case that rivals Luigi's plus you can choose the leather you want to use!

This time with a Sony RX1. This camera also has a half case on it - by the way JnK in Seoul makes a killer case that rivals Luigi's plus you can choose the leather you want to use!

RX1 wrapped up. 

RX1 wrapped up. 

No complaints over this case. I like the design, though time till tell if it is more practical for me compared to the zippered cases. We shall see.