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* which are all Luigi's 
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Finally, I hope to may better serve you, curteous customers ! Please, read...

Dear Friends, I have too many duties, and recently my communication became slow, say poor !
If I miss to answer timely, and if you'll need our quote for a cases and straps order, you
can finally email to a my NEW , smart, (and fluent in English) daughter/assistant!
Please, email to: ginevra@leicatime.com and she will answer promptly !  Greetings, ciao, Luigi

The M-Mate family has grown... Now we make FIVE of them ! Export prices:
a buyer requested
me their weight ! (Leica M240 baseplate, grams 32)
 

M-Mate1, grams 30
M-Mate2, grams 35
M-Mate3, grams 37
                                M-Mate4, grams 86
WITH GRIP ! For all M8, M9, M9p, M-E
M-Mate-M, grams 32
M-Mate-M/grip, grams (%) 86
WITH GRIP ! For M240
 
M-Mate1, quick SD card (only) loading for Leica Monochrom+M9P+M9+M8.2+M8 - black, Eur 160
M-Mate2,
(no stairs), quick SD card/battery loading for Leica Monochrom+M9P+M9+M8.2+M8, Eur 240
M-Mate3,
(stairs), quick SD card/battery loading for Leica M-E, Monochrom+M9P+M9+M8.2+M8, Eur 260
M-Mate4,
(grip model), quick SD card/battery loading for Leica M-E, Monochrom+M9P+M9+M8.2+M8, Eur 380
M-Mate-M , quick SD card/battery loading for the new, elusive Leica M (type 240), Eur 260 (now ready !)
M-Mate-M/grip, quick SD card/battery loading for the new, elusive Leica M (type 240), Eur 380
Since Febr. 10th !

Dear Sirs, the new M-Mate-M/grip is finally ready to ship, please look at the many pictures !

M-Mate-M/grip, quick SD card/battery loading for the new Leica M (type 240), Eur 380 Since Febr. 10th !

M-Mate-M/grip, quick SD card/battery loading for the new  Leica M (type 240), Eur 380
Since Febr. 10th !

M-Mate-M/grip, quick SD card/battery loading for the new Leica M (type 240), Eur 380
Since Febr. 10th !
 
"export"  (NO VAT) prices :
for EU countries, we need an extra 21%, or we can make a intra-stat invoice using your VAT #, at NO Italian VAT charge...
NEW ! Eur 260, now is available the newest (hard to be made !) M-Mate-M, for the M240
The shown one is the 1st working prototype. We are now accepting orders,
and 1st samples will be sent to customers within early/mid October, sorry !
Attention: as other my M-Mates, it is mm 1,5 taller than the Leica baseplate.
In fact, we make the special cases for them slightly taller, for a better fit...

NEW ! Eur 260, soon available the newest (hard to be made !) M-Mate-M, for the M240
The shown one is the 1st working prototype. We are now accepting orders,
and 1st samples will be sent to customers within late July/early August !
Attention: as other my M-Mates, it is mm 1,5 taller than the Leica baseplate.
In fact, we make the special cases for them slightly taller, for a better fit...

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M-Mate4, improved, with "stairs" below the doors, AND MY GRIP, at Eur 380
M-Mate3, improved, with "stairs", chrome, black, "metal grey", and even white, at Eur 260
M-Mate2, allowing the change of SD card AND battery, Eur 240  (ask for a special offer, if bought with his case !)
 M-Mate1, allowing the SD card change, only BLACK paint, Eur 160 (a few available, production ended)
To order, click here or email to: ginevra@leicatime.com or webmaster@leicatime.com
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M-Mate4, with a grip !
I HOPE THAT YOU, LEICA USERS, will consider it, TOO ! Eur 380, export price
available ready in black or "silver chrome" (paint) finish, more durable than oxide,
and NOW I have some ready also in the special M-E grey, and soon M9 metal grey

Here below, the M-Mate4 in the M-E blue/grey special finish !
 

M-Mate4, improved, with "stairs" below the doors, AND MY GRIP, at Eur 380 each

M-Mate4, improved, with "stairs" below the doors, AND MY GRIP, at Eur 380

M-Mate4, (his special case, Eur 200) improved, with "stairs" below the doors, AND MY GRIP, at Eur 380
 

it is actually available ready in black and silver paint finish... NOW, also M-E finish !

M-Mate4, now accepting orders, them are ready in stock ! Eur 380

M-Mate4, now accepting orders, them are ready in stock ! Euro 380 each
 


M-Mate4, now accepting orders, them are ready in stock ! Euro 380 each

Please, look attentively at this picture, and imagine how my M-Mate4 will improve the handling of your Leica M9,
M8, M-E, M-Monochrom ! Quick Battery and SD cards removal, a cute fully lined (by suede) calf leather strap, and
if wanted, a delicious calf leather lens cap, actually available for lenses with a front ring of mm: 36, 42, 43, 45, 48
Prices: Eur 380 the M-Mate4 special baseplate, Eur 80 the fully lined strap (with rings, not fasteners), Eur  40 cap

 
For the M-Mate3, M-Mate3, 2 and 1, of course I make (and often I HAVE, ready) the proper cases, with doors or slots !
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Luigi's products Utility Sets
 

I thought to offer some "ready utility sets" for your cameras ! 
If appreciated, I will increase their number, offering several options. 
Of course, the whole price of a set is lower than the arithmetic addition !
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Utility set # 1:


 This set is composed by (...if available colors... at your choice)

- One M-Mate3 (for Leica M9 and M8), special baseplate for a quick (and easy) change of the
battery and the SD card. Made in Italy. Available in paint finish: black, silver, metal gray

- One black (or other color) Luigi's Deluxe strap, adjustable lenght until % cm 115-120, 
with shoulder pad and lateral protectors. This strap is soft, and it improves with use ! 

- One black (or other color) Luigi's spare battery/SD cards carrier (room for 2 SD cards) 
it has been designed for Leica M9-M8, but works well also for the Fuji X100. Fits the strap 

- One solid SS Luigi's soft shutter release button, Convex or Concave, available in the 
finished : "naked" SS silver, Black paint, Red paint. Now I have well durable paint 

The four items are offered at Euro 320 (instead that Euro 360), as a SET.
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or... Want you save, either on prices and on shipping, ordering this my Utility Set # 2, consisting in those 4 items ?


The M-Mate4
(with included grip), a Deluxe strap, a Battery/SD cards carrier, a SS soft shutter release button


I am offering this utility set # 2, including 4 items, at Euro 440, (instead than 500...)
the proper special half and FULL cases will follow soon, if you'll want it !
J


I am offering this utility set # 2, including 4 items, at Euro 440, (instead than 500...)
the proper special half and FULL cases will follow soon, if you'll want it !
J

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I must to make and post new pictures of the M-Mate3 !
(NO time...)
In the meantime, please look carefully at the sole difference...








NOW ready for immediate shipping, in anodized Silver or black,
and even white (paint) for the new white M8 version !
Also available in other finishes, for the Leica M9 !


the anodized Silver is very similar to the chrome M8, but not identical

The M-Mate2 is available also in white, for the white M8.2 Leicas ! For M9, too !

the anodized Black is virtually identical to the black M8-M9 finish...


I am testing since YEARS ago the new M-Mate2 model, and it works perfectly !




    Shipping costs, with a MY special insurance :
Euro 15 worldwide by Registered Air Mail (slow, 10 to 20+ days, with recipient's signature)
Euro 26
worldwide by Fast Fedex Priority, (but Australia, Russia and a few other countries, more costly)
The M-Mate (1) is available only in black (special, durable paint), well matching the Leica black
I am offering  special, modified cases, USEABLE FOR THEM, adding to the "normal" case price
(upon the model), at
Euro 60 extra for the modification, now with the two leather's DOORS !
as well,  I am able to may modify most of the existing half cases !

OR, HERE THE M-MATE1 SPECIAL BASEPLATE, ONLY FOR THE SD CARD CHANGE- Euro 160, black
ATTENTION: in it, the single "door" is made in a special rubber, NOT in metal

When Leica designed the M8, many of the traditional features of the original Leica film camera were retained,
including loading film by first removing the bottom cover (“baseplate.”)
To insert a memory card into the Leica M8, one must similarly completely remove the baseplate.
 Some reviewers called this ‘eccentric.’ Others called it ‘awkward.’
M-Mate (1)


While the design decision is open to debate, there is no doubt that changing SD cards on the M8 takes
more effort, and creates a bit of a juggling act as compared to swapping cards on other digital cameras. 
Not so with the M-Mate! Swapping memory cards is now a snap.   Euro 160

With the M-Mate, it is much faster to take a few shots, remove the memory card, and then transfer the files to your computer.
No more dropping or misplacing the original baseplate. No more inserting the SD card but forgetting to put the
baseplate back on. No more accidental “Attention: Bottom cover removed” warnings!
ATTENTION: for the 1st time, when there is NO SD card in the camera, it is necessary
to remove the M-Mate1 baseplate, please. When instead there is already an SD
card, just pushing 1st the small rubber door will let you easily open it, then !

Please... LOOK at my SPECIAL CASE FOR M9-M8 + M-Mate1 !
You'll find the cases prices in my proper page, which is
"cases for Leica digital". Chose your preferred model,
 then add only Euro 20 extra for the special work...




As well, available since time ago, the special slot
for the useful accessory "ThumbsUp" model 1 or 3
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Also for it, Euro 20 extra, made only upon request (30 with a leather's door)

Please, have a quick look to my "solid SS soft shutter release buttons", Convex or Concave,
now available in naked silver SS, and durable black ot red paint ! Euro 20 each

ATTENTION: I reserve the right to improve-modify my products, in any moment.
What may interest you, the M-Mate2 is more robust that other baseplates... :-)

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The M-Mate is machined from a single piece of tempered aluminum/magnesium alloy. This provides greater strength and rigidity than the original brass baseplate, while providing a solid base for the tripod socket.

Introductory Leicatime price: To order, click here
Actually available only in black (special, durable paint) finish, well matching the Leica black one
M-Mate (1)
Euro 150  (VAT exempt) ///  for the EU... (Euro 180 VAT included)

    Shipping costs, with a MY special "Luigi" insurance :
Euro 15 worldwide by Registered Air Mail (slow, 10 to 20+ days, with recipient's signature)
Euro 26 worldwide by Fast Fedex Priority, (but Australia, Russia and a few other countries, more costly)

orders will be shipped within (about) 3 days since payment's receival
Ask for any info, and payment's details to: webmaster@leicatime.com
ATTENTION:

We reserve the right to improve any products without notice
Luigi of Leicatime can assure you: those M-Mate special baseplates are TERRIFIC !

Another very special product MADE and offered by Leicatime ! Eur 32 each,
as a special "introductory" offer... It is a pleasure to be handled !



Another very special product MADE and offered by Leicatime ! Eur 32 each,
as a special "introductory" offer... It is a pleasure to be handled !


Another very special product MADE and offered by Leicatime ! Eur 32 each,
as a special "introductory" offer... It is a pleasure to be handled !
 

A new very special product MADE and offered by Leicatime !
Please, look attentively... I am introducing the NEW two "soft shutter releases"
buttons for Leica and other cameras, 16 mm diameter for your finger's comfort.
For Bessas I am making them smaller ! I know, several are offered around.
But, those two models are made in SOLID STAINLESS STEEL !

TWO models: "Concave" and "Convex" - Eur 20 each, choose yours !
NOW, you'll find the Leicatime website address engraved on their bottom.


Why I show them in this (cases) page ? Because I suggest
you to order it/them along with a case, avoiding to pay the shipping cost
for the soft release, alone ! I already placed one of them in EACH of my cameras... :-)


The softrelease screws into the remote shutter release mechanism inside the shutter button and provides a few advantages.

First, it physically raises the height of the shutter button, allowing you to use the joint or pad of your finger to fire the shutter rather than the tip. This results in a smoother action, more like squeezing a trigger than prodding a button, which reduces camera shake a little and is (to many people at least) more comfortable. Generally, the cable release socket also has a smoother action than the shutter button, so the softrelease turns it into something of a hair-trigger, which again helps reduce camera shake. The effect seems to vary a little camera-to-camera, but I find them essential items on my M6 and Canon P.

Most users experience a combined benefit of about a stop more usability in hand-held shooting: so if you find that you can normally manage sharp hand-held shots at only 1/30 a softie should allow you to go down to 1/15 and achieve the same results. Personally I find that, with the softie in place, I can manage decent shots of 1/4 second quite easily, and even 1/2 if I'm lucky (I must have steady hands).

The only downside is, as S. says, you do tend to end up with a few shots of the inside of your camera bag, unless you get into the habit of stashing the camera without winding on first. That said, film's cheap. (feedback from a friendly user...)


Now, also... Black Paint !

However, I can't guarantee the paint duration... (NOW quite strong !)

I thought to post a feedback of a kind buyer, about this item(s) ! :-)


Finally, I am offering the SS MiniConvex for your RF Bessa cameras ! A few (nice) prototypes are available, ready, Euro 20 each