Customize Your Camera with a New Skin

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

EP3.comparo2If you’re read any of my other posts on the subjects of customizing a mirrorless camera— here and here—you know I like to customize my cameras. Today I’d like to introduce you to a product that lets you make your camera look exactly like you want—camera coverings from Aki-Asahi in Japan.

Aki-Asahi makes replacement covering for your camera or coverings for a camera that has an all-metal or plastic body and doesn’t have any covering. Here’s what he says about the product: “Our camera coverings are not those which are supplied by the makers of those camera. But, because we make our coverings in almost the same way as camera makers make theirs, we can provide the same quality.” Pricea range but even the most expensive covering are around $25 plus a few bucks for airmail shipping, which is surprisingly fast from Japan.

EP3skin

For my conversion I chose my first Micro Four-thirds camera—an Olympus E-P3. I was inspired by Mark Toal’s post “Recycle Your Old Camera” and thought the E-P3 would be perfect for this, using the same Olympus 9mm body cap lens he suggested. Based on my experience shooting cars at a Cars & Coffee event—look for a post soon—I decided to try the 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap lens, even though mi hermano Mark is not a fan of this lens. (Post on that subject coming soon too.)

I picked up a used E-P3 in stainless steel for a great price but while it had a small grip, the surface was slick and not very gripable. When I found the Aki-Asahi website I saw he offered many different colors of coverings for this camera and chose the Flat Camel (cowhide) because of it’s classic camera look. It cost $21 plus $4 shipping.

Installation was done by wife, Mary, because she has small hands and is just plain good at this kind of stuff. Aki-Asahi offers installation videos and after watching it once, she was ready to install the coverings which took less than 15 minutes. A video for the E-P1 is shown below which should give you an idea of how easy it was to do.