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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
The MegaGear "Ever Ready" is designed specifically for the FZ200 and it shows. It fits very well. I do a lot of deep woods hiking/back packing and I was very uncomfortable having the FZ dangling around my neck/side while going over rough terrain. All the local camera shops had were boxy like cases that are fine for the car but impractical for hiking. The MetaGear design allows the detach of two snaps to have the case that covers the LCD/Lens flop completely out of the way to allow access to both the LCD and the controls. Putting the cover back into position is easy. The dimensions are just right for it to be a snug fit but not require force. The screw that attaches the base to the FZ is also tapped so you can still attach a tripod quick mount to it. This does not completely enclose the camera. I will bring a dry bag with me in the event that I get caught in rain.

I don't know about the rest of you, but for a $600 camera, the protection this provides is a no brainer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
Sometimes you just don't want to haul around a stocked camera bag, you just want the camera. When I took the Lumix FZ 150 DSLR out on a snowy day I needed something to keep snowflakes and water off the lens and out of the controls on top while I carried it around in a snowstorm. Tossing my scarf over it helped, but I knew that wouldn't help keep lint and dust out of the controls if the camera were anywhere else - like buried in a backpack or stowed under a car seat. This cover is a terrific and attractive solution; an elegant alternative to neoprene.

Your camera can be accessed in either of two ways: unsnapping the sides and flipping the front piece over the lens to hang underneath, or unsnapping a single snap on the bottom to flip the front piece back over the top. Once the leatherette is softened to flexibility, both modes fully expose top controls while providing protection in inclement weather walking around between shots; both modes provide viewfinder access. However, only the side snap release permits access to lcd use and rear controls below the viewfinder. As shown, there is a gap around the strap rings on the camera where the included matching strap may be attached to the camera only. There are no strap attachment rings on the case itself.

Does it fit the FZ150? Yes. Is there a difference in fit between the FZ 150 and FZ 200? Yes. There is a tripod screw on the bottom made to hold the cover to the FZ200 which is slightly offset and unusable for the FZ150. That being said, I didn't find this to be a problem, as the flocked lining holds both cameras in place in a comfortable grip during shooting. As a compromise, I screw the bottom platform of my Opteka wrist strap to the case and carry camera-plus-case that way should they separate. There is, however an included matching leather strap that attaches to the camera only, and a rather nice camera-sized flocked black drawstring bag for the whole assembly. Note that for the FZ150, camera and case cannot be secured as a single unit, and held accordingly.

With the FZ150 snapped inside, I did not find any gap above the hot shoe indicating anything but a secure fit. However, as the picture shows, this is not a dust or water tight case; for down pour it may be wise to invest in an actual rain cover because during actual shooting, camera controls are obviously exposed for use.

As for color, I'm sick of not being able to readily find black items in shadows or dark rooms or inside a backpack. I liked the retro color of the lightest tan, but remember how sweat and oil stain leather in high use areas. In addition, I didn't want to attract attention to my camera when traveling. The compromise was the brown case which is more brown than red than some product photos depict, but light enough to be seen in shadow. If the lightest color is desired, transparent wax for leather could provide stain protection.

Due to overall quality of materials, precise Lumix fit, functionality and professional appearance - and price - I would highly recommend this MegaGear case to anyone with a Panasonic Lumix FZ model DSLR. Having also purchased MegaGear Professional Shotgun Camcorder/Camera Microphone, I would also recommend MegaGear to anyone as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
A great case. Very protective, easy to use and the price is a real bargain. I've seen cases of this quality that are, on average, much more expensive. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
Wonderful case for Panasonic camera. Well made and fits the camera like a glove. Easy to remove to allow for photo taking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2013
I bought the case along with my FZ200, with the idea of protecting the camera. As stated earlier the case is far too tight and cannot be used while shooting. Since the case is so tight, it has a tendency to scuff-up the tripod mount. I have found that putting it on stretches it out with time, and the bottom I have been bending down so that I can use the LCD screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
basically this is a good product but it has several minor flaws that the manufacturer needs to address. The first is that the tolerances for manufacturing need to be more precise and that, for example the screw attachment at bottom was slightly misaligned with opening in camera base. Secondly, the cover is attached so that it flips over from the back and over the top. It does not, when opened, hang down as did older camera cases that flipped over the front of camera. Since it snaps onto sides it cannot fully pivot to hang. also it was not dimensioned with sufficiently clearance if you have a screw on filter such as clear or UV over lens and also try as Lumix suggests, to hold sun shade in place over front edge of lens. What is good is that the case is very sturdy, made of heavy leather and held up very well on a week-long trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
The few negative reviews I read online prior to my purchase were completely unfounded and wrong. My overall feeling, "It's all good"!
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on May 16, 2015
Useless because you have to take pretty much the entire thing off to access your camera. I thought it'd be easier to have this on my camera and throw it in my purse when necessary than to tote an extra camera bag, but getting the camera lens and controls exposed is such a hassle that I know I'll never use it. The only part that stays on is the very bottom piece which bolts into your tripod dock. This only covers the very bottom and about 1 inch on each side. The rest of it snaps on to this piece and then wraps up and over it, with a tab to snap on the bottom - you must unsnap it, unwrap it up and over, and then either leave the entire bulky thing dangling or unsnap two more snaps to remove it. So time consuming, so annoying - so not what i expected it to be. This is going back.
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on July 18, 2014
Excellent case. Well made and fits the Lumix FZ200 camera perfectly. The front unsnaps and falls away to allow picture taking with the case still attached. It will even accommodate the shadow cover when attached backwards on the lens. It has the hardware on bottom of case for attaching to a tripod if needed. I have no hesitation in recommending this case and I am not one of those paid reviewers.
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on July 19, 2014
Overall, does exactly what it's supposed to do- protects the camera with easy access. Much better than a bag when you're on the go. Only drawback is that fit could be better. Base portion is a touch narrow for the camera body, leading to slight flaring at the top (gap at the top edge is approx. 2mm on each side of the camera). Noticeable, but not a deal breaker.
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