All arrived fine and on time as I have come to expect from Amazon and all looked well. However, when I tried to fit the camera in the case, the strap lugs didn't line up properly, neither did the cut-out for the shooting mode slider.
Having attached the strap to see if it would settle in a bit, or just force itself into position somehow, I noticed that one of the small leather loops that hold the fasteners had started to tear. After just a few minutes of use!
To help explain here's a picture:
So, I called Amazon and they were very helpful. The following day I had a brand new leather case on my desk at work and commenced with the unpacking. The new case looked fine and it fitted my camera perfectly. Nice!
But why did this one fit and the other not? Upon closer examination, I noticed some subtle differences between the cases. It was as though, whilst both official releases, they were from different batches or manufacturers - I assume Fuji employ third parties to make these and don't produce them in-house?
The key differences are:
- The case is very fractionally smaller, and the first case closed with the adaptor ring and a UV filter attached, which was nice, but the new one doesn't!!
- The inside suede lining is a different colour. Also, the original showed a load of stitching (which I think cause the problem in the first place as it was too tight a fit and the stitching seemed to raise the base slightly) and the replacement doesn't
- The outer stitching on the replacement is more orangey than the original which had stitching colour identical to the leather
- The strap on the replacement is slightly wider and shows Fujifilm and X100 embossed writing
Some more pictures to help explain:
So there you go. All is good now, but just in case you are thinking of buying one of these, and they're not inexpensive, don't accept that a mis-fitting one cannot be replaced by one that does fit.