New toy the Olympus OMD EM5.

A few weeks ago I purchased an OMD body to use with a bunch of different primes Ihave, wow have been mighty impressed with this little cameras performance and can whole heartly recommend it to anyone considering it. There are plenty of reviews out there I like the one here.

We sell a range of straps from Artisan & Artist that suit the OMD or Uncle Gordy’s wrist straps. Mine is pictured with a Khaki ACAM103.


When only the best will do. The most exclusive Leica M9 half case.

The craftspeople at Artisan & Artist are increasing turning to produce products that reflect times past. When goods were produced with care, manual labour,  natural materials and most importantly for the love of the craft. This half case for the Leica M9 is a product of that ethos. If you want to own one of the rarest and most beautiful half cases ever made then be prepared to pay a premium for it and wait.

Meet the Aizome  Nile crocodile leather M9 half case.

Aizome is a Japanese name for natural pant based indigo dye  the oldest dying technique of Japan. Aizome  has more than 1000 years of history. It is also known as Japan blue (as it is considered the color of Japan) . Although nowadays the use of chemicals has become standard in leather and fabric dying.  Artisan & Artist have commissioned  a craftsman who still practices the traditional ways by using the natural process of extracting the dye from sukumo (fermented leaves of Polygonum Tynctorium).

Working with Aizome is an extremely long and complicated process for dying fabrics let alone Crocodile leather. Artisan and Artist have chosen this process because the end result is not only absolutely stunning but very exclusive.

Produced only in very limited numbers the case is available to special order $1795.00 approx 6 weeks delivery. To place an order contact us here

New Artisan & Artist Catalogue…

The new Artisan & Artist catalogue has now arrived with the new range of 2010 products in it. This A4 production is a work of art in itself.

Artisan & Artist  Camera products were recently refered to by Camera Magazine Editor Paul Burrows as been as close to Bespoke Camera bags and straps as possible.

Email us here with your name and postal addess and we will post you a copy   ( sorry offer only valid in Australia).

More New gear… Artisan and Artist Camera bags and cases

Artisan and Artist bags and accessories now available in Australia!

“No ordinary bags for your camera these are your invisible assistant in the field – Be like the ninja all black and unseen!”

Imported from a small company who’s artisans hand craft these bags in Tokyo, these discrete new camera bags are as fashionable for a stroll through Melbourne or while walking around the Inca ruins of Cusco.

Artisan and Artist has a philosophy of understatement and balance in the design of each case. No flashy labels, no English town and country look or other weird advertisements adorn the outside of these bags — nothing to let the curious know that a camera lies inside.

Soft lambskin 1/2 cases available for all Leica Rangefinders even the current M8!

Humble and stylish at once, A&A bags are quick to use when needed and then fast to disappear afterwards when the decisive moments have passed.

Only the best materials are used from the lining of the bags, a soft-combed cotton, is gentle on cameras with painted finish or chrome trim. Outside a combination of supple leather, ballistic nylon and watertight canvas keep the contents of the bag dry and safe. All the materials are soft and pliable to allow the bag to mold to its owner’s body — the best protection for a camera, which a rigid case cannot provide.

A privilege to own, natural to use, the best street and travel photography bags are now available in Australia. See the range at the Artisan and Artist page on our website.