Bill Sprague looking for case for Leica 100-400mm and Lumix body

Posted Jul. 9th, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

I’ve followed your success with the GX8/100-400 and, consequently, now have one. Thank you for the “push”! (grinning here!)

I am trying to locate a case. I would prefer a “holster” style that would hold the camera with lens attached, including the lens hood. An example might be the “Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II”.

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Unfortunately, all the “holsters” I’ve looked at are built to hold DSLR sized bodies. Do you have or have seen a holster bag sized for smaller mirrorless M4/3 cameras?



This Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II should work really well for holding the new Leica 100-400mm zoom with a Lumix or Olympus body attached.

This Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II should work really well for holding the new Leica 100-400mm zoom with a Lumix or Olympus body attached.

Bill, I’m unaware of a specific holder you refer to. I do know that Lowepro is building some MFT cases and bags but I see nothing listed specifically for MFT in the holster design you’re interested in. However, the photo I’ve included here show’s a Nikon body with the 80-200mm lens as an example of what the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II will hold and the Leica 100-400mm with a Lumix body would take up about the same amount of room. I would think this case would work extremely well even though it wasn’t designed for MFT.

I’m hopeful bag manufacturers will see the need to give us even more options in the near future. Lowepro does have many more options than others however and here’s a link to their web pages for mirrorless camera bags..


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  1. Rober MooreOn Aug. 10th, 2016

    Iceland, Norway, and a few other trips and I’ve missed this blog.
    I carry the GX8+100-400mm daily anywhere and everywhere. I tried various bags but my favorite is this one-
    The camera with connected lens fits perfectly. I added a padded cell from Amazon. There is also room inside for a Lumix 12-42ii or something like a Sony RX100iii/iv or a Lumix GM-5.
    The outside pocket holds a charger+battery, USB OTG multi-card reader, and my wallet.
    Also in the big compartment I have a Dell Venue 8 PC tablet-so a complete though small work station.
    Notice the loops on the bottom outside of the sling bag=place for a monopod or small tripod.
    The stretchy mesh will hold a water bottle or even an extra lens though I don’t trust it for a lens unless tethered.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 10th, 2016

      Thats for the additional info Rober.Also glad to hear you’re out shooting. Have fun and stop by often.

  2. DeanOn Jul. 31st, 2016

    While I haven’t used it (but probably will give it a try), the Think Tank Digital Holster (V20 or V30)
    with a Pro Speed belt looks like a reasonable solution. I will use it with my OMD E-M1 and 300mm or 40-150mm Pro lenses. I have used Think Tank bags for years and have never had a single issue. I used to carry my Nikon D4 and 500mm f4.0 in a Think Tank Lens Taxi and now, thanks to MFT I no longer have to schlep that much weight and gear into the field.

  3. Glenn McKinlayOn Jul. 30th, 2016

    I am wondering if the Toploader 55 might work as well, or better?
    Internal dimensions:
    Toploader 75: 6.7W X 6.7D X 11.4H in./ 17 X 17 X 29 cm
    Toploader 55: 6.3W x 4.3D x 10.24H in / 16 x 11 x 26 cm
    I will be using the 100-400 with the DH4 (when it arrives):
    Camera: 133 x 93 x 84 mm (5.24 x 3.66 x 3.31″)
    Lens length (minimum): 6.75 /17.15cm

    So the 55 looks to be a more snug fit, which appeals
    Possibly downsides: would the 55 be too tight for quickly remove, or too short to use the full lense hood or carry partly zoomed out?

  4. Tim BartleyOn Jul. 29th, 2016

    Hi Bill,
    The Mountainsmith Zoom Medium bag fits the GX8 + Leica 100-400. It is close, but it fits! There is room for a couple of extra batteries and memory cards in the external pocket. However, you will need to attach an external pouch for an additional lens. It’s close, but it does fit…

  5. Bill SpragueOn Jul. 17th, 2016

    Thanks. I will try that bag. It has been on my shopping list as a potential choice.

    While searching I found a “OP/TECH USA 7801182 Snoot Boot Wide Body XXL” that works very well for travel storage and protection. The GX8/100-400 fit quite well, even with the lens hood attached. It was only $23!

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