fuji x-e1 grip
Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:59
instead i picked up the fuji grip.
it's very nicely made. light but very rigid and strong. the hardware for the mounting screw is nicely machined, sits flush, but is easy to open and screw/unscrew by hand. there's a nice felt material at the mating surface which is slightly recessed from the edge and does not look like it's going to come off.
here is the naked x-e1
tripod socket not aligned with optical axis, battery and memory card door really close to tripod socket. not fuji's finest moment.
here it is with the grip.
the grip is really well integrated. the mating to the base of the camera is very tight, and the grip part meets the miniature built in 'grip' nicely and with the exact same material. the tripod socket is now centered... but the battery and memory card are now totally inacessible. not great.
overall, the grip makes one handed shooting much more steady and i find the camera more 'natural' to hold. not really any easier - and it's still a very light camera - but it's a more comfortable grab. overall i like it and will probably use it when i take the camera on casual outings, meaning i won't need to be changing cards and batteries. if richard franiec comes up with one of his beautiful sculpted stick-on-grips for the x-e1, i'd probably prefer that. but for the moment, this does the trick.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:06
Edited by Luc de Schepper, 01 February 2013 - 11:07 .
Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:19
Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:30
This shot shows the strap mount points, and also how the camera would hang except on the opposite vertical offset angle for a right-hander. The fingers of the right hand curl around the grip comfortably when the strap is adjusted to the right length, with the camera facing rearwards in the carry position so it is in the correct position in the hand for shooting. I wear my X-100 off the opposite shoulder so it hangs across my chest to my left side - a bit slower for me to bring into service, and I guess I look a bit like a gunslinger in that mode, but it works well. I don't have a need for an extra grip - I used gripless cameras for enough years to not be bothered by the lack of same, or only a small grip.
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