Heads up ... there's SHIPPING NEWS!
Richard's last shipping date before heading to Japan will be 2 April and he will resume shipping on 21 April 2015. If you need something faster, you can contact Lensmate.
The Canon G7 X Custom Grip is now shipping and you can see it here.
I met Richard online in October 2007 when I was searching for a grip for my new Canon G9. That was the first of many accessories I ordered from him over the years for a succession of cameras that Leela and I owned.
At the same time, I noticed that Richard didn't have a webpage of his own -- probably too busy in the machine shop -- so I created this page as a thank you to someone who was supplying exactly what I needed.
Eight years later, Richard is still making accessories and I'm still pleased to recommend them and to have Richard as a friend. One of these days we may even meet in person.
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CLICK FOR ORDERING INFORMATIONRichard charges very little for shipping -- please remember to add it!
Inside the U.S. = US$3.95 (First Class Mail)
Outside the U.S. = US$8.95 (International First Class Mail)
Priority and express shipping are available -- just ask for cost.
A word about Custom Grips
I'm telling you this now so you don't have to read the same thing for every grip. I have had Richard's grips on a Canon G9, Canon S90, and Sigma DP2 for several years now. They are all attractive, show no signs of wear and remain solidly attached.
In April 2014, Richard visited Sedona, Arizona. We often see a spectacular shot or two of these slot canyons, but Richard takes us on a full tour. He offers information on photo permits and shows us the difference between Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Click the photo to start your tour.
Canon G7 X Custom Grip
"Natural look and feel" was the goal behind the design and development of my new Canon Powershot G7 X custom grip. Combined with the factory thumb rest in back, the grip makes the G7 X more user-friendly than Canon envisioned. One-handed shooting and video recording (including self-portraits) is not only possible but a pleasure with the aid of the custom grip.
The grip's contour guides your fingers into a comfortable position that makes shooting a pleasure, and eases any worry about losing your hold on the camera.
Thanks to the grip, carrying the camera in hand for long periods of time does not produce the strains that can result from pinching the body between your thumb and fingers -- instead, you can hang the camera from your fingertips. And pulling the camera from pouch or pocket is easy since the grip gives you something to grab.
At 20 grams, the grip does not make the camera substantially heavier, and because the grip sits below the retracted lens, the camera retains its low profile, keepng the combination pocket- and pouch-friendly.
The G7 X custom grip is individually CNC machined from the best aluminum alloys available, before being glass-bead blasted and anodized to greatly enhance its wear resistance. Like all the custom grips, they are guaranteed to outlive the camera models they were designed for.
The G7 X Custom Grips are shipping now. Price is $34.95 plus shipping. Click to order.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1/GM5/LF1 Custom Grip
This grip is a beautiful match for the aesthetics of all three cameras. The grip combines the great look of a wraparound design with the great feel of an ergonomically natural shape. The S-curve finger groove contour guides the hand to a comfortable and effective position, greatly improving balance and handling, especially with larger Micro 4/3 lenses.
Weighing about 20 grams, this grip adds very little to the weight of the camera and leaves the entire bottom of the cam (including battery/card door and tripod socket) unobstructed.
Like all of Richard's grips, this one is Individually 3D CNC machined from high-grade aluminum alloy, then glass bead blasted and black anodized. It offers great looks, durability, fit and function.
Price is $34.95 plus shipping. Click to order. And here are visual installation instructions
Canon EOS-M Custom Grip
Richard's comments are below, and you can click the photo to see all 10 photos of the new grip.
"The Canon EOS M mirrorless system is possibly the most underrated offering in this segment, partially due to its less than good ergonomic (handling) characteristics. Since the camera body with kit lens can be purchased for less than the price of premium fixed lens compact and considering the number of people who have written me requesting a grip, I decided to create a grip specifically for the 'M.'
"The grip is CNC machined from solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and anodized to closely match the camera body finish. It enhances the handling of the camera, even with the larger EF lenses via adapter, and adds a new level of comfort and safety."
The EOS-M grip is $34.95 plus shipping -- please be sure to check the shipping cost that applies to your destination and add it to the order.
Click to order. And here are visual installation instructions.
Sigma DP1/DP2/DP3 Merrill Custom Grip
This grip fits all the Sigma Merrill cameras -- DP1, DP2 and DP3 -- and allows you to hold the camera comfortably and securely in any position. It sits well below the retracted lens, so it does not compromise the compactness of the camera. And it adds only about an ounce (35 grams) of weight. The grip was designed to cover the silver logo for a more subtle look that makes the camera less obvious to people around you, especially those being photographed.
The CG-DPMerrill grip is $36.95 plus shipping and is being produced in limited quantities to gauge demand. The first batch will be available in early December 2012 and the grips will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis. Click to order.
Sony RX100 Custom Grip
The grips gives your Sony RX100 and RX100 II and RX100 III something to hold on to for one-handed shooting of still images and video in comfort, security and style -- and the grip sits below the lens ring when the lens is retracted so the camera remains as pocketable as ever. The RX100 custom grip is $34.95 plus shipping. Click to order.
The RX100 grip is featured on DPreview and they chose the same photo I did for their article. I guess we both have good taste.
You might also like to read these comments on the grip from some well-known photographers:
Michael Reichmann on Luminous Landscape.
Mike Tompkins on Imaging Resource.
Steve Huff on Steve Huff Photo.
Installation instructions: Here is a PDF file of the written instructions that come with your new grip -- and here are some photos to go along with those instructions.
In Stock -- Custom Grip for the Nikon 1 V1
This grip is designed for comfort and safety when handling the heft of the Nikon 1 V1, especially when coupled with the FT-1 adapter and heavy lenses. The grip does not obstruct the battery/card door and preserves the original location of the tripod socket on the centerline of the lens. The grip is $34.95 plus shipping.
Click to order.
Custom Grip for the Nikon 1 J1
Richard's Custom Grip CGJ1 for Nikon's top-end compact features a wraparound design for that integrates seamlessly with the J1 camera body. The grip is $34.95 plus shipping.
Click to order.
Olympus E-PL3/E-PM1 Grip
The Olympus E-PL3 and E-PM1 will be the first Micro Four thirds cameras to receive a Custom Grip. Richard's attention to every aspect of fit, finish and functionality is well-known by now and the grip fits either camera perfectly. The grip is US$34.95, plus shipping.
Click to order.
DPreview featured the E-PL3 here. And the E-PM1 here.
You can download the installation instructions as a Word document file or a PDF file.
Click the image above to see 15 images that Richard has posted on Picasa.
The contour of the grip provides a natural, comfortable way of handling the camera, even one-handed, and adds a substantial feeling of safety and assurance to otherwise slippery and gripless body.
One of the biggest improvements you can make to a tiny camera is a better way to hold it -- and that's what Richard has done for the S90 and S95.
Quoting from Richard's email to me: "This grip is really a very special one. The small size of the S90 was a very challenging factor in find the right design that didn't overpower the body. The grip sits about 1.5 mm lower than the retracted lens, so it does not affect the pocketability of the camera."
Installation InstructionsRichard's photo instructions
Josh Cothran's video instructions
ReviewsSimon Joinson's impressions on DPreview
DPreview member thread (Part 1)
DPreview member thread (Part 2)
S90/95 Grip owners' emailed comments -- PDF file
This custom grip is the answer to the prayers of D-LUX 4 enthusiasts who find Leica's screw-on grip cumbersome and expensive.
The contour of the grip provides a natural, comfortable way of handling the camera, even one-handed, and adds a substantial feeling of safety and assurance to otherwise slippery and gripless body. And unlike the Leica grip, the Custom Grip don't obstruct the battery/card door.
Another plus: with the grip attached, the D-LUX 4 still fits smoothly into the Leica leather case with flap.