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Many of us in the photography community are indebted to Richard for his inventiveness and craftsmanship. Long ago, I bought his grip for my Canon G9 and was impressed enough that I posted this page to let others know. Richard's accessories have expanded greatly since those days to include Custom Grips, Hot Shoe Covers, and Remote Cable Releases.

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CanonEOS MCustom Girp
CanonG7/G9Hot Shoe Cover
CanonS90/S95Custom Grip
LeicaDLUX-4Custom Grip, Hot Shoe Cover, Cable Release Adapter
LeicaDLUX-5Grip, Cable Release Adapter
LumixDMC-GM1Custom Grip
Nikon1 J1Custom Grip
Nikon1 V1Custom Grip
OlympusE-PL3/E-PM1Custom Grip
OlympusXZ-1Custom Grip
PanasonicGM1Custom Grip
PanasonicLX3/LX5Hot Shoe Cover, Cable Release Adapter
PanasonicG1Hot Shoe Cover
SamsungNX200Cable Release Adapter
SigmaDP1/DP2 OriginalCustom Grip, Cable Release Adapter
SigmaDP1/DP2/DP3 MerrillCustom Grip
Sony RX100, all 3 modelsCustom Grip
DSLR Hot Shoe Covers

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Richard 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$7.95 (International First Class Mail)
Priority and express shipping are available -- just ask for cost.

And a word about Custom Grips

All of Richard's grips are individually precision-machined from high-grade aluminum alloy, and then glass-bead blasted and black anodized for durability. They attach to the camera with VHB (Very High Bond) clear transfer tape for incredible bonding power -- but they can be carefully removed without damaging the camera finish or leaving a stubborn residue. After removal, you can cover the adhesive with the original slick backing material for storage so that you can reattach the grip later.

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.





NEW PRODUCT
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 custom grip
Designed specifically for the GM1, this grip is a perfect match for the camera's aesthetics. 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.

Click image to see all 6 photos.

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


NEW PRODUCT
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.

Click image to see all 10 photos.


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.

Click image to see all 13 photos.


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.

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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.


Samsung NX200 Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter
Richard's newest adapter gives NX200 users control of the shutter release beyond the usual finger-press or self-timer.

Precision machined from black Delrin, the adapter uses the hot shoe as a stable anchor to perfectly position the cable release point over the shutter button. The adapter does not interfere with the On/Off lever or other vital camera controls, and focus acquisition by half-pressing the shutter using the cable release is very well controlled.

The adapter is $19.95. Click to order.

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Note: The cable release is not included, so you can choose your own according to length, brand, or style. All standard cables should work with this adapter, including the old ones you have lying around in a drawer. Note that you cannot use an external flash at the same time as the cable release.


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.


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In Stock -- 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.


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In Stock -- 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.

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You can download the installation instructions as a Word document file or a PDF file.


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Olympus XZ-1

Custom XZ-1 Grip

Custom XZ-1 Grip


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.

Custom Grip - XZ-1
CG-XA1
US$32.95


Canon S90/S95

Canon s90/S95 Grip

Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip

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 Instructions

Richard's photo instructions
Josh Cothran's video instructions

Reviews

Simon Joinson's impressions on DPreview
DPreview member thread (Part 1)
DPreview member thread (Part 2)
S90/95 Grip owners' emailed comments -- PDF file

Custom Grip -- Canon S90/S95 CGS90/95
US$32.95


Canon G7 and G9




Your internal flash will work without removing the Custom Hot Shoe Cover, so the only time you'll take it off is to use an external flash, and high-tolerance machining ensures it won't slip out on its own. In place, it protects the camera's flash contacts from rain and dirt, eliminates snagging when you pull the camera from your pocket, and it simply looks good.

Tip: It is small, so when you take it off, make it a habit to put it in the same place every time, whether that's your left front pants pocket or a pocket on your camera bag.

You can read this DPreview post for more opinions.


Panasonic LX3



  

Your internal flash will work without removing the Custom Hot Shoe Cover, so the only time you'll take it off is to use an external flash, and high-tolerance machining ensures it won't slip out on its own. In place, it protects the camera's flash contacts from rain and dirt, eliminates snagging when you pull the camera from your pocket, and it simply looks good.

This hot shoe cover also fits the LX5, in case you ever lose the one that comes with the camera.

Tip: It is small, so when you take it off, make it a habit to put it in the same place every time, whether that's your left front pants pocket or a pocket on your camera bag.

Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- LX3/LX5 CHSC-LX3
US$9.95


Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter    Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter     Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter     Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

This adapter is beautifully machined from Delrin and uses the camera's hot shoe cover as a solid base for the mechanical cable release. Please note that an external flash cannot be used at the same time as the cable release.

This adapter also fits the LX5. You can click on the image below for a 640-pixel image or click this 1900-pixel image for a closer view. Thanks to Chris Peaker for the great photo...

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

Note that a cable release is not included, so you can buy the length(s) you need or use one you already own. Not all cable releases are created identical -- even if they all say "standard" -- so if you don't already own a cable release, you should buy Richard's adapter first and take it cable shopping with you.

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter -- LX3/LX5 CMCRA - LX3
US$18.95


Panasonic G1




Your internal flash will work without removing the Custom Hot Shoe Cover, so the only time you'll take it off is to use an external flash, and high-tolerance machining ensures it won't slip out on its own. In place, it protects the camera's flash contacts from rain and dirt, eliminates snagging when you pull the camera from your pocket, and it simply looks good.

Tip: It is small, so when you take it off, make it a habit to put it in the same place every time, whether that's your left front pants pocket or a pocket on your camera bag.

Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- Panasonic G1 CHSC-PG1
US$9.95


Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4 Grip

Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip

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.

Custom Grip -- Leica D-LUX 4 CG-DLUX4
US$34.95




  

Your internal flash will work without removing the Custom Hot Shoe Cover, so the only time you'll take it off is to use an external flash, and high-tolerance machining ensures it won't slip out on its own. In place, it protects the camera's flash contacts from rain and dirt, eliminates snagging when you pull the camera from your pocket, and it simply looks good.

Tip: It is small, so when you take it off, make it a habit to put it in the same place every time, whether that's your left front pants pocket or a pocket on your camera bag.

This cover also works with the Leica X1.

Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- D-LUX 4 CHSC-DLUX4
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- X1 CHSC-X1
US$9.95


Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter    Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter     Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter     Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

The adapter is beautifully machined from Delrin and uses the camera's hot shoe cover as a solid base for the mechanical cable release. Please note that an external flash cannot be used at the same time as the cable release.

Note that a cable release is not included, so you can buy the length(s) you need or use one you already own. Not all cable releases are created identical -- even if they all say "standard" -- so if you don't already own a cable release, you should buy Richard's adapter first and take it cable shopping with you.

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter -- D-LUX 4 CMCRA - DLUX4
US$18.95


Leica D-LUX 5

Leica DLUX-5 Grip

Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip

This custom grip is the same as the grip for the D-LUX 4 -- but I thought it deserved an entry of its own so D-LUX 5 owners didn't miss it.

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.

Special thanks to Peter Zlatev for the photos featured here.

Custom Grip -- Leica D-LUX 5 CG-DLUX5
US$34.95


Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter    Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter     Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter     Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

The adapter is shown in the photos on a Leica D-LUX 4, but it fits the D-LUX 5, as well. It is beautifully machined from Delrin and uses the camera's hot shoe cover as a solid base for the mechanical cable release. Please note that an external flash cannot be used at the same time as the cable release.

Note that a cable release is not included, so you can buy the length(s) you need or use one you already own. Not all cable releases are created identical -- even if they all say "standard" -- so if you don't already own a cable release, you should buy Richard's adapter first and take it cable shopping with you.

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter -- D-LUX 5 CMCRA - DLUX5
US$18.95


Sigma DP Cameras - All

Sigma DP-1 Grip

Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip     Custom DP-1 Grip

Richard's Custom Grip for the DP1 and DP2 will change the way you handle your camera. I received the first DP2 in Hong Kong and the first thing I did was attach the grip. When I let a professional photographer handle the camera the next day, he immediately commented on the handling and thought it was part of the original design. Another benefit of the grip for those of us who like to keep a low profile is that it hides the big white "SIGMA" on the front of the camera.

Note: These are not for the Merrill cameras.

You can read this DPreview post for more opinions.

And here's another thread with photos at DPI.com.

Sigma Custom Grip (All DP Models) CGDP
US$34.95


Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter    Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter

The custom mechanical cable release adapter for the DP1 and DP2 (some adapter) is precision-machined from black Delrin, just like field-proven cable adapters for the Canon G series, the Panasonic LX3 and the Leica D-Lux4.

The low profile shape of the adapter does not block the power button or other controls. Being slightly larger than the PASM mode dial, it protects the dial from accidental changes, while still making it easy to change modes when you want to.

The adapter uses the camera's hot shoe as a solid base, so an external flash cannot be used at the same time as the cable release.

Note that a cable release is not included, so you can buy the length(s) you need or use one you already own. Not all cable releases are created identical -- even if they all say "standard" -- so if you don't already own a cable release, you should buy Richard's adapter first and take it cable shopping with you.

I own this adapter and consider it one of the small masterpieces of Richard's many accessories -- it is so intricate, so well-machined, so cool and so useful that it's a pleasure just to touch it and put it on. It also helps that I have a very stylish cable release. LOL

Click for a slide show of other images of this beautiful adapter.

Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter (All DP models) CMCRA-DP
US$21.95



Important Ordering Information

Put your Name and Email Address and Accessories
in the PayPal "Message" box so Richard can contact you
with questions and confirmations.

HOW TO ORDER

1. Log in to PayPal.

2. Click "Send money" tab at the top of the page.

3. Type tecsol@comcast.net in the recipient field.

4. Type the total amount -- including shipping costs -- in "Amount" field (in US currency) and click "Continue" button below. The page with the “Message” box will appear.

5. Important: Put your Name and Email Address and the Accessories you're ordering in the Paypal "Message" box so that Richard can contact you with questions and confirmations.

6. Click "Submit" button below.

7. And you're done.

You can also pay by credit card on the PayPal website,
even if you don't have a PayPal account.

If you have questions, email Richard at
tecsol@comcast.net

If you have difficulties with that email, use
rfraniec@yahoo.com
but do not use this address at PayPal.
It will not work.

Complete Price List

SHIPPING COSTS -- PLEASE REMEMBER TO ADD

Inside the U.S. = US$3.95 (First Class Mail)
Outside the U.S. =
US$7.95 (International First Class Mail)
Priority and express shipping are available -- just ask for cost.


Component Code
Price
Custom Grips
Custom Grip -- Canon EOS M
CG-EOSM
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Canon S90/95 -- check availability before ordering
CG-S90/95
US$32.95
Custom Grip -- Leica D-LUX 4 CG-DLUX4
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Leica D-LUX 5 CG-DLUX5
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Lumix DMC-GM1
CG-GM1
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Nikon J1
CG-J1
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Nikon V1>
CG-V1
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Olympus E-PL3/E-PM1
CGPL3/PM1
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Olympus XZ1
CGXZ-1
US$32.95
Custom Grip -- Sigma (All Original DP Models) -- check availability before ordering CG-DP
US$34.95
Custom Grip -- Sigma DP1/DP2/DP3 Merrill CG-DPMerrill
US$36.95
Custom Grip -- Sony RX100 CG-RX100
US$34.95
Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapters
Cable Release -- Leica D-LUX 4 CMCRA - DLUX4
US$18.95
Cable Release -- Leica D-LUX 5 CMCRA - DLUX5
US$18.95
Cable Release -- Panasonic LX3/LX5 CMCRA - LX3
US$18.95
Cable Release -- Sigma -- All DP Models CMCRA-DP
US$21.95
Cable Release -- Sony NX200 CMCRA - NX200
US$19.95
Custom Hot Shoe Covers
See tips below Price List to get the right one
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- Plain CHSC-P
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- G CHSC-G
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- S CHSC-S
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- ND CHSC-ND
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- LX-3/LX-5 CHSC-LX3
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- D LUX 4 CHSC-DLUX4
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- Panasonic G1 CHSC-PG1
US$9.95
Custom Hot Shoe Cover -- XT CHSC-XT
US$9.95


Choosing the Right Hot Shoe Cover

Small Cameras

G-series cameras -- G7, G9, G10, G11 -- can use either the Plain or the G (CHSC-P or CHSC-G); it's just a matter of personal taste.

S-series cameras -- S5IS, SX1IS, SX10IS, SX20IS -- MUST use the S cover (CHSC-S) to ensure the internal flash operates with the cover in place.

Big Cameras

Digital Rebel series XTi (400D), XSi (450D), XS (1000D), T1 (500D) -- CHSC-XT.

EOS series 40D, 50D, 5DMKII, 7D, 1DMKIII, 1DsMKIII, 1DMKIV -- CHSC-ND.

EOS series 10D, 20D, 5D (Mark 1) -- CHSC-P.


There are two other ways to order Richard's components:

Lensmate carries some of Richard's accessories.

And if you read Japanese,
you can order from Mr. Eizaburo Ogura at
Oriental Hobbies in Okinawa.



Lensmate

While only Richard stocks his complete line of accessories, Lensmate carries selected accessories.

Lensmate is a manufacturer of filter adapters that allow the attachment of protective filters, polarizers, macro lenses, and wide-angle and telephoto lenses, many of which they also sell. Lensmate products must be ordered direct from Lensmate -- please do not order from Richard.

Here is their filter adapter for the Olympus XZ1 ...




Notes

Here's the Great White Photographer on safari in South Africa in September 2012. Richard has posted nearly 300 photos of the trip, which may sound like a lot, but do what I did: open the first one and keep clicking the right arrow and enjoy an eye-opening trip with some interesting observations. Click on Richard to get started.





Richard and Elizabeth in Iceland in 2011, enjoying the adventure of it all. The last photo is Richard at the end of the trip, totally broke. In between there's ice and a lot of things you wouldn't imagine.

Click on any of these photos to see Richard's gallery of nearly 200 Iceland photos and some amusing captions.







After you finish checking out Richard's components, you might enjoy reading what Nick Devlin has to say about them and Lensmate, and the G9 and his Leica M8.


Richard's red-and-black logo at the top of this page was created by fellow photographer and artist Gail Bjork. Gail also publishes Digicamhelp -- Digital camera help for beginners & beyond. You'll find tips, reviews, advice and photos. It's lovely -- check it out.