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Match Technical launches Thumbs Up EP-5S thumb rest for Fujifilm X100

By dpreview staff on Aug 1, 2011 at 22:33 GMT

Chinese accessory maker Match Technical has introduced a version of its 'Thumbs Up' accessory grip for the Fujifilm X100. The Thumbs Up EP-5S is an updated version of the grip we featured in our Leica M9 preview, and slots into the camera's hot shoe. It features a revised, 'ergonomic profile' thumb rest, includes a silicone insert to cushion the join between the grip and the camera, and is available in either black or silver. (via DCWatch)

Click here for more information about the Thumbs Up EP-5S for Fujifilm X100

Comments

Total comments: 34
Kelvin L
By Kelvin L (Aug 21, 2011)

I've had this camera for two months now. Never felt the need for an accessory like this. I use something called a left hand.

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JC Gregory
By JC Gregory (Nov 30, 2011)

Saucy reply, Mr L.

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Sumicron69
By Sumicron69 (Aug 9, 2011)

Wow an overpriced doodad for a camera you can't even buy!

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PLShutterbug
By PLShutterbug (Aug 5, 2011)

I don't get it. The camera is so poorly designed from an ergonomics standpoint that you have to spend an additional $118 (or $200) and sacrifice your hot shoe to make it stable and comfortable to use?

Then why buy the camera in the first place?

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Jonne Ollakka
By Jonne Ollakka (Aug 6, 2011)

I get it and I'm here to tell you about it.

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PLShutterbug
By PLShutterbug (Aug 6, 2011)

Well then, ... talk. Why is it worth it paying upwards of $200 for a fifteen-cent piece of steel that negates your ability to use flash, to fix what appears to be a design flaw in a $1,200 camera?

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sirshanksalot
By sirshanksalot (Aug 8, 2011)

Post should have mentioned the (slighter more expensive $144) CSEP-2 http://matchtechnical.com/CSEP2.aspx
It DOESN'T sacrifice the hot shoe. In the end it's all a matter of individual comfort, every hand/grip is different, doesn't imply the X100 NEEDS this accessory, nor any of the other camera's (Leica's) these are designed for. Are you implying a $7000 Leica is poorly designed as well if people are using these on them?

Personally I would have to weigh giving up rear-access to the shutter dial (or perhaps more important that this better prevents accidental movement?). I'm more keen on the Boop, Beep, Bip, Bug accoutrement!

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BillFenton
By BillFenton (Aug 9, 2011)

PLShutterbug is a clear example of why hemorhoid medicine sells so well. Why do geek a-holes like him have to troll these otherwise civil discussions of photography equipment and technique? The X100 is an exquisite piece of photographic gea.

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PLShutterbug
By PLShutterbug (Aug 9, 2011)

Hmmm. Your personal attack is not worthy of this forum.

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BillFenton
By BillFenton (Aug 10, 2011)

PlShutterbug is simply an a-hole. This forum is not worthy of insecure, short-dicked pompous idiots like you. Go crawl back under a rock or write something intelligent. And before you complain that my post is simply an ad homonym, it is and it's meant to be. Grow up and say something contributory or shut the f up.

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JohnFredC
By JohnFredC (Aug 2, 2011)

Man, I could use one of those for my Canon G11!

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coololli
By coololli (Aug 2, 2011)

I got it today and it's just great!
More grip and stability. Very good quality!

Here are photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cooololli/6001679326/in/set-72157627338665274

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Aug 2, 2011)

Makes me think of an old fashion film lever.

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ejw07
By ejw07 (Aug 2, 2011)

opps Sorry forgot to add the company that actually makes them
http://matchtechnical.com/default.aspx

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ejw07
By ejw07 (Aug 2, 2011)

i ahve one for my M8.2 and find usefull but for that price i would not buy a Fuji X-100 just to ge that.
I also have the boop for the shutter release, But to think again no i would not buy another one.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 2, 2011)

Does it come with that ladybird shutter attachment?

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mais51
By mais51 (Aug 2, 2011)

Just high light the Fuji bad design - how about a small button lock or lift and turn similar to the Nikon design of yesteryear - no more accident.

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mais51
By mais51 (Aug 2, 2011)

With that money I would want a unit with built-in replicate of the hot shoe with all the necessary electrical and mechanical contacts, not just piece of metal easily lost if you have to remove it to use the flash.

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Dan Ortego
By Dan Ortego (Aug 2, 2011)

I had one for my Ill-fated Lica M8 and loved it. Wish like hell I didn't sell the M8 but I hated the company owner. Anyway, this is nice and if i can find an X100 I'll likely buy this device if the price is reasonable. There is no way I'd pay 200 for it.

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h00ligan
By h00ligan (Aug 2, 2011)

Sorry MT - not at $200. The leica one was already too expensive, and the price was raised. I'd love to have one, sure.. but not at 1/6 the price of the camera.

I predict they will sell a few, however, nowhere near as many as if they had priced it according to the actual market.. which is not Leica.

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h00ligan
By h00ligan (Aug 2, 2011)

My mistake, they are $118 - which is a lot less than $200, but imho they need to break the $100 mark - and I will never do business with pop flash again anyway.

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Michael Kaufman
By Michael Kaufman (Aug 2, 2011)

H00ligan,

Wbat was your problem with pop flash?

You can also get the thumbs up from the manufacturer if you want to.

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Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Aug 2, 2011)

Agree on experience with pop flash. Terrible customer service... Go directly to the manufacturer.

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Michael Kaufman
By Michael Kaufman (Aug 3, 2011)

Interesting. I have only had perfect experiences with them. They've always shipped when they said they would, and never gotten anything wrong.

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Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Aug 3, 2011)

Well I hope that continues for you... For me there are too many vendors out there that get customer service right to go back to pop flash--I had a really bad experience related to an error that they made. I love the guys at Dale photo for personal service and of course b&h, adorama, even amazon for that matter just gets it right on managing logistics and orders...

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TONY M ROSE
By TONY M ROSE (Aug 2, 2011)

http://www.popflash.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=search&search_in=all&search_str=ep-5s

They have them all.

TR

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Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Aug 2, 2011)

Aren't you the owner of pop flash?

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photo_oasis
By photo_oasis (Aug 2, 2011)

This is from a Japanese manufacturer. Sale starts on Aug 4. The MSRP is whopping $200. What a rip-off. Seems like the company is taking advantage of the X100 user's enthusiasm.

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Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Aug 1, 2011)

I want one. I'm constantly accidentally turning the mode/shutter speed wheel. This should prevent that.

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slerman
By slerman (Aug 2, 2011)

...or you could add a 13 cent o-ring to add more resistance to the dial.

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (Aug 1, 2011)

Great innovation from what I can see. I wonder if these will work on other cameras like the Olympus Pens?

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Aug 2, 2011)

I suppose it would work with ANY camera that has a hot shoe, since they are all he same standard size. How well it would work depends on whether the thumb rest ends up in a good position for you on a different camera.

I think it would work fine on my EP1, based on the overall dimensions and the position of the hot shoe.

But, do yourself a favor and wait three months. Someone in China will copy this simple metal piece, and sell them on ebay for $14.95, with free shipping.

I'm sure the $200 version will be nicer... but... not $185 nicer.

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sphexx
By sphexx (Aug 2, 2011)

http://matchtechnical.com/ThumbsUpEP1.aspx etc etc

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Melchier
By Melchier (Aug 6, 2011)

A bit disappointing I was thinking they may lower the grip but now it still blocks the shutter dial completely. Turning with only the index finger, your thumb will put heavy stress on the grip so just hope the hot shoe can withstand. It is expensive consider for the money you pay for that extra grip, which may also achieve by adding a half case. It is not expensive when consider it is a piece of solid brass CNC and hard coatings.

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