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Richard Franiec creates add-on grip for Sigma DP1 and 2 Merrill

By dpreview staff on Nov 14, 2012 at 22:34 GMT

Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. As usual, the grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and attached to the front of the camera using high-strength 3M double-sided tape. The grip attaches securely but can be removed if necessary. It will be available from December 2012 at a cost of $36.95 plus shipping.


Press Release:

New Sigma DP1/DP2 Merrill Custom Grip.

Driven by popular demand this grip is designed specifically for new Sigma Merrill DP compacts to address the handling concerns indicated by users.

Thanks to the grip, using and carrying DPMerrill cameras comfortably and with enhanced safety is now possible.

The finger grove of the grip was designed and tested to fit the hand in most natural way, enhancing operation of control camera functions on the fly.

An extension of the grip covers the camera’s silver logo, helping to give a stealthy appearance – the preferred look for the tool of the street shooter. A subtly engraved Sigma logo on the grip leaves no doubt as to the camera's heritage, but won't draw attention.

The CG-DPMerrill grip does not compromise compactness of the camera. It sits well below the retracted lens adding negligible weight of (around an ounce/35 grams).

The grip is individually precision 3D CNC machined from high grade aluminum alloy, glass bead blasted and black anodized with nickel seal for durability.

CG-DPM grip attaches to the camera by 3M VHB clear transfer tape known for ultimate bonding power in wide range of environments. Once mounted, the grip will become integral part of the cam, yet it can be removed without the damage to the camera or grip finish when the need arises.

Custom DP1/2Merrill grip will be available in first part of December 2012 for $36.95 plus shipping.

Comments

Total comments: 73
E_Nielsen
By E_Nielsen (Nov 26, 2012)

Thanks, DP Review, for letting Sigma DPx owners know about this nice new accessory.
I'm still wondering why you have not reviewed the DP1/DP2 Merrill cameras yet. Is it because Sigma cameras are not mainstream enough for your consideration? That would be a pity, as there is nothing else out there in this size that can approach their stunning resolution and photo quality.

1 upvote
Alyson523
By Alyson523 (Nov 25, 2012)

Great camera

4 upvotes
The A-Team
By The A-Team (Nov 21, 2012)

Nothing against Franiec, I'm sure his grips are great - but I agree with others that question dpreview's decision to publish news such as this while bypassing all the other companies out there doing innovative things.

1 upvote
solarsky
By solarsky (Nov 19, 2012)

I got the "Richfield Frantic" (no (real) pun intended ;-) grip for my Sigma DP2s and, even after having once removed the grip cleanly, the remaining original 3M-sticky-tape still allowed for it to be re-installed onto the same DP2s later - WITHOUT requiring any additional 3M-stuff. THAT's a breakthrough!
I think 3M should buy up Richard'$ operation and run his quality pipeline at higher throughput for cheaper pricing - or additional women; however that may help... So IIIM: I h0p€ µ'R€ listening!

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Figsbury
By Figsbury (Nov 16, 2012)

I have the Franiec grip on the original DP2 and it completely transformed the handling and my confidence in using the camera - before I had the grip I was sure it was just a matter of when, not if, I was going to drop it.
If I get the DP2M, and it may be a while as I think there's still life in the old DP2, this grip will be top of my accessory list.
I agree with those who said that Sigma should have designed the new body with a grip. You can excuse the mistake on the DP Mark 1 series, but not to learn the lesson and fix it in the Mark 2 version is a significant design failure that speaks volumes about Sigma's customer focus (mostly bokeh!). Still it gives Richard and other manufacturers the opportunity to exploit Sigma's failure.

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solarsky
By solarsky (Nov 19, 2012)

Sigma made the DP-series intentionally with a design language to reflect simplicity on the outside; and of course this is a more general approach than putting on DSLR-like stuff such as a grip. Period. But I've got on of Richard'$ on my DP2s, too, and I also wouldn't want to miss it.

2 upvotes
MPetkov
By MPetkov (Nov 16, 2012)

Does anyone know if he make the grip for the Nikon J1? Cheers -M

0 upvotes
Don Ellis
By Don Ellis (Nov 17, 2012)

http://kleptography.com/rf/#camera_nikon1j1

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SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (Nov 29, 2012)

The Flipbac grips work great on the J1. 1/3 the cost.

http://flipbac.com/camera-grip-about.htm

0 upvotes
mjdundee
By mjdundee (Nov 16, 2012)

Richards Grips are well thought, well done and make those stylisch little cameras a fun to use - not only for little girls with little hands but for big handed kids as well! I have one on a S95 which otherwise would be a very complicated and drop adicted little toy. With Richards grip it is a fantastic tool and a joy to use. I found this little helper here on DPR.
Thank you Richard, thks DPR.

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backayonder
By backayonder (Nov 15, 2012)

Richard you need to make a grip for the Nikon D400, there is no camera but if you make a grip many people will be happy just to walk around with it. Myself included

1 upvote
Buhl213
By Buhl213 (Nov 15, 2012)

Nickel-coated? Am I the only one wondering about contact allergy now?

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
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backayonder
By backayonder (Nov 15, 2012)

We are alll going to die

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Buhl213
By Buhl213 (Nov 15, 2012)

Me too, but I didn't plan wearing gloves the last 20 years ;-)

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backayonder
By backayonder (Nov 15, 2012)

Sorry to hear that.

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GSD_ZA
By GSD_ZA (Nov 15, 2012)

Yet another excellent Freniac Grip.

Richard, what are you going to do when manufacturers eventually wake up to the concept of ergonomics? There are so many soap-bar cameras out there that benefit hugely from a simple finger grip, which neither makes a camera ugly nor bulky.

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backayonder
By backayonder (Nov 15, 2012)

Adding one of Richards grips to my Olympus XZ1 has made a huge difference and that Sony that everyone is raving about the RX100? Certainly needs one. Mind you having said that it needs a viewfinder too then the camera will be complete.

0 upvotes
lensez
By lensez (Nov 15, 2012)

A nice grip has been designed, manufactured and marketed before DPR has found time to review the camera.

10 upvotes
solarsky
By solarsky (Nov 19, 2012)

Ja, it is such eine Schande!

2 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Nov 15, 2012)

I love that small accessories is getting featured here! I think we all want to see more of this, small but very useful add-ons and accessories that are not mainstream.

1 upvote
SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (Nov 15, 2012)

We all agree the RF grips are good.

This issue being debated in this thread is DPR reporting every new RF grip, when other camera companies receive no such coverage. Another question is, is it news worth telling 25 million people?

3 upvotes
mehran langari
By mehran langari (Nov 15, 2012)

sosimple!!!!!!!

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GEagle
By GEagle (Nov 15, 2012)

Personally, I currently have a Flipbac grip on my DP2M, and it is a lot better than nothing and, IMHO, worth the small investment... It was also the only option 'til now.

On the other hand, I had a Franiec grip on my old S90, and loved it to death:). So I'll be buying Richard's grip for my DP2M as soon as it's available:).

For what it's worth, I also happen to think that Richard's grip is a lot more bang for the buck compared to the Flipbac (aluminum vs silicon, covering a lot more area), though, in total, of course more expensive.

Guido

0 upvotes
skytripper
By skytripper (Nov 15, 2012)

I've asked this question before, but I'll ask it again:

How is it that DP Review has such top-notch content but such a motley assortment of rude, lewd and childish comments on almost every topic ever posted here? I don't get it!

13 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (Nov 15, 2012)

For some reason, camera gear, like politics, religion and soccer, seem to polarize people's feelings and opinions, and in general bringing out the worst in people.

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Octane
By Octane (Nov 15, 2012)

Not at all unique to DPReview. It's the same in any comment section of many other large sites, blogs, on YouTube.

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Buhl213
By Buhl213 (Nov 15, 2012)

Because the only thing that make humans behave is other humans -- a skill honed by our ancestors by reading our surronding's faces, body-language and reactions in general -- and being present in those surroundings makes us vulnerable. Logging in (and out) on a forum does not allow us to read reactions while asserting our statements, nor does it make us vulnerable.

2 upvotes
CeeDee
By CeeDee (Nov 15, 2012)

Hi Richard!

I have your grip on my RX-100 and previously had your grip on my XZ-1 and I have been very pleased :-) !!!

Constructive critics is one thing, but disregard negativity and hate!

2 upvotes
HarrieD7000
By HarrieD7000 (Nov 15, 2012)

Richard, don't read the comments here. Just see what people like from the things you make in your order book. Next time again do a press release, because there are always persons, who want to tweak their gear.

1 upvote
Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (Nov 15, 2012)

I'm saddened seeing so much negativity and hate posted in reply to the news regarding my new grip but on the other hand I'm not shocked.

The idea behind my accessories always concentrate on the voids left by original equipment manufacturers: be that poor handling characteristics or adding missing functions like implementing remote shutter release adapters.

Maybe my press releases published by DPReview (as well as other prominent photo sites) are not newsworthy for some but welcomed by others who look for the solutions that my accessories provide. My experience based on actual users feedback clearly shows that the balance is overwhelmingly positive.

Accusations about business relationship between myself and DPReview (as well as other photo related sites) are utterly baseless, tasteless and untrue.
What I do provide is the news press release, that's all. It is up to the publisher of the news to decide if it is worthy publication or not.

Sincerely

Richard Franiec

19 upvotes
Joes Raw Talk
By Joes Raw Talk (Nov 15, 2012)

I think it is a mistake for you to come here and post any response. What's the point? You don't see any other manufacturer's that are getting free plugs by any website taking issue with site users sharing their opinions. What's to be gained by you here?
You make grips, good for you that DPR finds sharing that information as necessary. I think it says more about DPR than you...assuming there is zero connection between you all.

3 upvotes
Liz Z.
By Liz Z. (Nov 15, 2012)

I am saddened too, Richard. I have used your grips on two of my cameras, the Sony RX100 and the Olympus XZ-1 before that, and you sent me a free replacement part for a third camera when I wrote to you and said the part I had seemed "sticky."

Your parts look and feel like they were made for each camera, the metals match perfectly, and the grips greatly improve the feel of holding the camera.

But if someone sees it otherwise, why must they cast aspersions on your integrity or on that of the person who sells the products on his website? It seems like some folks are in need of a place to lob cheap shots.

3 upvotes
jhal
By jhal (Nov 15, 2012)

Hi Richard,

your grips are fantastic. full stop. I have your grip, thumb rest and hot shoe cover on my G9 and I love it. Still looks as good as new and it is solidly attached to the G9 after 4 years of use.

Just ignore the c...p and continue doing what you do best.

John

0 upvotes
cordellwillis
By cordellwillis (Nov 15, 2012)

Richard, I don't know anything about your grips, especially for a camera like the Sigma's (I'm a Canon shooter). Anyway, DPR members are often considered negative idiots on other forums. It's unfortunate, but the comments on other forums about many of these immature people is made quite often when a member of the other forums "acts" the same way.

With that said, they might grow up some day and make their parents proud. Until then, let the children play with themselves.

Thank you for the press release :)

1 upvote
Revenant
By Revenant (Nov 15, 2012)

@Joes Raw Talk
What if you were running a small business making products of some kind, and you sent out press releases to web sites whose readership you thought might be interested in those products. If someone then decides to publish your press release, does that mean that something fishy is going on between you and the web site in question?

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Nov 15, 2012)

Not even worth discussing. Keep up the good work, Richard and ignore the nabobs of negativity. Let them concentrate on being "pros" (as if taking a high quality image with current cameras requires years of study.)

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backayonder
By backayonder (Nov 15, 2012)

Don't worry Richard your products are fantastic. The grip on my XZ1 hasn't budged an inch since I fitted it. Just show them your order books and bank balance, that will shut them up. Photographers are a funny lot. I tend to ignore them when I am out taking pictures.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Nov 15, 2012)

"What's to be gained by you here?"

He's part of the community, not just a marketing shill, so he's just communicating as any other member of a community would.

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jon404
By jon404 (Nov 15, 2012)

Good to see this! I have one of Richard's grips on my Olympus XZ-1, and it is absolutely perfect. His products are really the 'right stuff.'

2 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Nov 15, 2012)

It is stupid for camera manufacturers not to add a simple design like this on their slippery brick but it is good for some that can make business out of it.

5 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Nov 15, 2012)

Absolutely incredibly true. I'm glad for RF, be nice to see further grip designs too in the future, I think the G10/11/12/15 style are the most appealing to me personally (along with the Ricoh GRD I,II,III, IV types. Be nice to see rubber put on them too, hopefully RF has all that planned in the future.

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Sixpm
By Sixpm (Nov 15, 2012)

I love Richard's digicam grips, have purchased for my Olympus EPL3, Canon S95 and the new Sony RX100. The handling changes with this grip and it's amazing how short sighted is the camera manufacturers are.

I buy from Richard's site direct and he never failed me yet.

3 upvotes
3dreal
By 3dreal (Nov 15, 2012)

They would better concentrate on more important issues. The could buy from him and incl. the grip. That would make more sense. But then they must change the package. Not good. All the transportation to japan is costly too. The franiec grip is nothing for super-greedy people....

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SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (Nov 15, 2012)

As I read this thread and notice Don Elis is kleptophotography- the main seller of franiec grips?

Smells very fishy.... What's your cut Don? Or do you do it for nothing because you are such a nice guy?

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Don Ellis
By Don Ellis (Nov 15, 2012)

Smells fishy? I put a disclaimer in my message below stating that I host his webpage and gave my reason for doing so -- so it doesn't take much of a nose or investigative ability to figure out. Basic reading skills will do.

And, yes, I do it for free.

I see you have two posts on the forum -- one to tout a Flipbac grip and this one. Now that's fishy. LOL

And the website is kleptography.com. Spelling counts.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Nov 15, 2012)

He's obviously a pushy idiot.

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SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (Nov 15, 2012)

You are a very good investigator Ron and your copy writing skills have helped your spelling.

Now your promoting your own site?

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Don Ellis
By Don Ellis (Nov 15, 2012)

I'm correcting your spelling of my site name ... you're the one that brought it up. I don't promote my own site -- I make no money off it and I haven't updated it since I moved away from compact cameras several years ago, so there's no reason to promote it. There never was, really -- it was just a place to store some photos rather than leaving them on my computer.

2 upvotes
SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (Nov 15, 2012)

Flipbac makes grips that work as well and cost $9.99. ( flipbac.com)

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solarsky
By solarsky (Nov 19, 2012)

Cheapish plastic stuff isn't comparable; never has been, never will be.

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SayCheesePlease
By SayCheesePlease (Nov 29, 2012)

Flipbac grips use the same high density silicon that is used on factory Nikon/Canon etc. camera grips and lens wraps.

High tech plastics, silicon , aluminum , magnesium etc. are all common materials use on modern camera exteriors.

The debate here is not the product but bias reporting.

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Retzius
By Retzius (Nov 15, 2012)

what happens when the manufacturers start adding tiny grips, does Freniac go out of business?

1 upvote
twoeggmedia
By twoeggmedia (Nov 15, 2012)

$37....ridiculous

6 upvotes
solarsky
By solarsky (Nov 19, 2012)

If I paid it, you can pay it, 2 ;-)

Comment edited 9 seconds after posting
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JimBuchanan
By JimBuchanan (Nov 15, 2012)

I make a grip for the way more popular Sony NEX-7 and Sony NEX-6 cameras, and have approached dpreview and no reply...

7 upvotes
Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (Nov 15, 2012)

How come an accessory such as a grip merits a news item on DPR?

I should market a PC sync adaptor as designed by "me" and so instead of charging a couple of quid for it I could add a zero on the end.

4 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (Nov 15, 2012)

I would think a site dedicated to digital photography would be an excellent place to read about camera accessories. Lots of people are interested in these things.

2 upvotes
Airless
By Airless (Nov 15, 2012)

Now please make one for my E-PL5, thanks!

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Nov 15, 2012)

I bet he will not, for the same reason that he hasn't made E-P3 grip. Google MCG-2 grip, it's half the price.

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Airless
By Airless (Nov 15, 2012)

Oh my mistake, I thought this was another case, that's what I was hoping he would make as I know he makes a lot of cases and half cases too.

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beckmarc
By beckmarc (Nov 15, 2012)

I've not been able to use this camera yet but the images people are producing are stunning. This grip looks like it addresses the concerns people have about holding this camera.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Nov 15, 2012)

What is your problem? The Sigma DP2M is a fantastic camera with one of the sharpest lenses I've ever used. I've tested it head to head against the Sony A77. Imaging Resources used .jpeg images not Raw images for their comparison tool. Why do you have it in for Sigma? What is your damage? Why do you attack someone's effort to make a grip for the DP2M? You have some issues.

3 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Nov 14, 2012)

Does this grip cause the camera to operate faster?? ...cuz its slooowwwwwwww without one...

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tornwald
By tornwald (Nov 14, 2012)

I find the dp2m to be rather fast and snappy in focussing actually.
Also the menu works fast and intuitive. The write times are slow yes.. but who cares about that?

3 upvotes
solarsky
By solarsky (Nov 19, 2012)

The Sigma DP1/2M are and always will be the fastest in class action cameras. Period. And that's a statement!

2 upvotes
NancyP
By NancyP (Nov 14, 2012)

John Milich makes a DP2/1Merril L bracket with grip, for those who want a more compact, tailored L bracket than available in "generic" L bracket kits.

http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/commercial-vendor-sales-services/40781-jlm-sigma-grip.html

No affiliation, just a DP2M owner who likes L brackets for single-row panorama work.

6 upvotes
3dreal
By 3dreal (Nov 15, 2012)

With the one mentioned there is battery-access. Good since its life is short. And: i have seen a genious tiny german panorama-head-system, also for DSLR(yes!) with rotator and leveller built-in. will post the link at panoguide.com asap.

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Paul Pasco
By Paul Pasco (Nov 16, 2012)

That's a cool looking and practical grip too, especially for the tripod users. I welcome any exposure to products like this whether from a press release or users post. I also see no conflict with DPR. We get this site for free and I feel they can do whatever they want.

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D300SandV1shooter
By D300SandV1shooter (Nov 18, 2012)

Thanks to previous poster for sharing!

Disclaimer: I am not a Sales-dependent wageslave in Corporate Amerika.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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fullerton
By fullerton (Nov 14, 2012)

Was this translated from another language?

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50DCCG9
By 50DCCG9 (Nov 14, 2012)

Need one for EOS-M

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PicOne
By PicOne (Nov 15, 2012)

Definitely translated from some other language.

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Ken1
By Ken1 (Nov 15, 2012)

I got two grips. One from Richard and one from another source. The one from Richard is by far the best for my Sony RX100. I highly recommend this one.

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Total comments: 73