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Richard Franiec creates custom grip for Panasonic GM1

By dpreview staff on Jan 21, 2014 at 16:45 GMT

Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. The grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and should improve handling when using the GM1 with larger Micro Four Thirds lens. It weighs about 20g and leaves the battery/card door and tripod socket unobstructed. As usual, the grip attaches to the camera using high-strength 3M double-sided tape, but can be removed if necessary. It should be available later this month and cost $34.95 plus shipping.  

Franiec has also made similar custom grips for many popular cameras including the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, Nikon 1 V1, Canon Powershot S100 and Olympus PEN E-PL3/E-PM1. They're generally well-regarded by customers, and we've like the ones that we've tried. 

Comments

Total comments: 48
Horatius T
By Horatius T (3 months ago)

It's a very good camera!

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AliRoust
By AliRoust (3 months ago)

I would have loved to have one of these. But how can you take Pro or somi-pro photos when both the view finder and hot shoe flash are missing?!

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T3
By T3 (3 months ago)

The rear LCD is the viewfinder. And not every image needs flash.

If you're a pro or semi-pro, this is the kind of camera that you have an a supplement or adjunct to your main gear. When I'm working, I'm usually working with two DSLR bodies. But now that I also use m4/3, I carry a third ultra-compact m4/3 body, like the GM1.

Recently, I was traveling. Again, with two DSLRs on me. It gets rather heavy. This time, I traveled with 1 DSLR, one m4/3, and kept my 2nd DSLR in my luggage (as backup). Honestly, for 80% of the my images, you can't tell which were shot with m4/3 (no flash, no eye level viewfinder). Believe it or not, talent counts for a lot. And, truly, m4/3 allowed me to get a lot of shots I wouldn't otherwise be able to with my DSLR because it's so compact, and it's a lot less noticeable to take a shot without sticking a camera to your face. (And conversely, there are shots that were done better with my DSLR). My advice: just get one! Develop the skill.

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Pankrac
By Pankrac (3 months ago)

If you insist on having a grip, check out this one:
http://flipbac.com/camera-grip-about.htm
I reckon model G3 would suit the camera nicely. $9.99 is a more reasonable price too.
Me personally, no added grip is the best option. I bought one for my RX 100 and ended up with just leather 'skin' - same finish as GM1 comes with as standard.

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felicity
By felicity (3 months ago)

Might be less money but has nowhere near Franiec's aesthetic. I'm pretty visual and the flipbac is ugly.

1 upvote
rkny
By rkny (3 months ago)

I wouldn't stick this onto a leatherette surface. I can't imagine there won't be an issue removing it. Removing it from a metal surface is one thing...

Having had a Franiec on my RX100, I much preferred Sony's own textured rubber version to Franiec's cold scratchable painted metal version.

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T3
By T3 (3 months ago)

It's too bad he doesn't also offer molded rubber ones, too. Same shapes, just different materials.

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HappyGuy
By HappyGuy (3 months ago)

I have this already installed on my GM1 and am pleased... just as happy as I was when I installed one on my Sony S90. I emailed Richard when I ordered the GM1 asking about availability and he returned an email letting me know it was in the works. High quality product and excellent service.

2 upvotes
Shirker
By Shirker (3 months ago)

That pistol grip looks like a profile of Edvard Munch's "Scream".
Perhaps he had just held a GM1

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (3 months ago)

is there any issue with double-sided tape?

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backayonder
By backayonder (3 months ago)

The grip on my XZ1 has been fitted for over two years and is solid as the day I bought it

3 upvotes
HappyGuy
By HappyGuy (3 months ago)

The process of removing the grip is provided if you need to take it off for some reason. Reportedly there will be no damage to the camera but I am not sure why you would want to... it adds to the utility without extra bulk, and even looks good. My S90 has had a similar grip installed for several years and it had held tight.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (3 months ago)

thank guys, I noticed that grips for other cameras with smooth surfaces are larger and this one is smaller for GM1 got a leather-like rubberized skin. so Richard Franiec should have decided that the grip be at least strong enough to rip the skin off.

I assume Pana 12-35/2.8 and Oly 75/1.8 (both 305g) should be popular lenses for this camera making it more challenging than XZ1 and similar/Sigma cameras.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (3 months ago)

The GM1 is an ergonomic afterthought. Panny engineers didn't design this camera for human hands. It's small enough to fit in a pocket as long as there isn't a lens attached. Adding a grip to a grip-less camera makes good sense, too bad the GM1 doesn't.

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Nippero
By Nippero (2 months ago)

Fits my hands just fine.. I'm a 220lb guy with XL sized hands.

Just takes a minute of rethinking your grip, because obviously you cant hold this the same way you hold a full sized DSLR.

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DanK7
By DanK7 (3 months ago)

Dan's Principle number 27: Reading cynical comments makes you cynical.

I think I should stop. ;-)

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (3 months ago)

As usual, Franiec has designed a grip for a camera that is:

1. Better looking
2. Better ergonomically, and
3. Cheaper

than the optional grips offered by the camera makers.

I wonder why they just don't hire this guy to design their grips? He seems to do a much better job of it than the camera makers do.

16 upvotes
joe6pack
By joe6pack (3 months ago)

Stop the press! A vendor has just made an add-on to a camera! No one has ever done that before.

Coming up next: A camera bag that fits Panasonic GM1. Imagine that!

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c_henry
By c_henry (3 months ago)

Actually I appreciate the post, I bought one for my S90 because I saw it on DPR, didn't know it existed before then. I think DPR should report on more quality accessories.

16 upvotes
backayonder
By backayonder (3 months ago)

Yes have one on my Olympus XZ1. A great product

6 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (3 months ago)

well I skipped GM1 for GX7 and one of the major reason was no handgrip!! these news certainly helps!!

1 upvote
RichRMA
By RichRMA (3 months ago)

Ever see the grips custom target pistols have? That's what we need for cameras. :)

http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/FWB-P44-Pistol-003.jpg

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Cane
By Cane (3 months ago)

Am I the only one that thinks there's obviously a design flaw with all these faux retro styles if they need an add-on grip to help hold them comfortably?

6 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Except they don't need the grips to hold them as compacts (which they are).

2 upvotes
T3
By T3 (3 months ago)

It's not a "need". People simply have different preferences. I'd sa that the overwhelming majority of GM1 buyers are going to use the camera as is, with no "need" for an add-on grip at all. Just because something is offered as an *option* does not mean that it's a *need* for everyone.

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Jogger
By Jogger (3 months ago)

Isnt this basically free (or paid) advertising for Franiec. I domnt understand why other small players in the photo accessory market receive similar front page coverage.

11 upvotes
Tom Davenport
By Tom Davenport (3 months ago)

Nor should they. This is NOT news.

3 upvotes
katy C.
By katy C. (3 months ago)

I thought he made a grip for the Canon EOS M too.

Why no mention of that I wonder?

Strange!.....

3 upvotes
m azing
By m azing (3 months ago)

DPR has an irrational dislike of EOS M -- couldn't even bring themselves to complete their review, somehow this grip is news but not the EOS M grip.

EOS M has 1,182,274 photos on flickr and 176 active users.

The GM1? Doesn't even show up in stats yet.

http://www.flickr.com/cameras/

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coso dp
By coso dp (3 months ago)

DPR particularly hates the M. It's a great mirrorless with the june '13 firmware and price cut, possibly the best considering the price, yet it seems they never touched it anymore after their first hand on.

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tonywong
By tonywong (3 months ago)

I'm sure they'll finish their EOS M review right after the 1DIII review and 1Dx review gets posted.

I don't rely on dpr for exhaustive timely reviews any longer, and I know others who feel the same way, sadly.

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australopithecus
By australopithecus (3 months ago)

Then we can all enjoy a decent EVF !

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (3 months ago)

Evf ? No hope for GM1.

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australopithecus
By australopithecus (3 months ago)

Sadly, I think you are right Ben.

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australopithecus
By australopithecus (3 months ago)

Why don't we simply buy clothes with bigger pockets ?

4 upvotes
mdmiataman
By mdmiataman (3 months ago)

I like everything that Richard Franiec has designed for all the camera styles. My only issue is using the grips with a protective ever-ready case. I have inexpensive Chinese pleather ever-ready cases on my G12, my LX7 and my GX7. The half case provides both extra camera protection and a thicker feel to the camera body. The top half, once attached, provides lens protection and dust protection. All for under $20.00 USD. Granted the half-case doesn't have that perfect tactile feel of the Franiec grip, but it does so much more for the money. Just my opinion.

2 upvotes
reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (3 months ago)

Thanks for posting this information, DPR. The Franiec grips add usability for easier one-handed shooting. I bought one for the Canon S95 and absolutely love how it adds a more secure feel.

3 upvotes
d10694
By d10694 (3 months ago)

So we buy a camera because it's very small, and then buy something to make it bigger so that we can hold it. Obvious.

20 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (3 months ago)

Ironic, right?

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ZhanMInG12
By ZhanMInG12 (3 months ago)

Why not? There are times when I want a small camera, and times when I want a grippy one.

1 upvote
m azing
By m azing (3 months ago)

In my opinion, there is no good reason for the grip to be smaller than the smallest lens available for the system. It is silly that the EOS M, DMC-GM1, DSC-RX1, etc. come without any usable grip.

I have a Franiec grip on my EOS M and I would prefer it were larger. But if Richard made it larger, it would be more vulnerable to being ripped off the camera.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

Does this really qualify as news?

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (3 months ago)

That sucker is a no-brainer ... especially compared to the expensive grip. But strangely, I thought this was available weeks ago ...

1 upvote
s.seng
By s.seng (3 months ago)

There are no other news.

This grip is not convenient as it is not easy remove on a fly.

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (3 months ago)

I did not say there were "other news" ... I saw it on his site weeks ago.

And this grip does not have to be removed for any reason. What a silly thought.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (3 months ago)

Anyone distribute these products in UK?

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Komatoes
By Komatoes (3 months ago)

You can buy direct, with shipping to the UK.

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (3 months ago)

Cute.

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