Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has announced he is developing a grip for the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL3). The grip closely mimics the designs he already makes for the Canon S90/S95, Olympus XZ-1, Leica D-Lux 4 and 5, and the Sigma DP series. The anodized aluminium grip attaches to the front of the camera using industrial-grade adhesive tape and provides a hand hold very similar to the one offered by the Panasonic GF2 and GF3. The first batch of grips will be available from mid-September at a cost of $34.95 plus shipping.

Press Release:

Available mid-September: Olympus E-PL3 Grip

The E-PL3 will be the first Micro Four thirds camera to receive a Custom Grip. Like Richard's other grips, it will be individually machined from aircraft grade aluminum (aluminium if you're British) and finished in black, with the usual attention to detail and functionality.

A limited first batch should be available by mid-September for US$34.95, plus shipping. You can pre-order now and pay only when the grip is ready to ship. Email Richard at