gm1 users, is the grip worth it?

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hinting Contributing Member • Posts: 745
gm1 users, is the grip worth it?
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My gm1 is on the way, and I am wondering if other gm1 users had tried the grip and have any opinion about it.

I typically get Panasonic leather case for my Lumix. Cameras are more protected from scratches.  Typically they have thread below for tripod or slings.

The dilemma is that the aluminium grip has no tripod hole and it is hard, that care scratch other lenses in the bag.

Grip or case?

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snack Regular Member • Posts: 148
Re: gm1 users, is the grip worth it?

I emailed Richard Franiec to see if he might have a grip in the works for this model, or if it was possible that one of his other grips happens to fit the GM1.  He said he would look into it.  Perhaps if other folks requested this he might be inclined to produce one.

His grips have always been perfect, IMO.

FrankS009
FrankS009 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,950
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Interesting.

F.

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Jed Perkins Regular Member • Posts: 337
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The camera needs a grip, but I cannot find one for sale anywhere, including Panasonic US.  If you know where to buy one, please let us lnow

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eastvillager Senior Member • Posts: 1,113
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I ordered one from pictureline in Salt Lake City. They had it in stock. Should have it next week. I'll let you know how it is. Tried it at photo on the GM1 and thought it was an awesome edition.

I need batteries! Anyone find any?

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The camera needs a grip, but I cannot find one for sale anywhere, including Panasonic US. If you know where to buy one, please let us lnow

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MrKal_El Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: gm1 users, is the grip worth it?

hinting wrote:

My gm1 is on the way, and I am wondering if other gm1 users had tried the grip and have any opinion about it.

I typically get Panasonic leather case for my Lumix. Cameras are more protected from scratches. Typically they have thread below for tripod or slings.

The dilemma is that the aluminium grip has no tripod hole and it is hard, that care scratch other lenses in the bag.

Grip or case?

I'll be honest...the price is killing me... $50 would've been perfect IMO.

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berni29 Senior Member • Posts: 2,455
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Hi

I thought my GM1 would need a grip (my EM5 certainly does) but in fact with the standard lens, 20mm f1.7 and Oly 45mm f1.8 at least, I do not think so. I did try a flipbac stick on one but preferred the camera without it.

With bigger lenses perhaps it is desirable. Panasonic went a long way to make this camera as small as possible so for me it makes sense to keep it that way.

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Joseph T Lewis III Senior Member • Posts: 2,887
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Jed Perkins wrote:

The camera needs a grip, but I cannot find one for sale anywhere, including Panasonic US. If you know where to buy one, please let us lnow

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jed

Try one of the Flipbac grips. They aren't that expensive (about $16 - $18), so if you don't like it you're not out a lot of money. I got the skinny one for my wife's XZ-1 and it made a world of difference.  It makes the camera a LOT easier to hold.  We've had it for a year or so and it has shown no signs of coming off.

Flipbac Grips for Small Cameras

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Ulric Senior Member • Posts: 3,595
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I got my GM1 yesterday, no grip, and I don't see a need for one. The camera can easily be operated one-handed (thumb on left side, middle finger on right, index finger on button) or two-handed (thumbs on bottom, index fingers on top). The grip looks like it will get stuck in the pocket and rip it to shreds.

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KwhyChang Veteran Member • Posts: 3,529
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$100 bucks for a piece of round metal...what do you think?

Get a Flip Bac for $10, which is essentially a piece of rubber.

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Zensu11 Senior Member • Posts: 1,494
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snack wrote:

I emailed Richard Franiec to see if he might have a grip in the works for this model, or if it was possible that one of his other grips happens to fit the GM1. He said he would look into it. Perhaps if other folks requested this he might be inclined to produce one.

His grips have always been perfect, IMO.

I've used two of Franiec's grips on two cameras and they made both cameras much more secure to hold (IMHO). Franiec's grips are lightweight metal and others are plastic. I think the metal holds up (looks better) after extended use. I guess he's waiting to determine if there will be much demand for a grip?

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sibyy Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: gm1 users, is the grip worth it?

What I'm curious about is whether the official grip covers the battery/SD door.

If it does then it would be a hassle to have to unscrew in order to switch battery or card.

Can anyone confirm whether it does or not?

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sibyy wrote:

What I'm curious about is whether the official grip covers the battery/SD door.

If it does then it would be a hassle to have to unscrew in order to switch battery or card.

Can anyone confirm whether it does or not?

When the camera was announced I saw a photo of the bottom of the camera with the grip attached. It looked like a solid piece of metal with no openings and I don't think it even had a tripod mount.

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sibyy Regular Member • Posts: 136
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Hm, not good then.

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TEBnewyork Forum Pro • Posts: 11,337
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I'm using this small strap and with it I'm feeling like I'm not really going to need a grip.

BosStrap ($11.95 + $4 shipping)

http://www.bosstrap.com/ultralighthandband.aspx

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FrankS009 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,950
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Took a look at his grips for other cameras, and prefer the Panasonic design, although Freniec's may be equally functional.

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Zensu11 Senior Member • Posts: 1,494
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Here is the only image I could find that shows the top of the grip. As you can see no openings anywhere. I guess it's too small to even have another tripod mount.

No through openings

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Robert Deutsch Forum Pro • Posts: 10,149
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I've been using the supplied strap wrapped aroung my hand. Does the the BosStrap work much better than that?

Bo

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Enir4 Senior Member • Posts: 2,422
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I don't miss the grip at all, but I have smallish hands and a very steady pulse. So I decided to keep the GM1 small.

Enrique

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FrankS009
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A question is whether the grip will let the camera sit upright with lenses with "larger" diameters like the 20mm mounted. The DP preview says it tips back on its own.

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