Grip options for Pen-F

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So I am finally shooting again and have been out and about with the Pen-F I acquired the week of lockdown in 2020. It came with a beautifully crafted JB wooden grip but I can't seem to get along with its ergonomics. Picked up a ECG-4 knockoff, but did not get along with it either. I really like the camera, but need a bit more purchase than the flat body allows for. I am now thinking a leather half case (not sure about the button on the side of one of the versions I am seeing) or a flipbac stickon grip (probably the FBG2) .

The primary intended use is as a walk- around camera with small primes.

Would love any insight from Pen-F owners. Thanks
 
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I have found the leather half case works pretty well. Tried the knock off of the ECG-4 and it's ok but wound up putting it back in the box and up on a shelf. Tried the printed one and liked it for a while but the give in the handle was just too much so my Pen F is naked right now.
 

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I tried the ECG-4 grip and didn’t like it. It kind of ruined the concept of what the Pen-F is IMHO. I then went out and got the GARIZ half case and could not be happier. It is a little pricey but well worth it, at least for me. It has a little bar/raised area that gives your fingers a perfect amount of extra grip. Highly recommend.
 
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I tried the ECG-4 grip and didn’t like it. It kind of ruined the concept of what the Pen-F is IMHO. I then went out and got the GARIZ half case and could not be happier. It is a little pricey but well worth it, at least for me. It has a little bar/raised area that gives your fingers a perfect amount of extra grip. Highly recommend.
Is removal of the case necessary to change the battery and SD card?
 

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Is removal of the case necessary to change the battery and SD card?
No. The SD card is not the easiest but I have learned that if you press down on the card then release quickly, the little spring will get it high enough that I can grasp it with my fingers. The battery is easy.
 

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I use a half case as well, and I find it works great so long as I’m not sticking something like the 12-100 on it. Nothing fancy, from China, and inexpensive, but works well. It’s the kind with the little button on the side like you mentioned...doesn’t bother me a tad.
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Thanks @BruceRH @Mountain_Man_79 @Shadetree

Picked up a cheap half case (complete with the offending button) to try out. Love the style of the Gariz case, but can't find it in stock anywhere. Will keep my eyes open for a used Gariz.

I’m not helping here but I’m a big fan of the JB grip. It’s also very light.
I want to love this grip. It is so beautiful and and really complements the camera. I'll give it another whirl over the weekend.
 

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While I have been using my Pen-Fs always without a grip or case, I have read a lot of comments from fellow Pen-F owners who also settled with a half-case, especially the Gariz one got much love for ergonomics and quality. So I'd keep an eye on ebay or similar, maybe you'll find one for sale. Most agreed a half-case just increases the grip and size enough to improve the overall handling, while not being as extreme as an actual additional grip.
 
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OK. So the cheap PU leather case is here. And it is actually rather nice. But now I have a new problem. The strap I was using has a brown leather trim and does not go with the black case I got. Now I need a new strap. Life is so complicated once you get statement camera.

Any recommendations from folks for an all black wrist strap which they like?

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Personally I like the straps made by Sailor Straps from Poland, however getting them to the US most likely won't really be worthwhile as there might be more affordable options in North America.
The Skinny Jimmy in particular is pretty nice as they are using a thinner rope, which is better suited for more compact cameras like the Pen-F or many MFT other bodies.

https://sailor-strap.com/store/SKINNY-JIMMY-HAND-c22692092

I'm using their regular (neck) straps since years and am pleased with the quality.
 

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Also looking at a Gordy strap.

These are all personal choices. I really wanted to like the Gordy strap but found it too limiting. The PenF is a bit big IMO for a wrist only strap. I really like the Artisan and Artist silk strap (well and the JB grip too ;-) ).

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These are all personal choices. I really wanted to like the Gordy strap but found it too limiting. The PenF is a bit big IMO for a wrist only strap. I really like the Artisan and Artist silk strap (well and the JB grip too ;-) ).

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That is a really nice look. Those Artisan & Artist silk straps are lovely, but expensive. I have looked at the ACAM-311N wrist strap and drooled, but cannot bring myself to spend $200 on it.

Personally, I don't mind the wrist straps, even use my E-m1 on one. Makes shooting multiple bodies a pain, but I rarely do that.
 
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