Richard Franiec Grip for Panasonic GM1

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Amin Sabet, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I just received word from Richard Franiec that his custom grip for the Panasonic GM1 will be available in January 2014 for $34.95 plus shipping.


    Richard's grips are very high quality and make a significant improvement to handling on all of the small cameras where I've tried them (Canon S95, E-PM1, Sony RX100).

    More information:
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  2. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    That's just two cute. Something like that would be nice on my E-p3.
  3. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    For me, Richard's grip will be an important addition to the GM1.

    I've used his grips on several other cameras that were not well-designed for a good grasp of the body and been very pleased with the improvement.
  4. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
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  5. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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    I sold my PM2 and kept my PM1... all because of the Richard's grip. It just feels so good in the hand.
  6. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
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    Doug Green
    I'm glad that entrepreneurial companies like Richard Franiec's have an opportunity to fill a need and improve our cameras, but it's a sad commentary how many camera manufacturers are clueless as to the simple ergonomics of making a camera easy to hold while shooting with it.
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  7. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    is the grip removable or fixed?
  8. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Richard uses some special 3M doubled sided sticky tape that can be 'debonded' from the camera surface using dental floss.
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  9. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    I definitely think I have to get this...
  10. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    Wonderful looking product. Awful web page. The GM1 link moves you to the EOS M announcement and the gallery link is totally malformed. (If you inspect the HTML, it's just a link to the EOS M gallery.)

    EDIT: Photo gallery link appears to work now.
  11. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Not for me, brings me straight to the correct page...

    Looks good. I've considered getting one for the RX100, but gave up on that because it won't fit in its scuba housing if I do ;)
  12. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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    Exactly. Or charge you three times as much for a piece of metal that actually makes the camera larger (higher). Seriously, how much would it have cost Panny to design a proper grip on the camera in the first place?
  13. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
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    David Dornblaser
    Amin, thank you for posting this. I wasn't aware of Franiec's grips and there will be a GM1 under the Christmas tree this year.
  14. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 25, 2013
    I don't have such a small camera, but I like the way that looks.

    It's not a matter of being ignorant to our ergonomic needs, it's a matter of economics. For example, Hasselblad put a grip on a NEX-7, and now they have to sell it for $7,000 to make a profit. Rookie mistake. :)