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DJMC
3rd December 2012, 07:17 PM
:)

I'd said I didn't like the HLD-6 here: http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23975 and promised to make my own.

Well, here's my solution just finished yesterday. Delrin & ali, milled flat on back, extension piece for third/fourth fingers as my hands are rather large, screwed (from behind) and glued to r/h grip panel (yes, I bought an unscathed spare panel before the surgery).

1st (shutter) finger goes.... on the shutter button, 2nd finger goes over top of grip, third and fourth around it. Yet to do a 'group test' with the Gariz half case and the just arrived JB grip from the USA.


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022915a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022918a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022916a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022917a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022951a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022926a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022927a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022934a.JPG

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1235/PC022947a.JPG


;)

francois
3rd December 2012, 07:20 PM
Nice one !

Zuiko
3rd December 2012, 07:32 PM
:)

screwed (from behind)



That should do it......:D

Seriously, it looks a seriously good alternative grip, which matches the camera body nicely. Are you intending to market it? :)

I see you didn't waste any time before fitting the 14-150mm to your E-M5. :D

DJMC
3rd December 2012, 07:54 PM
That should do it......:D

Seriously, it looks a seriously good alternative grip, which matches the camera body nicely. Are you intending to market it? :)

I see you didn't waste any time before fitting the 14-150mm to your E-M5. :D

No intention to market it, no. Just something in my head I had to follow through. It cost me around 40 but that was with machining at "mate's rates". Add another 30 for his real labour. Then my time applying the leatherette. Getting on for 100 now. Plus a profit margin of course.
I guess an all black one-piece delrin one would be a lot cheaper, for those with the black body. But how to stop it being slippery?

It's my 'old' 14-150 fitted. New one is for my son (E-PL2) for Christmas.

*chr

StephenL
3rd December 2012, 08:26 PM
well, it certainly looks professionally made. And if it works for you, well done!

Seonnaidh
3rd December 2012, 08:35 PM
Coo very very nice. Well done you.

Ulfric M Douglas
3rd December 2012, 08:58 PM
Excellent work : tell your mate too.
How did you get a front right panel to glue onto as a spare???

DJMC
3rd December 2012, 09:12 PM
Excellent work : tell your mate too.
How did you get a front right panel to glue onto as a spare???

Luton Cameras. 10 posted. Two for 15. I bought two... just in case I had any more bright ideas.

Actually I have, but you'll have to wait another week or so for the next 'gripping' instalment.

;)

ChrisW
3rd December 2012, 09:57 PM
Very nice job David!

Jetset95
3rd December 2012, 10:36 PM
Looks good David but I'm still happy with your HLD-6 grip so I won't be buying one of these off you as well ;). Thanks, James

Ross the fiddler
3rd December 2012, 11:58 PM
That looks really nicely made, but.... you say you've attached it to that front panel? As you are not (in this photo) using a grip strap, what assurance is their the front panel won't pull off if a larger lens (e.g. Panasonic 100-300) is being used? From what I understand of the front panel is that it is only a clip in fit. At least having a grip strap for the hand to slip through adds some surety to the hold.

I was just thinking, if you decided more secure mounting strength was needed you could always add a bottom plate to that design as well, with a shaped hole in it for battery access. I used the plate on mine to give me a point to connect a grip strap, sling strap & a centred tripod screw hole, but mine is a much rougher hand made job (with some corrections along the way) compared to yours.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1457/thumbs/P7122418-s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49040) It was just a thought.

*chr

DJMC
4th December 2012, 10:28 AM
That looks really nicely made, but.... you say you've attacked it to that front panel? As you are not (in this photo) using a grip strap, what assurance is their the front panel won't pull off if a larger lens (e.g. Panasonic 100-300) is being used? From what I understand of the front panel is that it is only a clip in fit. At least having a grip strap for the hand to slip through adds some surety to the hold.

I was just thinking, if you decided more secure mounting strength was needed you could always add a bottom plate to that design as well, with a shaped hole in it for battery access. I used the plate on mine to give me a point to connect a grip strap, sling strap & a centred tripod screw hole, but mine is a much rougher hand made job (with some corrections along the way) compared to yours.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1457/thumbs/P7122418-s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49040) It was just a thought.

*chr

Hi Ross, yes the fact that the front panel is stuck on with (very strong) double sided tape would concern me for larger lenses, although you try to pull yours off and you'll see how tough it is. That's one of the reasons this design would not be one to sell, as folks would be claiming for 'dropped off' lenses no doubt. I have a mate who laser cuts metal and said he could cut a base plate to an outline sketch, but I don't see him that often.

Next design is based on the US 'JB' grip as here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_uU-0XvNaQ


I ordered one of these and it's here, waiting for a little customisation (it can be filed, sanded, and re-finished per my emails with JB).

By the way, if any of you want one of these JB grips in standard condition, I bought another two to sell on at cost so as to share the shipping and RM handling costs. To buy one from Amazon USA would cost $60 shipped, plus duty/VAT over here, plus 8 RM handling fee, around 55 all in. I'm thinking 50 posted. Let me know.

;)

Ulfric M Douglas
4th December 2012, 01:38 PM
Can you show a couple of photos of the extra side front plate and how it fixes onto the camera's carcass? It's an actual plate, not just leatherplastic skin, right?

DJMC
4th December 2012, 02:30 PM
Can you show a couple of photos of the extra side front plate and how it fixes onto the camera's carcass? It's an actual plate, not just leatherplastic skin, right?

It's just a plastic panel with textured front, about 1mm thick.

This will help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSJQA_AI3DY&feature=player_embedded

I just used my thumbnail to get underneath the edge to remove it.

;)

StephenL
4th December 2012, 02:58 PM
Thought at first he was going to put a gold skin on it. Then, to my disappointment, it turned out just to be a red one. *sob

OM USer
4th December 2012, 03:14 PM
Would have been better if it had ended up all silver. Now if only you could switch to match your lens....

Ulfric M Douglas
4th December 2012, 07:33 PM
It's just a plastic panel with textured front, about 1mm thick.
So you could use very shallow-angle countersinks to 'screw' from the back of that panel into the new grip bar ... in addition to bonding.

Thanks for the vid with the cheesy music.

Rens
4th December 2012, 09:21 PM
:)

(yes, I bought an unscathed spare panel before the surgery).

;)

How do you get the panel off?

Rens

OM USer
4th December 2012, 10:00 PM
How do you get the panel off?
Rens

The video on post #14 shows how to get the panel off and then stick it back on. Essentially just lever it off.

DJMC
4th December 2012, 11:17 PM
So you could use very shallow-angle countersinks to 'screw' from the back of that panel into the new grip bar ... in addition to bonding.

Thanks for the vid with the cheesy music.

That's what I did. M3 countersunk.

Ulfric M Douglas
5th December 2012, 08:06 AM
Ah, great ... I thought you said it was taped/glued on only.