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PhilD
06-18-2009, 11:20 AM
I've played with the GH1 at a trade show and it is very uncomfortable to hold. With adapters and old 35mm all-metal heavy lenses, I have no doubt that it will be worse.

My northernamerican hands are much larger than japanese "Panasonic" hands.

Now, I know nobody knows if Panasonic will make a battery grip, but is it possible to make a grip that will be screwed in the threaded hole for the tripod mount? Or anything that will cover the entire lenght of my right hand's palm while holding the camera.

TrueIndigo
06-18-2009, 11:51 AM
You're right, the GH1 is so small the back is covered with buttons; particularly, on the right side where you would like to be able to grip the camera tightly. I use a pistolgrip screwed into the tripod thread and find the handling much better.

PhilD
06-18-2009, 01:04 PM
You're right, the GH1 is so small the back is covered with buttons; particularly, on the right side where you would like to be able to grip the camera tightly. I use a pistolgrip screwed into the tripod thread and find the handling much better.

Pistol grip... mmm... I never thought about this. So do people mistake you for a speed trap cop sometimes? :Drogar-BigGrin(DBG)


http://blog.6thdensity.net/assets/cop_radar.gif



Well, the GH1 is so light, it probably works, even for vertical pics....

Cassius
06-18-2009, 01:18 PM
Glad this thread was posted, as that's a pretty major issue for me. So battery grips from other bodies, like the I assume similar G1, don't fit on this? It's different enough?

PhilD
06-18-2009, 01:21 PM
Glad this thread was posted, as that's a pretty major issue for me. So battery grips from other bodies, like the I assume similar G1, don't fit on this? It's different enough?

I haven't found G1 grips, even on eBay, even from Hong Kong...

Nighthawk
06-18-2009, 01:51 PM
Me? I was going to get a Stroboframe flash bracket. It has a hand grip on one side and I planned to mount the H4n on the flash shoe. Hope it works.

TrueIndigo
06-18-2009, 02:55 PM
Um, that cop seems to be shooting in stereo; wonder what distance he set the separation between the lenses!

The pistolgrip I use came from an old cine camera but you can still buy them new.

PhilD
06-18-2009, 06:34 PM
Don't know if this works:


http://cgi.ebay.com/Hand-Grip-Strap-Wrist-For-Panasonic-DMC-GH1-G1-L10-AM01_W0QQitemZ270407806433QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3ef58fade1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1234|240%3A13 18|301%3A0|293%3A2|294%3A50


http://www.greenlife-style.com/ebay/camera/AM00/AM01/title.jpg

drk3p
06-18-2009, 09:31 PM
Does this work for the GH1?
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15273

http://www1.dealextreme.com/productimages/sku_15273_1.jpg

admactanium
06-18-2009, 11:57 PM
I have pretty big hands myself. I think you can sort of get used to it. It doesn't bother me as much as it did when I first started playing with it. But it's definitely small-gripped.

Abstract Photog
06-19-2009, 12:10 AM
Does this work for the GH1?
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15273


i dont think it will. even if that is indeed the correct battery type,
you have to consider the compartment door for the GH1's battery
and SD card. on most digitial cameras, the device wont turn on
unless that door is closed...plus they're not removable.

for light, handheld work that I wont be using my rod system for,
Ill be using a pistol grip as well.

PhilD
06-19-2009, 07:40 AM
Is this the kind of thing you are talking about?

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Pistol-Grip-Head-for-Gitzo-Manfrotto-Velbon-Tripod_W0QQitemZ190313424365QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_ DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2c4f9065ed&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1215|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50


It would be cool to have a release shutter on the grip itself.
Two buttons: one for pics, where you press it once or keep it pressed for burst shooting
One for movie mode, keep it pressed for shooting then it stops recording when you release it.

Damn, if that existed it would sell many units...

Martti Ekstrand
06-19-2009, 08:39 AM
Cameragrip in UK have a whole bunch of low-budget shoulder mounts and grips. I bought their Hague Mini Motion-Cam stabilizer, quick delivery through mail to Sweden and build quality is good. They also stock some other brands than their own.

http://cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/Shoulder_Mounts___Steadymounts.html