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#1 yst

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 00:51

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Good day, 

 

I am thinking to get a "Thumb Support" for the CL body, and seeing now on B&H, there are:

"Leica Thumb Support CL (Black)  B&H # LECLTSB MFR # 19508 

for $195.    (https://www.bhphotov...CAD&sku=1376602)

 

But there is also the

"Match Technical EP-CL Thumbs Up Grip for Leica CL Camera (Black)" for $136.88

(https://www.bhphotov...CAD&sku=1386936)

 

 

Looking at photos, they both look nicely made, however, is it worth $60 difference?     Between those two similar items, which one would you pickup for a CL? 


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 00:55

The Thumbie for 30$ - and it leaves the hot shoe free...


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 02:23

[...] Looking at photos, they both look nicely made, however, is it worth $60 difference? Between those two similar items, which one would you pickup for a CL? 

 

Been using both Leica and Match Technical thumb grips but the latter is much too short for me. See https://www.l-camera...for-digital-cl/

 


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 06:07

The Thumbie for 30$ - and it leaves the hot shoe free...

I don't doubt it's a practical, well made, functional bit of kit but personally I can't square the idea of fixing something to a £2K+ camera body with sticky tape.
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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:55

There are quite a few things fixed to my 60.000 Euro car by the same sticky tape :P


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 11:04

You don't have to worry about losing your whole car though.



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Posted 23 July 2018 - 11:07

There are quite a few things fixed to my 60.000 Euro car by the same sticky tape :P

 

I had a car like that once. ;)  B)



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Posted 23 July 2018 - 11:22

Morris Marina?   :P


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 11:29

I had a Thumbie for my M240 for several years and it remained secure. When I eventually removed it prior to selling the camera it was a bit of a struggle to get it off using the recommended technique of twisting. It left no marks on the camera body. I now have a Thumbie on my CL which improves the handling considerably. As Jaap says it leaves the hot shoe free for its intended purposes,


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 12:22

Not only that, but I am uneasy of throwing a lateral strain on the hot shoe. It is held by four small screws. I already succeeded in tearing one off my M9 by sitting on the camera with a flash mounted. :(


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 18:51

Not only that, but I am uneasy of throwing a lateral strain on the hot shoe. It is held by four small screws. I already succeeded in tearing one off my M9 by sitting on the camera with a flash mounted. :(

 

Oh dear, my husband constantly tells me I have a warped sense of humour because of the things that make me laugh/smile - reading the above made me chuckle (sorry jaapv), I would imagine though that was not only upsetting but also painful!!  To add something a little sensible to this, I use a Thumbie on my M10 and it really helps with handling -  need to get one for the CL.



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Posted 23 July 2018 - 20:00

Been using Thumbs Ups and Thumb Support on M8.2, M240 and digital CL for about 10 years w/o any play in the hot shoe so far. FWIW.



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Posted 23 July 2018 - 20:52

Oh dear, my husband constantly tells me I have a warped sense of humour because of the things that make me laugh/smile - reading the above made me chuckle (sorry jaapv), I would imagine though that was not only upsetting but also painful!!  To add something a little sensible to this, I use a Thumbie on my M10 and it really helps with handling -  need to get one for the CL.

Not to worry, despite being a bit upset at the time I can see the funny part in retrospect ;) At any rate, the plastic shoe of the SF24D was unharmed despite its flimsiness and the screws on the camera torn through their threads. Not the most solid of constructions.


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Posted 26 July 2018 - 23:36

A new definition of bounce flash.


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Posted 27 July 2018 - 02:55

I thought it was a probe light.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 21:48

My Thumbs up EP-1 that I used on both the M9 and M240, fits pretty well on the CL too. So if you have one of these, try them first.


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 01:23

Been using Tim's Thumbs Up for my M's, Q and now CL.  Just received Steve's Thumbie for the CL....really nice and unobtrusive.  Will work with it for a while.  Grabs me as "less is more".


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 15:32

Not only that, but I am uneasy of throwing a lateral strain on the hot shoe. It is held by four small screws. I already succeeded in tearing one off my M9 by sitting on the camera with a flash mounted. :(


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Posted 17 August 2018 - 19:47

Just bought new CL today (I didn't keep one I bought at launch) and good to have the matching grip. However, no thread for tripod mounting, unlike the Q handgrip, which does allow this.  :(



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Posted Yesterday, 22:05

So I got the Lims Design (A S. Korea outfit) thumb support on ebay. $69.99. Received it today. Nicely made, seems like the support is in the right place, and the finish is almost identical. $50 - $130 price difference from any other hot shoe mounted thumb support other than the thumbie that is stuck on like an undesired appendage. I too was worried about lateral strain, but with the 3M strip along the back, it greatly reduces any stress.

 

https://www.ebay.com...k-/173320729111

 

It comes with tape on both the hot shoe edges and the face that sits on the camera back. I haven't removed the adhesive, but it's solid.  I'm not adverse to adhesive, but the design should look like it belongs. 

 

If you use the flash often, then I can see how leaving it free is desirable. Otherwise, Lims design looks more integrated than a knob glued to the back of your camera.


Edited by Jake, Yesterday, 23:01.



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