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Can anyone vouch for these types of grips? They seem alright but the M bodies with glass are considerable weight. I know that in theory the force my thumb would apply is securely distributed against the camera body and not the hot shoe but perhaps those of you who use these can comment if there is  practical experience to share.

 

 

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“They work well,  but I replaced my Thumbs-ups for my M9 and M-P with Steve Barnett’s Thumbies. I find them as good or better, and they leave the accessory shoe open. You can only buy them directly from mr Barnett; worth every penny!

Edited by Jean-Michel

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Thanks for responses. Thumbie seems also nice but I don't know about the adhesives. I suppose the Thumbie would be the best option because it's flush with the body in a better way. But it's only available in black -- don't know what to think about it lol. :)

 

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26 minutes ago, mike3996 said:

Thanks for responses. Thumbie seems also nice but I don't know about the adhesives. I suppose the Thumbie would be the best option because it's flush with the body in a better way. But it's only available in black -- don't know what to think about it lol. :)

 

Thumbie uses Scotch double faced tape. Extremely stable and holds very well yet removable with dental floss or fine fishing line. You really can’t pry it off with your fingers. Shipped with a extra set of the tape.

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49 minutes ago, mike3996 said:

Thanks. Seems like a solid choice without cluttering the look too much.

One word of caution. Make sure it’s exactly where you want it. That Scotch double sided tape is very unforgiving.

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21 hours ago, jdlaing said:

One word of caution. Make sure it’s exactly where you want it. That Scotch double sided tape is very unforgiving.

The Thumbie comes with very easy and simple instructions for installing it on the camera, it is quite easy and somewhat forgiving as you wet the tape before applying the Thumbie to the body. Instructions for easily removing the Thumbie are also included as are spare pieces of tape for re-installing it. My Thumbies have not budged at all; and I use my cameras in both hot and frigid climates. 

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I'm a big fan of the Thumbies :) But a tropical rain forest was too much for the tape. :(

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I have one but honestly question the need. Now bear in mind I use a camera strap,  long enough to be slung over my neck and shoulder.  As a right handed shooter I balance 90% of the lens and camera weight in the palm of my left hand. Even shooting with a 90 Summicron and 135 APO there is no benefit to a thumbie in my opinion.  I removed it in a week. The doggone thing pokes you right in the solar plexis too when you are not shooting..ouch. No thanks, I’ll do with less.

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12 hours ago, MMercier said:

I have one but honestly question the need. Now bear in mind I use a camera strap,  long enough to be slung over my neck and shoulder.  As a right handed shooter I balance 90% of the lens and camera weight in the palm of my left hand. Even shooting with a 90 Summicron and 135 APO there is no benefit to a thumbie in my opinion.  I removed it in a week. The doggone thing pokes you right in the solar plexis too when you are not shooting..ouch. No thanks, I’ll do with less.

I see where you're coming but I'm not using neckstraps. A wristrap has usually sufficed, with my right hand holding the weight.

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I use a Match Technical thumb grip on my black M-D and I like the comfortable hold it provides. If you use a wrist strap, it will prove to be an invaluable addition. The black one brasses nicely too, if that's important to you.

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If you intend to use the EVF then Steve's Thumbie is the way to go.  

The grip doesn't occupy the hot shoe and, for that reason, you maintain a solid grip on the camera at all times.  The M is a heavy camera and when combined with a heavy lens, such as a Noctilux or brass Summilux ASPH, it can easily slip from your grasp.

If you do not touch the adhesive with your bare fingers during installation and ensure that the mating services are absolutely clean, there is no reason why the grip would come off.

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