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Old July 18th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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FS100 Hand Grip Extension

I always thought Sony should have included a way to move the hand grip forward so that it could be used in the proper ENG style (just to the right of the lens). There's enough wire for it so you could still use the record trigger. I have a shoulder mount for my FS100 and holding it with the hand grip in the default position would require a 2nd elbow on my right arm. So, I'm making this:





The item pictured is just a prototype. The final will be anodized black and will come with a 1/4" thumb screw. The goal is to keep it simple and inexpensive.
I'm posting here to gauge interest. If enough people are interested, I'll whip up a batch. Let me know.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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Very nicely made Ben!
Does this also make the side grip stronger? I mean, when you directly connect the side handle to the FS100, it always has a bit of play / movement (due to the plastic I think). I was always hoping someone would make a new side handle or connection for the FS100 that is a lot stronger.
The new FS700 has a new way of attaching the side handle which looks a lot sturdier.

For me personally the handle doesn't have to be placed more forward, but I'm interested in whether this makes a stronger connection between side handle and camera. Perhaps you could also create a new in-between connection?
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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:15 AM   #3
 
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I always thought Sony should have included a way to move the hand grip forward so that it could be used in the proper ENG style (just to the right of the lens). There's enough wire for it so you could still use the record trigger. I have a shoulder mount for my FS100 and holding it with the hand grip in the default position would require a 2nd elbow on my right arm. So, I'm making this:





The item pictured is just a prototype. The final will be anodized black and will come with a 1/4" thumb screw. The goal is to keep it simple and inexpensive.
I'm posting here to gauge interest. If enough people are interested, I'll whip up a batch. Let me know.
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Very nice.How much will they cost Ben?
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Old July 19th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #4
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Re: FS100 Hand Grip Extension

Egad, this may even make me dig out the grip from the bottom of my 'cupboard of doom'.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #5
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I'm interested in one.
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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Very nicely made Ben!
Does this also make the side grip stronger? I mean, when you directly connect the side handle to the FS100, it always has a bit of play / movement (due to the plastic I think). I was always hoping someone would make a new side handle or connection for the FS100 that is a lot stronger.
The new FS700 has a new way of attaching the side handle which looks a lot sturdier.

For me personally the handle doesn't have to be placed more forward, but I'm interested in whether this makes a stronger connection between side handle and camera. Perhaps you could also create a new in-between connection?
Thanks. Next week, I will test a new version that includes tighter tolerances than what Sony used, which will take up all the looseness possible. That said, the hand grip itself has some inherent play inside the rotating part, which can't be remedied with any kind of external attachment. In other words, because of the cheap design of the hand grip itself it will never feel 100% solid, but this bracket should feel slightly more solid than stock.

The FS100 uses the Arri rosette mount, which has been used on larger film cameras for decades because of its inherent sturdiness. Why Sony didn't start with that design is beyond me.
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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Very nice.How much will they cost Ben?
I can't comment on that until I know what it will cost to make a batch. Right now I'm just gauging interest to see if I could sell enough to justify the cost of running a whole batch of these. And the more interest I get from people on the forums, the larger the batch I will run, which translates to lower production costs, supply and demand, blah blah blah, etc.
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:58 PM   #8
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I'm interested.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:24 AM   #9
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Ben,
I'm also interested.

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Old August 1st, 2012, 04:49 AM   #10
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will buy one!
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Old September 9th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #11
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I might actually use my handgrip if I had one of these. If the price was reasonable I'd certainly buy one.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 08:13 AM   #12
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Any news on this?
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Old September 13th, 2012, 02:22 PM   #13
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Interested too!
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 05:31 PM   #14
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I Hope you makes these, I want one too please!
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Old September 24th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #15
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