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  • Handgrip

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  • Have both but prefer half case

    2 3.23%
  • Have both but prefer handgrip

    5 8.06%
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Thread: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

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    Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Just wondering what you guys are using.

    I have both, a nice Ciesta leather half case and Leica handgrip. I like the M9 with the handgrip better, but I have better grip with the half case, which is kind of funny.

    So I use both, depending on the day
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Originally bought a Zhou's half case, but always found the grip not big enough. So I bought a handgrip and loved it. Often when I'm walking around, I let the camera just hang off my finger tips from the grip (with wrist strap on, of course), letting air flow to dry my sweaty hands :P
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Handgrip and thumbs-up here.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Zhou half case for me. I used them since the M8 and they give a firmer grip to the camera and muffle some of the noise.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I have sweaty hands too, especially in the hot weather of Bangkok. That's why I find the handgrip a bit slippery. The soft leather of the case provides with a better grip, but can become a bit too humid after a while.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I tried the handgrip but just didn't care for it. Sold it for a half leather case. Also have a thumbs up. Works well.. I'd probably roll naked but i'm too worried about dings...

    oh wells. I guess it's just how it is.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Naked.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Mr Zhou half case for me. Grip is perfect and camera well protected.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Like mine naked too
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I might consider one of the add-ons when I get my MM. What is the most luxurious case out there (cost no bar, naturally)? Luigi?

    Do Leica make one?
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Naked all the way.. tried thumbs-up, half case, thumbie... I found that I just prefer the feeling I get when I touch a naked camera..
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Quote Originally Posted by SYGTAFOTO View Post
    Naked all the way.. tried thumbs-up, half case, thumbie... I found that I just prefer the feeling I get when I touch a naked camera..
    I like mine half naked. It's more sexy not to show everything
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    As I was expecting, the poll is mostly divided between half case or naked.

    While the handgrip is a beautiful design, and it looks great on the M8/9, I don't find it to improve grip significantly. Perhas the french description as "poignee" (or handle) is most appropriate.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    RSS L-Plate W/Handgrip and Thumbie by steve barnett
    RSS although greatly increases overall size it also acts as..well body armor. & I find the thumbie to be less obtrusive than the thumbs up. (also no way of damaging the hot shoe w/thumbie)

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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    When I acquired my M9, I tried one of Steve Barnett's Thumbies with it. While it worked fine, I found I still wanted something to give me a better grip on the body as it seems somewhat slick—especially when my hands and the camera are cold.

    A leather half case worked so well that I immediately ordered one for the X2 when I bought that, and also for the M4-2 and CL. I've considered getting one for the GXR, but every time I pick it up I find I like it just the way it is, naked, due to the excellent grippy covering.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I voted "naked", but use a thumbs up. Just got my Classic Cases strap for it, and I can see getting a matching half case some time in the future just for the comfort of it. The M9 will never be sold as a mint or near mint example anyway, so the cosmetics isn't something I'm worried about.

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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I have Zhou half case and a Thumbs Up grip that came with my used M9, but I haven't been using either. The snap on the viewfinder side of the Zhou rubs the side of my nose, and the Thumbs Up just forces me into the bad habit of stabilizing the camera with my right hand, rather than my left.

    So naked for me, at least right now.

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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Luigi half case with built in grip for me.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    One side question: I read in an old post on another forum that the half case users will have less problems with the rangefinder going out of whack as it dampens the small shocks that may cause the rangefinder to go out of calibration on the long term.

    Do you find that to be true? Maybe I should start a new poll.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I use a Luigi Case with Built in grip, added to a thumbs up CSEP-1s grip, Beep shutter release, and M-Mate 3 baseplate, with Luigi cut outs to access those baseplate doors....plus a Gordy's strap...
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    One side question: I read in an old post on another forum that the half case users will have less problems with the rangefinder going out of whack as it dampens the small shocks that may cause the rangefinder to go out of calibration on the long term.

    Do you find that to be true? Maybe I should start a new poll.
    I've decided to go down the rabbit hole of adjusting it myself, but proceed at your own risk: M9 - coincidence at infinity - Leica User Forum
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    I've decided to go down the rabbit hole of adjusting it myself, but proceed at your own risk: M9 - coincidence at infinity - Leica User Forum
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Douglas, you're a true kamikaze
    Ha! Yeah, I think suicidal is an appropriate feeling after fiddling with this mechanism for a few days.

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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    I have both and use both together: Leica Handgrip and Artisan & Artist Halfcase for Handgrip.

    Why? The Handgrip, because I don't use a neckstrap, only a selfmade handstrap, which lets me carrying the M9 in a very relaxed and secure way. The halfcase, because it protects the camera and my fingers don't freeze on the camera, if it's cold.

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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    This A&A case for M9 with grip looks very interesting. Can you please give more details? I looked it up and somehow it doesn't look as nicely made as the standard case.
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    This A&A case for M9 with grip looks very interesting. Can you please give more details? I looked it up and somehow it doesn't look as nicely made as the standard case.
    In my opinion, it's perfect. It fits my M9 and the handgrip like a glove. I use it for over a year and it's still not easy to take it off the camera, because it simpy fits perfectly. If you take it off, you can see how sturdy the halfcase is. The leather is quite thick - not glove-like, so I think it's a good protection. Stitching is perfect.

    The halfcase is not cheap, but in my eyes a high-quality product.

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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Thank you Wolfgang!
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    Re: Who uses what? Half cases and handgrips

    Thumbs-Up makes ergonomics perfect, imho.
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