Needed: Fuji X-T1 Grip
As a photographer in Tokyo, it is essential to have a walkabout camera. With crowded sidewalks and trains, there is no space in this city for excessive gear. Space aside, I don't have the desire or the physical strength to shlep my full frame kit across Tokyo day after day. As a photographer on the go, I chose Fujifilm's X-T1 and Fujinon glass as my everyday, around-the-city kit.
I love almost everything about the Fuji X-T1. It is nearly perfect for everyday use. Yet, the one central characteristic that I don't love about the camera body is oddly what makes it so appealing. It is just too small. Since recurring strain injuries are very common among photographers, it is hard for me to see how even a photographer with small hands can use any camera in the X-Series line without doing permanent damage.
To make the X-T1 into the ideal camera, I needed a grip that was ergonomically sound and that wouldn't break the bank. After researching my options, I decided on J.B. Camera Designs' Fuji grip, a model that is economically feasible and artistically crafted.
The Perfect Fuji X-T1 Grip
J.B. Moore, owner of J.B. Camera Designs, has an intense love for photography. He also happens to be a skilled woodworker. The combination of these two passions makes Moore the perfect designer to craft and build artisan grips for mirrorless cameras.
Conscious of highly sustainable and renewable resources, J.B. Designs makes a line of grips out of bamboo, one of the most sustainable and renewable resources on earth. Sustainability is key. But, the material choice is also a smart due to its weight. Being light, the grip doesn't add any significant weight into your camera bag.
Though the grip is lightweight, bamboo is incredibly durable. In fact, this grip is built to spill. J.B. Designs is so confident in their product that they provide a full warranty with every model. The manufacture's confidence in the product makes photographers, in turn, trust the product. Each and every time I pull my Fuji out of the bag, I am not worried about the grip casing.
Considering functionality, the grip adds significant bulk to the X-T1. With the extra inch in front of the camera, my sausage fingers are now less likely to press mode and function buttons on the back or the front of the X-T1. More significant is the way the grip allows me to interact with the Fuji body. The product's natural bamboo texture just feels good in my hands. I have loosened my grip and now the X-T1 fits comfortably in my hands. Finally, I no longer feel like my camera is going to fall as I shoot.
The handcrafted grip has a unique look that compliments the classic Fuji black. The contrast between the warm toned bamboo and the dark metal of the Fuji X-T1 body is striking.
Arriving in a custom printed recyclable bag, the JB Camera Designs Fuji X-T1 grip is appropriately priced (under a hundred dollars) and can be ordered directly from Amazon.
Fuji X-T1 users who are having trouble keeping hold of their camera should treat themselves to this grip today.
Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portraiture, editorial, and event, and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.