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Makes the FujiFilm X-T1 even more DSLR-like... ;) or :(
on March 10, 2014
For me personally, vertical grips are almost a necessity. I just cannot maneuver cameras as well without a bottom grip, and I shoot nearly a 50-50 split of horizontal and vertical shots--sometimes even more vertical depending on the subject of course (portraits, bridals, basketball). I pre-ordered the battery grip at the same time as the body, because I knew I would just have to have it to work well for me ergonomically.
It isn't cheap. I mean that both ways: The price is kinda high for what it is, we all know that. Camera companies probably make more money on accessories than the actual bodies anyway. Lenses, grips, batteries. But it isn't cheaply-made either. It seems solid. The fit is just perfect on my X-T1. You need to take off a plastic cover over the contacts on grip(20!)and the rubber gasket over the contacts on the body and put the rubber cover into a recessed hole in the grip, align two strong pins on the edge of the grip that go into the body's bottom plate, then screw it down onto the camera. Easy enough.
There is a leathery-covering over the top plate of the grip. It something I haven't seen much of on other grips, but it looks nice for the 10 seconds you see it before attaching to your camera. And I do believe it may be functional. The very assuring way the grip aligns with the body as the grip is mounted is nice. There are NO squeaks once the two parts are perfectly joined. The grip does not ever feel loose or move around any. It's just the way it should be.
It does LOOK a bit big for what it is--which makes the camera look even more like a DSLR. That could be good or bad, certainly makes it taller, but its pretty slim (the cameras girth in general is much less than a DSLR). I wonder if there is extra space inside there, if there was some way they might have been able to fit TWO batteries in the grip (would probably be nice for extended shooting) but I don't think it would work. The battery kinda slides into the grip at an angle strangely, but its of no concern at all, just different.
You keep one battery in the camera body. I chose to keep the battery I got with the camera inside the body, making sure it was fully charged first. With all my grip-enabled cameras, I try to just use the body battery as necessity, not for general shooting--'cause its a bit of a pain to unscrew and dismount the grip to change out the battery in the camera. But it is easy to change the battery in the grip. There is a little slide release that opens the door on the left side (from shooter's position) of the grip/camera. You have to slide it BACK into position, there is no spring-loading--just like the battery cover on the camera. There is a spring-loaded clip inside, that holds battery in position, also just like the camera.
The controls work well. They basically duplicate what is on the camera. From top (vertically-arranged on the left) Focus Assist (abbreviated "F.A."), AE-L, and AF-L. Above and to the right is the selector wheel. All the buttons and the wheel look and feel exactly as the ones on the body. The SHUTTER RELEASE is also very similar. Same size and pressure-release sensitivity. There is a lock ring around the shutter button that mimics the ON-OFF switch on the camera. It of course just locks the release, does not power the camera on/off. The shutter seems almost the same trigger-feel as the body shutter release--maybe just a tad bit harder or longer (I may be imagining it)--it's so close you will not worry about it. And maybe I just need to shoot with it more and loosen it up a bit.
The grip on the camera FITS my hand very nicely. It feels solid, makes holding the camera in either position (H or V) more comfortable and grip-able (yea, that's what its for, huh?)
I think your hand rests even less on the selector dials on the camera with the grip attached (the D-pad that is too recessed making it hard to maneuver--hmm, maybe they shoulda just designed a built-in vertical grip that was slightly smaller and then made the D-pad on the camera work better!).
That's about it really. I'm sure if you are reading this you already figured most of this out, but I hope it was helpful anyway.
I have already shot some product shots that I will attach here with the review or on the X-T1 body review. Maybe they will be helpful for SIZE COMPARISON, as many might like to see how the camera compares to a few others in terms of size.
Thanks for reading ;)