The grip is easy to fit, as it arrived in one piece pre-assembled. Two Allen keys are also provided. Screwing it into the tripod slot with a coin or screwdriver takes seconds and its ready to go. As you can see from the underside shot, it provides another tripod slot, this time more centred, and if you like it you can leave it on since there is access to the card / battery slot. This grip is so much better than the Fuji alternative. It gives a much more solid hold to the camera with spaces for your fingers and I found that I could go out with it yesterday without the need for a camera strap, which I generally dislike as they just get in the way. When not using it I was carrying the camera by holding the grip, which was very secure. I really have nothing but praise for it. It feels great and gives the camera a whole new feel. Its well made and very strong, I personally think it looks good, with a nice 'industrial' feel to it that blends very nicely with the retro look of the X-E1 and its relatively cheap. Matthew has them on special offer as an introductory offer and they are £99. Though last time I looked at the website everything, this, X-Pro 1 and X-100 /100s grips are all pretty much selling out, though you can still order at the introductory price and get yours when stock comes back in, which is in only a few days time.
So a very good find and highly recommended. I'm hoping I can persuade Matthew to 'spill the beans' on where they are from and how he set this up. Plus I will enquire if there are plans for other products. I wonder if he has a source for the Metabones speed boosters?
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