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04-30-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Smaller grip w/o battery as ergonomic add-on

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I'd like to know if anyone knows about a grip that adds some size to the camera, but not too much. The K-5 fits my hand perfectly, except for the little finger, which is sadly left to hang around. The catch? I have a Kata 144 DL I'd like to continue using, but K-5 + D-BG4 is a combo that wouldn't sit inside the way I like it. So I'm looking for a half-height replacement for the OEM grip. If I don't get an answer I'll DIY something.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
If I don't get an answer I'll DIY something.
I seriously doubt that there is anything available that isn't the same dimensions as the OEM grip. You could try an L-bracket, or screw a piece of wood, or metal to the tripod socket. Not very convenient for changing batteries I suppose.
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nothing available AFAIK. Some people have rigged things up for the KR and Kx though - homemade and generally fugly though
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nothing available AFAIK. Some people have rigged things up for the KR and Kx though - homemade and generally fugly though
Yeah I've seen that Turkish thing for a K20D-or-something

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You could try an L-bracket, or screw a piece of wood, or metal to the tripod socket. Not very convenient for changing batteries I suppose.
I want something that stands up to the camera's ergonomics. The batteries aren't that much of a problem. My plan was to buy a OEM-clone (the "type 2"), gut out the top metal plate & connectors and stick something below that would continue the camera lines. + add extra tripod holes to the bottom.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
Hello everyone!

I'd like to know if anyone knows about a grip that adds some size to the camera, but not too much. The K-5 fits my hand perfectly, except for the little finger, which is sadly left to hang around. The catch? I have a Kata 144 DL I'd like to continue using, but K-5 + D-BG4 is a combo that wouldn't sit inside the way I like it. So I'm looking for a half-height replacement for the OEM grip. If I don't get an answer I'll DIY something.
You may want to consider WR in your DIY to prevent any moisture from coming in contact with the connectors on the bottom of the K5.

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You may want to consider WR in your DIY to prevent any moisture from coming in contact with the connectors on the bottom of the K5.

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Already thought of that https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5-forum/180849-crazy-idea-re-d-b...r-sealing.html
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Well, if your pockets are pretty deep, there are rapid prototyping services available. We had something made by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. It turned out fantastic and only cost couple thousand.
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Well, if your pockets are pretty deep, there are rapid prototyping services available. We had something made by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. It turned out fantastic and only cost couple thousand.
Heck, maybe someday a do-it-yourselfer could run down to their local electronics store and buy their own 3D printer. There are kits now, but low resolution. There are also durability concerns....

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Well, AFAIK the cheapest 3D printer is the Makerbot, which could cost ~1500€. Not budget friendly. And the durability bugs me too. The photo club I'm in is based in a technical school centre, and a primary school also has a sort of hobby club, using the school's tech class equipment.
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get some styrofoam and bondo kind of like making a surfboard.
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If you can make a 3-d model you can send it out for 3-d printing. You can search for websites that do it. It is not horrendously expensive, but it depends on what material(s) you want ot use. You can even buy a cheap knock-off of the OEM grip to get the dimensions. You can probably even get that scanned and modify the model to get the shape that you want. Depending on how industrious you want to get, you can probably sell them.
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Actually, I thought about buying a knock-off just for the top plate, with connectors and sealing ridges. But that scanning is one heck of an idea.
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