Accessorizing the Sony RX100 to Make it Comfortable in Use

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I have medium sized hands, and the nude Sony RX100 wasn't very comfortable to use. Two accessories have changed things dramatically for the better.

    The first is Richard Franiec's grip. [Disclosure: Richard gave me a review unit to keep]. I had serious concerns about this grip spoiling the minimalistic beauty of the RX100, but having now applied it, I have to say that the combination remains very attractive. The finished texture of the Franiec grip is nicely matched to that of the RX100, and the overall look remains clean. More importantly I cannot overstate the improvement to the handling, while the size and weight of the camera are - for all practical purposes - unchanged.

    The Franiec grip costs $34.95 plus shipping and was well worth the price, but there's a second accessory which has had an equally significant impact when it comes to improving the handling of my RX100. That would be the little red stick-on Gariz soft release button.

    I use these soft release buttons on virtually all my Micro 4/3 and smaller cameras. Not only do they allow me to handhold more comfortably; they also help me to avoid camera shake as I trigger the shutter. This picture shows how it works in practice:


    As you can see, I use the inside of my first knuckle to squeeze down the soft release. Much more comfortable and natural than curling my finger to push the shutter release button with the fingertip.

    The Gariz buttons adhere using 3M double sided tape, and I've found the attachment to be very secure. A pair of them (black and red) will set you back about $12.

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  2. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    What are those marks?

    Thanks for that.

    What are those marks on the ring on the outside of the lens? Are they something you added and what is their function?
  3. Julien

    Julien Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Just reflections, I think.
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Yes, just reflections.
  5. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    Hi Amin

    How do you secure the grip?
  6. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I'm using a neck strap on my RX100 (from the Sigma DP1) so I'm not too worried about the grip, but the Gariz buttons look great so I just ordered, thanks for the tip :)
  7. northernsouluk

    northernsouluk Regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    Nice wee addon for the camera
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The grip comes with 3M VHB backing tape in place. You just clean the camera, peel the backing off the tape, and press the grip in place.
  9. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I think I recall that you originally didn't want the Franiec grip, so then the question is the sculpting of it is well fitted to your grasp and do you think it would be for various hand sizes? The Gariz button is great, thanks for that link. Have a few cameras I wanted soft release on but weren't threaded for it so I will be ordering those. The adhesive is good yes? They say it is much better to roll your finger over the shutter than to pop it with your fingertip but that is of course provided you have enough button to do that with, the soft release makes that possible.
  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The reason I didn't want the grip was that I thought it might ruin the looks of the camera. I still think the camera looks better without it, but it still looks good with it. It's definitely well shaped to suit my grasp, and I think that would be true for any hand size.

    It's been good on all my cameras so far. I use alcohol pads to make sure there is no oil residue on the camera button before I apply the Gariz button. With a little camera going in and out of a tight pocket repeatedly, I suppose it could happen, but I tend to use bags or loose pockets. Haven't had a problem with any of them coming off after that.
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  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    here's my pointless 2 cents......

    I love bathroom mirror self-portraits with shallow DOF. Amin, you ROCKED this one!
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  12. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL

    Nice writeup Admin. I need to get some of those gariz release buttons.
  13. kevenv

    kevenv Regular

    Apr 28, 2011
    I just ordered some soft releases, thanks for the link Amin.
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    When I had an RX100, I had the Franiac grip and liked it a lot - improved the handling of the camera immensely. And the completely flat with the surface of the camera shutter button was something I never got used to at all, so a soft-release would have been an excellent addition to this camera. I have screw-in soft releases on my Fuji cams, but have never tried an adhesive based one. The release button on my OMD is more than fine as is, but I'm gonna have to keep those adhesive soft releases in mind for future reference...

  15. tdp

    tdp Guest

    Thanks for the post and photos. I have been wondering if the Gariz button would hold up and would reduce the slippery feeling to the shutter button on my EM5 and PL5. Do you think the button will hold up to being put in/out of a camera bag often?
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    They have held up on all my cameras. As I said above, just make sure there is no oil/residue on the shutter release button before you apply them.
  17. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus Subscribing Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I can see why you got the accessories: the camera now makes you look like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.

    On a more serious note: that grip looks like it belongs there.
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  18. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
  19. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Saw another way of pimping the RX100
  20. kevenv

    kevenv Regular

    Apr 28, 2011
    Just received mine and have to say I love it. I have always shot with a soft release and really missed it when I picked up the RX100. It never occurred to me that they would have stick ons! Thanks for the heads up Amin.