Grip for Pentax DS, where to buy?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Pete D, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

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  2. Pete D

    RiceHigh Guest

    I don't think this is an ideal choice for a vertical grip. The original
    Pentax vertical grip for the *ist D communicate with the body via
    dedicated contacts at the bottom of the body (which the DS lacks,
    anyway) and there are Av and Tv dials.

    Futhermore, connection through by sticking LED to the IR receiver is
    not a firm one plus it will hinder the user of remote IR controller
    which is originally for.

    To me, a vertical grip for *ist D and DS is not necessary as one of the
    main selling point of the camera bodies is that it is small and
    lightweight! So, why add weight and size and defeat this big advantage?
    I would rather just carry sets of spare batteries if needed.

    RiceHigh, Mar 18, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    This is not a battery grip, it lets you use the camera in portrait mode and
    has a shutter release that plugs into the cable release socket. I agree that
    the smaller size is a great feature of this camera but for portrait mode the
    normal release is not ideal. This grip will not add much weight.
    Pete D, Mar 18, 2006
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    RiceHigh Guest

    Oh, I see. Anyway, the spec says it is 200g +/- 30g (why the range is
    so wide?) and the pictures of the grip looks bulky. Also, is that the
    grip requires no battery as it plug into the cable release socket and
    should be a passive device?

    For portrait works, I still prefer to just hold the right grip of my
    DS, rotate it down (instead of up as told in the manual) and my right
    arm leans on my body and the results are of no difference when compared
    with my MZ-S with the perfect Pentax grip BG-10 on it.

    Still, the only thing I found the product to be attractive is the hand
    strap which is handy and useful for safe gripping.

    RiceHigh, Mar 18, 2006
  5. Pete D

    Pete D Guest

    Maybe you are right about the weight, still it looks interesting though.
    Pete D, Mar 18, 2006
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    Pentax Fan Guest

    I don't think much of these cheap third party grips - but the original 'D'
    grip must surely be *the* best camera grip, bar none.

    The other manufacturer's require the user to remove the battery door on the
    camera (great design, eh?) when using their proprietary grips, which means
    that, once on, the grip tends to stay on the camera.

    Pentax, otoh, actually *thought* about the design and provided under-body
    contacts shielded by a flap when the grip is not being used. This means it
    takes only seconds to attach and remove the grip - and, as the camera
    battery compartment remains untouched, double power is available via the
    grip/camera combination.

    What's more, unlike the rather nasty third party grip for the DS, the Pentax
    'D' offering gives a full range of controls for vertical operation.

    However, perhaps, more importantly, the grip is essential when using hefty
    lenses on the 'D' as it transforms the handling, and makes the whole package
    feel nice and substantial.

    I can't for the life of me think *why* the same grip was not used for the
    DS/DL - other than cost savings (the D was roughly twice as expensive) It
    would be a BIG mistake for Pentax to release their 'D' replacement without a
    similar grip facility available.
    Pentax Fan, Mar 18, 2006
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    RiceHigh Guest

    I agree that the D grip is very good if one really need one. I don't
    need one though even after I have shooted near 10,000 shots, amongst
    which are some portraits done mostly with my FA*85 and FA 43 limited.
    DS/DL - other than cost savings (the D was roughly twice as expensive)
    would be a BIG mistake for Pentax to release their 'D' replacement
    without a
    similar grip facility available.
    The reason is simple, Pentax *intentionally* to make the DS and DL as a
    cheap entry level model, which do not have more advanced features, even
    the cost implication is really small. Otherwise, no one will "upgrade"
    in the future. If so, they will surely make much less money.

    To the consumer, this was a mistake. To Pentax, they had done the most
    correct thing for making money!

    RiceHigh, Mar 18, 2006
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    SMS Guest

    Not ideal, but as good as you'll get unfortunately.

    One of the requirements in the selection of a digital SLR is to check
    out the accessories that you're likely to want. After using a vertical
    grip on a film SLR, and on a 20D, I can't imagine buying an SLR that
    doesn't have this option. The ability to hold extra batteries is a
    bonus, but not the main reason to get a vertical grip.

    The Nikon D70 has three different after-market vertical grips available,
    which attests to the market demand for them.
    SMS, Mar 18, 2006
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    SMS Guest

    Nikon did the same with the D70/D70s and the D50. It had to be
    intentional, because the market for a grip is so large that there are
    now three companies selling after-market grips, and the tooling costs to
    make a grip are quite high so there must be sufficient volume.

    Canon does have the grips available for all of their D-SLRs.
    SMS, Mar 18, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    It appears that the range is so wide because it's a prototype, and not
    actually in production.
    Paul Mitchum, Mar 18, 2006
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    RiceHigh Guest

    I don't interested in a vertical grip anyway. Even if someday I want
    one, I won't buy into a 3rd party one other than original Pentax one.
    BTW, thanks for the info provided by Pete anyway.

    RiceHigh, Mar 19, 2006
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