Custom grips for Nikon F3?

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  1. F/1.4

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    I just got my hands on a very minty F3HP for a swingin' deal. I love the camera so far, but with the heavier ZF lenses that I have to use on it, my fingers cramp up on the chintzy nub. Does anyone make a small grip that screws onto the body? I can't find anything..

    Something along the lines of this would be perfect (who knows who makes it):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikelefevre/2249797650/

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Get the MD4 Motor drive, that was the defacto grip for the F3. And if you cant find that smaller grip for sale, make one. There is a product called instamorph where you can fabricate plastic pieces quite easily by hand shaping/molding. I have created custom grips for my olympus cameras this way.
     
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    There were two manufacturers, both discontinued but I do see them on ebay every now and again. The last one I saw was maybe 5-weeks ago, don't know if it sold and it was on a F3 body. It was the USA metal version and I believe the manufacturer still exists but only make the grip for Leicas. If I find it I'll come back but it was simply called GMP metal grip.

    There is mention of another manufacturer here....

    http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-8541.html

    The only other alternative is the motor with grip or to use a hand strap like the camdapter.com

    But yes, carrying the F3 is like clutching a thin book all day.
     
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    Thanks for the leads! I've already got a couple F100's I used for paid work, but they're no fun with the manual focus zeiss stuff :tongue:

    I like the idea of instamorph...that might be my only option short of a leather case at this point.
     
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    ..I've only got Zeiss. 21, 28 35/2 50/2 & 100/2 and on an F100 ....swoon.

    The F3 ...hate it ...hate it ...hate it.
     
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    LOL touche