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    Big grip vs small grip vs no grip

    I post the question in this forum because many of us here 35mm shooter still often use old cameras that has no hand grip on it. Some cameras introduced in the 80's has a small grip like Nikon F3, FA, Canon AE-1, A-1 and then those cameras of those era had motor drive which had the big grip. Later on in the 90's almost all 35mm SLR's have a rather large grip and some with either built in or add on vertical grip. My question is that which type is the most ergonomic? I found that the no grip type is better for me, it's easier for me to hold as well as shooting in either landscape or portrait orientation.

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    With bigger lenses like 200mm or so - I like grip. With small lenses like 50mm f2 - all is ok for me.

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    My cameras are older ones with no grip. Can't say I ever wished I had one.

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    I love grips.
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    I have an OM-1 and OM-4, I have a motorized film winder to fit both. I used it for a while and enjoyed having the grip, especially for pro work when the immediate readiness of autowind was so valuable. But later decided that the increased weight and bulk defeated the compact size and weight of the OM bodies in smaller camera bags when simply being a tourist on vacation!

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    I have a couple of fairly modern EOS cameras and the grip is fine. Most of my cameras do not have grips and I prefer them that way. Basically, it is of no great concern to me but I prefer no grip.

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    I only have one camera with a grip the rest no grips. I can live without them.

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    Don't care for them myself. But then I entered photography in the golden 1965~1975 decade with the best mechanical cameras ever made. None with grips, so it is what I'm used to.

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    For my use, the right grips are a pain, because they constrain one's options on how to hold the camera and release the shutter.

    If your right hand doesn't work the "normal" way, they often get in the way.

    I'd like to try a camera with a left hand grip, shutter release and film advance.
    Matt

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    With a grip like that incorporated in the Canon T-90 I can hold more weight with less strain than without.
    A handstrap is less needed, though still a fail-safe means.

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