Anyone new to the Fuji X System will almost always mention that the cameras are small, lightweight and well balanced. But for many people used to a DSLR, the grip provided by Fuji's cameras is simply not sufficient or not secure enough.
Fuji offers some solutions to this problem. You can get a half leather case or the handgrip that screw into the tripod mount. There is even a vertical battery grip similar to the one found in modern DSLR. These accessories do work but at the same time they don’t. I feel that they are taking away the beautiful design we all love and some of these accessories add serious weight to your camera.
If you feel like I do, meet Lensmate. Located in Seattle USA, they, manufacture what I believe to be what Fuji should have included with every camera. The Lensmate Thumbrest. It’s truly a must have accessory for your Fuji. I have one on my X100s and it never comes off. I will order one for my X-T1 very soon.
Made from a solid rod of 6061 aluminum along with silicone inserts, you can see the Thumbrest was sculpted especially for your camera. It doesn’t block any camera controls and once inserted in your hot shoe, it will remain in position as long as you want. It won’t come off unless you pull it out.
The Thumbrest improves your grip and allows you to relax your hand while shooting. Therefore the camera shake is reduced dramatically allowing you to shoot at much slower shutter speeds. At 75$ it’s cheaper that any accessory made by Fuji, it won't change your camera’s aesthetic and after a week of using it, you won’t even noticed that it’s there anymore.
For the X100 cameras, Lensmate offers the Thumbrest in black or silver. When I first got mine for my X100s (silver), I was expecting to notice a big color difference between the camera and the grip's color. I was wrong, Lensmate did a great job to match the camera's paint color with their Thumbrest.
As for the X-T1, the Thumbrest is only available in black and they won’t be producing it in silver. I asked Susan from Lensmate about that and she told me that the Fuji Graphite Silver is very hard to color match and instead of releasing a product that looks like a color error, the company decided to only offer the Thumbrest for the X-T1 in black. I personally like it black. I looks very good on the X-T1 Graphite Silver.
There you have it guys, head to LensmateOnline.com to get your Thumbrest Grip. It’s worth every penny. It even comes in a nice little box that makes it feels like you bought yourself a piece of jewelry.
Note: LensmateOnline.com did not sponsor this review in any way.