I have just been trialling the new grip, base plate and L bracket for the Fuji X-E2 supplied in the UK by Photo Madd. The grip is a great improvement on the X-E1 model widely available on Ebay. Here are my findings
Some X-E1 users took a file to their X-E1 plate when they upgraded to the X-E2. It only needs the removal of a small piece of aluminium to avoid the X-E1 base plate from pinching the LCD screen on the X-E2. A permanent marker soon covers glaring silver aluminium revealed. However I found the original E-X1 design with multiple finger notches in the grip rather uncomfortable to use. This upgraded design utilising the single fore finger notch is so much better. The RRS grip on my X-Pro1 is a single notch design and it works just fine.
The old X-E1 plates were a slightly loose fit in the RRS lever lock heads but this new model is spot on with just the right amount of tension on the locking mechanism to keep everything firmly in place.
These wonderful X-E2 camera plates and grips are available in the UK from here. Prophotonut users can get a 10% discount by entering the coupon code “lovegrove10″ on all orders in February 2014. PhotoMadd endeavour to keep them in stock but the demand is very high at the time of writing so there might be a small delay in early February. It’s worth the wait though because this L plate is spot on. You can request custom anodising if you wish because the plates are hand finished here in the UK. When they are in stock you can have them next day without the hassle of having to pay the UPS man import duty, VAT and a handling charge.
Question: What tripod should I consider buying to accompany my Fuji X-T1 kit with primes? I want it to go near eye height without resorting to using the centre column. I’d like it to be lightweight, rust proof and to last me the rest of my life. Make with model suggestions are welcome.