Canon has filed a new patent in Japan that shows a pretty unusual mirrorless camera body. It comes with an integrated grip with a pass-through, and it’s designed so that you can shoot both horizontally and vertically.
If there’s one annoying aspect of cameras, particularly mirrorless cameras that are constantly powering an LCD or EVF the whole time they’re turned on, it’s battery life. There are grips you can get for some cameras to let you take advantage of multiple batteries or you can go with external power, but not all cameras.
Frustrated with battery life, a tinkerer going by the name “funkster“, decided that the most practical option for his Canon EOS M mirrorless camera was to build his own grip. It lets him use a pair of commonly available 18650 batteries and he even made them hot-swappable so that he can replace one of the batteries when it gets low without the camera losing power.
Despite being principal photographer for Jaguar World, Classics Monthly, Retro Cars and a number of other popular British car magazines, Chris Frosin always seems to find time for those photography-related-but-not-photography-itself personal projects.
Chris and I have been friends for a few years, and we occasionally jump in a Google Hangout or get together in person to have a chat about new gear announcements, to bounce shoot ideas off each other, or to show off projects we’re doing. This was how I learned of his plans to make a wooden grip for his Nikon FM2.