The Photopistol is a 3D printable pistol grip for holding and shooting your camera

Nov 29, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Photopistol is a 3D printable pistol grip for holding and shooting your camera

Nov 29, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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While words like “shoot” might sometimes get you into trouble on certain social media platforms, this is a device that blurs the lines between its two typical uses. This is the Photopistol. It’s a pistol grip for mounting your camera two with a “trigger” that fires your camera. It’s designed by the user TH1813254617 on Printables, and it actually looks pretty neat – and perhaps more useful than a mere gimmick.

It’s inspired by the Soviet-era Photosniper and designed to be 3D printed. It’s also modular, allowing you to print different parts of it in different colours to suit your personal aesthetic. Below is a typical pistol grip with a trigger, and above is a mounting point for your camera with a 1/4-20″ thread. It’s not going to be to everybody’s tastes, but I can see where a mount like this could be advantageous.

There are 15 total parts to print, and there are complete build instructions and a bill of materials on the Printables listing. Other than the printed parts, all you really need are a few M3 bolts and nuts, a 1/4-20″ bolt to screw into the camera, a couple of micro switches for the trigger to hit and a cable to connect up to your camera. I think I’d go with a standard 2.5mm TRS socket on a cable if I were to make one of these, just so I could easily use it with any camera just by swapping out for other standard cables that come with just about every intervalometer, wireless camera trigger, or camera slider.

The original Photosniper served its purpose back in the day. It allowed photographers to move somewhat rapidly with a camera between subjects while still having that shoulder support to help keep things steady. I think with as small and lightweight as mirrorless cameras have become now, though, not to mention the fact that many of them now feature 6-8 stops of image stabilisation between the sensor and lens, a pistol design is possibly far more useful today. With shorter lenses, anyway.

But if you have heavier cameras and longer lenses, there’s no need to worry. It seems that we might have a “Photorifle” design coming in the near future, along similar lines to the original Photosniper, to cover bigger setups!

Not one I think I’ll be printing myself, although I can see where it may offer some benefits. If you print one, you’ll definitely want to be careful where and when you use it!

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “The Photopistol is a 3D printable pistol grip for holding and shooting your camera”

  1. alexk Avatar
    alexk

    it would be interesting to see if a police officer will shoot you back on your next demonstration .

  2. Breaking Point Studio Avatar
    Breaking Point Studio

    I would have way to much fun with this and a million photos to go through

  3. Elisabeth Titulaer Avatar
    Elisabeth Titulaer

    just another thing that everyone thinks is original…

  4. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    You’ll end up dead if you use this in Murica.

  5. Photography by Derek Watts Avatar
    Photography by Derek Watts

    Like for example places only where you don’t need to adjust settings or you will have to swap hands on your camera to reach exposure adjustments…..

  6. Bart Ros Fotografie - Fotograaf Deventer & Overijssel Avatar
    Bart Ros Fotografie – Fotograaf Deventer & Overijssel

    Run and gun

  7. Zone VII Photography Avatar
    Zone VII Photography

    and see how much motion blur you can get in your photos,,,

  8. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    nope. Next.

  9. Steven Wash Photography Avatar
    Steven Wash Photography

    No thank you