Last August I received a Wooden Grip (prototype) in the mail from Snapu on Instagram. This grip was designed to be used on the Pentax 67 (type1). I was itching to give it a whirl and like a great pair of old shoes, film is just nice to get back into. When I loaded my Pentax 67 with some 10 year out of date Kodak TMax 100 yesterday I was very excited to get shooting.
The wooden grip is well constructed and although mine was a prototype, it was a fabulous feel in the hand. It really does help balance out the camera. I compare it to the Thumbs Up on my Leica MP & Q, once felt, its hard to imagine using the cameras without one. Same applies for the wooden grip on the Pentax 67. Once you have it fitted on it's a must have, nicely balances out the hold.
The Pentax 67 is a behemoth of a camera and the extra grip for the right hand is a welcome addition. Just so we are both on the right page, the Pentax 67ii comes standard with a hand grip built in for the right hand. The earlier version 67 does not (examples above). Obviously this wooden grip is for the Version '1' the camera above on the left.
It was a breeze to mount just line up the base of the plate with the cameras lugs on the front as shown in the pic above, then slide the small metal lock lever up .... your good to go.
Wonderfully hand carved and machined this wooden stainless steel construction feels very solid and matched the great construction of the Pentax 67 beautifully. Each standard handle is made to order for 'US$139' and various wood finishes can be chosen from. He sells stock grips if your not to Gear obsessed or for a little more $$$ you can have a custom item made to order.
This beautiful black Custom grip is just one example of what is possible, the choices are yours.. So my final thoughts are this, GRAB ONE YOU FOOL, if you own the Pentax 67 that is. If your interested in purchasing one of these beauties you can email Snapu below, at his Instagram account