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Lensmate X100F Thumbrest

Discussion in 'X100F, X100T, X100S, X100, and X70' started by Lacroix1, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Lacroix1

    Lacroix1 Member

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    Just got a link to order mine. I'm assuming many of you will as well if you're on the waiting list. It's the foldable one.

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  2. Shadowside

    Shadowside Good Glass is Forever...

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    I previously had the Match Tech - Thumb-up for my XE2 and loved it, really well made (love the brass body) but $$$ :-(

    Just couldn't part with nearly $200.00 for one for my XP2, so took a chance and got the Lens Mate folding design as above for my XP2... LOVE IT!

    It fits tight (tighter than the Thumbs-up did actually), feels more solid than it's aluminium construction would suggest and adds less weight.

    The finish and fit feel top drawer as well, I couldn't be happier really. If you have an X-Body and are considering a thumb grip, the Lens Mate is sure to satisfy your ergonomic tastes and not offend your financial ones.

    *****
     
  3. fiddlergene

    fiddlergene Premium Member

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    Got the Lensmate foldable for my XP2, and it's the last piece of equipment I'll ever buy from them. It's not sturdy. Within a month the foldable part of the grip became bent at the joint, and when I tried, oh so gently, to correct it the metal just snapped. If I ever get a thumbgrip again it'll me the brass Machtech!
     
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  4. Shadowside

    Shadowside Good Glass is Forever...

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    No disrespect, but bending T6 Aluminum is no mean feat, especially when that small...

    One has to wonder if most other materials would have suffered no less from that blow.
     
  5. dixeyk

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    I have the folding Lensmate thumb rest (and their soft touch button as well) for my X-P1 and it's terrific
     
  6. LoneTreeBeer

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    I have used Lensmate thumb-rests extensively on my X100S and Xpro2; never had any problems and think that they are really well made.

    @fiddlergene - if I were in your position, I would contact Lensmate - they would honour their warranty
     
  7. Richard_R

    Richard_R Eclectic eccentric

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    I'm still happy with the $2.50 plastic one I purchased off eBay for the X100s about 3 1/2 years ago. I thought I would use it until it broke then either decide to buy a "real" one or not use one at all. The plastic one is still going strong with no signs of failure and I no longer see the justification for paying the sort of money people like Lensmate ask for these things.
     
  8. Allen2oo3

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    Do you mind sharing the link? I didn't get an email even though I signed up for updates.
     
  9. fiddlergene

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    Good idea, I'll give it a try
     
  10. davidvj

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    How does this work with the knurled adjustment control sitting behind the folding piece?
     
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    Waiting for an X-T20 one
     
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    Fold the grip to access the command wheel ... and just how dumb is that! Can you imagine doing that single handed!
     
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    Hi Allen,

    This is Susan of Lensmate.

    The fellow that posted above saying he was able to order the new X100F Folding Thumbrest was sent a private link, as were the first batch of customers on our huge interested parties list. Using a private link that expires, allows us to have control over the number of items being sold, and keeps the general public from buying ahead of our interested parties list.

    As our shipments come in we will be emailing the next group in line on our interested parties list until the list is fulfilled. It appears that the first 3 shipments may be sold out. Once the list is filled we will offer the X100F Folding Thumbrest through our website.

    So do not worry, if you are on our list we will be emailing you soon.

    Best Regards Susan
     
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    Just so people know, the X100T thumbrest does not fit the new X100F - that is why we designed the X100F as a Folding thumbrest, it was required in order to allow access to all the control dials and buttons.

    Regards Susan of Lensmate.
     
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    I've got the LM100T on my X100T and it's a real quality item. I had tried several cheapo ones but didn't get on with them. It isn't easy for us in UK to purchase Lensmate items we have to go through their own website and get stung for customs at this end as well as a Post Office handling charge. All that said it didn't stop me ordering one for my XT1 when I had it and that was a quality item also.
     
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    susan
    i have a x100t grip that is on a x100f
    the grip is fine on the 100f
     
  18. susan Doel

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    Though you could use the X100T thumbrest on the X100F camera, it’s not optimal for most users.

    Because the X100F rear control dial is farther from the hot shoe than the X100T, the X100Ts grip cutout isn’t centered over the control dial resulting in too little clearance for larger thumbs to rotate the dial. The shutter speed/iso dial is also difficult to use for larger hands. The X100Fs hinged design makes it easy to access both of these controls. Additionally, the X100Fs larger grip improves comfort with heavier lenses.
     
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    I'm waiting to see what the Match Technical one looks like when it comes out. The whole idea of needing to FOLD the thumb rest to reach a dial just doesn't seem reasonable to me... I have the old T thumbrest on mine now and it isn't perfect but it seems a better solution unless you really use the back dial for manual focus a lot.

    That said, the quality of Lensmate doesn't deter me, but the design just doesn't seem "complete" to me.

    Any of you who have them can tell me I'm wrong about the folding part, but it looks and sounds klunky to me...
     
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    Totally understand that people may choose a different solution.

    Here is a youtube review of our Xpro2 Folding Thumbrest so you can see the functionality.
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