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Olympus Air a01/Sony AS15/Sony AS20 grip

by BlackFoxx Apr 10, 2018
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Looks very nice and highly functional... but no display and too gun-like with the Air. I'd very seriously suggest printing an orange rim to go on the lenses and thus comply with the "orange muzzle" laws. Here's a nice overview:

https://www.toyassociation.org/App_Themes/tia/pdfs/safety/ToyGunMarking-Reqs.pdf

Note that dark blue is explicitly mentioned as inappropriate because of similarity with gun metal bluing.

Incidentally, I didn't worry about this issue for my (also blue) pistol grip for a stereo pair of Canon PowerShot A4000, https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2765204 , but that's because the shape overall doesn't resemble a gun.

A4K2: Stereo Capture rig for Canon A4000

As for the lack of display... well, it's kind of idea of Air to use a smartphone as a UI. I kept the ability to mount smartphone on camera, so that's pretty much it. More obvious issue is the lack of trigger, so you cannot shoot with you trigger finger (such a nice wordplay, considering we are talking photography :) ). Well, I think it's the future task. For now I'm designing a grip that will allow me to shoot from hands with Air and MTO-1000A mirror lens (witch is extremely big and heavy, so I'll need to hold it with both hands), and there will be trigger :) But its work in progress for now.

Actually, what I was getting at with the "no display" comment was that if you build-in a mount for your cell phone, it will (1) be more functional and (2) look a lot less like a gun.

Now I get it. Yes, it's worthy idea. Also, if the phone mount will be built in the grip rather than sit on camera back, then Air can be mounted upside down to a plate, and adding a trigger will become easy task :) Maybe someday... For now Air+MTO1000 is my priority.

Hi, Hank! Thanks for your feedback! Yes, gun-likeness really can be a problem... Here, in Europe, we don't have so strict regulations, and the problem with firearms isn't so big (despite the fact, that in Moldova particularly every maybe 5-th male has concealed carry permit and actually IS carrying a piece!) But yet, I've already had some (not so pleasant) questions asked in the international airport, and since then I transport the grip detached from the camera, so it cannot be confused with a gun on x-ray machine. Thanks for the link. I'll consider it, it's very easy task to make a rim on the lens (between the lens and lens cap, fixed on the filter thread of the lens. Also, since the grip proved usable with action cam I'm planning to print it in very bright yellow or orange color.

Nice rig, by the way!