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D-I-Y Handgrip for the

Widelux F series


One of the main problems when photographing with the Widelux is how to hold the camera firmly without getting the fingers in the shot. While the hand ball grip produced for the Voigtländer Bessa looks very stylish and elegant ( see this page by mapcamera in Tokyo), it is both too expensive and also does not have the right shape for the way I wanted the handle the camera.

Getting a handle on your Widelux (D-I-Y)

KMZ Horizont with GripI like the approach taken by the Soviets for the first version of the Krasnogorsk Horizont (1972 model): a plain hollow tube. The bottom could be unscrewed revealing a cavity in which an extra roll of film could be stored.

I trialled it on my Widelux. While that worked well and felt right, I did not want to risk breaking the plastic handle, lest my Horizont set then be incomplete.

As I was putting the Horizont handle away, Serendipity patted me on the shoulder: Mulling over alternate options, I noticed the plastic knobs that stop a door from banging against the wall. Incredibly, they have same shape and dimensions (incl. diameter), and are also hollow. Moreover, their rubbery plastic actually provides for a much better grip than the hard plastic unit used by Krasnogorsk.


I had some tripod screws salvaged from the wrecks of some decayed leather camera ready cases. One such screw was fitted to that part of the door stop that is normally screwed onto the wall/skirting board and fastened with a bolt. Getting a handle on your Widelux 3Getting a handle on your Widelux 2
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I had planned to place two filters (the ND4 and the custom-made +0.5 diopter close-up lens ) into the space, rather than a roll of film. Widelux Filters
To protect the filters from rattling around and scratching, I made little felt-lined sleeves. and it all fits in... a simple and cheap, but effective solution to a problem...
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