If you’re looking for a cool looking grip for your Sony a9 and larger lenses, the JB Camera Designs Sony a9 Grip Case Pro might be fore you.
One thing mirrorless critics often talk about is how small mirrorless cameras are, too small they say. What they don’t realize is there are a few options to increase the size when you need to distribute weight more evenly for larger lenses. You can add L-Plates and/or various OEM or third party grips. With a DSLR however, there’s no way to make them smaller.
Often times when I travel, I’m taking my smaller lenses with me so I really don’t understand how people can say they’re too small. Basically what I’m trying to say is, mirrorless cameras are much more versatile and modular when it comes to size.
So how does the grip feel?
It feels great! Definitely feels really well-made. The material feels solid without feeling heavy. It’s sturdy and mounts to the camera like most other grips and has a standard screw mount. The grip doesn’t cover any ports and the battery is easily accessible.
I think where this grip excels is when you’re using the a9 with larger lenses. I don’t have super large hands or fat fingers so I can’t speak about how much room there will be between the grip and the lens. I know some people are worried about that as it is and so if that’s the case, this would probably make it worse for you.
All in all, it’s a great accessory for your a9 espeically if you’re looking to add some bulk.
If there was one criticism on my end, I would like to see the part of the mold where it actually goes on the camera grip, be much more thin. Because it’s quite thick, it takes some getting use to having that gap from the grip of the camera and thickness of the grip (does that make sense?). It basically feels like a double layer vs. one unit.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding this grip in the comments below!