Sony NEX-7 – P&C Pistol Grips


I'm officially lovin' the new Sony NEX-7 camera that just dropped in today. The quality, performance, and build is amazing. So far i've tried the Canon 28mm FD lens, Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, and Nikon 50mm F/1.8. Of course my favorite is the Nikon 50mm F/1.8 pancake because it keeps the camera pretty small (that's the whole point of using an NEX7). Sorry I have no samples yet as I haven't had anything interesting to shoot today.


The video quality is also quite amazing, but it's nearly impossible to shoot hand held with this tiny camera and these old manual lenses. The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 feels more like it's at 100mm (without image stabilization). My solution is to use the dual PNC Custom Pistol grips and friction arm configuration. Instead of using it 'fig rig' style, I turned the rear handle sideways and used it more like a gun stock placed against my chest. This made a world of difference and totally eliminated the micro vibrations and rolling shutter 'jello' effect. When it's time to pack things away, the whole setup breaks down to just two handles and a folding arm. The Custom PNC Pistol Grip Camera Handles are back in stock at or via eBay for International buyers (below).

find-price-button P&C Custom Pistol Grip Camera Handle

20 thoughts on “Sony NEX-7 – P&C Pistol Grips

  1. Rob H

    This is exactly what I need. I was considering spending come cash on a small Gini rig. Seeing this made me realize that I actually wanted a more compact option. This is perfect - Very versatile - Great design!

    Big thanks Emm!

  2. Dave Dueck

    One NEX7 plus one P&C pistol grip plus one E-mount 50mm 1.8 OSS from Sony equals MAGIC handheld shots. (httpss:// Even better using a second grip and arm as a chest brace. I never have been so happy to have image stabilization for video. My NEX7 is perfect now. 🙂

  3. Emm

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    @Whitney - They lock down once you tighten the single knob (in the middle). If you want it to be loose, then you have to unlock the (middle) knob. Once it's in position, then lock the knob again.

  4. I got the 2 grips and a friction arm, but my friction arm is so stiff! One of the ball mount ends won't move except with great force and the one on the other end will hardly move at all.

    Is this normal? I emailed P&C, but haven't heard back yet. Is this a faulty unit or is it really supposed to be that hard to adjust? Thanks!

  5. Emm

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    @Ken - I did not try this with the brace. It sounds like it would work great, but I haven't tried it mainly because i'm also working on another shoulder brace mold (oops..said too much).

  6. Ken

    Emm, did you tried this grip during development with the Manfrotto 361 shoulder brace? Could be a nice combo for static shots, while without the brace it would be portable enough to shoot more action shots with quick movements..

  7. Jim C

    Got the 2 grips with the friction arm package, and got to play around with them yesterday - came up with about 4 or 5 configurations that all were more comfortable and stable than what I can achieve with the much more expensive Gini Rig - super happy right now.

    Jim C

  8. Rob S.

    Emm, of all the stuff that you talk about on your blog I bet you've helped sell more friction arms than anything else. Too bad you can't get commission on all of them.

  9. Emm

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    @Ben - I have a 24mm and I don't like the look. Going from 24mm to 50mm on these cameras are a huge difference.

  10. Dave

    I ordered one of these pistol grips to use with my 5N that I had been waiting the past month for to ship. I love these NEX cameras. Do you think it's worth getting the Sony EVF accessory for the 5N? I imagine it would be similar to what's on the NEX7, a bit steep in price though.

  11. Emm

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    @DSLRy - LOL. This setup is most definitely a HUGE improvement. First, there is no viewfinder that can fit on this, I tried them all. Besides, you don't need one because the EVF built into this camera is the most AMAZING thing i've seen on any camera. Secondly, I'm not trying to build a huge rig for it, it defeats the purpose of staying small. Finally, I mentioned that with these lenses, it's damn near impossible to go hand held alone, so there's no such thing as run and gun with the NEX body + Nikon 50mm. I work with cameras all the time, but the rolling shutter is pretty bad on this camera. You need something to stabilize if you're trying to shoot at 100mm without image stabilization. If you have a chance to actually see on in person, you'll know what i'm talking about.

  12. Emm

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    @Andario - Yes that would work. I just haven't used a microphone because I normally work with small point and shoot cameras with this setup. They don't have a Mic input. But now the Sony NEX7 does have a Mic input.

  13. Andario

    Hi emm, this setup gives me the idea of using the second handle to mount a shotgun mic, instead of the light you´re showing here. Would you say that kind of setup could work well, or is there any major problem that I may be overlooking?

    Thanks mate.

  14. I'm not sure that this is to usefull. If you need nex to be use as a video camera - you build a setup with viewfinder, rig, lamp, etc. - if you need NEx for run and gun situations - use just the NEX and put it to the pocket after.

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