A Vital Security Addition To The A99 Vertical Grip
I learned the value of a well-engineered hand grip on my advanced Sony HD camcorder. One related to the STP-GB1AM comes installed standard on the HDR-FX1000. I use it whenever the camcorder is not secured on a tripod.
Once I got the cryptic STP-GB1AM strap connected and adjusted properly to the A99 vertical grip, it gave me the confidence to use the robust camera, heavy lens, and flash unit combination (when coupled to the vertical grip) without being tethered to a neck strap - achieving more creative freedom.
I suspect that it might work just as well on the A77 vertical grip (which I do not yet own as an accessory).
Well worth the extra expense and minor installation hassle when considered as a cheap form of "accident insurance" for premium SONY camera equipment.
July 8, 2013
It is a bit expensive, but you do get what you pay for. The leather and nylon are top notch, which is good knowing that it wont break under the a850 weight. Inside padding is soft and I like that the excess strap can be tucked in to the padding and concealed. Very well thought out piece.
May 21, 2010