Thumbs Up CSEP-1S
Available in Black, Silver, Steel Grey and M-E Grey
For an introduction to our Thumbs Up grips and suggestions as to which model will suit you, see Thumbs Up - help.
Thumbs Up CSEP-1S is new in 2012 and replaces the earlier Thumbs Up CSEP-1 and CS model 1, which are no longer produced.
Thumbs Up CSEP-1S is the same short length as Thumbs Up EP-1S. The thumb rest has a new ergonomic profile (hence the "EP" designation). The thumb rest is angled at 22 degrees, and this new shape distributes the pressure from your thumb more uniformly. This refinement allows you to hold your camera extremely rigidly, yet with great comfort.
Above: Thumbs Up CSEP-1S SIlver
All Thumbs Up are now produced without a visible logo
Above: Thumbs Up CSEP-1S M-E Grey with ThumbsUp Cap and Black Beep
Above: Thumbs Up CSEP-1S Black
Thumbs Up CSEP-1S is CNC machined from solid brass billet, and the Cold Shoe is an integral part of the complete assembly and cannot be removed – no screws, no joints and no glue, all ensure strength and longevity, and guarantee that holding your camera for your compositions can be done in a repeatable way every time. A silicon rubber insert that extends across the full width of the back of the Thumbs Up CSEP-1S, provides a cushion between the camera body and your Thumbs Up CSEP-1S. This silicone rubber insert also serves to dampen camera vibration between your hand and the camera.
Thumbs Up CSEP-1S can be locked securely into place on your camera – which prevents it from moving when using external viewfinders. This ensures consistent, repeatable framing. The locking mechanism is concealed beneath the leaf spring, and is easily and quickly operated using the small Allen Hex wrench provided.
Thumbs Up CSEP-1S will fit the following Leica M models: M-E, Monochrom, M9, M8-2, M8, M8U, M7, M6, M6 TTL, M4, M3 and M2. For Leica M cameras older than M8, a portion of the Silicone Rubber insert is designed to me removed to make room for the flash sync socket found on these older M Leicas.
Thumbs Up has been positively reviewed in Viewfinder(the journal of the Leica Historical Society of America) and Leica Fotografie International. Phil Askey of dpreview.com in his Leica M9 Hands-on Preview was also very impressed with Thumbs Up. The Luminous Landscape's Michael Reichmann describes Thumbs Up as "a purchase you won't regret for a second" in An M9 in Paris – A Field Review, and as "an invaluable and essential tool" on SteveHuff Photo. Our customers have also been enthusiastic (see our feedback page and RichCutler.co.uk).
Above: Geir Torkehagen's M9-P with Thumbs Up CSEP-1S and Black Beep
Above: Thumbs Up CSEP-1S showing the full span of the silicone rubber insert
Above: Silver Thumbs Up CSEP-1S on a black M9.
TU-CSEP-1S adds remarkable stability and security even for the most heavy of lenses. This is a CAD image.
Above: Thumbs Up CSEP-1S with Cap and Opera Act 1
Above: Thumbs Up CSEP-1S Black with TU-Cap installed. Also the Gold Dragon Red Boop.
Below: Some older images of the predecessor to TU-CSEP-1S; Thumbs Up CSEP-1.
Above: Ruediger Glatz provided this image of his well worn Thumbs Up CSEP-1 from 2009
Below: Limited production silver Thumbs Up CSEP-1 (photo by John Newell): The CSEP-1 model is now out of production and replaced by the CSEP-1S (2012)
Thumbs Up CSEP-1 with a Beep soft release (2010):
Above: The CSEP-1 is now replaced by CSEP-1S in 2012