I just bought this grip also and am extremely pleased. Really gives the little V1 a good solid feel. The only thing I don't like is the tripod mount is off to the side now and not in the middle of the camera base.
I agree that might be a bit concerning when you first look at it...but others have told me its not a problem with the V1 and the CX lenses since that set-up is very light... the off-set will not matter.
If they would have put the tripod mount in the center of the grip plate (i.e. in the screw knob), there would be no access to the battery door once the V1 is mounted on the tripod. At least on my tripod, using a ball head with quick release plates, I can still get the SD card and battery out...which I do a lot actually when I am set-up and doing shots at home.
Also, if you plan to have larger/heavier lenses on the V1 that might worry you about the location of the tripod mount on the end of the grip, you will have the FT1 with a tripod mount in the center of the FT1 where you should be putting your QR plate.... so it will be nicely balanced. On my V1 set-up it works perfectly and I suspect it will work for you also.
Dan (Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40) "I don't read, I just look at pictures" - Andy Warhol
>My understanding is that the Franiec grip attaches with >adhesive tape. So I wonder, if you wanted to remove it, could >you do so without marring the camera? > I'm also wondering this. The grip i posted in the OP isn't available in the UK so was looking at the Richard Franiec V1 grip as an alternative. Thanks
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The Franiec's instructions say that you can use "dental floss" to cut the bond of the tape strip and remove the grip. I think if any adhesive remained it could easily be removed with Goof Off or something similarly benign. That said, the grip is, I believe, invaluable to the design of the camera and I couldn't see why one would want to remove it.
See iPhone photos below. The RRS L-bracket covers the entire bottom of the V1, and surrounds it with a lip that forms a recessed area within which the camera sits. The lip would not fit around the bottom of the grip unless the lip were ground down, probably (carefully) do-able. My Google search (nikon v1 l bracket) turned up no other manufacturers' L-brackets.