Step 1: A Fun Fuji, But...
Whilst I was thinking about possibly ways to improve the handling of the 7s, I was also thinking of ways I could improve the fun aspect of it.
Step 2: Stopping My Finger From Obscuring the Viewfinder
Solution? Some sort of clever device to be a physical barrier between the top of the shutter button and the bottom of the viewfinder.
Now this clever device had to be curved (lots of curves on the 7s!), and not obscure the viewfinder (too much).
As luck would happen, a 35mm film container has a similar curved surface below the viewfinder, so I carefully cut a small piece, and used double sided tape to hold it in place (I used double sided tape,so that I could adjust/ remove as necessary, if this design works well, I'll attach it permanently with epoxy adhesive)
Conclusion: Yeah, it sort of works.
Step 3: Getting a Grip (Version One)
Solution? Some sort of grippy adhesive tape, attached to the handgrip.
I had originally planned to use grip tape for bicycle handles or sports equipment, but the prices were a bit too high for what I needed it for, so the next best option available was duct tape.
Conclusion: Not particularly pretty, but it did provide a bit of extra grip.
Step 4: Strap On
Solution? Add a strap (duh!)
I have a few extra camera straps sitting in my photographic bits box, but decided to use a spare lanyard instead. Easily attached to the existing strap.
Conclusion: Works well, doesn't get in the way. easier to attach than a standard camera strap.
Step 5: Getting Grippy With It (Version Two)
Solution? Browsing through a local $2 Shop, I came across this packet of anti-slip tape for steps. Good Quality 100% for $2.
I cut a few pieces to fit the handgrip - front and back, and also a small piece for the shutter button - hopefully this will make it easier for my finger to stay there, and not cover the viewfinder.
Conclusion: Better than the duct tape. The curved surfaces don't exactly make it easy to stick this stuff one smoothly. May be a bit rough on the hands. Looks a bit more professional than duct tape.
Step 6: Add a Writing Instrument.
Solution? A 'Sharpie' Mini attached to the lanyard.
Conclusion: Gets in the way a little, but easiest place to put it.