Replacing a Lost Rubber Camera Grip

Replacing a Lost Rubber Camera Grip

I love my Nikon Coolpix P600 camera. With 60x maximum optical zoom, I can photograph just about anything. From the 2017 total solar eclipse in the USA to an African Iris growing in my garden in South Africa. It has travelled with me to a lot of places around the world – India, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Russia, Estonia and many other countries.

And somewhere, I can’t even remember when or where, the small rubber grip at the back of the camera came off and got lost.

By the time I finally decided that I want to replace the grip, it was just about impossible to get hold of these anymore. Nikon doesn’t manufacture this model anymore. And that makes it very unlikely that anybody still stocks the grips – especially in South Africa.

Just as I was ready to accept that my camera will forever be without a grip, I came across the most incredible advice online (I think this was the original source – wish now that I had bookmarked it…). Simply use Sugru to replace the part!

I had never heard of Sugru before, so I read more about it. It is a mouldable glue that turns into flexible silicon rubber, which sounded absolutely perfect. And amazingly I could buy it locally in South Africa from Builders Warehouse!

So, I tried it out. And I am happy to report that it worked like a charm!

Author: Hermien Pellissier

Hermien is an instructional designer and lecturer. In her spare time, she is an avid photographer and loves to travel.