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- Olympus V3281300U000 HLD-6 Power Battery Holder
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|Item Dimensions||4.69 x 1.93 x 1.63 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
The landscape unit includes a built-in shutter button as well as a dial for locking the grip onto the bottom of the E-M5. The portrait unit includes a molded grip for stable shooting while the camera is in the vertical (portrait) orientation, a built-in shutter button, two built-in function buttons that can be programmed independently of the function buttons on the E-M5 body, a DC-IN jack for continuous powered shooting (requires the optional AC-3 Power Adapter), and a compartment for storing an optional additional BLN-1 lithium-ion battery.
When shooting with the E-M5 and two batteries, you can choose which battery to use first; once it's drained, the camera will start using the second battery for uninterrupted shooting.
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With that said this is the best grip I have ever owned and makes the OM-D behave like 3 different cameras.
1) Without a grip. Put on the Pani 20mm and you have your go anywhere camera.
2) With first part of grip you get a nice grip on the right side of the camera to help stabilize longer lenses another shutter release and another front control dial which changes either aperture or exposure compensation depending on which mode you have selected. This is the configuration I keep the OM-D in most of the time with the Pani 25mm f/1.4. This is a great combination.
3) With the second part of the grip you now get a portrait shutter release and another front and rear control wheel. You also get 2 more function buttons which can be set independently of the first 2 function buttons. You also get a lock to prevent any of those buttons from accidentally being pressed. Finally, you get a space for an extra battery. Even in this configuration the camera is neither heavy or large. This set up is fantastic for the event photographer and portrait photographer. This setup makes this a fantastic professional camera for many many many situations. M4/3 has arrived into the working professional ranks with the OM-D and this grip.
There are 3 main drawbacks to this grip. The first is the first part of the grip blocks off the battery compartment on the camera. So you have to take the grip off to recharge the batter. The second is on the second part of the grip the tripod lug is well to the right of the camera. I am really not sure what Olympus was thinking here. The 3rd and largest right now is the fact Olympus does not sell the BLN-1 yet.Read more ›
a. I have (used) the E-P1, E-P3 (along with the E-5 and a ton of other cameras) and although the pen cameras were (are) great cameras, the ergonomics was always something that really limited the functionality of those units.
b. Fast forward, the E-M5 looks bigger than the E-P3 but in reality it's not much bigger and the grip is really not better. However, with the E-M5, you now have the ability to add this grip and unequivocally this is an awesome unit. 100% of those who are going to use the E-M5 along with the standard 4/3 lens must have this grip; no question about that. 90% of traditional camera folk who are going to use the E-M5 with the m4/3 lens are still going to want to have this grip because it really improves the overall comfort / grip / ergonomics of this camera.
c. Re: Quality of build: excellent.
d. Re: Ease of use: it's a no brainer. Screw on/ screw off. Note, you'll have to screw off each time you want to access the battery (a minor hassle, but there's nothing they could have done about it).
e. Re: Flexibility: excellent. I don't need to shoot vertically (or rather use the vertical shutter) and thus just attach the first part. If you want the whole deal, then just attach both units. Again, it's up to you.
f. re: use with standard 4/3 lens. I'll comment more on this in my E-M5 review, but although this does not replace the DSLR (the E-5 is still better in re: ergonomics when using the 4/3 lens), this is a quantum leap forward in re: using standard 4/3 lens on the m4/3 cameras.Read more ›
But it's really worth it, specially if you have 4/3 lenses that you want to use with the EM5.
I have for 4/3 14-54 MK1, Leica 25 1.4, 9-18 and 70-300, all of them for the 4/3 mount, so I've been using the MK2/3 adapter and the grip makes the handling great.
For the 70/300, I still do my best to support most of it's weight using my left hand, but having the extra grip, makes a huge difference.
Specially for manual focus/macro.
Having 2 extra fn1 and fn2 and one additional battery (you have to buy, not included), is a big plus.
I have them setup different from the ones one the body.
fn1 = zoom
fn2 = AEL
record= Aperture preview
grip fn1 = ISO
grip fn2 = Manual focus/single focus switch.
It provides better customization depending on the type of photography and lenses you use.
I have two non-CAF (MK1 and 35mm 3.5)lenses that really benefit from the way I have it setup.
Yesterday on my trip to the statue of liberty I drained the battery on the grip and half of the body, you don't even notice when it happens, You will see the battery indicator flashing, and after a while you will see it going back to green when the second battery kicks in.
I have an aftermarket on the grip, and the genuine on the body.
I would highly recommend, makes a huge difference.
What I do want to point out is the little nooks you can store the rubber covers for the electrical connectors. It's a nice thought so if you decide to change the configuration in the middle of your trip you will always have the rubber covers there and not somewhere buried in the camera bag or at home.
I am supportive of the design of keeping one battery in the camera and the other in the grip. Judging by the battery size, having two in there will make the grip a lot longer relative to the camera body. If I were the designer I would had made it this way too. After all, the point is not having to change batteries as often. How many of you really have 4 BLN-1 batteries in the field? Also, the grip's battery WILL operate the camera without having a battery in the camera body. This is an advantage because you are more flexible. (Say for example you only have 3 batteries, one spare + one in the body and one in the grip. They both run out and you can just replace the one in the grip and continue.
Also, not having a D-pad on the grip doesn't bother me that much. I did not buy the OMD to have another DSLR-sized camera. There is really no space on the grip to add another set of D-pads without accidentally pressing on the buttons while holding the grip. It doesn't hurt me to reach over another inch to the D-pad on the camera body.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I delayed being this set too long! The extended shooting time is priceless and the grip gives me much more control over my shooting options.Published 2 months ago by Tamera
Product worked as advertised. Improved handling and feel for a micro 4/3 camera.Published 6 months ago by Charles S. Harper, Jr.
I give the HLD-6 a qualified 4-star rating. The top part of the grip is a must-have for the OM-D E-M5, which does not have enough of a grip. I use the top part 100% of the time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Curley
It probably won't be for everyone and it does take away from the small size of the camera, but I would say if you're using the Olympus 12-40 f2. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vitali
I should have purchase is battery holder went I first purchased my E-M5. This device makes the handling of the camera so much easier. You will love the way it feels in your hand.Published 13 months ago by djuanromeo
Great product, adds a lot of flexibility to the EM-5. The price was great and the delivery quick.Published 14 months ago by Ron V
Wouldn't be without it, provides a nice grip in any hold on the camera.Published 15 months ago by Pilot Mark in Arizona, USA