Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 - Made in USA by J.B. Camera Designs
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Add some better ergonomics and protection to your Olympus OM-D E-M5 with our new Grip-Base. Our add-on GRIP easily attaches through the camera's tripod threads and makes it much easier to operate the great Olympus OM-D E-M5 with just one hand. The Grip-Base is designed to give the user a much better 'grip' on the OM-D with very minimal weight and bulk while still have full access to the battery compartment. Our exclusive material is super durable and the Grip-Base only adds 2.0 ounces to the camera! The OM-D E-M5 Grip-Base ships with a brass attaching tripod screw that allows use of a tripod or Black Rapid Sling. You can truly keep our Grip-Base on your camera full-time! Our products are proudly made in the USA. Each part is hand poured (not injection molded) through an exclusive process, and then each part is hand sanded and finished to give a unique, brushed and polished texture. The unique manufacturing process we use allows the final product to have undercuts, variable wall thickness, and can have durable structural properties similar to high-impact styrene. Since these parts are hand poured and hand finished, we are very limited by a smaller daily production capacity which makes our products truly limited: especially when compared to cheaply made, mass produced, injection molded parts. Specifications: Model: JBCD-OMDEM5GB-BK Available Colors: Black Fits Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Weight: 2.0 ounces What's Included: J.B. Grip-Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5, Brass Tripod Securing Screw, Lucky Penny, Details, J.B.C.D. Sticker
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Practically handmade it adds to the retro, old flare that the OM-D rangefinder brings. It's hand sanded each unit has a distinctive texture. The attention to detail is remarkable. There are divots and pins that guide the base onto the camera. It's a perfect fit.
Things I like
- Very lightweight
- Adds the perfect amount of grip missing from the stock body. Good for big handsd
- Does not affect portability/pocketability of the OM-D. Does not stick out further than the 20mm f/1.7 pancake
- Personal note from the seller on the invoice. nice!
- Despite raising the camera off the table, does not allow OM with Summilux 25 1.4 with lens hood to tip forward.
- Pleasing texture. Almost soft touch like
- Can remove the battery with the grip on unlike with the Olympus Grip
- Can mount the OM on a tripod without removing the base.
- You only need a coin to remove the base.
- There is felt behind the grip to protect the faux leather texture on the OM.
Things that could use work
- Takes a little bit more effort to change out the battery versus no grip. Almost need to shake the battery out of the camera.
- Doesn't relocate the tripod mount to center under the sensor. Makes smooth tripod panning impossible for videos. This is more Olympus's fault for not centering the tripod mount in the first place.
I knew I needed a grip even before I got the camera. I have large hands and the camera is just too small for me to hold solidly without a grip. Just couldn't justify the $300 dollar grip/battery compartment from Oly. I don't feel that I need the extra battery etc. So I decided to take a chance on this after market grip. I wan not disappointed. It is solid well machined metal and even made in USA! It doesn't have the extra shutter release of the Oly grip, but I don't mind that. I can get my hand around it and feel comfortable and secure with it.
1) Much less expensive than Olympus HLD-6
2) The battery access is a huge plus over the Olympus grip which has to be removed in order to access the battery for charging.
This design has fabulous potential but it fell short in two areas:
1) The ergonomics could have been significantly more comfortable (comparable to Olympus' HLD-6) had the manufacturer simply made the grip a little longer. Had they simply made the grip 3/8" longer you could actually grip it well with your index and middle fingers. It's not such an issue when simply holding the camera. The discomfort is while taking photos, you need move your index finger the shutter release and it becomes almost impossible to maintain the grip with the other three fingers - particularly the middle finger which does most of the gripping. The stretch required between the shutter button to the top of the grip makes it almost impossible to keep the middle finger on the grip while pressing the shutter release, so you end up gripping with only the ring finger and little finger, which is both uncomfortable and unsecure. Why they decided to cut it short I'm not sure. I am willing to bet money that if they increased simply increased the grip length by 3/8" Olympus would see a very significant drop in sales and.
2) The finish is not very smooth and could blend better with the camera, but it's only aesthetics.
All in all, I'm happier spending $50 than $300, but there's definitely room for improvement. I only hope the short grip doesn't become a problem for me.
- (Obviously) Much less expensive alternative to the Olympus Grip
- Allows user to change out battery without the need for removing it from the camera (unlike the Olympus)
- Integrates well with the camera (to the untrained eye, it looks like it’s supposed to be there)
- Attention to detail: Attachment screw that still allows a tripod mounting plate to be mounted to it; An integral pin that keeps the grip from rotating once installed; And a felt pad to cushion where it rests against the front of the camera.
- As others have noted, the rear “corner” of the grip may dig into your palm a bit over time. The manufacturer has tried to round this off a bit, but the degree to which this can be done is limited by the thickness of material at that location, in order to allow access to the battery door. As others have done, I too have sanded mine down even more to round the corner a bit. In the process, I decided that I liked the finish better after sanding with a much finer grip paper (400) than the as-manufactured condition (just my preference).
- Grip adds slightly to the size of the camera, thus detracting from the ability to slip into your coat pocket (minor gripe).
- Made to order, so you may have to wait to receive it.
Why only 4 stars? Although well-designed and executed, it's still a $45 piece of plastic.
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Dont remember ever having it off. I like it though.. I may be changing