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|Item Dimensions||4.69 x 1.93 x 1.63 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
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The HLD-6 is an optional dust- and splashproof battery holder and grip created especially for use with the Olympus E-M5. The device can be separated into two parts - one tailored to shooting in landscape orientation and one that's ideal for portraits.
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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The HLD-6 Power Battery Grip, in the same dust- and splashproof construction as the Olympus E-M5 body, is an adaptable, two-part grip that can be used either as a landscape grip for easier handling or as a portrait grip with an additional shutter release. The portrait grip accommodates an extra lithium-ion battery to supplement the one in the E-M5, thus extending battery life.
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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. Which sort of makes the extra battery capacity a moot point.
To solve the problem of no Olympus Battery, I purchased the following.
ZIP OLYMPUS BLN-1 (Includes 1-1500mAh battery, pocket charger,LCD Screen protector and Card Reader) for Olympus OM-D E-M5
This battery does not work in the Olympus charger. However, it comes with its own charger that is also a car charger. This charge also charges the Olympus battery so you get a way to charge your Olympus batter in the car. So far I have had no issues with this product.
Overall, if you have the OM-D and some of the larger lenses such as the 100-300mm or 14-140mm then this lens will help stabilize and balance the lenses on the camera making them much easier to use.
Best grip I have ever bought
Turns the OM-D into 3 different cameras
Great build quality
Blocks camera batter compartment
Tripod lug not centered
No Olympus BLN-1 batteries available to put in grip
The top half of this grip is always attached to my camera just to improve my ability to hold it securely. The bottom half is nice, but unless I was shooting a ton of shots in portrait orientation, I'm not sure it's worth the extra bulk. Having an extra battery in it is nice but it really only saves you the ten seconds it would take to swap batteries.
If you just want an improved grip on the camera, you don't need the extra shutter releases or battery, Really Right Stuff makes a bottom plate and hand grip combo for the camera that adds an arca-swiss tripod mount and costs about half as much as this battery holder. If I had known about that at the time I bought this, I might have purchased it instead - it provides about 70% of the functionality I use for 40% of the price, and it also acts as tripod quick-release plate.
It can be used in two parts, just the grip and the additional battery pack.
My one gripe about this is that you have to take it off to remove the battery in the camera body to charge it. The external battery pack only holds one battery so there is one in the body one in the grip. The grip does have a jack for a 9 V charger that I've yet to see and I'm assuming this would charge both batteries without removing them from the body. Should probably read the instructions at some point.
Any how I'm very happy with this purchase. I think it is a bit pricy and probably in a few months you'll start to see cheap Asian versions, but in the meantime if you get the chance to try one, do and you'll be sold. It makes using the OMD a much more pleasurable experience.