External grip and power supply for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Olympus External Grip HLD-8 Review
I love the compactness of my camera. It is coat pocketable with a pancake lens on! Attach a PRO lens and this compactness becomes a shortcoming. The grip, which consists of two parts: landscape grip and portrait grip, comes to the rescue. In my experience the landscape grip it greatly improves handling even with a relatively compact lens like 12-40 PRO or 7-14 PRO. It becomes almost as comfortable to hold as a DSLR camera. Moreover, it does not add much weight, so that now I only take it off if the situation calls for compactness.
This product works flawlessly with my OMD EM5MKii. I like because it adds the extra or back up battery. The extra or larger grip is nice too, but haven't made up my mind if I want to drag it along with me to Europe when I go. There is something to be said for smaller and lighter on a European trip. Assembly and disassembly is not difficult, but some caution is advised. Have not tried it on my tripod yet, but there is no reason to believe that it will not be fine.
This the 2nd attempt to complete my review. It's a great product. Solid, precision form. Excellent for larger hands. A must have for field-work.
It's the most useful accessory so far for my OMD-EM5 MK2. I use it when I go on fairly long trips and want to minimize what I stuff in a bag in terms of loose items like the batteries and/or chargers.
When a trip to Havana, Cuba I shot and recorded video all day without changing a battery. Also makes my 12-100mm F4 easier to handle with the e-m5ii.
Love it, and surprisingly the camera plus this two part grip is not much different size-wise than a D800/D810 without a grip. I have big hands and this makes the camera much more ergonomic for me. I tried without the extra battery part but find the battery section makes the camera more satisfactory in the hands.
A great addition to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, extra battery power and more to hold, it's great for bigger lenses
Really appreciated the availability of this product since back in the day used a similar (motor drive) attachment on my 35mm OM1 and Om2 cameras and my EM-5 was I felt always in need of a hand grip; so when I purchased anew Olympus EM-5ii in June 2019 I also purchased this grip and battery holder. On its first outing on a just competed Hebrides holiday after 2 days of use, about 50-60 images I picked up the camera to find the shutter button built into the grip had disappeared and found it inside the camera bag. It had dropped out without any excess or indeed any disregard for the camera, indeed I treat them with care and kid gloves. What seems to have happened from the two small self tapping screws that show through the shutter button recess that on assembly the plastic shutter button had simply stripped threads presumably because of being overtightened during manufacture.
This is a nice addition to the Olympus E-M5ii which give the dual advantages of better grip and feel with an additional battery. Not everyone will like it as, when it is mounted, the camera is almost as bulky as a standard DSLR. May people like Olympus cameras for their small size.
Yes, it does seem very expensive for what it is, but it exceptionally well made and oozes quality. The grip and the battery pack (you can install just the grip, or add the battery pack under the grip) attach so solidly to the body of the camera you would think it was built that way. (a pity it wasn't in the first place, some might say).
Frankly superb. Adds a lot of bulk but for me, makes the handling of the camera much easier and more ergonomic. A tip: once the battery in the grip is depleted, turn off the EM5/II before replacing it. Otherwise, the camera will not recognise the insertion of a new battery and will continue (until death) using the in-camera battery ;). Well worth the money in my opinion.
Great fit on my Olympus EM5 and seems to be working well.. however on reflection I do feel this item was massively overpriced - does make the camera more substantial to hold which is why I bought it.
If you are using older DSLR lenses via adapter you probably know by now it's not the most comfortable solution. This grip is a game changer! the camera is much easier to hold, and it holds an extra battery! :)
love it excellent
Very nice pricey grip/extra battery capacity.
es la original de olympus, te da mas agarre con el cuerpo de la omd 5 mark II, lo que te permite mas firmeza al sujetar la cámara, ademas de poder utilizar una batería extra para tener mas duración, y realizar mas fotografías, como pega es que aumenta el peso, pero creo que se puede asumir, si necesitas mas agarre y duración de bateria.
Prodotto arrivato nei tempi previsti. Ottimi i materiali. L'impugnstura aggiuntiva garantisce una presa veramente comoda, e aggiungendo la seconda batteria si ottiene l'autonomia perfetta per un'intera giornata di foto. Comodissimi i comandi per l'inquadratura verticale.
Il améliore de toute évidence la préhension et la tenue du boîtier, permet également de doubler son autonomie. S'il modifie l'encombrement et le poids, l'ensemble reste contenu au regard des avantages.
Trovo questo sistema di battery-grip assolutamente indispensabile. Comodissimo sia con la sola impugnatura che con il pacco batteria. I comandi poi funzionano alla perfezione. Ottimo prodotto, specialmente per me che faccio molti video con la mia Olimpus m5 mark II.
Materiali di ottima fattura, impugnatura ergonomica per scatti in orizzontale e verticale. Nello slot del battery pack va una batteria BLN-1