Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by gr8Shot, Jan 5, 2014.
I had the same situation with my E-M5. I found the battery grip cumbersome, and was only using the grip part. I invested in the RRS plate and grip and couldn't be happier, plus I don't have to screw on a plate when I want to use my tripod.
I am waiting for my e-m1 to come, but I have tried camera at photo store and found that it is a bit too small to grip.
- J.B. grip - http://www.amazon.com/Grip-Base-Oly...=8-1&keywords=Grip+Base+for+Olympus+OM-D+E-M1
- RRS grip - http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl/it.A/id.2237/.f
- Olympus - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._v328140bu000_hld_7_battery_holder_black.html
I really need to decide which one to get. On one hand I like lightness of the first 2 grips, but on the other hand the additional features of the original grip makes me think:
- dust and splash proof
- a side compartment allows for the use of the AC-3 mains power adapter
- allows for triggering of the shutter when the E-M1 is in the portrait orientation and allows for easy access to 1 & 2 function buttons
- With one battery in the grip and another in the camera, you can capture approximately 680 shots per charge
Thanks for the post. I wasn't aware of the RRS plate.
I've just been looking into this (after reading your original post) and it looks like Really Right Stuff makes two add-ons for the E-M1: the plate that attaches to the bottom of the camera; and a bracket that connects to that base plate but occupies one side of the camera body and is designed for a special tripod connection (Arca Swiss —*something I have no experience with).
Anyway, I have a question. It looks like it's possible to buy and use the RRS base plate without buying the side bracket. Is that right? The RRS product entry has very little explanatory and I have no experience with anything similar, so it's very possible I'm missing something.
p.s. One other question. I gather from something I read elsewhere that the side bracket obstructs access to some of the connections on the side of the camera. But the base plate doesn't obstruct anything, does it?
Oh, I have only had one outing with the HLD-7 grip, just yesterday, and I didn't notice this problem. I'll take a look at it again.
Hmmm. I see what you mean.
Be grateful if you could suggest how I could do the same thing. I'm not very happy with the conventional quick-release heads I've got on my Slik and Manfrotto tripods. They're wobbly. I've just ordered the RSS plate —*just the base plate. If I returned the Olympus battery grip, perhaps I could afford to buy a better head for one of my tripods.
I went with the Gariz XS-CHEM1BK
Wow, terrific answer and will be VERY helpful!! Thank you so much.
The RRS L-Plate for the OM-D E-M1 is modular by design. One piece is the base and the other is the portion that makes it a L-plate. If you go to their site and head to the l-plates for the E-M1 and click on the l-plate set. one of the pictures shows the two pieces. RRS will sell you the base plate only or the set. They also sell the side portion to complete an L-bracket for someone who only bought the base plate only earlier. Call them if you have questions, they will help you out.
I have the modular L-bracket for my E-M5, and have had RRS l-brackets for many cameras. It is rare that it would block usage of a critical connection. They go to a lot of trouble to gain access. It can be challenging at times, but that is often because of bulky cables from the camera manufacturers.
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