ECG-2 any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by manju69, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Hi. Does anyone out there use the ECG-2 grip on their E-M5 mark II? I looked at the fotodiox one but it's not available in the uk and I read some bad reviews does the Olympus grip compare?

  2. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    any thoughts?
  3. ice29

    ice29 Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 10, 2012
    I have the fotodiox one and I am the one that doesn't like it :) I would buy the ECG-2 only if you need the arca-swiss base for tripod shooting... but also in that case, there is a chinese alternative on ebay that seems to be more or less the same as ECG-2 and it is cheaper...
    I personally haven't found a suitable grip for E-M5 II, nothing that would come close to the ECG-1 for E-M10, that was for me the most comfortable addon grip that I ever held in my hands... So I got used to holding the camera without any additional grip, I find that more comfortable..

    I tried:
    - fotodiox grip - all-metal, uncomfortable
    - ecg-2 - too big base, digs into your palm
    - JB Design wood grip - too big base, uncomfortable
    - hld-8g - a joke, that grip is massive, cannot reach buttons on the top of the camera, no comparison at all to E-M1 (which has a perfect grip), cannot change battery etc.

    But of course that is my opinion, other might find the grips OK :)
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  4. nzdigital

    nzdigital Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    New Zealand
    Hi Peter

    What are you looking at the grip for? Do you want it for extra battery power, or better ergonomics?

    I've always been a vertical grip guy with all my DLSR's and bought the manufacturers grip immediately - no questions.

    Thought I would be the same with the EM-5 MkII, but in the end I just couldn't do it. I bought a pancake lens instead ;)

    Initially I did find the EM-5 a bit 'too' small - especially coming from a Canon EOS 1 DLSR! But actually, over the last few months of using the EM-5 MkII in its un-gripped configuration, I have to say I've gotten used to using it that way, and I'm not sure I'll ever get a grip for it? Which is a huge change for me.

    ice29's experiences outlined above are also very good food for thought....
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  5. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    I have the ECG 2 grip on my EM5 ii
    It is very good - extremely sturdy to hold
    Will elaborate when I have more time - just going to work
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  6. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Yes, better ergonomics, though i don't find it too bad without a grip - and great with smaller lenses. It's with the larger ones (12-40 or 35-100 f2,8) I find myself wanting a little extra hold...