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I bought a "L" grip and really like it but it has one big drawback so I am researching grips again. I would like to compile a list of grips that members have used, seen or heard about.

Would anyone like to start?
 

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Would anyone like to start?
HLD-6. Leave both parts on most of the time. Gives you great portrait and landscape grips in a package the height of an enthusiast-level DSLR. Plus, when needed, one or both parts can be taken off to reduce size (though, I rarely take both off.)
 

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HLD-6. Leave both parts on most of the time. Gives you great portrait and landscape grips in a package the height of an enthusiast-level DSLR. Plus, when needed, one or both parts can be taken off to reduce size (though, I rarely take both off.)
The Devil's Avocate says it adds too much bulk and rewires an additional device to QUICKLY attach to a tripod.

Who is next?
 

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I have the JB grip. It feels very natural, so much so that I don't usually use the wrist strap. Battery door still free, and tripod mount centred. IIRC, very reasonable price.
 

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I use the RRS l-plate and grip. Works great by my book and I have used it for around 18 months. No issues that I can complain about. It extends the grip just enough that my pinky finger is now not the grip instead of under the camera. I have used L-brackets over the years, and this gets a lot of use. Here it is with my 12mm on the E-M5:

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I have the J&B grip and while it makes a small improvement over no grip, I don't really like it. Out of the box it has lots of sharp, uncomfortable corners that I had to sand down. In use, with the grip, the shutter being on top and not out in front makes it not very comfortable for extended shooting. If I had to do it again I wouldn't buy the J&B grip.

I've gotten the HLD6 recently since prices have dropped(I got one on eBay used for $150), and the smaller section is a lot more comfortable than the J&B grip, the shutter/front dial being in the correct place makes a big difference and the grip size and shape is a lot more comfortable as well. With the 1st section of the grip, the handling is similar to my EM1, though the EM1 is still better. Needing to take the grip off to swap batteries is of course annoying.

I don't use 2nd part of the HLD6 much as it makes the camera too big for my liking.

Here are some more that I've seen:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Free-Shipping-HOSON-MA-1-TG-Russet-BK-GRIP-Set-for-Olympus-OMD-EM5-HLD6-/271344570877?pt=US_Camera_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3f2d6591fd

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-UN-Hand-Grip-for-Olympus-OMD-EM5-Made-in-Japan-UNX-9120-/221345000113?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item338930aab1

I've also seen an RRS knock off (without the machine-cutout to access the memory card) but can't find a link for it now.

Again I wouldn't really recommend any of these, I would suggest anyone in the market to find a used HLD6 for around $150 if you can.

On a related note I got the RSS BOEM1 B for my EM1 as a grip extension and I really like it, keeps my pinky from falling off the grip and barely adds any extra weight.
 

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For those with the RRS grip, do you have a picture of it on your EM-5 WITHOUT the grip section and just the RRS plate and L-plate?
 

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I have the JB grip. It feels very natural, so much so that I don't usually use the wrist strap. Battery door still free, and tripod mount centred. IIRC, very reasonable price.
I'm with BigTam on this. I have not used any other grip to compare it to, but I am very happy with the JB Designs grip. I've had two of them, and zero issues with sharp edges.
 

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Full RRS grip-plate. I do a lot of tripod work and find the L-plate invaluable. Grip is good, although having the more forward shutter, dial and buttons would be better.
 

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I have the J&B grip and while it makes a small improvement over no grip, I don't really like it. Out of the box it has lots of sharp, uncomfortable corners that I had to sand down. In use, with the grip, the shutter being on top and not out in front makes it not very comfortable for extended shooting. If I had to do it again I wouldn't buy the J&B grip.

I've gotten the HLD6 recently since prices have dropped(I got one on eBay used for ), and the smaller section is a lot more comfortable than the J&B grip, the shutter/front dial being in the correct place makes a big difference and the grip size and shape is a lot more comfortable as well. With the 1st section of the grip, the handling is similar to my EM1, though the EM1 is still better. Needing to take the grip off to swap batteries is of course annoying.

I don't use 2nd part of the HLD6 much as it makes the camera too big for my liking.

Here are some more that I've seen:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Free-Shipping-HOSON-MA-1-TG-Russet-BK-GRIP-Set-for-Olympus-OMD-EM5-HLD6-/271344570877?pt=US_Camera_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3f2d6591fd

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-UN-Hand-Grip-for-Olympus-OMD-EM5-Made-in-Japan-UNX-9120-/221345000113?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item338930aab1

I've also seen an RRS knock off (without the machine-cutout to access the memory card) but can't find a link for it now.

Again I wouldn't really recommend any of these, I would suggest anyone in the market to find a used HLD6 for around if you can.

On a related note I got the RSS BOEM1 B for my EM1 as a grip extension and I really like it, keeps my pinky from falling off the grip and barely adds any extra weight.
I agree with EarthQuake, i search for a used HLD-6..
 

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I had the Olympus HLD-6 grip and promptly sold it. It was a pain in the neck to have to remove it every time you have to change a battery. I have not removed the RRS grip/L-bracket since I put it on. It has convenient access to the battery and memory cards. I also find that with the way the grip is formed, my index finger is placed comfortably on the shutter. So no need for an extra shutter button or control dial.
 

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I have the J&B grip and while it makes a small improvement over no grip, I don't really like it. Out of the box it has lots of sharp, uncomfortable corners that I had to sand down. In use, with the grip, the shutter being on top and not out in front makes it not very comfortable for extended shooting. If I had to do it again I wouldn't buy the J&B grip.

I've gotten the HLD6 recently since prices have dropped(I got one on eBay used for $150), and the smaller section is a lot more comfortable than the J&B grip, the shutter/front dial being in the correct place makes a big difference and the grip size and shape is a lot more comfortable as well. With the 1st section of the grip, the handling is similar to my EM1, though the EM1 is still better. Needing to take the grip off to swap batteries is of course annoying.

I don't use 2nd part of the HLD6 much as it makes the camera too big for my liking.

Here are some more that I've seen:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Free-Shipping-HOSON-MA-1-TG-Russet-BK-GRIP-Set-for-Olympus-OMD-EM5-HLD6-/271344570877?pt=US_Camera_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3f2d6591fd



http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-UN-Hand-Grip-for-Olympus-OMD-EM5-Made-in-Japan-UNX-9120-/221345000113?pt=US_Lens_Adapters_Mounts_Tubes&hash=item338930aab1

I've also seen an RRS knock off (without the machine-cutout to access the memory card) but can't find a link for it now.

Again I wouldn't really recommend any of these, I would suggest anyone in the market to find a used HLD6 for around $150 if you can.

On a related note I got the RSS BOEM1 B for my EM1 as a grip extension and I really like it, keeps my pinky from falling off the grip and barely adds any extra weight.
Devil's Advocate says: I looked at the eBay grips and the J&B grip......not designed to be easily attached to a QR shoe or easily used in a vertical orientation......very short sighted.
 

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JoJo;578754...not designed to be easily attached to a QR shoe...[/QUOTE said:
I noticed the same thing when looking at grips for the E-M5; seems silly. I would have bought one right away otherwise, as it would double as a tripod plate. OTOH, the RRS does this, but at a much higher price :frown:
 

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I had the Olympus HLD-6 grip and promptly sold it. It was a pain in the neck to have to remove it every time you have to change a battery. I have not removed the RRS grip/L-bracket since I put it on. It has convenient access to the battery and memory cards. I also find that with the way the grip is formed, my index finger is placed comfortably on the shutter. So no need for an extra shutter button or control dial.
It depends a lot on usage. I don't change batteries while shooting that often, even when just using the first part. However, when I do, it literally takes less than 10 seconds to change the battery. The grip screws out and back in very easily. Obviously, I would have rather had them put a cutout in there, but I feel that the location of the grip's shutter release and front control wheel (which no other grip has) and the ability to add the third part for better control in portrait orientation far out way that minor inconvenience.

For a very long time, I just used the first piece, but I have recently gone to using both most of the time. With the 75/1.8, it makes an amazing combination. It actually solves the battery change issue, too, since I can just change out the grip battery, leaving the in-camera one as an emergency backup.
 

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