Well, I had the HLD-6 grip and this gets to a personal thing. I thought it was annoying to use for the couple months I had it. I am MUCH happier with my RRS grip and do not miss the extra shutter button at all. With the RRS grip my index finger lines up with the camera's shutter button perfectly. I agree that will big lenses, for example the Panasonic 100-300, the vertical grip was nice. However, that made everything more bulky. On top of that, there were no good options for L-brackets to go onto the HLD-6, and to me that was such a limitation for landscape work that the HLD-6 was sold. I think it depends a lot on how one uses the camera, and what for. At least there are several options so everyone can figure out what works for them.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.
Absolutely!Well, I had the HLD-6 grip and this gets to a personal thing ... At least there are several options so everyone can figure out what works for them.
It really isn't that big ...I don't believe in the devil's advocate.
I use both parts of the HLD-6 grip and have not taken them off except once in a while to cycle the camera batt. Usually just replace the grip batt. Couldn't stand the OMD-5 until I bought the grip.
Check the buy and sell here and over at Fred Miranda. There have been some for sale as people are selling their EM5's to buy EM1's.Well guys, it seems there are only a few choices. RRS is the ONLY grip that covers all the bases so that is where I am going. If anyone has seen a RRS clone I would like to look at it. RRS has great quality but GAWWWD they are expensive.