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L-Plate for Olympus E-M10

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by LucDeSchepper, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. LucDeSchepper

    LucDeSchepper Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 8, 2014
    Netherlands
    Luc de Schepper
    I'd like to share my experience with a L-Plate I bought for my E-M10.

    I wanted the L-Plate for two reasons; to improve the grip with large(r) lenses and to mount the camera more easily on a tripod.
    I bought the L-Plate on eBay, more info on the seller and item with the link below.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Quick-Release-L-Plate-Camera-Bracket-Hand-Grip-For-Olympus-OMD-E-M10-EM10-Arca/281489910002?_trksid=p3693.c100102.m2452&_trkparms=ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140212121249%26meid%3D67000d0eb5104f4c8a06d976d816fe86%26pid%3D100102%26

    I also have the original ECG-1 Olympus grip for the E-M10, that one is very nice, compact and light. The L-Plate is much heavier but provides a far better grip with larger and heavier lenses. Beware though the metal feels very cold in low temperatures.

    The L-Plate consists of three parts. Base plate, vertical tripod mount and handgrip. The vertical tripod mount and handgrip can be unscrewed from the base plate.
    The base plate and vertical tripod mount are Arca Swiss compatible for easy mounting on a compatible tripod clamp.

    I've tried the combo with a Nikkor 180mm f2.8 which is about the size and weight of the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8. With the L-Plate the handling and stability is much improved. With the 12-40mm f2.8 it's also very nice and balanced. With lighter lenses I prefer the ECG-1 grip, or no grip at all.

    Since I don't have a tripod I can't comment (yet) on how the L-Plate fares with tripod use.

    I hope this post is useful to others, feel free to ask any questions.

    Some images how it looks on the E-M10 (yes, that's a Lumix strap on my E-M10 ...)

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  2. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 25, 2014
    Switzerland
    Matt
    Very interesting, thanks for the information! In fact, I was thinking about using the Nikon 180mm as well, so this might come in handy if the ECG-1 proves insufficient (apart from having an L-bracket - that's always useful).

    M.
     
  3. LucDeSchepper

    LucDeSchepper Mu-43 Veteran

    207
    Aug 8, 2014
    Netherlands
    Luc de Schepper
    You're welcome. I've experienced the L-Plate makes handling and focusing the 180mm (great lens) easier. I'm planning to get the 40-150mm f2.8 so this was kind of a test :)
     
  4. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 Top Veteran

    614
    Feb 23, 2014
    France
    I'm looking for an L-plate for my E-M10.
    I'm not a very big fan of the grip part of all the non expensive L-plates available for the E-M10.

    There's also RRS L-plate, which is expensive with no grip.

    Is there anything that would be reasonabilty priced and with a smaller grip or no grip at all.