OM-D owners - how do you grip your camera?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by pdk42, May 27, 2013.

  1. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I recently picked up a HLD-6 grip. I'm loving the "part 1" bit (the slim horizontal grip), but I'm finding it hard to justify the extra size and weight of the vertical grip and additional battery holder - as much as I love both these features.

    My wife though, who uses my camera from time to time, much prefers the OMD "au nature".

    So, I was wondering what the general consensus is and thought a poll would be fun...
  2. szanda

    szanda Mu-43 Regular

    I am using first part most of time, but when I am doing some paid documentary work, I use both parts, just for added battery.
  3. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    My HLD-6G is only removed to swap the battery. :biggrin:

    The HLD-6P is added when appropriate - with larger lenses for balance, if shooting predominantly portrait, when I want two batteries, etc. :thumbup:
  4. RuffDraft

    RuffDraft Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2013
    Just the first part of the grip mostly, but when I go travelling, I expect that I'll have both equipped with two batteries going.
  5. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Ungripped for me.
  6. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    I used mine gripless at first, then added a half-case, partly to get some extra thickness for my right hand. Then I saw a test of the JB grip, and the price was reasonable (I'm Scots!).

    Now I wonder how I did without it: it makes the camera much more comfortable - for me - and is always on.
  7. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    RRS L-plate with grip. I dislike the olympus grip.
  8. TheCount

    TheCount New to Mu-43

    Mar 26, 2013
    New York City
    I use both the horizontal grip and the battery grip more often than not. I have large hands, so I appreciate the extra grip surface. I also like using the battery in the grip over the in-camera grip since I don't have to take anything off to change that one.
  9. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    No option for 3rd party grips?
  10. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Depends on the lens.
    With a bigger lens, like the 75 f/1.8 I use the full grip.
    I don't use a camera strap, so the grip makes carrying the camera much more secure.
    I take the grip off when just using a pancake or one of the smaller lenses.
  11. cdmicha

    cdmicha Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    First of all, shouldn't "The Full Monty" be no grip at all (or nothing for that matter)? :wink:

    I either use the entire grip for better ergonomics (I take a lot of portrait orientation shots), or no grip at all for the size and weight (mainly when I travel).

    I'd say the full grip is on about 75% of the time though. I just love the way it feels.
  12. For as long as I can remember I've looped the right hand side of the neckstrap around my forefinger to provide extra security on both DSLRs and mirrorless compacts. The loop provides an extra anchor point to support the camera and means that a full grip (as provided by the HLD-6) becomes unnecessary with lighter mirrorless cameras. This works for both a forefinger or thumb trigger style grip as shown below

  13. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    No grip required. Gordy's strap works great for me as the security ribbon.

    Though I hardly bring out the super zoom nowadays.
  14. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    No grip for me. specially when carrying my camera daily or street shooting.

    BUT i do use my grip when travelling long or using "heavy" lenses such as the P12-35 or the P100-300
  15. Nordiquefan

    Nordiquefan Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    +1 for au naturel. I tried the Olympus grip in store and I think I prefer the OM-D without it.
    Curious about the RRS grip though.:confused:

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Mu-43 mobile app
  16. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    I got the J.B grip on mine.

    For 50 bux, its the BEST accessory you can buy for your OM-D.

    I must say, J.B is a nice guy too. I had a problem with the grip and he sent me a new one expedited, no questions asked. Didnt even ask for the original, he told me to "destroy it" :D
  17. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada

    No option for all of the above? I have two E-M5s, the one I go sans grip, and te other I swich between te landscape grip and te full grip, depending on my mood!
  18. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    For me it really depends on what I am doing. When hiking (=every extra weight is bad) I go grip less. Otherwise I always have the landscape part on for better handling. The battery part comes on whenever I want the additional battery part or expecting lots of portrait oriented shots.

    This flexibility is actually what I love about the E-M5. It can be as small and light like a Ponit'n'Shot (grip less + pancake) or can turn into a serious 'full size' thing (grip + bigger lens) when you need it.
  19. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    The HLD-6 offers a great choice and is very good value for money!

    I use the first part when I have my short lenses on and will be doing landscape / street work, I use the "Full monty" when fitting the 100 - 300 or doing portrait work, the additional controls on the battery part are superb and the balance is great with the 75 / 100-300 and full grip.
  20. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    I like the versatility and ergonomics of the Olympus grip; whether going grip-less, half or full grip as the situation requires. When shooting stand-up comedy some weeks back, the portrait grip was helpful for maintaining that orientation throughout hours of shooting. It avoided my elbow getting into another patron's space if I were using the camera without the grip. The landscape grip puts the shutter button forward where it normally is in many DSLR designs.
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