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Review of the Fotodiox grip for the E-M10

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by GBarrington, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Below is the same review I left on Amazon:

    I am always surprised by the tiny size of gear manufactured for m43s cameras. I don't know why, I know full well just how tiny the E-M10 is; it's just that catalogue photos always make things seem bigger somehow. The photos give them more "presence".

    The Fotodiox pro grip for the E-M10 is no different. When I opened the box, I was surprised at just how small it is. It fits my camera like a glove. The claim that the user has easy access to the battery and media card port is true. But the A/V - HDMI port on the right side is also available with the grip attached. I'm sure it adds an ounce or two to the total weight of the camera body, but it is not even noticeable to me.

    The base plate portion of the grip assembly is designed so that the articulated view screen can move without restriction, and the base plate sits flat when attached to the camera. No "wobblies" here.[/COLOR]

    The attachment screw uses the tripod mount socket that is placed right behind the lens, so another tripod mount is provided offset to the left. This won't cause any significant problems for most people; but if you like to do a lot of stitching to make panoramas, it is easier to get photos to match up if the tripod pivot point is directly behind the lens. So for lovers of the panorama photos might want to remove the grip when doing them.

    But the big question is, does it make the camera easier to hold? And the answer is yes, particularly when I have attached my favorite Legacy lens, the Olympus/Zuiko 14-54 Mk I originally designed for the 4/3s DSLR cameras. Those tele-centric lenses are a tad bit bigger and heavier than native m43s lenses and it makes using those lenses much easier to use. I'm not certain that the smaller m43s kit lens will benefit all that much from a grip like this. It is small enough and light enough that camera movement from a too heavy lens making the assembly out of balance is not much of an issue.

    I kind of wish the actual grip part was a tad bit more . . . bulbous, it would be an even more comfortable grip. But the size of the camera body itself might work against this, and would certainly be a bit uglier to boot. (gotta be pretty, if you want to sell a lot of them! LOL!) I think a bigger, fatter grip would either cause the grip to be so close to the lens that there wouldn't much room for your fingers between the lens and grip, or, the grip would be expanded around the right side, perhaps blocking access to the A/V - HDMI ports. On the whole though, I find the current design an acceptable compromise between comfort and usability.

    I can't compare it to the Olympus brand grip, I've never used it. But I think I like the Fotodiox well enough that I have no curiosity about the Oly grip. As I write this, the Fotodiox is cheaper too. It's hard to argue about a product that is well designed and cheaper.
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  2. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Somehow the font color got hosed. Can't read it well.

    Fixed for you.
  3. charcoalblack

    charcoalblack Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 26, 2012
    would like to see some pics attached to the camera please.
  4. tm3

    tm3 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 17, 2011
  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Legend

    Mar 21, 2014
    Looks like a big improvement over the Olympus version, simply because you have access to the battery and card without removing. And cheaper, to boot!

    Thanks for the review.

    Tricky question that you may not be able to answer - how would you compare the E-M10 + grip to the ergonomics of the GX7, if you've ever had a chance to use that? The grip on my GX1 is definitely too small for when I use larger lenses, but the GX7 feels pretty secure by comparison.
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