The HLD-7 Battery Grip from Olympus is designed for use with the OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds digital camera. With one battery in the grip and another in the camera, you can capture approximately 680 shots per charge. The HLD-7 features a shutter release, two control dials and two function buttons for shooting vertically, in order to afford the same ease of operation you enjoy when shooting in horizontal position. Its dust- and splash-proof design also complements the weather resistant construction of the E-M1 for shooting in inclement conditions. Additionally, battery and grip sections are separated, and an optional Grip Strap GS-5 is available for added security. For long periods of continuous shooting, you can use the optional AC Adapter AC-3 to conserve battery power.
- Comfort and Control in Vertical Position
- Shutter Release
- Two Control Dials, Two Function Buttons
- Holds One Battery
Olympus HLD-7 Overview
Olympus HLD-7 Specs
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||4.7 x 1.9 x 1.6" / 11.9 x 4.8 x 4.0 cm|
|Weight||8.3 oz / 235.3 g|
|Package Weight||0.7 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.05 x 3.95 x 3.8"|
Olympus HLD-7 Reviews
Use it any way you want!
I don't usually get the vertical grips for my camera bodies, but I got this grip for my E-M1. This grip not only adds a vertical grip, but it also lengthens the built in grip. There are many helpful features on this grip. One of these is the weather sealing. There is even a gasket around the connector on the grip so that when you attach it, the electrical connection between the grip and the body is protected. Like most of these grips, you also have a small space where you can store the cover from the bottom of the body so you don't lose it. You can lock out the grip controls separately if you don't want to accidentally bump them and change settings. This grip also has a DC in port so that you can power your camera body from the mains. I believe this is the only official way to get your E-M1 to run off mains power. One of the best features of this grip is that all the functions of the grip are independent from each other. You can use all the controls and buttons on the grip without a battery installed in the grip itself or AC power connected to it. You can also use your camera body with no battery inside the body and one battery in the grip. Finally, if you can find the Olympus AC-3 adapter, you can use your camera body without any batteries installed in either the grip or body. I do wish there were some additional controls on the grip, but I think Olympus knew about this, since the grip for the E-M1 II and III has a full D-pad and other helpful controls. I do like that there are function buttons on the back of this grip. I set the top one to the same function as the Fn1 on my body and set the bottom one to depth of field preview (same as one of my front buttons) since I use that a lot. I use this a lot more than I originally thought I would, and it helps a lot especially for slow shutter speeds since my hands tend to shake. It also makes it so much easier when shooting vertically since I can change my settings such as shutter and aperture without moving my hands. Now I often leave it on the body when I'm not using an L-plate since it helps me a lot.
VERY MUCH NEEDED FOR THE OMD-EM1
Needed for the Em1 and my old glass. 5 stars
A handling plus
Although one of the primary benefits of mirrorless cameras such as the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is smaller size and less weight than many DSLRs, the smaller size can be a disadvantage if you have larger hands. In addition to the most obvious benefit of being able to take additional photos without the need for battery replacement or recharging, the battery grip also provides a more secure grip on the camera as well as duplicate controls for camera operation in portrait orientation. So, if you'd benefit from additional gripping surfaces, portrait controls, or battery capability the HLD-7 is a fine accessory for the already excellent E-M1 camera. For a long day of shooting, when your hands can sometimes cramp or get tired, I believe the extra weight and bulk is more than compensated for by the convenience and feeling of security it provides.
Get a Grip!
This is a welcome addition to the OM-D E-M1. It is well suited for your entire hand gripping the camera. The added battery power is an advantage when shooting all day. Because the OM-D E-M1 has a side fitting for the SD card, you do not need to remove the battery holder/grip to change SD cards. The OM-D E-M10 does not have this feature. On that camera you have to remove the grip to access the SD card. You do have to remove the grip to access the battery for the camera. I leave the grip on all the time. It restores a great balance to the camera when using certain lenses, plus, the tripod fitting is in the middle of the grip. You will not regret purchasing this item especially if you like to shoot vertically...all controls for the vertical position.
an essential piece for stability with grip, and increase pwr
during action sports like hockey, and for portraits. Great price for what you get. One con... you have to remove this unit to gain access to the battery in the camera - would be great to have the A/C Adapter for the OM-D actually charge the unit with the batteries in it, instead of having to remove the HLD-7 everytime you want to charge the camera battery! Other than that - great item... and yes, the extra (switchable) battery in this unit does help greatly extend the shooting time.
This expands the time of shooting without losing time and pictures changing batteries. It also makes pictures with the camera vertical easier and the controls and shutter release readily available.
My hands are medium sized so I find this grip to be a great help for both balance and vertical grip. Having the shutter and some control devices on the grip make it a seamless operation.
Great utility and flexibility
The biggest issue I have with mirrorless system cameras is the amount of power they consume. The HLD-7 grip doesn't solve that but it gives an extra battery and seemingly more than double the battery life. You also get duplicates of the two major control knobs and an additional trigger, all good things. When attached the grip is solid and easily attached or removed. I'm a fan.
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