Olympus HLD-8 Power Battery Holder for OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus HLD-8 Power Battery Holder for OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus HLD-8 Power Battery Holder for OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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Product Highlights

  • HLD-8G Hand Grip with Headphone Jack
  • HLD-6P Battery Holder for Extra BLN-1
  • Exclusively for OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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Olympus HLD-8 overview

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Benefit from a better hold and increased shooting time with your OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera, thanks to this HLD-8 Power Battery Holder from Olympus. This kit provides you with the HLD-8G L-shaped, ergonomic, external hand grip and the HLD-6P battery grip.

The HLD-8G features an alternate shutter release button and a headphone jack for audio playback, as well as contacts and a locking dial for secure connection to the camera. The HLD-6P accepts an extra BLN-1 battery. You can choose which battery to use first and the camera will start using the second one automatically once the first is drained. The HLD-6P also offers a vertical-shooting shutter release and a control dial, along with a function lever and two function buttons. These buttons can be programmed independently of those on the E-M5 Mk II. Additionally, a DC-IN jack on the HLD-6P accepts the AC-3 AC adapter to power the camera continuously for long-term use.

Both units are molded for a comfortable hold. These two grips can be used together with or without the optional GS-5 Grip Strap, and the HLD-6P can also be detached to allow you to use the hand grip alone. The two grips together and the HLD-8G alone are dust and splashproof to protect against the elements.

UPC: 050332189034
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Olympus HLD-8 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 7.9 oz / 223.9 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.984 x 3.701 x 3.701"

Olympus HLD-8 reviews

HLD-8 Power Battery Holder for OM-D E-M5 Mark II is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must have for E-M5II Pro: HLD-8G gives much better grip for the E-M5 mark II and feel like holding a DSLR, and good to avoid hitting the review button. The headphone jack is a plus for video shooter. HLD-6P holds an extra BLN-1 battery and with two extra buttons to be preset; optionally it's better way to customize your E-M5 II. Con: Olympus' QC issue: 1st shipment I've got was a DOA HLD-6P battery holder. It should be powered up your camera with only one BLN-1 battery in the HLD-6P battery holder. Thanks to B&H worry free exchange process. I only using one battery in the HLD-6P since I don't want extra weight and it's faster for exchanging the batteries.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great addition for the OM-D E-M5 Mk II After living with my E-M5 Mk II for a couple of weeks I was delighted to find this accessory. I love the small size and weight of the camera, but I have fairly large hands and found holding the camera a bit awkward, especially with larger lenses. The HLD-8G grip completely transforms the camera ergonomic by providing a much more comfortable grip, even making it very easy to hold in one hand even with a large lens attached. Not only that, but the additional shutter release button is in a much more natural position at least for someone like me who has spent a lot of time with DSLRs. Add the battery holder and even though it increases the size and weight, the entire camera/grip assembly is still considerably smaller and lighter than the Canon 7D that is my other camera. The portrait grip is extremely well built providing two control wheels and two additional function buttons. An example of how well thought out the grip is would be the switch with locks out the controls on the grip so you can't unintentionally operate the grip controls when you are shooting in landscape mode. If anything, the portrait grip is even more comfortable than the landscape grip, at least for my hand. Naturally the additional battery is most welcome as the mirrors camera does tend to go through batteries quickly. You can choose the order in which the batteries are used. I have mine set to use the battery in the grip first as it is simple to remove. About the only improvement I could wish for would be the ability to access the camera battery when using just the HLD-8G grip without the battery holder. As it is, you must remove the grip to change the camera battery. However, by replacing the battery in the battery grip (I have a total of three batteries) soon after it is exhausted, the battery in the camera will need to be changed infrequently. Not that removing the grip is difficult, it's just much easier to simply open the battery compartment. In summary I would highly recommend this top quality accessory to anyone with the OM-D E-M5 Mk II who desires a more comfortable grip, has long photo sessions or does a lot of portrait format shooting. Be aware that this grip is specific to the E-M5 Mk II. There is a similar product available for the E-M5.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must Have It's an absolute must have for the OMD em5ii. The body of the em5ii is so small that sometimes, it's hard to hold the camera when shooting but with this, it will feel more like an SLR camera. it's also make the camera more comfortable to hold.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enhances grip and extends battery life This product is very well made, feels solid, and greatly increases the ergonomics of the E-M5 II. One of the main reasons I bought the E-M5 II was for the small size, but there are times when you really do need to get a better grip, and also times when you need to have extended battery life. This product excels at both. I don't always use it, but when I do it works very well.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product The hand grip is a must, the battery holder is not necessary. When the battery is very low and put in to the battery holder, it will say no battery, but when you put the same battery inside the camera, it can still last for a little while.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product This adds the extra grip needed to hold this Olympus camera with a long lens steady for shooting without a tripod. And in addition cuts the time needed to change batteries in half.
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oly Quality For even better stability and extra power this grip is highly recommended. Solid build quality and ergonomics.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HLD-8 and HLD-8G With addition of HLD-8 and HLD-8G to Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, a camera can be held firmly with easeness like its flagship, E-M1, with extension of battery life.
Date published: 2015-12-16
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