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

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

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.

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
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

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Will the HLD-8 support the AC-5 AC Adaptor?

Will the HLD-8 support the AC-5 AC Adaptor?
Asked by: Kim
The AC-5 is dedicated to the HLD-9. It is not for use on the HLD-8
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2019-05-23

Does the grip come with an included battery or ...

Does the grip come with an included battery or must an additional battery be purchased separately?
Asked by: Toby
No, the Grip does not come with Olympus BLN-1. It must be purchased separately . I have posted a link below
Answered by: Khalid
Date published: 2019-04-30


Does anyone know if there is an arca swiss type tripod plate that can be successfully used with this battery grip? Thank you.
Asked by: Anonymous
I have no idea as I have not used .
Answered by: KIRIT P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Is it fit the Olympus 10 mark II?
Asked by: Anonymous
I am sorry to say, I do not know.
Answered by: douglas o.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Thanks James, Jeff & Ted; I asked because why I cannot get my HLD-6P operate since got it Friday and couldn't figure it out what's wrong beside thinking I got a defective unit?I've tried follow already:Put HLD-8G + HLD-6P together (followed the instructions' way) and install into my E-M5II while the camera is turned-off, both camera and HLD-6P have fully charged battery. Turned on the E-M5II as M mode and with the Vertical shooting lock pointed at the dot ( . ) on the HLD-6P. Already set the functions for the B-Fn buttons and the Dial functions, but I ONLY able to get the HLD-8G Shutter button and it's front dial operated. The two buttons and all dials of HLD-6P were not working at all.I also tried only put the battery on the HLD-6P and took the body's battery out and tried if it works but no luck.Compare to my D7000 and D750 OEM Nikon battery grips were ez plug-n-play with; E-M5II is my 1st mirrorless and I try to get some users' help before I call to Olympus or B&H on Monday.... I hate doing RMA/exchanges..... thanks everyone reply and keep me post.
Asked by: Ka Po Leo L.
there is a lock switch on the back of the battery grip that disables all the buttons on it including the shutter. I usually keep it locked unless I need it. I discovered that I was taking a lot of pictures of my feet and the ground
Answered by: Roger B.
Date published: 2018-08-26


After getting this awesome grip, I suddenly began having an issue - the camera would sound like it's constantly attempting to snap a picture about once or twice every second. At first, I thought it was my lens, even though brand new, but then switched and noticed it doing this with every lens. If I took the lens off while hearing the 'clicking' noise and look at the camera you can see the shutter doors quickly pop in and out but are not closing all the way. I've had this happen for longer than 30 seconds - during this time I am unable to view anything, the screen is black, and when it stops I get ready to shoot and it does it all over and over. It wasn't until I removed the lower half of the grip (for vertical shooting) that instantly resolves this issue. I have shot for a couple days without this added grip and everything works perfectly - so, I tried adding the grip and it began happening again. I'm unsure if there is a defect which thinks I am constantly trying to snap a picture or some electronic short causing this issue to happen. Has anyone ever heard of such an issue? I know it sounds bizarre but I'm fairly confident it is an issue with just the bottom grip only (with extra battery compartment). I have the regular 8G hand grip in use and have not had to take it off due to any similar issues. I hope someone has heard of this so I don't feel like I am crazy. Also, I read that you can tell it what battery to use - is this true? I haven't figured it out. Lastly, what is the lock switch for? I thought it was to lock the grip in place but I am still able to unlock / spin the unlock wheel to take it apart. Thanks for any and all help.
Asked by: Jeff N.
There is a switch on it. Turn it off and try again ;)
Answered by: Colin J.
Date published: 2018-08-26


How to get the HLD-6P battery holder operate? Plug-n-Play like Nikon's? Can it operate without put in the BLN-1 battery?
Asked by: Ka Po Leo L.
It can operate without a battery, I just removed the battery and tested this for you. Also, on the E-M5II, you can choose which battery gets used first when the grip is attached, so it will continue to operate until the battery in the camera is exhausted.
Answered by: Ryan E.
Date published: 2018-08-26


When will this item be released?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Hld-8 has been released. I am waging for the camera to attach it to.
Answered by: David L.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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