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HLD-6 Value Bundle: HLD-6 Power Battery Holder with GS-4 Grip

SKU# V3281300U010-410

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Overview
This is for the HLD-6 Value Bundle which includes the HLD-6 Battery Holder and the GS-4 Grip. This is a great bundle for the same price as the HLD-6 alone. The HLD-6 is an optional dust- and splashproof battery holder and grip created especially for use with the Olympus E-M5. The device can be separated into two parts -- one tailored to shooting in landscape orientation and one that's ideal for portraits.

The landscape unit includes a built-in shutter button as well as a dial for locking the grip onto the bottom of the E-M5.

The portrait unit includes a molded grip for stable shooting while the camera is in the vertical (portrait) orientation, a built-in shutter button, two built-in function buttons that can be programmed independently of the function buttons on the E-M5 body, a DC-IN jack for continuous powered shooting (requires the optional AC-3 Power Adapter), and a compartment for storing an optional additional BLN-1 lithium-ion battery.

When shooting with the E-M5 and two batteries, you can choose which battery to use first; once it's drained, the camera will start using the second battery for uninterrupted shooting.

Dimensions (combined): 4.7 x 1.9 x 1.6 in. (119.2 x 48.9 x 41.4 mm)

Weight: 7.9 oz. (225 g)

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Customer Reviews of the HLD-6 Value Bundle: HLD-6 Power Battery Holder with GS-4 Grip

April 25, 2014

Carl

Nice, but combo is not that useful

I was really excited when Olympus had the HLD-6 and GS-4 combo on sale the other month. Here's my observation so far:

The HLD-6 is like how everybody describes it: high quality construction that greatly improves the handling of the E-M5. But--I'd still hesitate to buy it at full regular price, unless you use your camera constantly and/or routinely use long lenses or a large flash.

Most reviews have noted how Olympus thoughtfully provides an indentation to hold the rubber flap--that's good. But I'm just as worried about leaving the pins exposed once you take any part of the grip off: for that you'll need to hang onto the little plastic cap, which will probably get lost immediately. Speaking of the pins: they are *finicky*! I assembled both part of the grip and thought everything was secure. Then none of the dials on the grip worked! The secondary shutter buttons worked. I panicked, thinking I got a dud. Then I decided to unfastened/refasten the grip, and then the dials worked. I cannot understand how the pins didn't contact properly before!

As for the GS-4 grip: I was looking forward to using this, but it's not very well designed. In order to use it, you must have BOTH parts of the HLD-6 in place, plus one of the camera strap "D" rings in place. I've removed my "D" (actually they're triangular) rings and I don't often use the bottom half of the HLD-6. So it's a tremendous hassle to constantly thread/unthread the GS-4 from the ring. Olympus should have found a way to contain the GS-4 entirely within the HLD-6.

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