December 20, 2015
I got the HLD-7 battery grip for my E-M1 camera a couple of days ago. The grip really helps give you more control over your E-M1, especially when you have a large lens mounted, like the 40-150 mm f/2.8 Pro lens, or the ED-50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens. I use the GS-5 Grip Strap with the HLD-7, and the strap certainly improves the stability of the set-up.
Either of those lenses should be used with a tripod, to prevent fatigue, and maintain a steady shooting platform, but by using the HLD-7 grip with the GS-5 strap, I can carry the camera/lens and a monopod to become more mobile. Also when I shoot, I change from “A” aperture mode to “S” shutter priority mode.
I have not noticed any problem with battery drain yet, but I will get another battery just to be safe.
Love the balance and love the looks of the E-M1 with the HLD-7.
May 14, 2015
What a great addition to a great camera. This grip makes the camera so much easier to balance, especially when using E series 4/3 lenses (which I am addicted to). The grip doesn't add much weight, but doubles the battery life (I haven't had a problem with battery drainage like some other reviewers) and is an essential accessory for this camera as far as I'm concerned.
February 28, 2015
Must for wedding work. Two function buttons on the grip are great. We set ours for focus point select, and ISO select. Must have for the spare battery when working events.
December 28, 2014
Of my few, but significant complaints about the E-M1 are battery life and ergonomics (even though vastly improved over the E-M5). When the hld-7 is attached it transforms the E-M1 into a fantast handling camera and shoot all day without concern to battery life. Cheers to Olympus for addressing these issues inherent to the M43 system. Love my E-M1 and love it more with the battery grip attached. I'm an Olypus user for life!
November 26, 2014
When I first used the HLD-7 grip, it drained the batteries quickly while it sat on the shelf. I found a few others had the same experience and we compensated by only using the grip battery and leaving out when not in use. Now, it appears that the problem has been solved. I can leave both batteries in for several days without it running the camera down to nothing. Huge relief.
The grip itself is extremely useful. My pro work lives in big and fast FT glass and that grip just makes the older (but still incredible) lenses practical to use. You also gain programmable buttons for frequently used functions and a port for the AC adapter when you need to run the camera all day. Put it all together, and the E-M1 is a true transformer camera. Strip it down to just the body and standard MFT glass for when you need to travel. Bulk it up with the HLD-7 and FT glass and it looks like any other pro DSLR. My only wish (for 4 vs 5 stars) is that they had found a way to button another button at the other end. There are times when it's just easier to shoot by flipping the camera in the other vertical direction. My prior FT Oly had that on a third party grip and I really do miss that 2nd button.
October 19, 2014
I have the HLD-7 on both of my E-M1 bodies and they are great! Balances the camera and allows for shooting a complete sporting event without missing a shot. if you set the camera up using the PHB battery first then you can swap the battery out with out detaching the grip from the camera and never miss a shot. Neither of mine exhibit the battery draining issue. I leave them attached 100% of the time and have never had them drain my batteries, my cameras are always ready to go. A definite must have accessory for the E-M1.
August 12, 2014
The review that says "it drains both batteries unless disconnected" is absolutely wrong. I use this thing all the time, almost never detach, and it just does not do what that person says, so, don't let that review bother you... I'm not saying his isn't doing it but if it is there is a service issue.
July 27, 2014
The HLD-7 grip is a good value and helps make the body easier to use for vertical/portrait orientation. It is full featured and features solid construction. Perhaps the biggest advantage is the extra battery that it will take, doubling the amount of shooting possible. The camera switches automatically from the depleted battery to the fresh one. I have not experienced the issue the first reviewer has had. To me, this grip makes an already excellent camera, feel even more like it professional camera it is.
March 20, 2014
This grip is essential for four thirds glass and pretty valuable for doing portrait work. I use it constantly. But leave it attached to the body and it will drain both the grip and body battery within a day or so. Leave it off and the body battery will last for much longer. There is no off switch that will stop or limit this behavior. Somehow in the rush to get a great camera out, this helpful accessory was botched.
November 08, 2013
I bought the battery grip immediately since I have quite a few 4/3 lenses; it helps balance out the camera when using them. It's also a big help when using the intervalometer mode on the camera by supplying extra power when shooting hundreds of still photos. Definitely worth the $200!