August 24, 2016 by Ron
Almost never leaves the camera.
I use the HLD-7 as it allows me to shoot all day and into the next on extended snowshoeing trips. It's easy to replace the battery in the holder on there rare time it's needed. An extra feature is that you can attach a external power adapter for longer shoots. Every year I take Halloween photos of graduates from an NICU (Neonatal ICU), taking 300-400 shots in an after noon. I've also used it with the external power adapter for long time lapse shoots at night in temperatures below the freezing point.
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December 20, 2015 by Jerry
Really Useful Battery Grip
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 ā€œAā€ aperture mode to ā€œSā€ 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.
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May 15, 2015 by Maureen
excellent addition to an excellent camera
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.
March 1, 2015 by Kenny
Great tool for wedding Photographers
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 29, 2014 by Kent
Excellent addition to E-M1
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!
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