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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November 26, 2014 by Tim
Drains Batteries (Update!)
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.
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