The HLD-8G Grip is a dustproof and splashproof grip that can be used alone when necessary. The HLD-8G is equipped with a headphone jack for recording movies while listening to recorded audio. This is for the grip only. This will mount only on the E-M5 Mark II. The HLD-6P battery holder (sold separately, or also sold as a kit) is the same as the HLD-6 for exclusive use with the OM-D E-M5.
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This grip really helps when using any of the Pro lenses. Improves handling significantly, almost to the level of the OMD EM-1. May seem a little confusing to get a 2nd shutter release and redundant thumbwheel, but it is right under your finger where it is supposed to be.
January 22, 2018 by Smiley
Handling is Better
The use of the grip does help the handling of the OM-D E-M5 II for those with larger hands.
October 26, 2017 by Torsten
Improves handling of OM-D E-M 5 II
Useful accessory to the OM-D E-M 5 II when you are using PRO Lenses. (e.g. the 12-40 2.8) and kind of must have whit the 40-150 2.8) - Must have also when you want to use a headphone jack as this i not at the camera. Smart storage for the cameras electrical contact rubber protector. You will need to remove the grip for changing the battery. I sometimes experience contact problems that the shutter release of the grip is not working.
With grip attached the camera top plate becomes a bit packed with the number of dial and the addition shutter release button