Olympus OM-D: Get a better grip with the HLD-6 Battery Grip
Posted on 7 Jan ’13 by Earl Moore
Sometimes a plus can also be a minus. Those with full sized hands and previous experience with full sized D-SLR’s, may find when operating the Olympus OM-D it feels a bit small…lacking grip.
Now I’ve used my OM-D extensively and have never dropped it but I’m always aware the “grip” is not as good as with my full size camera. I found a workable solution to this issue in the Olympus HLD-6 Battery Grip.
This grip is designed in two parts, which I think was ingenious on the part of Olympus. The first part is an additional horizontal grip that provides a substantial hand hold and a duplicate shutter release button. The second part of the grip attaches to the first and provides the portrait grip with control wheels, plus two additional programmable buttons and the extra battery compartment.
You can use the horizontal grip alone which is what I do most of the time. It provides a much more comfortable in the hand feeling to the OM-D without adding much in size or weight. Note: This unit has to be removed to remove the battery from the OM-D body but that only takes a moment with the quick thumb wheel screw attachment Olympus uses.
When you want to shoot mainly portraits or need the extra battery capacity just spin on the second part which also attaches with a quick spin thumb wheel screw, same attachment design as the first part. You can remove both units from the camera without separating them by releasing the first units thumb wheel screw.
If interested, there’s a more in-depth review of this unit with informative photos here.