OM-D E-M5: To grip, or not to grip?

Aug 17, 2008
Seattle, WA
I bought an E-M5 in January, and just sold off the last bits of my Nikon kit. I'm really enjoying this camera.

I was able to get the HLD-6 from my local camera shop on sale last weekend. (Turned out it's still cheaper at Amazon, but I like to support the local camera shop so they stay around.)

However… I'm torn about whether to keep it, or return it. My return window is closing fast.

It improves handling dramatically, at the expense of bulking up the camera a bit. It handles a lot more like the D80 it replaces with the grip on. Seems like this would be especially useful if I attach a speed light.

However, you've got to remove the thing to replace the battery. This alone may keep me from using it very often.

Those of you who have the grip — do you use it often? Is removing it to get at the battery a nuisance in practice? (Seems like it would be particularly, when shooting out in the field. If I know I'm going to be shooting tomorrow, I often pop out the battery to top it off. I might avoid doing that with the grip attached.)

Anyone used both the Olympus grip and the RRS grip, and can compare the two? (The latter offers access to the battery.)
May 6, 2005
I found the E-M5 uncomfortable in my hands without the grip, so bit the bullet and got one.
I always use the grip, but keep it more streamlined by not using the battery section.
It's pretty quick and easy to unscrew the grip and swap batteries, an extra 10-20 seconds at most.

If I had known about the Flipbac add-on grips, I might've gone that direction instead.
You can get all 4 of the grip models for $35 shipped, and then just use the one that fits best in your hand.
Mar 4, 2005
Los Angeles, USA
You can get one these $47 plastic grips that are made in the USA (with battery and card access):

Or you can get a well built metal grip from China for under $60 (with battery access but not SD card):
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Feb 25, 2010
Wolfe City, Texas
I'll second what Glenn wrote - the grip stays on my EM5 and only occasionally add the battery grip. I also find the shutter button on the grip in a better position than the one on the body. It' be great if the battery was accessible but I'm not going to by another one just for that.

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