Get A Grip means "it seems like you've lost it, so go get it!!"
Before I start my rant I wanted to say "GET A GRIP Olympus Australia!!!"
In New Zealand, you have to go through Olympus Australia to order anything Olympus! And it take A LONG TIME!
My HLD-6 grip for the OM-D E-M5 took FIVE WEEKS to arrive! It is as bad, if not worst than getting my passport renewed at the Malaysian Embassy here! ;)
Why do I need extra grip and support for a most reviewed compact camera? Because this retro-centric super compact is just TOO BLEEDING SMALL for my huge palms!
As I thought, the HLD-6 is the answer!
According to Olympus...
The most remarkable thing about this supporting battery
grip is its innovative two-part design with two different types of grips
for landscape (HLD-6G) and portrait (HLD-6P) shots.
Attach to your
camera only the HLD-6G and the bigger landscape grip offers much more
Adding the lower HLD-6 part (the HLD-6P) also difficult portrait
shootings will be easy to handle with further dials and buttons.
The lower grip also includes an additional shutter release for greater comfort and speed when the camera is vertically upturned, and 2 additional dials and fn buttons for easy and fast adjustments are available in this position too.
Both parts are also ergonomically
designed for a firm natural grip, greatly improving the overall
stability of the camera in your hand and the button lock switch prevents
pushing any buttons unintentionally.
An additional battery (not
included) can also be slotted into the lower grip, extending overall
battery life for longer shooting times.
Now I am able to hold the small camera the way I like!
I have a feeling my HLD-6 grip actually make my camera holding more stable, so I took the E-M5/HLD-6 combo to Te Papa to find out.
Panasonic Lumix 7-14 ultra-wide zoom.
Famous Last Words...
If after reading this post and you yearn for a HLD-6, FORGET about ordering one from Oly Oz; get it on-line from an Australian reseller, much faster.
If you are going on an Asian holiday, better still; buy it oversea!
If you are like me who decided to leave the full grip attached to the camera, relocate your camera battery to the battery compartment in the bottom grip; this will allow you to remove your battery for charging without detaching and reattaching your grip if the battery is in camera.