PDA

View Full Version : Who uses the HLD-4 on their E30?


Ross the fiddler
24th July 2010, 12:13 PM
Does the HLD-4 prove to be useful on the E30? Is it too big or just right for the job? Do you leave it on or does it rarely get used? Are there any faults with it other than not being much good with AA batteries?

I'm thinking of getting one & possibly a grey import, but some have reported a fault with theirs. I need to know what others think of the use & reliability of it. I don't want the OwnUser unit (or interested in it). Also what is the function of the lock switch near the shutter release button? I can't seem to find much info on it.

Hope I can get some comments on this.
Thanks.

StephenL
24th July 2010, 12:42 PM
I've tried grips till I was blue in the face! On my old Canon 5D, on my E-3, and on my E-30. And repeatedly I've sold them on. I appreciate the purpose behind them, to make it easier to take portrait-format shots, but in my view they make the camera clumsy and spoil the ethos of the neatness of Olympus cameras.

I think the switch you refer to is to temporarily disable the buttons on the grip for when you are in landscape mode, so they don't get triggered accidentally.

Wreckdiver
24th July 2010, 12:50 PM
I have one grip which I use regularly on the E-3 and the E-30. Just love it and wouldn't mind a second one, it lives mainly on the E-3.

The switch is as StephenL says.

Steve

iMac
24th July 2010, 12:57 PM
I have just recently added a HLD-4 on my E-30, and have used it now for about a month and I like it, I don't find it too big, it does add to the size but it's not anything bothering to me. It fits the E-30 nicely and I have not had any issues with the camera with it on and I have taken roughly 800 - 1000 shots since I bought it, it does help in portrait shots.

However if you do buy one I would also advise buying another charger so you can charge two batteries at the same time, the second battery I picked up was a third party battery from Lenmar which seems to be working fine.

snaarman
24th July 2010, 01:00 PM
Hmm. Grips...

I got one with my E620 new. I used it twice. Both times I felt like such a pro photographer. Great *yes

Then I took it off again and thought, aaah, that's so much better without it.

I guess they for some people, not for others :)

E-3
24th July 2010, 01:26 PM
Grips are a very personal thing, I have my grip permanently on my camera *yes, but I know others who would not use one for love nor money! :)

j.baker
24th July 2010, 02:45 PM
I have my grip on my E30 all of the time. I even picked one up for my E1 recently.

I did try the own-user grip on my E510, but sold it when I sold my spare.

I like grips. Plus the extra battery can help with focus speed and allow you to take more shots.

OlyPaul
24th July 2010, 06:41 PM
Rarely use the grip on my E-30 except for specific types of shoot.

Never take the grip of my E-620 as it adds little weight and improves the handling 100%.

stevednp3
24th July 2010, 07:32 PM
Whenever I do weddings or portraits, my grip is olways on and makes life a lot easier and you keep the camera more stable when in the portrait position, if you do a lot of portraits then its essential (well I think:D)

Barrie Norman
24th July 2010, 07:55 PM
I have the grip on my E30 all the time if you are using SWD lenses then the extra power from two batteries makes a difference.

Sharon
24th July 2010, 09:13 PM
Mine is on my E30 all the time. I'm a bit weedy :D but I don't find it too heavy.

Ross the fiddler
25th July 2010, 12:42 AM
Thanks for all the replies. I think I will go ahead & get it (as soon as I have the cash to not stretch my friendship with my wife) as I find portrait shooting with out it a little clumsy. Sounds like it should suit me well & will fit in my updated camera bag (from Lowepro Nova 3 AW to Nova 190 AW). I already have 2 chargers having the E520 as well. I did think of that point as being necessary.

Thanks.

ndl0071
25th July 2010, 06:47 AM
My grip is always on my E30 I find that it also adds stability when using a tripod especially for longer exposures.

garethlovering
25th July 2010, 04:51 PM
I also leave mine on my E30 all the time.

jalanb
26th July 2010, 11:58 AM
I got a grip for my 620 bcause it was so cheap through Jessops.

I find it makes the camera more balanced with the 70-300, and the extra power is useful for all that focusing.

The extra weight also makes the camera more stable when tripod mounted - I believe.

Alan

Ian
26th July 2010, 12:29 PM
Does the HLD-4 prove to be useful on the E30? Is it too big or just right for the job? Do you leave it on or does it rarely get used? Are there any faults with it other than not being much good with AA batteries?

I'm thinking of getting one & possibly a grey import, but some have reported a fault with theirs. I need to know what others think of the use & reliability of it. I don't want the OwnUser unit (or interested in it). Also what is the function of the lock switch near the shutter release button? I can't seem to find much info on it.

Hope I can get some comments on this.
Thanks.

All the time.

Ian

Ross the fiddler
26th July 2010, 10:25 PM
Thanks again everybody. Now I'm looking at sling straps that mount in the tripod socket to keep the straps out of the way & to relieve my neck of the weight.

Any thoughts on the straps. Sun Sniper any good, too expensive?

snaarman
27th July 2010, 07:04 AM
Being a cheapskate I made my own... I use this exclusively and it has been a big help in reducing neck ache..

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/strap4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21387)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/strap2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/21385)

Like the Ystrap it goes over the right shoulder and the camera hangs by your left hip. Suits me sir..

Pete

j.baker
27th July 2010, 07:50 AM
I have the sun sniper strap. its good, but not cheap and has a minor flaw. I will try to write a review in the next few days, although without the normal unboxing shots :)

Ross the fiddler
27th July 2010, 12:07 PM
I have just tried an old instrument case strap destroyed under the wheels of a cello case for a sling strap for my E30. The closed hook & strap tensioner are metal on a 1 1/2" web.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1006/P7279408xs.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1006/P7279411xs.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1006/P7279412xs.jpg

The hook connects through the butterfly wing on the screw in the Velbon tripod mount plate. It solves the issue of how to disconnect quickly to mount on the tripod. I connected the strap with the other good one to try it out & it works just great. I will probably buy new webbing & add elastic for the "shock absorber" & cover it with the formed padding (that I may make). My sewing skills (machine & hand) will not be wasted. Should be quicker than the last 2 kilts I made.:D

Thanks snaarman for the inspiration.

Now to get the HLD-4!:rolleyes:

Greytop
27th July 2010, 05:01 PM
Hi Ross,

I use and Optec strap http://optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=23&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=&CATEGORY_ID=4 on my E-30 and find pretty handy if I'm using a tripod. The main strap is easily detached using two robust quick release connectors.

On the subject of the grip, my E-30 is fitted with the HLD-4 99% of the time. I find it's a more balanced package that way, particularly with the 7-14 , 50-200 or Sigma 150 fitted.

Hope that helps :)

Ross the fiddler
27th July 2010, 11:40 PM
Hi Ross,

I use and Optec strap http://optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=23&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=&CATEGORY_ID=4 on my E-30 and find pretty handy if I'm using a tripod. The main strap is easily detached using two robust quick release connectors.

On the subject of the grip, my E-30 is fitted with the HLD-4 99% of the time. I find it's a more balanced package that way, particularly with the 7-14 , 50-200 or Sigma 150 fitted.

Hope that helps :)

Thanks, but I think I want to get away from using any strap that attaches at the top of the camera (apart from maybe a grip strap with the HLD-4) as I find it on gets in the way when using portrait position. Perhaps a connection to the bottom grip & the left could work, (a dog collar might be the answer:D) using a sling strap system as it will be more comfortable with the weight of the camera with flash etc. The Black Rapid system might be an option as the option I have shown above would very uncomfortable on a grip.

I am being convinced more & more to get the (HLD-4) grip.

Ross the fiddler
29th July 2010, 12:24 AM
I haven't got my HLD-4 yet, but I went & ordered a cheap sling strap *ohwell from Link Delight http://www.linkdelight.com/vmchk/Photography/Camera-Strap-Camera-Sling-For-DSLR-s-as-RS4/flypage.tpl.html
It was cheap enough to take the risk, but I will probably get one of the Black Rapid screws for use on the HLD-4.

I will post a new thread & give a comment on it after I have tried it.