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Nivek
12th March 2008, 08:18 AM
Hello All.

Iím in a bit of a quandary here. I own an Olympus E-510 and various lenses.

I bought it last year and was really pleased until about two months after I purchased it the E-3 came on the scene which really vexed me because had I known I would have waited and bought that instead.

Anyway what has really gotten my goat is the fact that Olympus apparently have no plans to issue a battery grip for it which I and probably hundreds of others think is disgusting seeing as itís the second model in the range.

My question to everyone is. Does anyone know of another company who would make a battery grip for the Camera? I did contact Jenis at Focus and they told me that they were looking into making one in the future for it but they didnít have a date. And what is the best way to hassle Olympus to pull their finger out over this issue.

Kevin.

j.baker
12th March 2008, 08:27 AM
There is a company making grips for the E4x0 and the E510

They are Ownuser http://www.ownuser.com.tw/e_index.htm

There are several posts on this forum about it. Try searching for ownuser or grip

I own one of them.

Nivek
12th March 2008, 08:31 AM
Thanks John.

I havent really gone into the threads in the forum yet I have only just started to read them. I will be onto this company asap thanks again

kevin.

Nivek
12th March 2008, 08:36 AM
John does it use Olympus rechargeable batteries and are you happy with it, do you have any qualms?

Kevin.

Jim
12th March 2008, 09:07 AM
Why don't you look into selling the E-510 and get an E-3, you can still register for the free grip until the 31st March aswell.

I am sure you will have no problems selling the E-510 either here or on eBay.

blu-by-u
12th March 2008, 09:14 AM
Hi.

On the 3rd party grip, heard they are pretty well built and for the E-510, you have to plug the extra wire into the USB for full 1/2 press AF functions as well as the additional 2 pieces of BLM-1.

Sadly they do not have any for my E-330.

Ian
12th March 2008, 09:28 AM
John does it use Olympus rechargeable batteries and are you happy with it, do you have any qualms?

Kevin.

I understand the grip you refer to does use Olympus BLM-1 batteries. In fact using different battery clips you can use a variety of batteries, including AAs. I have had several positive reports about the grip. It connects via the E-510's USB port using a short cable and looks like it offers good functionality and features.

Ian

DTD
12th March 2008, 10:42 AM
I bought it last year and was really pleased until about two months after I purchased it the E-3 came on the scene which really vexed me because had I known I would have waited and bought that instead.

It's a pain when this happens, but the E3 was the worst kept secret/longest coming camera in the history of photography :)
I suppose the thing to remember is that
a) your E510 takes as good a picture today as when you bought it, and
b) the E520 will be along any minute.

Nivek
12th March 2008, 01:51 PM
It was an option Jim but I'm in the middle of building a photographic gallery in Eyemouth and its taking all my money at the moment but I will probably get the E-3 a bit later in the year or maybe even wait a while and see what happens in a few months time. I am however going to get the grip because the camera does feel a bit small in hand at times.

HughofBardfield
12th March 2008, 02:02 PM
You may be interested in this thread: http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1314

which links with this video:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3756689360175332242

Personally, I prefer the (relatively) small size of the camera on its own. However, I can see how it helps shooting portrait format. I'll see how I get on when I get the HLD2 for my E1 (sound of panting in anticipation...) before I buy an Ownuser.

As DTD says, not only will the E520 be along soon, but so, in all probability, will be the E4! E3 bargains will then be widely available...

mike_j
12th March 2008, 04:02 PM
I am sure you will have problems selling the E-510 either here or on eBay.

I hope this a typo!!

Jim
12th March 2008, 04:11 PM
cheers,

Fixed it.