View Full Version : PEN E-P3 MCG-2 Grip & Black Rapid SnapR 35

8th January 2012, 07:58 PM
One thing that disappointed me about the E-P3 was the standard grip. although it was functional (and considerably better then no grip at all) it never gave me confidence that I had a secure hold when carrying the camera. This, combined with my growing dislike for neck straps, led me to look for a better carrying solution.

This is what I have come up with; the MCG-2 detachable large grip from Olympus is not actually that large! Shown here with the standard grip and BLS-1 battery for comparison.

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However it is thicker and this thickness provides a surprisingly firm grip, both when taking pictures and when carrying the camera. I would go as far as saying it alters the whole feel of the camera for the better. I am now much more confidant of carrying the camera in one hand and not letting it slip from my grip.

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To go with this I also bought the Black Rapid SnapR 35 3 in 1 camera bag/strap. This combines a small bag, sling strap and hand strap.

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I won’t detail the functions of the bag as these are well shown on their website, however will say that it all works very well. The bag is a perfect fit for the the E-P3 with kit 14-42 II R fitted, sadly you have to remove the the VF-3 when stowing it bit it will fit inside the bag with the camera once removed. The two side pockets are not huge but i was able to fit the WCON-P01 Wide Angle Converter on one and the 17mm pancake lens and a spare battery in the other.

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I have added an additional attachment point to the righthand sling loop, fortunately the fastex buckles are compatible with the ones that Op Tech USA use and I had a spare Uni Loop connector. This allows me to still use the system if I have a QR adapter fitted to the tripod mount.

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The majority of the time I carry the camera in my hand with the wrist strap for security/peace of mind, and when I need my hands free I can simply click it off the wrist strap and onto the sling strap, and when not needed for any length of time it is simple to remove the VF-3 and stash the camera in the bag.

I hope this is of some use to any other m4/3rds users who are looking for a neat and practical carrying solution.

8th January 2012, 10:46 PM
Hi Jason,

I agree about the grip, changing to the "large" one was the first thing I did when I got my E-P3 and the difference in handling is fundemental.

That strap/bag combo is interesting and definitely worth a close look. Cheers. :)