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Old 19th December 2007
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Question HLD-4 : Not the usual post

So, I get my free grip for my E-3 and happily mount it on the camera. It works, but has minor irritation that Fn button cannot be programmed to AFL so have to swap AFL and Fn which I don't want to do when using E-3 in landscape (rather than portrait) mode since I find the AFL button falls very easily to thumb whereas Fn is a bit too close the the shutter release position.

...... but this is irrelevant ..........

The point is I simply don't like grips. On all my film cameras (EOS 50D, EOS 3, EOS 1V, EOS 5) and most of my digital cameras (EOS 10D, 20D, 5D) I have had a grip which I have subsequently sold because I didn't use them. So why was I excited at getting my HLD-4 grip when I knew, really, that I wouldn't use it?

I simply find that shooting vertical (portrait mode) I prefer the hand over the top position to the upright use of the grip. Am I alone?
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Old 19th December 2007
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

I do for short shoots, its just too much hassle swapping shooting position. However if you are doing a lot portrait, its just so much more comfortable to use a grip. I guess its a question of shooting style. Or are you just contrary?
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Old 19th December 2007
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

I'm with the OP on this. I'd rather have a couple of extra batteries in my pocket than carry the weight and bulk of a grip. Mind you, I've never tried using one, so I 'might' just be converted if I tried! OTOH, at my age I only want to carry what I need to!

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Old 19th December 2007
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

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I'm with the OP on this. I'd rather have a couple of extra batteries in my pocket than carry the weight and bulk of a grip. Mind you, I've never tried using one, so I 'might' just be converted if I tried! OTOH, at my age I only want to carry what I need to!

Andrew
One very practical thing I have notice is that the extra height introduced by the grip gives a much more stable shooting position even in landscape format.

I have fitted mine and will not remove it for this reason alone.

Its like all things in life, we have our personal preferences.

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PeterD
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

It depends what I'm shooting, when hill walking I only carry the 14-54mm or now the 12-60mm and don't use a grip but when I'm using my 50-200mm and EC14 I find a grip improves the handling.
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

I'm a grip fan but mainly use it if I've got a long lens on or intend to do a lot of portrait shots. I think I'll get the new grip strap as the one from the E1 is too small for my hands.
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

I got a 2nd hand grip for the E1 and a free HLD-4 with the E-3, and I just find the camera too bulky & heavy with them fitted. Almost all of my photography involves walking around places so the weight and size is a major factor. They don't offer me any benefit over a couple of spare batteries in my pocket.
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Re: HLD-4 : Not the usual post

Not sure if the lenses focus faster with the grip, will do a test.
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