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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Naive HLD-7 Question

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What does the "Vertical operation lock knob" do?

More generally - what are users' feelings about using this grip? It clearly has some ergonomic benefits and of course provides for a second battery, but it does seem to increase the physical size of the camera such that one of its major benefits i.e. physical size and weight are lost.
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Re: Naive HLD-7 Question

It locks the grip buttons from working, so you don't accidentally operate them if in landscape mode.

Personally I never got on with grips, for the same reasons you are voicing. But some people like to look like a pro ... (and it does help balance with large lenses).
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Re: Naive HLD-7 Question

When the lock is on, you cannot accidentally or otherwise use the HLD-7 controls. I have this grip, but never use it. I find grips a bit cumbersome and unbalance the camera, even though I have fairly large hands.
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Re: Naive HLD-7 Question

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When the lock is on, you cannot accidentally or otherwise use the HLD-7 controls. I have this grip, but never use it. I find grips a bit cumbersome and unbalance the camera, even though I have fairly large hands.
At least they got the 'lock' function to work properly on the HLD-7, unlike the HLD-6 for the E-M5 (& HLD-4 on the E30) where if the grip's shutter button was fully pressed when 'locked' & (at the same time) with just a touch from the camera's button it would cause the shutter to fire. That is not supposed to happen!
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