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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second 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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New mk2 battery grip

Hi, judging by the physical size and also with the extra switch, does the new grip hold 2 of the new batteries? I was watching a video where it was stated that it does indeed hold two batteries.
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

According to this Olympus product description page it holds one battery.

https://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/...d_9/index.html

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Re: New mk2 battery grip

Only one battery but that battery is twice as large as the old one (physically, at least).

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Re: New mk2 battery grip

Thanks people, I thought he was wrong!
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

Looks like Battery Grips make a Small Body into a large one -- why not just keep another in your pocket!
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

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Looks like Battery Grips make a Small Body into a large one -- why not just keep another in your pocket!
The grip improves the balance when using bigger lenses and of course when shooting in portrait mode.

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Re: New mk2 battery grip

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Looks like Battery Grips make a Small Body into a large one -- why not just keep another in your pocket!
For me the grip is essential as I have large hands ... using the E-M1 Mk1 without the grip feels very uncomfortable, even with standard lenses let alone long ones. A bit like being given toddler's cutlery to eat with

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Re: New mk2 battery grip

I do use longer lenses quite regularly between 300-500mm the grip is necessary to balance out the outfit. However with a combination price for the em1mk2 and grip costing circa 2200 I really am struggling as to whether, or more so when to get the combo? Think I will stick with the 7d2 for a while more. On another note I noticed my local LCE had the 300pro in stock if anyone wants one, so supplies are getting more plentiful.
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

I agree about the GRIP, and use one on my 5 Mkll, it's the extra Battery holder part that I was talking about.
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I agree about the GRIP, and use one on my 5 Mkll, it's the extra Battery holder part that I was talking about.
Unlike the two-piece grip/battery holder of the E-M5 (both mks 1 & 2 I think), the E-M1 mk 1 & 2 grips are one-piece items that include space for the battery so you don't have option of omitting it. I guess that's because the deeper grip that is standard on the E-M1 bodies obviates the need for a separate supplementary grip.

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Re: New mk2 battery grip

Unfortunately on two visits to two demos I still never saw let alone experience the grip. I wonder when the new twin flash for MACRO will be available to try, at this point in time I have not seen any photos of the main screen/switches. Maybe in the new year more will be on show/sale.
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

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Looks like Battery Grips make a Small Body into a large one -- why not just keep another in your pocket!
The 'grip' isn't just a 'grip' with another battery, but it is also for taking portrait oriented photos without that arm across the top (side). This HLD-9 not only includes a shutter release button, front & rear dials, Bfn1 & Bfn2 but also a 4 way pad which would make it even more useful than the HLD-7. If you've never used a battery, portrait grip before then maybe you might like to try one.

For those that just want more finger hold, the Arca Swiss base plate adds more grip area for the little finger & I've used one (affordable iShoot brand off ebay) on my E-M1 with nice results, but I prefer the HLD-7 for the included battery & portrait position use too.
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

I found that the HLD-7 to be too large & cumbersome and that it didn't improve my camera handling when the 40-150 + MC14 was attached. It is also unsuitable for use with an L-plate to attach to a tripod.

Given that the HLD-9 must be even larger - bigger battery, extra space for arrow pad, deeper hand grip, etc. - I wouldn't be using it, even if it came as a freebie.
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Re: New mk2 battery grip

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Unlike the two-piece grip/battery holder of the E-M5 (both mks 1 & 2 I think), the E-M1 mk 1 & 2 grips are one-piece items that include space for the battery so you don't have option of omitting it. I guess that's because the deeper grip that is standard on the E-M1 bodies obviates the need for a separate supplementary grip.

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Re: New mk2 battery grip

I've got small hands and have never used the grip on my EM1. I just feel it adds too much weight and is too bulky. If I use a long lens I'll steady it by holding the lens. The grip just makes it all unwieldy for me. Not much chance me moving to FF I guess
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