While I love the overall size reduction that newer mirrorless system cameras provide, certain cameras really sacrifice a functional grip, especially for larger hands more suited and accustomed to the larger, deeper DSLR style hand grips. With tiny buttons abound, touch sensitive screens and minimal real estate on the backs of these cameras to grip onto, I found myself looking for something to supplement my EM5’s “grip.” I was not going to pony up $300 for the accessory grip from Olympus because I don’t want the double battery/vertical grip portion, and while I could just use the add on grip on its own, the price is ridiculous to gain access to a simple grip (granted it did incorporate a second shutter button, but I already have one…). Enter the Really Right Stuff OMD EM5 grip plate combo. Read on for pics and a video showing how it fits the body of the OMD EM5…
I’m a fan of mechanically tooled gizmos and gadgets, especially when they combine function and fashion in a solid package. Really Right Stuff is known for quality tripods, heads, plates and the like and this accessory grip is certainly in line with their reputation for quality. While not cheap ($125 as shown), it is well less than half the price of the accessory battery grip from Olympus, is solid machined T-6 aluminum (described to me by a Really Right Stuff representative as “better than aircraft grade”) and functions as an RRS/Arca-Swiss style mounting plate for anyone using an AS or RRS quick release clamp on a tripod head. Seeing as I only wanted the grip portion of the $300 Olympus battery + grip combo, I’d say I’m thrilled with this option, and while I don’t use Arca-Swiss style release clamps on my heads, I may in the future and certainly don’t mind the compatibility. Here is a short video of the grip on the OMD EM5 and in hand:
In the hand, it feels solid, and offers a much better grip on the camera than the (non) grip that is built into the camera itself. It adds a little weight (9oz for the combo plate+grip) which many may not want if pure size and weight reduction is the goal with a camera like the OMD EM5, but I’ll say, the weight in the hand is less than it may seem (the EM5 is a solid camera in and of itself and this added weight compliments the pre-existing solidity to me) and I now feel like the addition of this grip has turned my OMD EM5 into a much more functional tool in that I can keep it in hand more comfortably for longer periods of time knowing I have a secure grip on the camera.
The grip shown is actually two parts. The base plate which matches the contours of the body exactly and provides an Arca-Swiss/Really Right Stuff style mounting plate (BOEM5 – Plate) as well as the attached finger grip (BOEM5-G) which are sold separately, and would need to be added to your cart if you wanted the grip itself as the grip will not mount without the plate. Together, the base plate and grip will run you $125, and you can buy an L-plate to mount the camera in portrait orientation for $60 on it’s own ($180 for the whole combo of the three components) but compared to $300 for those who may only want the grip portion of the Oly option, this is a huge savings. I purchased the plate and grip and it came already assembled, but is easy to either disassemble or reassemble if needed with the included allen wrenches. You can see the components and full combo at the RRS website here: ReallyRightStuff.com
I am very happy with this grip and would certainly suggest anyone interested in supplementing this camera with a functional, quality grip that also functions as a quick release plate for the AS/RRS style heads, to have a close look at it. Oh, I also forgot to mention that for those of us that do not use the Arca-Swiss style release plates, it has a 1/4 20 thread ON LENS AXIS for us to mount our quick release plates so that the lens is centered over the tripod mount! A nicely designed product, no doubt about it.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to try and answer them for you.
Thanks for the read and happy shooting,