Olympus OM-D E-M5 really cheap grip.

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juansalva
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 really cheap grip.
Mar 7, 2013

Hello everyone! I am new to posting in forums. Like many of you, I too have been searching for an inexpensive grip to compensate the lack of it on the OM-D. Recently I came across with what I think is a really cheap, non-bulk-and-light solution, and I want to share it with the community.

I find outrageous the price that Olympus charges for the HLD-6 grip, and let's not go into the matter selling the hoods separately from their lenses while having to pay rape prices for the hoods. Oh well, that is the subject for another forum.

Disclaimer: I have no commercial or otherwise relationship with the company which makes the product that I am writing about. I purchased the product myself for around $13 including shipping. I am not recommending it, I am simply sharing my findings.

Check out the different grips made by a company called Flipbac (www.flipbac.com), among them there is one that was recently released called G3 - Flipbac Camera Grip 3 - Narrow 2nd Edition, the way to tell between versions is that the newer Narrow 2nd Edition doesn't have the model number molded onto the grip itself. Its dimensions are 38mm in height by 19mm in width and around 7mm in thickness..

I have been using the camera with the grip for few days, and handling the camera is way better.

The only time it feels a bit cramped between the lens and the fingers is in those rare occasions when I am hand holding the Panasonic 100-400 with a tripod clamp attached. Other than that, the grip is comfortable with other lenses I use.

Please keep in mind that depending on the size of the fingers, this solution may not work for all of you OM-D owners. As with anything, let me add, not everyone will like it for one reason or another. Again, everyone is entitled to their opinions. I have no doubt that the approach to a grip presented by Mr. John Milich is much better, I'll soon probably purchase one. For now while on a tight budget, this works and doesn't add a lot of weight or size to the camera.

Cheers!

Flipbac Camera Grip 3 - Narrow 2nd Edition

I placed the grip 8mm from the edge of the top of the camera's grip

VIEW FROM BOTTOM OF CAMERA

Side view

Two fingers rest easily on the grip



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In reply to juansalva, Mar 7, 2013

It does look like a viable solution for many people depending on the way it is fastened to the body...  glue?

Thanks for sharing!

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Hey, that`s pretty cool never thought of glue

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In reply to Alumna Gorp, Mar 8, 2013

From the manufacturer's web site:

The no-mess 3M adhesive has a strong, secure hold but also allows the grip to be removed without leaving residue or damaging the camera body. After removing the grip, cover the adhesive with the original backing material for storage so that you can reattach the grip.

http://www.flipbac.com/camera-grip-about.htm

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For a cheap solution, it looks good.


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In reply to juansalva, Mar 8, 2013

Richard Franiac has been making this style grip for countless cameras and he's often featured on various forums (to which he makes camera grips for).  This company featured here is certainly taking his idea and running with it (I wonder if Richard has a patent on his designs, or....if, in fact, this is Richard's company under a different heading).

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In reply to juansalva, Mar 9, 2013

Holding the OMD EM5 isn't a problem for me, but I thought I would try a stick-on grip for my EPM1 and another bar-of-soap camera I own. We'll see,

These don't look like Franiac knock-offs to me. Just molded rubber/silicon in a different shape, with adhesive.

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Ben Herrmann wrote:

Richard Franiac has been making this style grip for countless cameras and he's often featured on various forums (to which he makes camera grips for). This company featured here is certainly taking his idea and running with it (I wonder if Richard has a patent on his designs, or....if, in fact, this is Richard's company under a different heading).

They have been producing these grips for years and I purchased a three item-set for my E-PL3 to years ago to test which one would suit me best. Buit i never would have come to the idea to use them for the E-M5 too as I hadn't believed they would stick on its material. Interesting indeed.

And these grips are made of rubber while Richard's are metal.

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Are you Richards best buddy?

Richard copied OEM grips that were on previous cameras. Richard makes fine custom machined aluminum grips for US$40 plus shipping. Flipbac makes high density silicon grips for $10.  This is the same silicon material that Nikon and Canon use on their cameras.

The flipbac grips work "as well " with $30 still in my pocket.

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I am baffled with this grip situation. China comes out with cheap grips for every nikon and canon available, even came out with some Olympus clones. And now, one of the better sellers of M4/3 systems out there and no grips ??

Hard to believe. Bummer.

Whoever comes out with a true clone grip from China, I believe will make a bundle of money. It would be great to have a vertical button, built in remote control, etc.

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Two fingers rest easily on the grip

Looks like you need to be double jointed to use that contraption. Who holds a camera like that?

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PAUL TILL wrote:


Two fingers rest easily on the grip

Looks like you need to be double jointed to use that contraption. Who holds a camera like that?

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Those fingers are two close to the lens barrel.

I think the JB Design grip is much much better as a cheap grip.  If you can afford the E-M5, you should be able to afford this $46 grip.  Much more comfortable.  The edges are slightly sharp, but 15 minutes of work using a very fine file or sandpaper will fix them.

Soon, there should be some cheaper version similar to the JB one, but much cheaper, made in China.

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Aleo Veuliah wrote:

For a cheap solution, it looks good.


It looks tacky to me.  I just purchased the actual grip and now my OMD feels amazing.

I see Olympus had $50 off through April 20th.  Forget the stick-on and get the real thing.

https://www.getolympus.com/us/en/featured_weekly_deals/?utm_source=web&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=redirect_offers

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