And here's another surprise revealed, see that lovely Sigma up there? I finally gave up and pushed the button on the Sigma 60 f/2.8 sharpness micro monster. It is every bit as fantastic as I imagined it'd be, best $209 lens ever for MFT, and I haven't even used it that much. It is cheaper than any lens I have, except for the $100 40-150R. But that's not what I want to discuss today, I'll leave the Sigma for another day when I have more pictures to show to you.
The E-PL5 is a tiny MFT camera, and I can't even imagine how small an E-PM2 or GM1 would feel like. And with small, comes some compromises, like a tiny grip that is not enough to handle a lens as small as the Panaleica 25 1.4. So even before I received the camera, I have ordered a larger grip. Hit the jump to learn more.
Turns out Olympus supports interchangeable grips for the E-P3 and E-PL5 cameras via a small screw, and it takes 15 seconds to change grips. The grip that comes with the camera is called MCG-4, it gives it a nice look with its texture, but it is not comfortable to use at all.
|Stock MCG-4 grip, notice that screw on the left? I used a coin to remove the grip.|
The one I bought is called MCG-2, it is OEM and is much larger and comfortable to use, and best of all, it doesn't add any bulk to the camera. Below is a series of pictures showing you both grips as I installed the new one.
|Left: larger grip|
|No nice texture, but it functions very well|
|Final result, it doesn't look stock, especially that it almost touched the Olympus logo from the bottom|
|And here's the original one again for comparison|
And if you feel particulary festive, you can buy colored grips with brown stripes, grey dots or grey checked from Olympus.