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Old Mar 19, 2013, 9:14 PM   #31
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Blow the budget and get a Vanguard GH300T Pistol Grip ball head with a trigger release. Actually, you could go down to the 200T as it has most functionality of the 300. The 300 features a shutter release built into the trigger but the connector does not match the E-PL3 usb connection. Impressive bit of kit.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 9:34 AM   #32
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ugh well that was something I was hoping to avoid but oh well, can't have everything.

It's a shame that you can't recharge the batter using the camera, i.e. plug the USB cord into power and recharge the battery. That would solve this little issue and actually get me to use the USB for transfer as well, as it stands the card sits in the back of my gear cabinet and I transfer photos using a card reader.

Slight gravedig . . . just wondering how you were getting along with the new gear.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 3:12 PM   #33
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Slight gravedig . . . just wondering how you were getting along with the new gear.
so far so good. My initial impressions are that it is very light, very small and easy to use. With the tilt pan head attached and the quick release plate it is also very quickly deployed. The bubble level on the pan tilt head is a nice feature too.

Only thing I lament is the fact that the quick release plate covers the battery door which means no swapping batteries without taking off the plate. I am partial to the pan tilt head since it is a little bigger and doesn't require a coin or screwdriver to remove.

Next week I will be on vacation and will get a chance to really try it out.
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I use a Vanguard ballhead on my Manfrotto tripod and the E-M5 is the first micro body I have owned where I do not have to remove the plate to change batteries, a very good thing, indeed.
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Old Apr 18, 2013, 6:00 PM   #35
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....another reason for me to get n EM-5 or the next gen OM-D 'cuz my P3 battery door gets covered with the ballhead plate.

I really like the Vanguard SBH-100 ballhead on my SLIK 823 CF.
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Old Apr 19, 2013, 7:29 AM   #36
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yeah opening the battery door is such a PITA if you need to take off the quick plate.

I'd really like to see USB charging via USB, preferably microUSB. I have many microUSB cables and chargers which work interchangeably with all the cell phones in the house and also my Nexus 10 tablet. I have a back up backup battery with microUSB output for my phones. I can see carrying that instead of a spare battery if I could just recharge the one in the camera as needed that way.

Alternately an inductive charging grip for the OM-D would be nice, if I were a third party battery maker I'd make one as it gives you a real advantage over the Oly one.

Heard a rumor about a new Pen E-Px model that will have full Wi-Fi control which is kinda cool
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