Olympus came out with a grip for the Pen-F, as they have for many of their other cameras. I was a little upset they didn’t have the vertical camera controls like they do for my EM-5. This is something I use a lot when doing street photography.
The Olympus grip is good. It’s compact and gives me a better grip on the camera. They also included an Arca-Swiss compatible dovetail on the bottom. This works very nicely with my Really Right Stuff tripod head.
Then, I found out Really Right Stuff has an L-Plate for the Pen-F. How much different could it be? Well, I found out.
- it’s an L-Plate. I can put in on the tripod in either portrait or landscape. The L-Plate is far enough forward that I can still swing out the display.
- The dovetail runs the entire length of the plate. I didn’t even notice this on the Olympus plate, but the dovetail stops at the grip.
- The grip is larger and more sculpted.
- The RRS plate includes a place to store the hex key needed to remove the plate.
- The RRS plate includes a hole for a magpul quick disconnect, a cool, tactical strap mount.
Both plates give you full access to the battery compartment, although with my large fingers I find it difficult to get to the SD card.
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