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UPS just pulled in and dropped off my Targus TGBG20D battery grip.
I figured this thing would be cheap looking and junky But to my surprise, its not!

It has a very nice feel to it and doesn't look "cheap" at all. Don't have my camera with me so I'll have to try the fitment out tonight but my first impressions are that it was money well spent!

Also, I bought from a place I have never heard of but their shipping was very fast.........
http://www.digitalfoto​club.com ...features.asp?id=964​701849external link

Just a quick *first impression* of the Targus battery grip.......

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Just got home and installed the Battery grip!

I can't believe I didn't do this sooner!!! This made the camera feel so much more balanced and comfortable in my hand.
It fits snug up to the bottom of the camera and works perfectly, none of the problems I've read about with the Opteka and early BG E2 grips with intermittent power problems!

I really thought this might make the camera feel heavy and awkward but it actually made the camera feel lighter in a sense..... With the 70-200mm lens on the camera, it always felt front heavy and was pulling my hand down.
NOW with the grip installed, its more balanced so there is not so much strain on my hand and seems like it will be easier to stay steady during a shot.

You can see in the pics that the texture is not as "course" as the camera body but its very close and no big deal really....The only thing is that I wish they would have textured the back some.

This is a very reasonably priced grip and I rate it an A for fit, finish and function!

IMAGE: http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/reeforbust/MISC/IMG_3928.jpg

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Tried to light the grip better with my little P&S....:lol:
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This little review was done because I could not find any info on the Targus grip so I figured I might help the next guy......:)

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i tried an aftermarket one for the 40d
im not sure if it was a targus or something else...

but the thing had to much play on the body for my liking

and how did you get the 70-200F4 to balance like that??? amazing!
haha

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SnlpeR wrote in post #4776028external link
and how did you get the 70-200F4 to balance like that??? amazing!
haha

:lol::lol::lol:...... I ran the strap over the edge and under some books to pull on it... I edited the strap out but not very good. :lol:

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i have the original Canon grip and it looks much better.
how much did this one cost?

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40D, 350D,BG-E3,EF-S 17-55 f/2.8,EF 70-200 f/4 L,EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6,580EX Speedlite,190XPROB,681​B,322RC2,804RC2,234RC,​5 batteries and 12GB of memory,Lowepro Stealth Reporter 650AW.

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amironsi wrote in post #4778710external link
i have the original Canon grip and it looks much better.
how much did this one cost?

Link at the top says $103.95

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i would get a used canon one. or add 20 or 30 US$ and get a new canon still for my 350D

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It's all about WHITE BALANCE.
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You can get this on Ebay for $65 but I wanted to get it from a company that I could work with if it was junk, so I spent a little more.

I like it and it works and feels perfect! Might not be "the Canon" but it does a good job.

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Reeforbust wrote in post #4779730external link
You can get this on Ebay for $65 but I wanted to get it from a company that I could work with if it was junk, so I spent a little more.

I like it and it works and feels perfect! Might not be "the Canon" but it does a good job.

how do you know which ones on ebay are the Targus brand?

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dekalbSTEEL wrote in post #4787358external link
how do you know which ones on ebay are the Targus brand?

Most say the brand... If not you can click "ask a question" and just ask them what brand it is...

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I found oneexternal link advertised as Targus, but it was $97 shipped. i don't think the $65 ones are this brand at all...

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dekalbSTEEL wrote in post #4788373external link
I found oneexternal link advertised as Targus, but it was $97 shipped. i don't think the $65 ones are this brand at all...

Hmmm... I emailed one of the cheap ones on Ebay. It was around $65 plus shipping and it was Targus?? It was about 2 weeks ago??
Let me look..........

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http://cgi.ebay.com:80 ...geName=ADME:X:RTQ:U​S:1123external link

This company says there product is the exact same thing as Targus from the same factory... just goes by another name?!?

Still waiting on a few more replies.....

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I recently purchased a non-OEM BG-E2 grip to put on my 20D. It is the well-known eBay seller "etefore" and this is the one ($80 shipped to my door in about 5 days) http://cgi.ebay.com ...2QQtcZphotoQQcmdZVi​ewItemexternal link

My old OEM BG-E2 that was on my 20D went on my new 40D, and so the 20D now has the new "etefore" grip.

The short of it is that I don't notice hardly any difference between the two, and I've been using the new grip quite a lot. The Canon OEM grip has the obvious Canon labeling on the front, and the battery tray inserts a little differently, but for all practical purposes, they are identical in function. In fact, I like the non-OEM better because the part where your last three fingers go (in vertical orientation) is much more "grippy and rubbery" than the Canon OEM one, which is more plasticky-feeling with little "grip" to it.

It's $80 well-worth spent IMO. There's my 1 cent review.

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the reason I asked is there is an asian sourced one for sale in the classifieds, but the seller hasn't tested it or let me know what brand it is.

Can anyone identify the box in this picture?

http://photography-on-the.net ...php?p=4475139&postc​ount=1

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