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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #1
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Angry OMG Do NOT Buy This Grip! Look What Happened!

I bought the Targus battery grip: http://www.adorama.com/TGVGRXTS.html...grip&item_no=1

I have had it for months now with great results. In fact I was the first one on the bottom of that page to give it a great review. After months of light to minimal use, it has failed on a LARGE SCALE!


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I had been noicing lately that the grip has been feeling a little loose on the camera. The thread wheel wouldn't tighten anymore, so I looked at it more closely to find it was coming apart. I had no warranty that I was aware of, and well, I took it apart to find that. All but 3 of the places that the hold the thing together with screws had broken. This wasn't one or two, it was 7 out of 10 places that had broken. I use my camera about 3 times a week, for very little. I have onely had both less than a year. This has failed big time. I can't believe this thing was that bad. I am also very gentle with my camera, so I can't see how this could happen other than manufacture defect.

So far I was able to Super glue it back together somewhat. I don't know how long it will last. I don't trust it for anything now. I guess I need to save for the Canon one. I wonder if the Canon one is this poorly constructed inside.
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: OMG Do NOT Buy This Grip! Look What Happened!

Huh, that looks bad!
To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of Targus grip.
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #3
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Default Re: OMG Do NOT Buy This Grip! Look What Happened!

Would you mind backing up a bit and take a picture of the whole thing?
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #4
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Sure, here it is:
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #5
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That is why I went with the Canon grip from the start! Mine has worked flawlessly
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #6
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Default Re: OMG Do NOT Buy This Grip! Look What Happened!

wow, looks like it had been dropped or something.
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #7
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one of my friends bought a Targus grip just a few weeks ago and it was Dead On Arrival
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Sounds like the Targus grip is a real winner!
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #9
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That looks surprisingly similar to the grip I have... *becomes paranoid*
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #10
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Try solvent cement (polypipe adhesive) as this will weld plastic parts not merely stick them. Unlucky dude .
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #11
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snap crackle pop.

you'll need abs cement it appears.
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Old 30th of April 2007 (Mon)   #12
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naah the canon one is a neat tough piece of kit, much tougher than the XT ever was. dont go cheap on the grip, i bought for 99 and sold it on for 75 a year later when i flogged my xt so it kept its value pretty well.
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That is why I went with the Canon grip from the start! Mine has worked flawlessly
I agree.
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That is why I went with the Canon grip from the start! Mine has worked flawlessly


My Opteka was flawless
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My Opteka was flawless
same. Although unfortunately after about 8 months of my incredibly rough use (i beat the crap out of my gear.) The battery tray holder thing is loose so I have to tape it. But that's what I get.
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