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EOS ­ MAN1
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I bought the Targus battery grip: http://www.adorama.com ...bel%20XT%20grip&ite​m_no=1external link

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!


Look at the pics:

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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.

Post #1, Apr 30, 2007 15:00:04


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Huh, that looks bad!
To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of Targus grip.

Post #2, Apr 30, 2007 15:10:31


What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

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Would you mind backing up a bit and take a picture of the whole thing?

Post #3, Apr 30, 2007 15:11:17


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Sure, here it is:

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Post #4, Apr 30, 2007 15:17:25


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That is why I went with the Canon grip from the start! Mine has worked flawlessly :D

Post #5, Apr 30, 2007 15:23:11


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wow, looks like it had been dropped or something.

Post #6, Apr 30, 2007 15:25:35


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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!

Post #8, Apr 30, 2007 15:36:45


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That looks surprisingly similar to the grip I have... *becomes paranoid* :|

Post #9, Apr 30, 2007 15:37:14


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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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snap crackle pop.

you'll need abs cement it appears.

Post #11, Apr 30, 2007 15:50:58


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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.

Post #12, Apr 30, 2007 15:57:16


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ErikM wrote in post #3129773external link
That is why I went with the Canon grip from the start! Mine has worked flawlessly :D

I agree.

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ErikM wrote in post #3129773external link
That is why I went with the Canon grip from the start! Mine has worked flawlessly :D



My Opteka was flawless ;)

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angryhampster wrote in post #3130370external link
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.

Post #15, Apr 30, 2007 17:22:37


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