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Old 2nd of August 2007 (Thu)   #1
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Default Generic Ebay Grips

Anybody have some of the generitc ebay grips you can get for like $30-40? I don't see the need to really spend hundreds on the "official" canon one, but I wanted to check?
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http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...ric+Ebay+Grips
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I bought one a couple of weeks ago, its a XYTM unit and it feels very solid indeed. 39 delivered. from seller 'etefore'
That's half price compared to uk discount sellers for the OE Grip.
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I have the Opteka. It was about $70 and totally worth it. Survived a nice drop (along w/ my new 300 f/4 IS!) and came out fine. I will buy another one in a second when I get my second body.
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I've been looking for this thread! It's defenitely why I shelled out the cash for the Canon grip. I'm sure it's one of those rare occurances, but I'd rather not tempt faith.
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Hey, thats my thread. Don't make the mistake of going cheap on that item. I have to start all over because of it. I am lucky the grip didn't just rip apart and send my camera to the ground. Get a Canon grip.
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Default Re: Generic Ebay Grips

I was in on that linked thread spoken about here in this thread. I too had the Targus grip and just like Bernard, my grip imploded the same way. Because I am on a very finite budget I replaced my Targus grip with the Opteka grip instead of the Canon grip. So far to date I am very pleased with it. I certainly hope I am not tempting fate *knocking on wood right now* by saying this but I feel it's worth mentioning as a previous owner of the Targus and a current owner of the Opteka. The Canon grip speaks for itself because it carries the Canon name but the others sometimes need a little support behind them.

My suggestion is if you can afford the Canon grip then by all means go that route. If finances are limited or the budget is very tight then the Opteka grip is recommended with a glowing review.
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I like my opteka grip, but next time I'm getting the Canon. I have had some issues, but nothing to complain about for the price. But the canon one will b e sure to run perfectly.
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But the canon one will b e sure to run perfectly.
How can you make such a blanket statement? Sure the Canon one has a greater reputation but I'm sure there are people out there who will challenge your statement of it running perfectly! I've learned there aren't too many sure things in our world and mechanical equipement certainly isn't one of them...even if it tauts the Canon name!
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Well yea your right. Let me re-phrase it.

"There is a much better chance of the Canon working better, correctly, for alonger period of time"
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I love my opteka...just spent a week and a half in florida shooting a ton of pictures. Worked awesome, only thing that bothered me was the wheel. It's not bad just a nuisance.
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I have to agree on the wheel comment. It does pose a bit of a nuisance at times because is it is so soft, but certainly does not negate the fact it has been a quality purchase thus far. I have probably taken well over 3,000 photos since I purchased it *again knocking on wood* and it has worked like a charm. All I know is it seems to be a much better product than the Targus grip!
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Old 6th of August 2007 (Mon)   #13
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I have the opteka and have had no issues at all with it.
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I just wish you luck. You never know. . . yours could work perfectly. I think the problem with mine and LeBaron's grip was the actual plastic material that it was molded with. I used to work in plastic injection molding as a setup technician. I was responsible for setting the molds and making batches of material. The pieces that broke off were unusually brittle for polycarbonate(thats what it is supposed to be made out of. In this particular case I think they may have gone the cheap route. This entails either regrinding material and mixing it with virgin material(probably too much regrind) or the went with the cheapest off brand plastic pellets they could find. All plastics are not created equal. Canon, on the other had, I guarantee they use either 3M 's engineering grade polycarbonate(the best polycarb you can get(By the way Lexan is an engineering grade polycarbonate)) or some other equivalent. Polycarbonate is an extremely strong plastic. It is highly unlikely that something molded out of virgin polycarb would break like my grip did. Conclusion(they eaither used a different material or too much regrind.

Anyway, I know this isn't making you feel better, but this is one reason why Canon would be a better choice.
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You know that is a very fair reply from Bernard because if you think about it there has to be a reason the off brands can drastically undersell Canon. Granted there are numerous factors that go into the bottom line such as worker compensation, materials, advertising, name brand, etc. but at the end of the day it's still a business and I surmise that in business 101 they tell you that the lower you can keep the overhead the greater the profit margin and at the end of the day that's what it's all about...turning a profit.

So in my usual long winded way, spot on Bernard about buying Canon ensures you will be getting a product that uses top notch materials. After all they have a reputation and a name to protect so I don't see them risking it by using cheap materials!
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