Since my 10D in 2005, I've always shot my DSLR's gripped. I don't have huge hands but liked the balanced feel with the larger lens and added vertical controls. Recently after I bought the 5D I took the grip off my 40D to save space and keep it in a case for backup. At first the 40D felt too small but I actually liked the smaller size since it was easier to carry. My girlfriend is now using the 40D so it fits her smaller hands much better.
For my 5D I have the grip and the RRS l-frame but I'm not sure if I go without the grip how much less shots I would get. I am thinking of buying the non-grip RRS l-frame, incase I need to keep my gear down to a minimum. Just seems like the grip adds so much more space and harder to fit in the bag.
So wondering, do many people go back to non-grip and what's their person take about a lighter camera in general? Major issues loosing the vertical controls?