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Jun 06, 2010 12:14 |  #1

What are your opinions on after-market grips for 30/40/50d cameras. I have noticed that some have a lot of extra dodads. Are they worth looking at?
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Jun 06, 2010 12:15 |  #2

There are some basic ones without the extras, they are worth it if you don't mind it not being Canon. From what I've heard they are reliable, may not be exactly the same (materials, not performance) but won't fail you.



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Jun 06, 2010 14:22 |  #3

I just got the Zeikos battery grip for my 5D II, and it works beautifully. Cost about $75 from Amazon. No complaints here.


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Jun 06, 2010 14:33 |  #4

I've been using a Flashpoint from Adorama on my 40D for about a year with no problems. I think it was about 60 dollars and shipped rather quickly. I'd buy another without hesitation.


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Jun 06, 2010 14:35 |  #5

Here is a link.
http://www.adorama.com​/ICABGE2AP.html (external link)


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Jun 06, 2010 15:47 |  #6

I'm curious whether grips for the 5D2 or 7D are weather-proofed like the Canon ones. Can anyone shed some light? Thanks.




  
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Jun 07, 2010 05:20 |  #7

felixapproach wrote in post #10312981 (external link)
I've been using a Flashpoint from Adorama on my 40D for about a year with no problems. I think it was about 60 dollars and shipped rather quickly. I'd buy another without hesitation.

Thank you! That's really good to hear.

BTW, we do have an in-house Flashpoint expert. If you ever need me to put you in touch with him for info or advice, just drop me an email.



  
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Jun 07, 2010 10:54 |  #8
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I got mine for $70 here on POTN - Meike. Works and no complaints. I think most of the 3rd party grips...if not all....are good. Never had issues previously.


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Jun 08, 2010 03:06 |  #9

i have a targus for my xti, no complaints, except the rubber gripping starting coming off so i just put some glue on it, no problems ever since.




  
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Jun 16, 2010 23:02 |  #10

felixapproach wrote in post #10312981 (external link)
I've been using a Flashpoint from Adorama on my 40D for about a year with no problems. I think it was about 60 dollars and shipped rather quickly. I'd buy another without hesitation.

Can you give me a sense for how the finish and feel of the Flashpoint compares to your 40D? I'm wondering if it has that soft, rubberized feel of the camera grip to it, or if it is just basically hard plastic.

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Jun 16, 2010 23:10 |  #11

Dorsey wrote in post #10312943 (external link)
I just got the Zeikos battery grip for my 5D II, and it works beautifully. Cost about $75 from Amazon. No complaints here.

I'll second the Zeikos grips. I don't really care for the grips on the xxD bodies but found them very useful for the Rebel series. I had several third party grips and found the Zeikos to be the best of what I tried.


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Jun 16, 2010 23:50 |  #12

I'll third the Zeikos option. They seem to be a great option from Canon. Only thing though is that Canon are more reliable in terms of quality control, other than that I'd say yes go with a Zeikos grip. Opteka are also a popular option, but I can't attest to their quality.


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Jun 17, 2010 07:14 |  #13

My 40D has a Phottix grip on it and I have really liked it. The shutter button on it has a very similar feel to the camera's shutter button. It attaches very firmly, and the finishings look identical to the camera's. Admittedly, I have not used a true Canon battery grip, so I cannot compare them. But I can say that for less than half the price of the canon one, I feel like I got a very good quality grip. I've had it a little while and can't remember with 100% certainty where I got it, but I believe it was an eBay purchase from one of the Hong Kong sellers. Got the two batteries from the same seller.


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Jun 17, 2010 08:11 as a reply to  @ lsuber's post |  #14

Another Zeikos fan here.. have their grips on my T1i and 7D. They work perfectly, look great and are a bargain compared to the Canon branded.


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Jun 17, 2010 11:46 |  #15
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I've had a Canon genuine grip on my 10D, and now have Meike on 7D. They certainly do feel different. My Meike has plastic back panel, vs. Canon having rubber all over. But they work the same, and that's what was important to me. After all, for $70 I couldn't find anything even close, and that was a main point for me.
Picked up an additional battery off eBay for $30. Total cost for grip + battery = $100. Not too bad.


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