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Battery Grip - why?

 
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Sep 01, 2010 11:20 as a reply to  @ post 10829960 |  #16

I don't have a use grips. I had one on my old XTI hoping it would improve the ergonomics, but it just made it heavier. Doesn't make that much sense for it to "balance" a heavier lens either, especially since most of the weight will be on the lens holding hand anyways. I'm sure there's uses for it with professional photogs, but for casual hobbyists I don't see the point. Plus it really just makes the camera look ugly.




  
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Sep 01, 2010 11:21 |  #17

uOpt wrote in post #10829980 (external link)
The main reason I got a battery grip for my 40D is that I can load it with AA batteries, which in turn I can buy at the next fuel station (just in case the 24 pack I carry around runs out).

Or in other words: I do something stupid and end up with all empty batteries out of the house I'm not screwed.

I usually run around with the grip mounted but only one battery inside.

i never use the vertical controls. The opteca grip I got misses some anyway.

Seems like an expensive option to buy a grip and then packs of AAs from time to time just to use the grip as an emergency power support system. For each pack of AAs you buy at a gas station, you could pick up a BP-511 pack from Eforcity or Accstation. But I see your point, and that is certainly one way to handle the forgetful situations where you may have no charged BP-511s.


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Sep 01, 2010 11:29 |  #18

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The grip doesn't allow for direct AF point control with the joystick in portrait orientation. That trumps every possible benefit to me. Besides, it's quicker to change to portrait if you don't have to take your hand off the camera, and the grips are huge FAT and chunky and don't feel nearly as nice as the REAL grip.

Those are the two reasons I'm usually on the main grip on my 1 series, even when shooting portrait. The only time I reach for the vertical grip is if I'm going to be there for an extended period of time, and shooting the same AF point, neither of which happens very often. No grips on my smaller bodies, even with my XL hands.

I have long thumbs, and its a stretch to reach the joystick on my 1d, from the vertical grip.


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Sep 01, 2010 11:32 |  #19

in my case its for the balance and hand position. If I shoot with just the body I only get 3 fingers around the front of the camera, with my ring finger barely hangin in there.


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Sep 01, 2010 11:40 as a reply to  @ JonK's post |  #20

I get hand cramps without my grip, once you grip you can't go back.


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Sep 01, 2010 11:44 |  #21

freshcargo wrote in post #10830113 (external link)
I get hand cramps without my grip, once you grip you can't go back.

Or maybe even better "once you grip, you won't ever flip" :)

Of course there will be those that had issues with grips and would go by the slogan of "once you grip, you better hope you don't strip" :(


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Sep 01, 2010 11:56 |  #22

TeamSpeed wrote in post #10830002 (external link)
Seems like an expensive option to buy a grip and then packs of AAs from time to time just to use the grip as an emergency power support system. For each pack of AAs you buy at a gas station, you could pick up a BP-511 pack from Eforcity or Accstation. But I see your point, and that is certainly one way to handle the forgetful situations where you may have no charged BP-511s.

But I have AA packs for the flash anyway.

I also like the feel of the camera with the grip better. The right side is just a little short for my flippers.


My imagine composition sucks. I need a heavier lens.

  
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Sep 01, 2010 11:58 |  #23

gonzogolf wrote in post #10829734 (external link)
There are two major arguments for them, whether you buy them or not is a matter of preference. The first is having the shutter button on top in the vertical orientation, the second is that it balances better with long lenses and is more comfortable for people with large hands.

Pretty much spot on I'd say.

At least this is true for me.


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Sep 01, 2010 12:13 |  #24

NinetyEight wrote in post #10829751 (external link)
...People with small cameras also fit them because they (mistakenly) think it looks 'cool' and 'professional' :rolleyes:

Does anyone make a grip with a built-in fake motor drive sound? ;)


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Sep 01, 2010 12:37 |  #25

uOpt wrote in post #10830208 (external link)
But I have AA packs for the flash anyway.

I also like the feel of the camera with the grip better. The right side is just a little short for my flippers.

How many shots do you get out of a set of AAs on the 40D? Also are you using Eneloops or some other low-discharge AA?


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Sep 01, 2010 12:39 |  #26

RTPVid wrote in post #10830268 (external link)
Does anyone make a grip with a built-in fake motor drive sound? ;)

They must do because I hear them on TV all the time!


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Sep 01, 2010 12:54 |  #27

TeamSpeed wrote in post #10830381 (external link)
How many shots do you get out of a set of AAs on the 40D? Also are you using Eneloops or some other low-discharge AA?

Dunno, so far I haven't screwed up charging my regular battery packs :)

All I did is put in some Duracells, run around and shoot a bit to see that it works at all.


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Sep 01, 2010 15:19 |  #28

I have a grip on my 50D because it looks cool.


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Sep 01, 2010 15:24 |  #29

Because I can't seem to find out how to get them off my 1D bodies ... :)

... but other than that, it's because with the grip the camera fits my hands much better, in both the vertical and horisontal orientation. Without it the pinky side of my right hand sort of slips down underneath the camera.


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Sep 01, 2010 16:06 |  #30

JC4 wrote in post #10830043 (external link)
Those are the two reasons I'm usually on the main grip on my 1 series, even when shooting portrait. The only time I reach for the vertical grip is if I'm going to be there for an extended period of time, and shooting the same AF point, neither of which happens very often. No grips on my smaller bodies, even with my XL hands.

I have long thumbs, and its a stretch to reach the joystick on my 1d, from the vertical grip.


Hahaha yeah, on my 1 series bodies, the grip switch has been turned to the OFF position since I got them out of the box. I can honestly say I have NEVER EVER NOT ONCE used the portrait grip on them.

Ok, one thing I find BIZARRE is that people say they can use the handstrap when the install the grip. That is true... but the handstrap ONLY WORKS IN LANDSCAPE. And it's a pain in the ass to pull your hand in or out of a snug fitting handstrap, not to mention, slow. It's kind of a catch 22. Buy the grip for the handstrap, but make it a PITA to use it in portrait.


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