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Opteka vs. Zeikos Battery Grip

 
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Apr 12, 2011 08:26 |  #1

I am thinking of purchasing a battery grip for my 40d. I don't really want to spend 160 for a cannon. Out of these two choices which grip do you all prefer and is there anything that I need to be aware of when using a third party grip. Thanks.


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Apr 12, 2011 08:39 |  #2

First of all there are many after market grips available under different names, but if you look closely at them you may find the only difference is the name. Both of what you have listed here are good grips. I am using a phottix grip right now and if I was to put it side by side with the zeikos grip it is identical. One word of caution make sure the shut off is working properly. If it is faulty it will drain your batteries even while camera is not in use.

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Apr 12, 2011 09:30 |  #3

I have an opteka on my 1000D. It stays in the on position all the time and I haven't had a dead battery yet. I know for the XS the opteka looks and feels like it came in the box with my camera. And it just works.


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Apr 12, 2011 10:13 as a reply to  @ K&K_Dad's post |  #4

Thanks for the info!!! Is there any one 3rd party brand that is better or has a better track record among photographers?


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Apr 12, 2011 10:39 |  #5
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I had an Opteka on my T2i. I wanted to like it but I didn't. The battery tray slid in very cheesy and a couple of screws came off somehow in the underside so it wouldn't seat sometimes. I would have to press it into the camera even though it was fully screwed in. Shame really because I really like my Opteka intervalometer.

Now on my 7D I have a Zeikos. It is much better quality in my opinion. Just solid and little things like having a tray built in that holds your battery door so you don't misplace it. The thing lives on my camera and hasn't let me down.




  
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Apr 12, 2011 11:15 |  #6

I have both opteka and zeikos, they both work fine.


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Apr 12, 2011 11:29 as a reply to  @ themadman's post |  #7

I have zeikos on both my cameras . 50d and 5dmkll and have had no problem with either grip . If I was to purchase another grip it would be zeikos based on past experience .. good luck with choice .. this is based on never having a opteka ..


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Apr 12, 2011 11:40 as a reply to  @ promod's post |  #8

Is it true that the canon's battery grip have a magnesium alloy frame?


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Apr 12, 2011 12:04 |  #9

rsboag wrote in post #12207116 (external link)
Is it true that the canon's battery grip have a magnesium alloy frame?

High end one are magnesium, 7D etc

ones for 550D etc are still plastic




  
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Apr 12, 2011 12:40 as a reply to  @ Bokehlicious's post |  #10

I do not like to say what I have not personally experienced. I have experienced using the Zeikos battery grip. If there is a way to save a little money here and there to be able to use towards a lens or camera body, that is what I do. So, with a some trepidation I bought the zeikos grip for my 7D. It has worked out so well, that I do not even notice it on my camera. Then I purchased one for my 5DII. Again I do not even notice it, and I am one who "uses" my cameras in extreme conditions of weather.
I can safely say to take the chance and save some money.


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Apr 12, 2011 12:42 |  #11

I had a zeikos for my xs before and it worked fine. Quality is good and definitely was worth it. Hope that helps.


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Apr 12, 2011 16:36 |  #12

You have to add Phottix to this discussion as well - been using one for more than a year on my 30D and the thing is just bulletproof. Well built and matches up to my camera like a glove. I have total faith in it.

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Apr 12, 2011 17:09 |  #13

I have a zeikos for my 7d, problem I have is, once in a while the dial on the camera doesn't work, i forgot which dial (either top or back dial). If I switch the grip to off, then the dial start working again. I had to turn camera off, remove batteries, then it would be working again.


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Apr 12, 2011 20:20 |  #14

psxindo wrote in post #12209224 (external link)
I have a zeikos for my 7d, problem I have is, once in a while the dial on the camera doesn't work, i forgot which dial (either top or back dial). If I switch the grip to off, then the dial start working again. I had to turn camera off, remove batteries, then it would be working again.

I have zeikos and did not have that problem, try holding the shutter half way and turning the dial if you are having that problem.


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Apr 13, 2011 02:48 as a reply to  @ yjt's post |  #15

I had a Zeikos on my T2i worked great and you can't beat the price. Would have purchased a Zeikos for my 7D but came across a great deal on Craigslist. I will say I like the magnesium material on the grip for the 7D rather than plastic.


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