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7D & Battery Grip

 
Ozzygirl
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Nov 07, 2011 13:34 |  #1

Hi everyone just looking for some help I am about to purchase my 7D and want to know the benefits of purchasing a battery grip.




  
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Nov 07, 2011 13:37 |  #2

id like to know too as im on the upgrade warpath for a 7d!!!!!

from my understanding.. a grip on my t2i would yield 2 batteries vs 1... also a bigger footprint for those people with gorilla hands (to which i do not)... button mapping for when you do portrait vs landscape modes....

that is just a few quick things..


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Nov 07, 2011 13:45 |  #3

Thank you TF, so how much longer would the battery life be compared to just having the normal battery. Would this be the only few benefits.




  
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Nov 07, 2011 13:51 |  #4

^^ I too have to wait for the people with one to chime in.... sorry...


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Nov 07, 2011 14:06 |  #5

I use the 7D with grip, for me it helps balance the camera with long focal length lenses as well as feeling more comfortable to hold. The shutter button (also input dial and AF-on, *(zoom out) and + (zoom in) buttons) on the grip are very useful when using the camera in portrait mode.
I would normally get 3000+ images from the 2 batteries in the grip.




  
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lorax54
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Nov 07, 2011 14:07 |  #6

Yes, added battery life and a more substantial size for us with large hands. Also, more comfortable if you shoot portrait. I added one to my 450d and it make it feel less like a toy...if that makes any sense. Guess its all personal opinion, though.


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Nov 07, 2011 14:08 |  #7

3000+ images. That's good going.




  
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Nov 07, 2011 14:09 as a reply to  @ TeleFragger's post |  #8

Double the battery life, and puts the main controls under your right hand in portrait orientation as if you were holding the camera in landscape orientation. Refer to Newtons laws on the added weight benefits


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Nov 07, 2011 14:09 |  #9

Ozzygirl wrote in post #13366400 (external link)
Thank you TF, so how much longer would the battery life be compared to just having the normal battery. Would this be the only few benefits.

I'm sure that there is difference between the different brands of batterys you use. But 2 batteries would yield twice as much life over just 1 battery.


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Nov 07, 2011 14:09 |  #10

You would have 2 batteries, so double the shooting length, in theory. Don't have one so I cant confirm. It would be very close to twice the length anyway. You also get portrait shutter buttons and controls, which is nice for those who need it. This makes it closer the the 1series in body profile then. It does add a fair bit of weight as well though. This can be a pro or a con, depending on what you use. It can balance the body more if you are using a heavier lens. It also makes it feel bigger when holding it "normally"

If you don't need one, I cant see why spending £120/$150+ on one would be a good move. Get more batteries.

Also, remember when you do buy one it doesnt come with that second batter. It does, however, let you use AA's, by allowing 6 AA's to fit in a tray you can put in the grip, which is always handy if you ever get caught short of power


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Nov 07, 2011 14:12 |  #11

I use my 7D without a grip.




  
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Nov 07, 2011 14:14 |  #12

The advantages was that it felt better in my hands when shooting landscape and portrait modes. Remember as mentioned above, the battery grip for the 7D doesn't not come with the second battery but it comes with a tray for the option of using 6 AA batteries. I like the battery grip so much on the 7D, that when I purchased the 5Dii, I got the battery grip for it.


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Nov 07, 2011 14:16 |  #13

I have the same battery grip (but for use with 60D)

2 batteries = essentially twice as much battery life (my main reason)
another shutter button that accomodates portrait mode (if you find you shoot with the cam on its side a lot)
the grip can also accomodate AA batteries if you're stuck
AF-ON if you like to focus with the back button instead of the shutter release
button for quick 'AF' focus point selection
as someone said above adds weight to the body (this can be a plus or minus)
plus you can always remove it if you want to travel a touch lighter




  
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Nov 07, 2011 14:18 |  #14

I have a 7D and I use it without the battery grip. As for 3000+ shots per charge with 2 batteries, I personally, never needed to take that many shots in one outing. I do however have a charged spare battery in my bag all the time. My main issue with battery grip is the additional weight... but again, my longest lens that I frequently use is 70-200 2.8.




  
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Nov 07, 2011 14:25 |  #15

No joystick on the grip, so no grip for me.


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