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Dec 14, 2011 23:22 |  #1

Hey guys,


So im looking for a battery grip for my 7D.

And $ is tight at the moment. so 327$ AUD is a bit steep for me. when the batteries are another 80$ each

Now on ebay ive seen battery grips and 2 batterys to suit the 7D for 64$ buy it now.

Is it worth running the risk or should i steer clear all together?

Aternatively there are better looking battery grips that suit for around 100-120$ but with no extra batteries. Is it worth the risk on one of those?

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Dec 14, 2011 23:27 |  #2

Do some more searching around here. Youll find a couple of threads about more than a few people hating their third party grips and mad that they wasted the money and feeling that they should have gone with the Canon brand grip in the first place. I say youd be better off getting the generic batteries and the Canon grip if you really cant afford all Canon.


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Dec 14, 2011 23:32 |  #3

I bought a used Canon grip rather than getting a generic. I saved some money and got the real thing. I'm happy with it.




  
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Dec 14, 2011 23:36 |  #4

If you go generic I've heard phottix is a decent alternative. That isn't coming from experience though.


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Dec 15, 2011 00:16 |  #5

My suggestion is to hold out until funds are available and buy the Canon product. Why risk the health of an aprox $1500 (us) camera with a cheap grip of unknown quality? The Canon grips are properly built, fit correctly, and have Canon's support behind them. Sorry, but to me its a no-brainer




  
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Dec 15, 2011 00:29 as a reply to  @ DennisW1's post |  #6

Me... I tried 3rd party, it would have been ok, but spring that held battery door closed wasn't strong enough and it would pop open and dump that batteries on the ground....

HOWEVER... I'm sure lots of companies make them, for the price difference you mention, get one and try it, it can't hurt... If you like it fine, if not, sell it or send it back.

After my experience, I can say Canon products really work well...

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Dec 15, 2011 00:57 as a reply to  @ P51Mstg's post |  #7

Thanks for the quick replies guys.

i definitely think ill wai tuntil i can afford all the cannon stuff. For now i might just buy a spare battery and live with swapping the two over on long days of shooting :P

Cheers everyone!




  
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Dec 15, 2011 02:58 |  #8

I bought 3 Ziekos ones. Ive had 1 bad one and the rest have function very well with no issues. Ziekos replace my bad one with new good one. Works fine. I have heard of canon grips having issues too.. Nothing is perfect. I would rather invest my money elsewhere. But then again. I am broke. the canon battery grip does nothing better than the Zeikos in my opinion.

EDIT. My other grips were on my 7D and 50D.


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Dec 15, 2011 09:16 |  #9

People here like Sterlingtek batteries.


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Dec 15, 2011 09:26 |  #10

Yeah...get the official Canon grip. Sterlingtek batteries are good if you want to get those instead of Canon.


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Dec 15, 2011 13:29 |  #11

Be careful with the aftermarket grips. Many of them don't have the aperture wheel near the shutter release on the grip. Don't ask me how I know...




  
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Dec 15, 2011 13:42 |  #12

RedlinePhotography_200​9 wrote in post #13547294 (external link)
Hey guys,


So im looking for a battery grip for my 7D.

And $ is tight at the moment. so 327$ AUD is a bit steep for me. when the batteries are another 80$ each

Now on ebay ive seen battery grips and 2 batterys to suit the 7D for 64$ buy it now.

Is it worth running the risk or should i steer clear all together?

Aternatively there are better looking battery grips that suit for around 100-120$ but with no extra batteries. Is it worth the risk on one of those?

Thanks in advance

I have had success with the Zeikos grip on my 7D (50 000 actuations and counting). Sure I would buy genuine if priced a little more reasonably but genuine is still plastic (not metal like the 5D mkII grip).

Curious though - you dont have any better options than $327 koala dollars for genuine? The genuine is $160us and the Aussie $ is on par last I saw.


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Dec 15, 2011 17:58 |  #13

You can find good/bad stories here about after market battery grips. If I were getting one, I'd get it from a vendor that makes the return process painless.




  
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Dec 15, 2011 18:27 |  #14

phottix makes a good grip but i prefer the canon grips.



  
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Dec 15, 2011 19:18 |  #15

DennisW1 wrote in post #13547507 (external link)
My suggestion is to hold out until funds are available and buy the Canon product. Why risk the health of an aprox $1500 (us) camera with a cheap grip of unknown quality? The Canon grips are properly built, fit correctly, and have Canon's support behind them. Sorry, but to me its a no-brainer

+1 When my grip failed, a small peice broke off when I had remounted it to the camera. Canon replaced it at no charge even though it was out of warranty


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