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Battery Grip Question

 
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Feb 23, 2012 15:05 |  #46

RTPVid wrote in post #13952858 (external link)
I haven't bought a grip yet, but I intend to. I'm not SO concerned about the tripod mount falling apart, but I am concerned about it being rock-solid. After all, the reason the camera is on a tripod is for a solid platform. Rocking between the camera and the grip, or a grip bottom that is not flat (leading to rocking between the grip and the tripod) would make the function of the tripod mount itself moot.

I suppose you could ask if there's wiggle between a 3rd party grip and a body. I haven't heard of any reports about that. I suppose that becomes a larger concern if you are shooting on a tripod with the camera mounted sideways or upside down.

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To the OP, I have thought about adding a grip to my 60D as well. But for the life of me, I don't see the big advantage it would give me other than maybe looking cool.

A battery grip is less about the battery part of it and more about the grip. If you compare a gripped body and a non gripped body each mounted with a 70-200, you will feel that the gripped body is much better balanced. The larger profile makes that camera easier to grip, hence it is called as such. Lastly, there is the additional shutter button, so you can shoot more easily in portrait orientation.

I'm looking forward to the rumored 5Diii because the grip shows a joystick on it. Who knows if 3rd party manufacturers would get a joystick right on a grip. I'd get a Canon for that reason alone. The joystick rocks.


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Feb 23, 2012 15:15 |  #47

Screw the battery grip issue... JUST GET A 1D-series and you're good to go!!! Heheheehehhehe...

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Feb 23, 2012 15:17 |  #48

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Screw the battery grip issue... JUST GET A 1D-series and you're good to go!!! Heheheehehhehe...

That advice is even less useful than Numenorean's.


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Feb 23, 2012 15:22 |  #49

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That advice is even less useful than Numenorean's.

Sorry Nathan...

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Feb 23, 2012 15:27 as a reply to  @ airbutchie's post |  #50

The OP didn't ask for humor. If you want to be funny, post here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1034011

So as not to stray from the original topic with a subdiscussion:

Here's an article about 3rd party grips that the OP can glean from generally: http://www.photography​bay.com …-e6-vs-third-party-grips/ (external link)

Here's a 60D grip discussion on POTN. See the youtube lin (external link)k about the Zeikos grip in that thread. I don't think the OP told us what brand this 3rd party grip is that he is looking at. https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1138473


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Feb 23, 2012 15:27 |  #51

Numenorean wrote in post #13952782 (external link)
When you ask for opinions, you get personal opinions. Imagine that. How is my personal preference in favor of OEM Canon grips any different than your personal preference towards off brand non-Canon grips?

Well was the OP looking for opinion(s) or looking for recommendations from those who have used said products...?


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Feb 23, 2012 15:29 |  #52

Nathan wrote in post #13953049 (external link)
I suppose you could ask if there's wiggle between a 3rd party grip and a body. I haven't heard of any reports about that. I suppose that becomes a larger concern if you are shooting on a tripod with the camera mounted sideways or upside down.



A battery grip is less about the battery part of it and more about the grip. If you compare a gripped body and a non gripped body each mounted with a 70-200, you will feel that the gripped body is much better balanced. The larger profile makes that camera easier to grip, hence it is called as such. Lastly, there is the additional shutter button, so you can shoot more easily in portrait orientation.

I'm looking forward to the rumored 5Diii because the grip shows a joystick on it. Who knows if 3rd party manufacturers would get a joystick right on a grip. I'd get a Canon for that reason alone. The joystick rocks.

As I indicated in my previous post, my largest lens is a 100-400 (which is approximately the same weight and size as the 70-200) and I don't find a need for a grip to make it more balanced/comfortable. I actually thought the main reason was for extra battery power, so I learned something. For me, I believe it would be a waste of money. I'd rather save it for better glass.


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Feb 23, 2012 15:40 as a reply to  @ jbrackjr's post |  #53

I may have understated a grip's function as a power source, but what difference is there from two batteries in a grip versus 1 battery in camera and 1 battery in your pocket. There's the convenience of not having to switch the battery out, but there's the size and bulk trade off as you mention.

There must be more to the function and utility of a battery grip than just the batteries. That's why I described the ergonomic benefits of a grip.

But to your point, I was shooting video this past weekend (something I don't often do). I was recording segments throughout the day as our family was mourning the passing of my wife's grandmother. My father-in-law wanted to record the ceremonial aspects of the day, as each guest paid their respects to the altar, and some conversation throughout the day. It meant lots of recording and much need for battery power. I didn't want to carry the extra battery in my body, so I put both batteries into the grip. Eventually, I did run out of juice... so the AA magazine also came in handy. And that's my longwinded way of saying you're right... I can't ignore the benefits of a grip as a power source.

A gripped camera body feels really good in my hands, though... and I don't have big hands. I like things robust and the camera feels more substantial and I feel like I can control it better. It may just be preference, but it's also a common thing to hear about grips. I'm just saying it is true for me.


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Feb 23, 2012 15:40 |  #54

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The OP didn't ask for humor. If you want to be funny, post here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1034011

WOW!!! :rolleyes:

BTW, I already gave my opinion, thank you very much...


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Feb 23, 2012 15:43 as a reply to  @ airbutchie's post |  #55

Apparently, my humor is off-brand. :p


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Feb 23, 2012 15:47 |  #56

Nathan wrote in post #13953338 (external link)
Apparently, my humor is off-brand. :p

I guess so... ?!

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Feb 23, 2012 18:29 as a reply to  @ airbutchie's post |  #57

does Canon warranty the camera if a 3rd party grip or a 3rd party battery was the source of damage to the camera?

does Canon warranty the camera if a Canon grip or a Canon battery was the source of damage to the camera?

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Feb 23, 2012 19:04 |  #58

I got one a dem cheap assed grips for my 5dii, and i'm quite tickled by it. No problems whatsoever. I choose to spend the savings elsewhere. It was a good move for me. Sometimes ya takes yer chances, and sometimes it's a beautiful thing.




  
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Feb 23, 2012 19:17 |  #59

I have Phottix grips for both my XSi and 7D, both perform great. While I haven't had issues with either, I don't use it on my 7D anymore, personal preference but I do keep it close in case I do.

I seem to remember the canon grip for the 7D does complement the weather seal and has an alloy frame but no idea to the OP's 60D grip build. Knowing that I still wouldn't go OEM though for the amount I use it. Overall I don't mind going 3rd party for grips.


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Feb 23, 2012 19:48 |  #60

I picked up an off-brand grip for a t2i... came with two extra batteries. It works flawlessly and has saved my bacon a few times. A tremendous value. Got it from Amazon.


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