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To grip, or not to grip....

 
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Jan 11, 2013 09:17 |  #1

....that is the question.

I'm not a huge gear head, I don't run out an buy every piece of equipment just to have it, I'd rather run lean than over loaded. So, with that in mind, I've been considering whether I need, or want, a grip on my T3i. What are the benefits of a grip? Is extending the battery reserve the only real need? What are the drawbacks?

Thanks for any ideas.


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Jan 11, 2013 09:26 |  #2

extra battery
extra buttons/controls
extra mounting point for strap
it does add a bit of weight & bulk - but you can always take it off when you really don't need it!

I had a 5D2's top dial stop working in the middle of a wedding once... the extra dial provided by the grip allowed for the camera to not be completely disabled, just slowed me down a bit


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Jan 11, 2013 09:28 |  #3

Also better balance with larger lenses.




  
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Jan 11, 2013 09:36 |  #4

Benefit of the grip is extra battery and the ability to shoot in portrait mode without having to lift your arms over your head


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Jan 11, 2013 09:46 |  #5

pro:

- shooting in portrait feels better
- more battery life
- feels more balanced
- i like them for using the e1 hand straps

con

- bulky
- heavier
- takes up more space in your bag

on rebels i like having a grip on the camera. it feels better to hold and more balanced. on the bigger bodies i do not like using grips.




  
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Jan 11, 2013 10:31 |  #6

1KIND wrote in post #15474692 (external link)
Benefit of the grip is extra battery and the ability to shoot in portrait mode without having to lift your arms over your head

This, along with giving the lower 1/3 of my hand something to grip, even in landscape orientation. A gripped camera just feels better in my hand.




  
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Jan 11, 2013 10:38 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #7

I almost never change to the vertical shutter release when I shoot vertical but I often shoot from ground level with the camera upside-down and press the vertical release. This technique cannot be done without a grip.

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Jan 11, 2013 10:47 |  #8

I shoot a lot of sports, and sports is almost exclusively coming at you in portrait mode. A grip is essential. The added bonus of more battery life is welcome as well.


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Jan 11, 2013 11:12 |  #9

On the Rebels it's a balance/feel kind of thing for me, the body is so small the grip allows a place for my pinky to rest vs. slide under the body. As to the extra battery, not a big issue as these new batteries go for a long time and in my opinion it's easer and lighter to carry one extra battery vs. a grip. Also with a grip you should carry 2 extra batteries so you have back-up's when the 2 in the grip die. (although the grip will function with 1 battery).

In addition the portrait button and controls on the grip is a must have if you shoot in that orientation a lot.

When I am going hiking or trying to travel light I remove the grip so it's a flexible option.


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Jan 11, 2013 11:14 |  #10

T2i4me wrote in post #15475050 (external link)
Also with a grip you should carry 2 extra batteries so you have back-up's when the 2 in the grip die. (although the grip will function with 1 battery).

Not really. You can run a grip with just one battery in it.




  
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Jan 11, 2013 11:32 |  #11

My friend SC;
Knowing your personality and interests, I definitely can say here: "Go Grip"!
And then here is my suggestion for your T3i:

LINK To Grip (external link)

Its only $42.25 if you are quik to buy it.

The reason to recommend this one is that apart from obvious benifit of vertical grip and added shutter release, also doubling your battery, thus time you can shoot before need to replace batteries, this grip has internal Time Lapse capability, LCD for your dark nights, IR wireless remote to shoot. Just think of added battery life, and time lapse photographery can bring you in terms of a moving video clips of Milky way from dawn to dusk, given your beautiful dark sky is steps away. Also this grip has capability to use six AA batteries instead of regular Canon's batteries for when you are running out of charged battery and nearby store has nothing but AA and AAA batteries.

Then get batteries here:

LINK 2 Battery (external link)
These are 2500mA batteries with much more capacity than normal cheapo low 1000mA ones.

You can of course go directly for THIS ONE (external link) but please don't. You need that time lapse of first grip.

You may want to consider one or two of this CHARGER (external link) too. Just to save time during which you batteries get charged. Additionally these after market chargers have the Car's lighter cord so you can charge your batteries as you drive or let them get charge multiple time in your car when parked in a remote location away from any electric connection.


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Jan 11, 2013 13:46 |  #12

Thank you all for your input. You've convinced me a grip is a necessary piece of equipment.

Samsen, I especially thank you for your kind words and the links for equipment. I'm ordering the grip from Amazon with the time lapse capability. I'm happy and honored to call you friend.


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Jan 11, 2013 14:46 |  #13

Never knew I could run my grip with only one battery. Very happy to have learned this as I just received a Canon grip for my 7D last night! Thank you for this thread!


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Jan 11, 2013 15:31 |  #14

Good info in this thread, I was thinking of buying a grip myself and had some of these same questions


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Jan 12, 2013 01:08 |  #15

Once you go grip -- you'll never go back.


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