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May 22, 2013 18:52 |  #1

Looking for a little feedback on some of the 3rd party battery grips for the 5DM3. I have a Canon grip for my 40D and I like it. I prefer to buy OEM, but The Canon BG-e11 is pretty pricey, so I am considering a Zeikos. I think they are pretty reputable, but I hesitate using non-Canon OEM batteries, and accessories too for that matter.

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May 22, 2013 19:00 |  #2

I think the main difference you would find between OEM vs. 3rd party 5D3 grips is that OEM also has a magnesium framework/shell. The 3rd party grips are plastic. But otherwise, almost all of them are function and as noted, significantly cheaper/less expensive than the OEM grip.


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May 22, 2013 19:26 |  #3
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3rd party grip is just cheap plastic as stated and aren't sealed, whereas the OEM is magnesium alloy inside, exactly the same material as the body and complete the sealing.

You really do get what you pay for....personally I love my OEM grip ;)


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May 22, 2013 19:39 |  #4

I don't have the 5D3 but I bought a well regarded third party grip for my 60D. It worked great for a year, almost to the day. We went on a mini vacation in April and during that trip, I noticed my batteries were draining down to about half power overnight when the camera was powered off. I suppose I could have tried to clean the contacts to see if that was the problem or tried a few other things to troubleshoot the problem but I decided not to take a chance and just bought the OEM grip instead.

Needless to say, that fixed the issue immediately. From now on, it's OEM grips for me, even though the price does annoy me.


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May 22, 2013 19:45 |  #5
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Phoenixkh wrote in post #15958195 (external link)
Needless to say, that fixed the issue immediately. From now on, it's OEM grips for me, even though the price does annoy me.

Battery drain is just one of the common issue with 3rd party grip.

My 5D2's mainboard was fried due to short circuiting from the 3rd party grip that I used to own. Cost me $550 to repair....

No more cheap crap for me that's for sure...It's just not worth it.


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May 22, 2013 20:23 |  #6

Kin2son,

That's why I didn't mess around doing any diagnostics. I figured whatever was causing the battery drain could very well short something out. In a prior business life, I used to sell automation equipment to companies who assembled printed circuit boards so I know enough to be dangerous.

Your post confirmed my fears and I'm glad I didn't hesitate to replace my Meike.


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May 22, 2013 20:34 |  #7

the grip for the 5D3 is way better than the grips for the 5D2 or 5D.


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May 22, 2013 21:19 |  #8

I agree with Narlus. 5D3's grip is so worth it. :-)


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May 23, 2013 00:00 as a reply to  @ dailydriver's post |  #9

That's it then. I know which I am buying. OEM Canon.

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May 30, 2013 17:24 |  #10

I picked mine up today, it is on sale at Henrys for $299 Cdn right now.


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May 30, 2013 22:39 |  #11

I bought one on Amazon.com today for $269.00. Plus I am an Amazon Prime member, so the shipping is free, and still no tax in GA.

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May 31, 2013 00:15 |  #12

Also bought mine from Amazon for $269, the OEM grip for the 5D3 is so worth it!


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