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Pros and Cons of a Battery Grip

 
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Oct 05, 2013 14:38 |  #16
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I have grips on my 60D and 5Dc. I wouldn't be without them. The bodies are too small when not gripped. Try shooting a 70-200 2.8 or 100-400L in portrait without a grip. A grip is kind of like JW Blue. Once you try it, you'll wonder how you existed without it.


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Oct 05, 2013 14:48 |  #17

I like to use a grip, shoot a lot of portrait. Note that not all grips have the same buttons as the camera it self what is a drag when selecting focus points or using BB autofocus.




  
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Oct 05, 2013 15:01 |  #18

I have used winders, motor drives, power boosters and battery grips on my cameras for as long as I can remember, for several reasons...

1. More power on tap and more shots per charge (or set of batteries, in the days before rechargeables became common).
2. More comfortable vertical shooting.
3. Better balance with larger/heavier lenses.
4. Many vintage film cameras simply didn't have any power film advance without a winder or drive, while others offered higher frame rate with a booster (EOS-3, 1V and 1N) or grip (some modern Nikon DSLRs have slower frame rate without).

The only "cons" I see are...

1. A bit more bulk and weight to lug around.
2. Twice as many batteries to maintain and charge.

If you don't like it, don't use it. I feel just the opposite. But I still am not a fan of "all in one" designs, with the vertical grip permanently built in (such as 1D series). I prefer a removeable grip/booster in case I want to shoot without it, though I rarely do.


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Oct 05, 2013 19:43 |  #19

^^^^^
Like amfoto1 said, better balance. When I have the 85L on a strap or even the 50L the grip makes it hang better and bang around less. Even on vacation I use it if I am going to be out all day and I have a zoom on it, I don't have to take a bag or put an extra battery anywhere. I miss it for vertical shots. I never use it in the studio


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Oct 05, 2013 19:47 |  #20

Tapeman wrote in post #16348286 (external link)
I got a grip as part of a package when I bought my 5D2. I have never taken it out of the box.
I would never buy one. I don't care if my camera looks "pro".

Funny because you did indeed buy one even if it were part of a package deal....LMAO!




  
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Oct 05, 2013 19:49 |  #21

I have it, I love mine. Im a pretty big guy so it makes it much easier for me to shoot. Plus, who wouldn't want an extended battery and a grip that makes shooting vertical soo easy?




  
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Oct 05, 2013 20:06 as a reply to  @ bizzmeister's post |  #22

With bigger, heavier lenses a grip is very useful if I'm out for hours on end, makes carrying the camera/lens far less burdensome. Also, with heavy and long lenses I find the little extra weight at the body end helps balance things better.

I have large hands too, which is another reason I grip my bodies.


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Oct 05, 2013 20:29 |  #23

For us 40D users especially, it also provides a spare shutter button should our normal one ever stick or fail. One of my bodies is perfect, the other is sticky for the first 5 or 6 actuations but then seems fine. Yep, I do clean them too.

I don't have to worry about that second battery either, it is already there. ;)


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Oct 05, 2013 23:57 |  #24

Rookie LOL


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Oct 06, 2013 00:12 |  #25

Have had both of my cameras gripped now for over a few years. Feels much more comfortable to me even with added weight.


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Oct 06, 2013 01:03 |  #26

I only use my grip when I go shoot sports and know I will take about a thousand+ shots and won't have much time to change batteries. On all other occasions I leave it home.


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Oct 06, 2013 01:18 as a reply to  @ RedCatPhoto's post |  #27

The grip definitely comes in handy when you're using the Canon E1 Hand Strap! I couldn't imagine having a camera without it.


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Oct 06, 2013 06:07 |  #28
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Frodge wrote in post #16348114 (external link)
I don't use a grip. I have nothing against them. I think te easier to just have two batteries charged. I personally never take 1000 shots in one outing. Kind if insane if you ask me.

I think having two batteries active is the least important feature of the grip. If you take a lot of vertical shots throughout the day, you'll be thankful you had a grip. I cannot fathom covering a whole day event without a grip.




  
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Oct 06, 2013 06:09 |  #29
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Tapeman wrote in post #16348286 (external link)
I got a grip as part of a package when I bought my 5D2. I have never taken it out of the box.
I would never buy one. I don't care if my camera looks "pro".

Ummm...how do you know you would not love the grip if you have never used it?




  
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Oct 06, 2013 09:07 as a reply to  @ post 16348343 |  #30

I bought a battery grip for my 6D but I hardly ever use it. The battery grip defeats the purpose of a small camera as far as I'm concerned. They do make shooting vertical shots easier. They do extend the time between battery changes. However, on a recent trip I shot all day with the GPS on and still did not run out of battery power with just the in-camera battery.

On the trip I was the only person with a DSLR. The members of the group thought I was a pro . . . even without the grip. :lol:


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