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Who uses a gripped body on a tripod when travelling?

 
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May 15, 2014 08:18 |  #1

I have a new 6D and just bought a battery grip and a Manfrotto BeFree travelling tripod. I was about to order a Sunwayfoto L plate and arca clamp to work on the Manfrotto ball head but needed to ask a question first.

I'd hate to get an L plate for the grip only to find that when travelling with this tripod I wish I'd left the grip behind.

Would anyone care to suggest what route I should take?

1. L plate for gripped body
2. L plate for just the body
3. Both L plates (eish)

I found that I needed the grip when mounting a 70-200 f/2.8 for better balance but I doubt I'll be schlepping this around on my travels.

Am I just being a wimp?


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May 15, 2014 08:27 |  #2

I find myself using the grip less and less. I am also looking at purchasing a plate, and will be buying the non-gripped plate. The extra bulk is not wanted, while traveling at least. Not a big deal otherwise.

But, if you have the budget to buy both then go for it.


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May 15, 2014 08:37 |  #3

I have yet to get a grip for my 6D, but I would like too. Reason being, my first DSLR was a 1DMKII and I become accustom to the size. My 6D feels small and I constantly worry about dropping it.

If bulk is a concern, I wouldn't worry.


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May 15, 2014 08:45 |  #4

I figure that since I've spent good money on a genuine Canon grip I may as well use it all the time. Perhaps I'll just get the L plate for the gripped body and then see if after a lengthy trip the added weight of the grip was an issue.

Thanks guys.


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May 15, 2014 08:50 |  #5

I have RRS L plates for both grip and body.




  
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May 15, 2014 13:26 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #6

I also have L-plates for the battery and non-grip configurations. I have smallish hands so the L-plate in combination with the larger grip makes it a bit uncomfortable for me. Plus the added weight of the grip, 2X batteries and plate combines to add 1.2#'s to the camera. I still have use for the Arca type plate so a simple flat base was my choice with the grip with the shorter lenses.


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May 15, 2014 13:51 |  #7

I never actually take the grip off the body. :eek::cool:


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May 15, 2014 14:44 |  #8

I have two Kirk plates for my 70D: one L and a bottom plate for when I'm using my 70-300L with tripod collar. I use the bottom plate only for the 70-300L because I rotate the camera by loosening the tripod collar and it makes it easier to plug in the remote shutter release. I only have the L bracket for my 60D. I chose Kirk because RRS doesn't make one piece L brackets or dedicated bottom brackets for either the 70D or 60D with battery grips installed. I love my RRS tripod and monopods so I'm a fan of their products.

As far as the grips, I don't ever take them off either the 70D or my back up 60D. I guess I've become accustomed to how the cameras feel with the grips on.


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May 15, 2014 20:35 |  #9

i am using a sun way photo L-plate with my 7d with its grip bg-e7 seems im always using a grip theses days,same go's for 5d-3 fits my rather large hands,i just started using the L plate though,remember all this ads wight to the over all kit plus tripod you must hall !


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May 15, 2014 22:29 as a reply to  @ blanex1's post |  #10

after 5 years of two 1d bodies I have sworn off of grips and travel is always taken into consideration when I select gear.

how often do you shoot from a tripod in portrait orientation? I don't very often so here's what I came up.

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a universal L bracket that cost me about $60 to put together. it should work with all bodies. gripped or gripless though I sized the L bracket for non-gripped cameras.

I got the idea after RRS came out with its self adjusting QR which means I am no longer forced to use expensive RRS plates.

just something to think about.

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May 15, 2014 22:38 |  #11

I have two Sunwayfoto L plates for my 6D, one for the grip and one without the grip. I always use the grip, but I will probably keep the non-grip plate in case I ever remove the grip for travel.


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May 16, 2014 03:42 |  #12

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16906668 (external link)
I never actually take the grip off the body. :eek::cool:

Me neither.


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May 16, 2014 03:51 |  #13

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Me neither.

Nor do I.




  
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May 17, 2014 17:12 as a reply to  @ CRCchemist's post |  #14

I'll be doing a month in Asia starting next week and my girlfriend and I are both bringing gripped bodies, a tripod, monopod, and assorted gear (flash, triggers, etc). I"ll be lugging all of it, so I'll let you know if I hit my pain threshold, but a camera just does't feel right to me without a grip. My girlfriend has tiny hands, and for some odd reason prefers a grip as well. I'm honestly curious to see if she stays with the grip the whole time or not.

I'm not using an L plate yet however, just RC2 plates for right now.




  
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