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Neewer BG-1T Battery Grip for Canon 70D Review

 
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Jun 08, 2014 21:08 |  #1

The Neewer BG-1T battery grip for the Canon 70D looks remarkably close to the official Canon BG-E14 (external link). The ergonomics and look of the grips seem identical. I can't speak to build quality as this was an extra rather than a critical addition to my kit, thus $175 for the Canon was a bit steep. I got this Neewer version for only $26.49 shipped on eBay (external link). Heck, even if it fails, you can get six of these for the price of one Canon grip.

The Box & Contents

Anyway, the Neewer grip comes well packaged in a solid box and surrounded by bubble wrap. It will easily survive the trip to you.

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There isn't much to an item like this, just the grip itself and an extra battery tray to hold six AA batteries if your two LP-E6 battery packs. Speaking of, I got a Vivitar branded pack for only $12.96 (external link) and it seems to be doing just fine. Again, it's a far cry from the official Canon LP-E6, which goes for $59 (external link).

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The BG-1T Grip

Just like the Canon version, the connections to the body appear gold plated. The screw that mounts it to the camera is solid and there is the little nub that fits perfectly to prevent the grip from turning.

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The controls mirror those on the front and rear of your camera. They aren't as...smooth, for lack of a better word, as the Canon controls. They function well though, and seem to be plenty solid. An example - the wheel has discernible and audible clicks as you rotate it, which the Canon doesn't. It feels similar, but it's audible.

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The grip has a power switch, which enables and disables the controls.

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Jun 08, 2014 21:09 |  #2

Installation

The battery tray that's installed houses two LP-E6 (or equivalent) batteries for many hours of shooting.

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When you mount a battery grip to your camera, of course the battery door would get in the way, so you'll have to remove that (which is simple). They smartly designed the grip with a little place to house the battery door so you won't ever loose it. Very smart engineering.

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Installed & Ready to Shoot

Now that it's all ready, let's mount it to the camera! When installed the 70D is noticeably heavier. The grip is also...different. You can see on the back of the camera how the 70D's thumb grip tapers down so it's thinner. Because of the battery compartment, there is no such tapering on the back of the Neewer grip. The Canon looks like it's the same, so it's not a difference in grips, just a difference in feel between grip vs. camera. Anyway, here's what the camera looks like with grip installed.

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Jun 08, 2014 21:10 |  #3

(...Installed continued)

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Aside from look & feel, an important test is whether the batteries are correctly identified and monitored by the camera. I'm happy to report it works just fine.

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Conclusion

Frankly, there is absolutely nothing to complain about. The finish is very similar to the camera, the grip is comfortable, the controls work and it passes the battery info through to the camera without issue. As noted above, it doesn't feel cheaply made at all and really feels like a natural extension to the 70D.

Grips in general take getting used to, and I'm not used to it yet. The system definitely weighs noticeably more and holding the camera is different if you're used to putting your hand under your lens. There's just an extra camera appendage under your palm that will take getting used to. I plan on leaving it on for a good while to see how getting used to it goes. Even if I do end up using it less often than camera without grip, it's here, along with its double the battery life without changing batteries. This small of an investment is worth that assurance when it's needed. Shooting vertically is definitely easier than contorting your wrist.

In any case, there is a whole lot to like about the Neewer BG-1T grip for the Canon 70D. For $26.49, you can't go wrong!

Now the only problem is cramming it into and closing my Tamrac Rally 6 bag (external link)...

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Jun 18, 2014 10:03 |  #4

So, after a week or so of actual use, I have developed a love/hate relationship with the grip. First off, I love pretty much everything about it - the vertical control, the extra battery life, the feel in my hands; it's all great. Aside from the extra weight, which really isn't too bad, if my physical comfort and the use of the camera with a grip were the only considerations, it would remain on the camera 24/7, happily and comfortably.

But...and there is always a but...it felt like having a gripped camera was too much for an amateur. The entire time I used it (around family), I felt it was just, well, too much. Maybe it's because I've never used a gripped camera before, but it made me very self-conscious to use. I felt like it stuck out like a sore thumb to the point of being distracting. The family didn't seem to care or notice, but it still made me feel that way. If I were out on the street, I'd hesitate to even take it out gripped; feeling like people would be looking at me as though I were being weird.

All of that is, of course, a totally subjective feeling. If I could have vertical shooting controls without the extra size, that would be ideal, but that isn't something that's even possible. All of this makes me grateful it was $26.50 and not the $175 Canon model - I can take it off and leave it off most of the time without feeling any guilt at all. When I need the extra battery life, or if shooting vertically becomes more annoying, hey, I can pop it right back on in a few seconds, no problem.

However, none of this is to take away from the product itself, which performed spectacularly the entire time and I'm very pleased with it, especially for the price.


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Jun 19, 2014 02:02 as a reply to  @ hokiealumnus's post |  #5

Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts, hope your review helps someone. You'll get used to having the grip - when I was invested in the Canon system, people usually reacted "positively" to me having a gripped camera - either associating me with more photography chops than I had or "Whoa that camera's huge you must be pro!" :lol:. Cheers.




  
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Jun 20, 2014 02:39 |  #6

It looks like the margin for Canon products are huge...Cannot figure out why Canon keeps overpricing everything, such as this one: five times more than a similar one from a third party manufacturer. Thanks to your review. Since this one is almost a perfect replica of the original one, I may take it.


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Jun 20, 2014 17:56 |  #7

I had mine for about 1 month before the shutter button on the vertical orientation quit working. Also, the AA battery holder never worked. It was cheap so I did not return it, I just bought a different brand from a local camera store. That's my 2 cents worth.




  
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Jun 20, 2014 18:03 |  #8

Are you experiencing any battery drain when using the grip? 3rd party battery grips in the past used to phantom drain your batteries even when the switch was set to off.


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Jun 20, 2014 18:11 |  #9

None here; it seems to turn off properly. Battery in the morning was the same as when I turned it off the night before.


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Jun 27, 2014 12:24 |  #10

hokiealumnus wrote in post #16960078 (external link)
Heck, even if it fails, you can get six of these for the price of one Canon grip.

I'm more of a pessimist. I always think of these failing in a spectacular way that hoses the electronics of the camera. So I only use OEM grips. Probably paranoid, but never sorry for buying the real thing.




  
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Jun 28, 2014 11:12 |  #11

I want to comment by saying that I dont have NEEWER grip but I did just receive their 4 way macro focusing rail set from Ebay. I found that for under $25 it was made well but for fraction of the cost of more popular brands.

Check the brand name on Ebay, they a few decent photography products in my opinion.


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Jul 01, 2014 09:49 |  #12

I have the same grip on my 70D but with 2 genuine Canon batteries. Had it for about 2 weeks. So far so good. I have used a Zeikos grip on my T1i for 4 years without any issues.

For a smaller rebel body, I found a grip essential. Never had any power drain issues. 4 years later it's still in great shape and works perfectly.

The price of Canon grips in Canada is disgusting. $200 and up. $270 for the BG-E14 at the Canon Canada etore!


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Jul 09, 2014 19:42 |  #13

I just sent mine back. It wouldn`t read the battery info on the right side of the grip (from the rear).


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Jul 16, 2014 04:44 |  #14

What's the main driver of using the grip? Extra battery life? Vertical shooting controls? Why would one need one?


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Jul 16, 2014 06:02 |  #15

Funny you should ask, there is a thread on that very subject here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1387123


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