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Jul 21, 2010 12:08 |  #1

Are any of the cheaper 3rd party grips worth considering?

I've just bought a mkii and I have always used a grip with previous cameras as I have shovels for hands and shoot portrait a lot.

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Jul 21, 2010 12:38 |  #2

I have a Canon, but I hear a lot of people talking about the Zeikos being good...


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Jul 21, 2010 15:34 |  #3

If you have the budget go for the Canon, otherwise functionally the 3rd party grips do the same thing.
The canon is only different in higher quality materials used, better build quality, magnesium chassis, rubberised grip on battery panel door and weather sealing in battery compartment.


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Jul 21, 2010 15:44 |  #4

I was just wondering the same thing myself. Just got one, too, and was wondering of the quality of the off-brands. Thanks for the info.


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Jul 21, 2010 17:14 |  #5

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Opteka Battery Pack Grip / Vertical Shutter Release for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera
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Jul 21, 2010 17:19 |  #6

I have a 5DMII with a Zeikos battery grip. It reads the battery life like the original Canon but at 1/3 of the price. I had both the Canon and Zeikos after using both I sold the original kept the money :rolleyes:.... well not really I invested that cash on other camera gear :lol:


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Jul 21, 2010 18:27 |  #7

I see your in the UK, i think a Canon weather sealed might be good for you.


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Jul 21, 2010 19:07 |  #8

KinoC wrote in post #10579265 (external link)
I have a 5DMII with a Zeikos battery grip. It reads the battery life like the original Canon but at 1/3 of the price. I had both the Canon and Zeikos after using both I sold the original kept the money :rolleyes:.... well not really I invested that cash on other camera gear :lol:

I've got the Zeikos as well and it's fantastic. I'm glad I didn't pay 3x as much for a canon stamp on it.


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Jul 21, 2010 20:10 as a reply to  @ mensur's post |  #9

I purchased a zeikos for my 5dmk ll and because I liked it so much I then purchased another one for my 50d ... shure I guess canon is better but for the price I'll keep what I have ...


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Jul 27, 2010 11:41 |  #10

Well I decided on the budget one and it's now for sale in the classifieds section without even being tried on the camera.

The Zeiko sounds interesting but does it handle like the Canon ones? I've only used Canon grips in the past and it's a world of difference to the one I bought.


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Jul 27, 2010 11:51 |  #11

martinsmith wrote in post #10611825 (external link)
Well I decided on the budget one and it's now for sale in the classifieds section without even being tried on the camera.

The Zeiko sounds interesting but does it handle like the Canon ones? I've only used Canon grips in the past and it's a world of difference to the one I bought.

If you didn't like the nishica grip, I don't think any third party grip is going to be any different.

I think that there would be only a couple of factories producing 3rd party grips and they are just re-branded by the different companies selling them, quality will be similar across the board.

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http://www.photography​bay.com …-e6-vs-third-party-grips/ (external link)

I've got a Phottix BP-5d MK II and the BG-E6 grips and they are chalk and cheese.

I don't think your going to get Canon quality for a cheaper price.


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Jul 28, 2010 15:34 |  #12

I bought a Phottix for my 40D but had a Canon one on my 5D. When I got the 5DII I bought another Phottix. Save your cash for something that will make a difference.


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I bought the Meike grip (exactly the same as Zeikos) for $70 from another user here on POTN. This is my 2nd Meike grip, as I had one on my 7D as well. It looks 100% just like Zeikos, and doesn't hurt the pockets. He has some grips left, and you can search on Sale page for "Stebel".
Happy with mine!
Also, I bought the 2nd $29.99 knock-off battery on eBay that came in a Canon OEM pack. Performs just like the OEM, and the grip reads both batteries' info.


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Jul 30, 2010 14:10 |  #14

aboss3 wrote in post #10620294 (external link)
I bought the Meike grip (exactly the same as Zeikos) for $70 from another user here on POTN. This is my 2nd Meike grip, as I had one on my 7D as well. It looks 100% just like Zeikos, and doesn't hurt the pockets. He has some grips left, and you can search on Sale page for "Stebel".
Happy with mine!
Also, I bought the 2nd $29.99 knock-off battery on eBay that came in a Canon OEM pack. Performs just like the OEM, and the grip reads both batteries' info.

Yes i still have few grips left for both 5DmkII and 7D.


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Jul 30, 2010 14:17 |  #15

V-Wiz wrote in post #10579583 (external link)
I see your in the UK, i think a Canon weather sealed might be good for you.

No grip is really weather sealed. I have the original Canon grip for my 5D2, and honestly, it leaks like a sieve.

The only way you can call the 5D2 weather sealed, is if it's inside a plastic bag, and most certainly not with a grip on.




  
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