Canon Battery Grip BG-E3

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cherry su, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    I am thinking of getting a battery grip for my trusty Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D). It costs about $100 on Amazon. For what types of photography is the grip mainly used for? Do you find the camera heavy with the grip, 2 batteries, and a lens?
     
  2. davidinva macrumors 6502a

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    I had one when I had the 350, sold it and the 350 to get the 450. When I had the grip, it was very handy for portrait (not only people, but landscapes) shooting. It does add weight to the camera. You will need an extra battery, but the grip also includes an insert that takes 6 AA batteries in a pinch. Also look at the Opteka grip which sells for less.
     
  3. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Get a grip!

    I have the BG-E5 on an XSi. It's great for doing shots in a vertical orientation, especially in low-light situations where you want to hold the camera as steady as possible (with both arms against your body). It also enables you to go longer without changing your battery, of course.

    I find that the grip is a great improvement in ergonomics. It might mean a bit of extra weight around your neck or in your bag when you're not taking pictures, but that weight on the camera body helps a lot to balance heavier lenses.

    I could never go back to being gripless.
     
  4. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    Also the added weight of the grip is to counter balance the weight of heavier lens. I mounted my 100 f/2.8 on a 5D w/ Battery grip (I know I know, that camera body itself is not light) and I can hold it much better. But end up I feel the 5D huge for me :(, anyone having difficulties trying to turn the aperture dial/wheel?
     
  5. cherry su thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Some additional info:
    - I have 2 batteries for the 350D. For now, when one dies, I swap batteries and charge the drained one.
    - I have the following lenses: 18-55 (non-IS), 50mm 1.8, and 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM

    I heard from other photographers that the grip gives the camera balance…so does it mean that you get a better hold when you're using a relatively large lens?

    @davidinva: Do you think the Opteka grip is as solid as the Canon grip? It is considerably less expensive than the Canon grip.
     
  6. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    I don't know about the grip for the 5D, but the one for the XSi has a second set of controls, including the wheel, on the grip itself. So all controls are at your fingertips in either orientation. Did you perhaps get one of those third-party grips that lack the extra controls?

    The Opteka grip might be as solid, but it doesn't have the fingertip controls all duplicated on it.
     
  7. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    Nah, it was an original Canon Battery Grip, I used my friend 5D and fyi, the upper bodies, 40/50D, 5D, 1D all has an individual scroll wheel to adjust the aperture value unlike the Rebel Series which requires us to press a button to be able to adjust the aperture value.

    Its located near the screen, and frankly speaking, I have trouble reaching the wheel and changing it faster compared to the jog dial near the shutter button.

    Well I am not referring to the battery grip in my previous post, too bad if I buy a battery grip for my Rebel XS, it will made my XS into a frankemera
     
  8. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    OK. I've never used a 5D, but I do use a wheel on my XSi to change the aperture.

    What's a frankemera?
     
  9. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    I have a battery grip on my 20D and have since Day 1 - I love it. Rebels are a smaller body and for me it's just as much as a necessity, it's nice to have a place for your right hand pinky to go.

    Also, it can make you look more professional when you need to :)
     
  10. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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    I always have a the grip on my 400d.

    Makes it a much better camera to hold with a large(ish) lens.

    I bought a 3rd party grip which came with two batteries. Only rule I follow is the two 3rd party batteries never go directly in the camera, I only ever use them in the grip.
     
  11. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    Ooh, not that. You got the wheel mistaken, I know there is a wheel right above the shutter, I love that wheel. But for us to change the Aperture, we need to press the Av button and turn the wheel right?

    But for more expensive bodies, there are 2 wheels, 1 is for Shutter and 1 is for Aperture, the Aperture wheel is located near the LCD screen, I guess individual wheels is to allow a photographer to quickly change the aperture/shutter value, but sadly I am having trouble difficulty reaching the aperture wheel when using the 5D, I wonder if Nikon has the same thing or not.

    Anyway, frankemera is cause my Rebel XS needs to use an XSi battery grip, and if you recall, the XSi has a different grip texture then XS so it means my camera will now have a XSi grip (battery grip) and a XS grip :(
     
  12. fxstb2002 macrumors member

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    The grip is beneficial for any type of photography where you want to shoot in portrait mode.

    I have the XTi, and I do find it heavy. However, it is better balanced when shooting with the EF-S 17-55/2.8 and flash that are on there most of the time. It is a reasonable trade-off. Then again, this is a heavier lens that the ones you mentioned, so it might not be for you.

    I would buy it.
     
  13. cherry su thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK I think I will go with the Canon BG-E3 instead of the clones. Thanks for the advice!
     

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