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Do you have a Battery Grip for your DSLR?

Battery-GripDo you have a Battery Grip accessory for your DSLR?

A couple of years ago I wrote about my experience of buying a battery grip for my DSLR – while it added bulk and weight to my camera – I did find it had some benefits.

However two years later I have to say that I don’t really use it that often.

The only real times I’ve pulled it out have been on days that I know I’ve got to take a lot of images (weddings mainly). Otherwise It stays at home.

I’m interested to hear what others think – do you have a battery grip for your DSLR? If so – do you actually use it much?

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  • http://eyesforyou.lifepics.com Carl

    In resonce to the ? of LEAVING the batteries in the grip when not in use for a long period of time. Well, I would just feel more “comfortable” in taking out the batts for the good ‘ol “just-in-case” reasoning! I’ve never run across a battery “leak” prob, but I would be certain (thou no lab test!) that you would have at least a MINOR juice-drain with everything all hooked-up. Maybe 2- 3 wks would be OK, but I just woudn’t let then go much longer. After all, it’s not all-THAT much “work” to be on the “safe-side” And remember, they provide batt covers for this very reasoning…..keeping the contacts from touching anything. AND, I would suggest that ALL of the above counts for the CAMERA too!!!

  • Gearscout

    I leave my batteries in the grip all the time (Nikon D700) and remove the battery pack and swap out the in-camera battery once a week with a freshly charged one. But I’m shooting 2-4 days a week and usually swapping out the AA’s twice a week.

    When turned off, either manually or just by leaving the camera dormant, the batteries in the grip seem to lose a bit of power over the course of a week. Not much, but some. Still, I would rather shoot the NiMH AA batteries down until they are flat than keep topping them off.

  • Ian Worthington

    Might not be the best test: nimhs self-discharge unconnected. That’s one of the reasons I’ve gone over to eneloops.

    i

  • Pappy

    I have onfor my Rebel Xti for few reasons:
    - stability especially when i shoot with my 70-200,
    - better grip on my Xti coz after a long time of handling it, my palm & fingers tend to feel numb holding the small body,
    - the ability to use AA size batt especially on excursion.

    I find it usefull especially when i shoot portrait. At least i don’t need to bend my arms over my head and compromise on my stability particularly when i shoot on a slope and giant trees.

    The last point proves my concern during my recent trip to Cambodia. With the huge snapshots of the vast Angkor compound, even my existing 2 batt pack is not enough. With additional AA supplies i manage to continue shooting the whole day, feeling contented that i didn’t miss a point. A life saver they are.

  • http://www.flickr.com/js2 Js2

    I recently purchased the MB-D10 battery grip for my D700. So far I’ve liked it that much that it has stayed attached to my Camera. I really like the added weight (to me it gives me more balance when shooting with longer lens like the 70-200mm vr ii) and also the ability to shoot portrait in a normal grip position (especially useful with larger lens to reduce camera shake from the awkward position without having the battery grip).

    The added size is beneficial to my hand because my hand now rest perfectly on the sides of the camera due to the additional support on the bottom. :)

    I have been very please with the battery grip!!!

  • http://tinchickenshooter.deviantart.com/gallery/ Ali-C

    I was considering one for my 500D as I like to do alot of portrait work, plus I find the 500D far too small for my hands. So I tried a mate’s D3 and it felt so comfortable I was completely sold. The weight in the grip counterbalances the lens well and it’s incredibly comfortable for portrait use. :)

    …Plus it looks pretty damn good too. :p

  • http://www.omahasportsphoto.com John H

    I started using a grip on my 50D within the past couple of months and don’t know how I ever got olong without it. I shot very few portrait oriented shots previously but now find preferring that mode for many occassions/action shots and the grip makes it much easier to shoot. I primarily use a Sigma 120-400 zoom, on a monopod, for my sports action shooting and loosening the lens lock allows me to move from landscape to portrait mode very quickly. The grip was a great addition to my kit!

  • Angela

    I just got a 5D Mark II with 85mm f/1.2 L lens and I am shooting a Bar Mitzvah. Will it be strenuous for a 100 pd girl to have an additional weight of a battery grip? I will be shooting couple of hours ceremony and several hours of after party. Would you recommend for me to get extra batteries of a battery grip instead?

  • http://cornwallraceways.co.uk John Smith

    I don,t think it will make any difference physically but it will make the shoot so much less hassle. Assuming you start with a full pack, you will be able to shoot all day and night without having to stop and change batteries. You will also have the additional shutter button for portrait shots without having to become a contortionist. Good luck :-)

  • Alan

    I fitted one to my 30D a few months after I got the camera and have never taken it off since. I find the camera much more comfortable to hold especially when taking portrait shots as you have the extra shutter and FE / AF lock buttons. The extra battery power is a plus but it is more for comfort and convenience than anything else.

  • photoop

    I use the battery grip on all my cameras. The increase in the number of shots I can take and the fit for my grip, has made my shooting life easy. I also use an L-bracket that allows easy shift to vertical plane where the shutter release and exposure controls can be used in this position. The battery grip is worth the cost.

  • Maite

    I have a grip on my 550D and as an equine photographer, it’s helped me a lot.
    -I have shaky hands
    -I’m running across hundreds of acres to get to where I want to be. To get there and find that I’m out of battery? I’ve been very close to shoving the camera off a cliff.
    -More weight, more stability
    -People take you seriously – great when you’re selling photos! Most people with a DSLR or even a bridge think that they can instantly take better photos. Having a big, serious camera has netted me a /lot/ more sales – weird psychological associations FTW! :D
    -I often don’t have the time to change batteries. The 550D’s battery metre is so crap – it’s about 80% in the first bar and 20% in the other two bars – that by the time I realise I’m low on power, I’m shooting a xc course or something, attempting to get all the jumps in – I can’t switch off the camera and replace batteries then!
    -AA rechargables are cheap and AAs can be found EVERYWHERE. Run out of battery on holiday? Just slip in some cheapos from the petrol station. Easy, done. You can even cannibalise from torches or anything really.
    -I have tiny hands. I’m barely 5’5″ and my hands can’t reach the fifth key on Guitar Hero controllers. I’m thwarted by tight orange juice caps but I have NO PROBLEM at all with the extra weight. It’s barely there!
    -I don’t shoot much portrait (unfortunately, it seems like most people will shell out heaps on jumping photography but see dressage as an annoying part of a ODE – as a dressage rider, that disgusts me!) but it’s nice to have the option there.

  • Ryan Lee

    i have a question. how would you guys go about attack this problem?
    my 5D mark ii has the extra battery grip on it but the thing is the tread or screw or whatever it is is broken so i cant remove it. what should i do?? at times i want to remove it so its more light weight and compact but i cant cause its broken…help?

  • braeden

    being a younger photographer (14) i have a hard time with people recognizing me as the photographer at things such as weddings when you need to get everyone ready for pictures it helps having my “head shot lens” the 70-300 and a battery grip because people wont think im just some random kid with a camera and also with my old camera (the Nikon d3100) theres a spot for my little finger to sit

  • Amaryllis

    This is an old post… but I have to say, I got a battery grip a while ago for a school project in which we had to use the school’s tripods. Those tripods belonging to the school, their quick-release plates were glued to the tripods, making me dreading the time when we would need to change the battery on my T3i (600D). I got it mid-way during the week and, honestly, I never removed it since then… except for yesterday, just for fun. I recently received the pancake 40mm f/2.8 STM, and I was curious to see how light everything would become without the battery grip on.

    To be honest, my camera almost flew off my hands when I picked it up. Without the battery grip, I feel like my camera is naked. Also, before I had it I rarely shot in portrait because it felt too awkward to press the shutter. But now, I found myself to use this orientation more often, which made some of my shots better than if I had taken them in landscape orientation.

    I also have to admit that having a battery grip on also helped people recognize me as a serious future photographer despite everyone in my classes owning DSLRs. Most of them use their cameras in all automatic, but since they have DSLRs most of the other students think that they can get great photos ‘because they have a great camera’, which is not the case… I’m not saying that the battery grip is making me a better photographer than they are, but it stopped making people doubt me too much.

    Sorry for the long comment, by the way ^^’

Some older comments

  • Ryan Lee

    July 14, 2013 05:56 pm

    i have a question. how would you guys go about attack this problem?
    my 5D mark ii has the extra battery grip on it but the thing is the tread or screw or whatever it is is broken so i cant remove it. what should i do?? at times i want to remove it so its more light weight and compact but i cant cause its broken...help?

  • Maite

    September 26, 2011 09:43 am

    I have a grip on my 550D and as an equine photographer, it's helped me a lot.
    -I have shaky hands
    -I'm running across hundreds of acres to get to where I want to be. To get there and find that I'm out of battery? I've been very close to shoving the camera off a cliff.
    -More weight, more stability
    -People take you seriously - great when you're selling photos! Most people with a DSLR or even a bridge think that they can instantly take better photos. Having a big, serious camera has netted me a /lot/ more sales - weird psychological associations FTW! :D
    -I often don't have the time to change batteries. The 550D's battery metre is so crap - it's about 80% in the first bar and 20% in the other two bars - that by the time I realise I'm low on power, I'm shooting a xc course or something, attempting to get all the jumps in - I can't switch off the camera and replace batteries then!
    -AA rechargables are cheap and AAs can be found EVERYWHERE. Run out of battery on holiday? Just slip in some cheapos from the petrol station. Easy, done. You can even cannibalise from torches or anything really.
    -I have tiny hands. I'm barely 5'5" and my hands can't reach the fifth key on Guitar Hero controllers. I'm thwarted by tight orange juice caps but I have NO PROBLEM at all with the extra weight. It's barely there!
    -I don't shoot much portrait (unfortunately, it seems like most people will shell out heaps on jumping photography but see dressage as an annoying part of a ODE - as a dressage rider, that disgusts me!) but it's nice to have the option there.

  • photoop

    March 16, 2011 09:45 am

    I use the battery grip on all my cameras. The increase in the number of shots I can take and the fit for my grip, has made my shooting life easy. I also use an L-bracket that allows easy shift to vertical plane where the shutter release and exposure controls can be used in this position. The battery grip is worth the cost.

  • Alan

    March 15, 2011 08:42 am

    I fitted one to my 30D a few months after I got the camera and have never taken it off since. I find the camera much more comfortable to hold especially when taking portrait shots as you have the extra shutter and FE / AF lock buttons. The extra battery power is a plus but it is more for comfort and convenience than anything else.

  • John Smith

    January 12, 2011 10:23 am

    I don,t think it will make any difference physically but it will make the shoot so much less hassle. Assuming you start with a full pack, you will be able to shoot all day and night without having to stop and change batteries. You will also have the additional shutter button for portrait shots without having to become a contortionist. Good luck :-)

  • Angela

    January 8, 2011 07:47 am

    I just got a 5D Mark II with 85mm f/1.2 L lens and I am shooting a Bar Mitzvah. Will it be strenuous for a 100 pd girl to have an additional weight of a battery grip? I will be shooting couple of hours ceremony and several hours of after party. Would you recommend for me to get extra batteries of a battery grip instead?

  • John H

    June 18, 2010 03:13 am

    I started using a grip on my 50D within the past couple of months and don't know how I ever got olong without it. I shot very few portrait oriented shots previously but now find preferring that mode for many occassions/action shots and the grip makes it much easier to shoot. I primarily use a Sigma 120-400 zoom, on a monopod, for my sports action shooting and loosening the lens lock allows me to move from landscape to portrait mode very quickly. The grip was a great addition to my kit!

  • Ali-C

    June 14, 2010 06:55 am

    I was considering one for my 500D as I like to do alot of portrait work, plus I find the 500D far too small for my hands. So I tried a mate's D3 and it felt so comfortable I was completely sold. The weight in the grip counterbalances the lens well and it's incredibly comfortable for portrait use. :)

    ...Plus it looks pretty damn good too. :p

  • Js2

    March 2, 2010 03:57 pm

    I recently purchased the MB-D10 battery grip for my D700. So far I've liked it that much that it has stayed attached to my Camera. I really like the added weight (to me it gives me more balance when shooting with longer lens like the 70-200mm vr ii) and also the ability to shoot portrait in a normal grip position (especially useful with larger lens to reduce camera shake from the awkward position without having the battery grip).

    The added size is beneficial to my hand because my hand now rest perfectly on the sides of the camera due to the additional support on the bottom. :)

    I have been very please with the battery grip!!!

  • Pappy

    January 15, 2010 12:07 pm

    I have onfor my Rebel Xti for few reasons:
    - stability especially when i shoot with my 70-200,
    - better grip on my Xti coz after a long time of handling it, my palm & fingers tend to feel numb holding the small body,
    - the ability to use AA size batt especially on excursion.

    I find it usefull especially when i shoot portrait. At least i don't need to bend my arms over my head and compromise on my stability particularly when i shoot on a slope and giant trees.

    The last point proves my concern during my recent trip to Cambodia. With the huge snapshots of the vast Angkor compound, even my existing 2 batt pack is not enough. With additional AA supplies i manage to continue shooting the whole day, feeling contented that i didn't miss a point. A life saver they are.

  • Ian Worthington

    January 5, 2010 01:16 am

    Might not be the best test: nimhs self-discharge unconnected. That's one of the reasons I've gone over to eneloops.

    i

  • Gearscout

    January 5, 2010 01:00 am

    I leave my batteries in the grip all the time (Nikon D700) and remove the battery pack and swap out the in-camera battery once a week with a freshly charged one. But I'm shooting 2-4 days a week and usually swapping out the AA's twice a week.

    When turned off, either manually or just by leaving the camera dormant, the batteries in the grip seem to lose a bit of power over the course of a week. Not much, but some. Still, I would rather shoot the NiMH AA batteries down until they are flat than keep topping them off.

  • Carl

    January 5, 2010 12:04 am

    In resonce to the ? of LEAVING the batteries in the grip when not in use for a long period of time. Well, I would just feel more "comfortable" in taking out the batts for the good 'ol "just-in-case" reasoning! I've never run across a battery "leak" prob, but I would be certain (thou no lab test!) that you would have at least a MINOR juice-drain with everything all hooked-up. Maybe 2- 3 wks would be OK, but I just woudn't let then go much longer. After all, it's not all-THAT much "work" to be on the "safe-side" And remember, they provide batt covers for this very reasoning.....keeping the contacts from touching anything. AND, I would suggest that ALL of the above counts for the CAMERA too!!!

  • HB

    January 4, 2010 08:59 am

    Hi everyone,
    I could not find an answer to this question anywhere, sorry if it is a repeat!

    So is it ok for me to leave my batteries in the grip inside the camera at all times? and only take it out when i need to recharge. I know leaving batteries inside a camera for several weeks of non use is not a good thing, does this also apply to the batter grip? Does the grip keep using trace amounts of juice over an extended period of time when turned off?

    BTW, I use a Canon 450D.

    Thank you!

  • T. Brown

    December 31, 2009 11:49 am

    Yes I have a battery grip on my sony a700 and I use it a lot. 70% of my shooting
    is vertical shooting. plus i have the same controls that I would use shooting horzantal
    on the grip. plus its helps balance the camera when using larger lenses. Love the grip.

  • george

    December 10, 2009 07:19 pm

    I appreciate using the battery grip of my 500D on long trips and shoots as I normally use 6 AA batteries with it instead of 2 standard batteries specific for the camera. It gives me the flexibility to use the spare AA batteries with other gadgets (point and shoot, flash and portable speakers etc.). I use Enelope AA's which do not drain out easily on storage.

    The grip makes the camera heavy which seems to go against the purpose of the Rebel design but there are times that the lightness of the 500D becomes impractical especially when using long lenses. So the grip gives me also the needed weight balance for some handheld shooting situations. It gives me more stability in low light situations where lower shutter speeds are used thus lesser blurred images.

    Somehow, the grip provides me with 2 cameras in one. I sometimes use the 500D without the grip and a very short lens (say, the 50mm f1.8 prime) to pass for a point-and-shoot in situations when people becomes wary of professional photographers and their equipment. Of course, I would also bring along a real point-and-shoot (which can provide me with reasonable zoom) and a camera phone, in case.

    The lightness of the 500D is also something that I appreciate so much that most of the time I would also not use the battery grip.

  • OeterB

    November 22, 2009 12:38 pm

    I have battery grip for my Canon 450D. While the extra battery life isn't essential, the ability to shoot portrait without 'chicken winging' is awesome. But, the biggest advantage is the 450D without it is a bit small in my hands. With the battery grip, camera feels more comfortable and right in my hands.

  • Jim News

    November 22, 2009 05:42 am

    I bought the off-brand grip for my D90 on sale for $50 US, I was a little worried about it but once I got it on the camera I loved it. I shoot a lot of verticle stuff and the grip makes it much more comfortable, especially with my large hands. The camera feels more balanced against the lens, wonderful on long shoots. The D90 is good for battery life to begin with so adding even more power just makes a good thing better. Of course, it looks great too and gives the camera a more "pro" feel and that can lead to more confidence, or be more intimidating for a beginner. For me it was a great upgrade.

  • Bob August

    November 22, 2009 02:28 am

    I have one on my D90. I use it everyday. I couldn’t imagine using the camera without it.

  • Robert Hatalla

    November 21, 2009 05:39 am

    I have one on my Canon 40D and could not live without it. First, it gives me more room to hold the camera (I have large hands) and the 40D seems small without it but with the grip it fits my hands just right.

    I love the fact that I can shoot vertical super easily with the extra buttons for vertical built in.
    I love the fact that I now can use 2 batteries and That just Rocks my Socks.

    Overall, I couldn't live without a camera grip.

    Robert...

  • Cezar Moreno

    November 20, 2009 10:29 am

    I actually have a battery grip on my DSLR all the time, for the obvious reason of extended battery life but I also like the larger grip and the weight it adds to my camera. It helps me hold my DSLR steady and the button on the bottom makes it easy to shoot portrait style.

  • walter

    November 20, 2009 02:43 am

    Hey chris,
    Are you saying your battery grip does'nt have a shutter release for vertical shooting If not try the opteka brand. it fits well and works well. The only issue i have with it is that it does not have a command dial for adjusting exposure compensation etc.
    Walt

  • chris cullen

    November 19, 2009 08:00 pm

    I use a battery grip from Hahnel for my Nikon D40 all the time. Camera is small anyway and I have small hands but the battery grip does aid holding the camera especially when shooting portrait mode or using heavier lens such as sigma18-125 OS HSM lens. Just makes camera better balanced. Nikon didnt make a battery grip for camera so downside is no extra shutter button.

  • Roy.............

    November 19, 2009 10:55 am

    I have now purchased a battery grip for my Nikon D70s, it is a non genuine Optka. It is primarily for the D70, it fits my D70s, BUT, the extra shutter button in the portrait position will not work because the cable supplied is for the D70. I have since found other brands on Ebay which are specifically for the D70s, My dilemm a is now, do I keep this one? and put up with the non working shutter button, or do I send it back, sell it, and purchase the correct one?.

    PS, Nikon don't supply one for my D70s.

  • Dan King

    November 19, 2009 02:06 am

    I have one fitted to my 5DMKII. It was expensive as was the spare battery, but I honestly couldn't imagine using the camera without it. It provides a much more comfortable grip when shooting in portrait mode. Plus you have the added battery life, a must if you are shooting video clips at 1080P

  • Jayel

    November 18, 2009 11:59 am

    I bought one for my Nikon D60. It would not tighten enough to make the battery contacts meet. I had to hold the grip in such a way to force the battery contacts all the way in, but they would not stay put. I sent it back as defective, and tried another, but enjoyed the same abysmal results.

    I’m glad others have had good luck with them, but I’ll not be trying a third time.

    JL

  • Jayel

    November 18, 2009 11:57 am

    I bought one for my Nikon D60. It would not tighten enough to make the battery contacts meet. I had to hold the grip in such a way to force the battery contacts all the way in, but the would not stay put. I sent it back as defective, and tried another, but enjoyed the same abysmal results.

    I'm glad others have had good luck with them, but I'll not be trying a third time.

  • Jim

    November 16, 2009 09:01 am

    I use a battery grip almost all the time with my D700 and most of the time on my D200, as well. The quality of the grip for the D700 is much better than the plastic of the D200 grip. I wouldn't think of attaching the plastic to a tripod...but with the metal construction of the D700 battery pack, I'm not concerned.

    By using 8 rechargeable AA batteries, I get the full 8fps shooting rate when I need it. I also enjoy the heavier weight for steadier shooting and, of course, the portrait orientation features. Like others, when using heavier lenses like Nikon's 14-24mm, the balance of the camera is improved. That same is true when an external flash is attached.

    Drawbacks include making the camera even more conspicuous and having to buy an 8-cell Maha charger to update all of the batteries in a single pass. I had used the 4 cell version and found it painfully tedious because I had to remember to revisit the charging station and switch out the next 4 batteries. Since I always slow-charge which takes hours on the 4 cell model, this became a challenge.

    I can shoot 16GB of RAW photos on a single charge with power to spare and know that I have one of Nikon's Lithium batteries in reserve in the D700 itself.

  • Chema Navarro

    November 16, 2009 05:51 am

    I think it has goto some benefits such us is more comfortable to make vertical photos, even with this accessory I take more vertical photos because of the ergonomy; the camera is more stable, and you can store more battery...however, the weight is much more, and the discretion of the camera is incresed...so now depending of the kind of photography I choose if use it or not...on street photography, when I´m on my city I don´t use it, but intraveling y use it...
    Sorry If my english is not very good.
    Thnak you from spain

  • walter

    November 15, 2009 01:16 pm

    Hi,
    Yes i have a battery grip for my Nikon D60, my first DSLR. Its a small bodied camera. Nikon does'nt make a battery grap for the D40,D40X or the D60. Mine is made by opteka. in addition to extra battery life, because the camera body is small with the addition of the grip the camera fits my hand much better. also when using heavier/ bigger lenses like the nikon 70-200mm f2.8 the added weight of the grip helps balance the smaller body (at least for me anyway) I would'nt be without it. I also recently picked up a Nikon D300 and also have a Nikon grip on it and would'nt be without it. The grip Nikon MBD-10 on the D300 is a little pain in the butt because you have to remove the grip to get the battery out to charge it. But to me the extra battery life and handling / feel of the camera are well worth it.
    Walt

  • Jeff

    November 14, 2009 11:16 am

    I have one on both my bodies (XT & XSi) and they are used all the time. I find it just makes the camera more comfotable to use.

  • Zoltan Forray

    November 14, 2009 05:39 am

    Ever since I got one for my 40D, it has never left the camera. I found it adds balance, especially with larger lenses (Canon 7-200mm 2.8 L IS-USM)

  • Lee

    November 14, 2009 12:59 am

    i never take it off my D300!

  • Tim Green

    November 13, 2009 10:07 pm

    I leave mine on all the time as I find that it not only gives the camera a better balance but there are the extra buttons for portrait use. I never even consider running out of power!

  • Swisstony10

    November 13, 2009 09:49 pm

    I got one for my original Canon 400D and loved the difference it made to the balance and handling of the camera, as well as not having to change the batteries as often. It was a non-Canon one, but made to the same spec which I picked up on Ebay for about £40.

    When I upgraded to a 50D, I ordered a similar grip for it from an Ebay shop before the camera had even arrived, and I wouldn't be without it. I've tried using the camera without the grip, but it just doesn't feel right now that I'm used to the larger size and better balance.

    What I don't get is - why can't manufacturers like Canon just make one battery, and one size/shape of battery compartment? Why is it that when I upgrade my camera, I can carry on using the same lenses, but I have to buy a whole bunch of new batteries, and a new grip etc? *grrrrr*

    Russ

  • Sam Foster

    November 13, 2009 07:18 am

    I always have a battery grip attached to my camera. It started with one attached to my Canon XSi/450D, then went to a 50D (which I owned for less than 3 months.... I hated that camera with a passion!) with one, and am now using one on my 5D Mark II. Between the ability to go from landscape to portrait so easily, the extra battery availability, and the improved feel of the camera, I cannot imagine working without one.

  • Rad

    November 13, 2009 07:17 am

    I have a third party grip by Ownuser (or something like it). I've never been happier. It never leaves my 50D. I got not due to price (which was half the price of the original one). I got it because it comes with remote. For those who don't know 50D doesn't have IR so you need a radio trigger. Canon's one is really expensive. Build quality is ok. It feels like strong plastic and the colour matches the camera well. The only flaw I found was that it drains batteries even when it's off so you have to take them out after the shoot. It'll take little over a week to drain full batteries. Taking the batteries out is a good practice any way so this actually makes the grip even more awesome.

  • Jozef De Groof

    November 13, 2009 04:44 am

    Yes,if have 3 Pentax dslr camera with grip. is beter for larger objective and vertikal portrey fotos.
    Always on my camera + extre battery .

  • T Schulz

    November 12, 2009 01:15 am

    Here's a good alternative from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Battery-Vertical-Shutter-Batteries/dp/B001HK4LWA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1257951967&sr=8-3-fkmr0

  • Art Roberts

    November 12, 2009 12:21 am

    I have a battery grip on my 40D and while I have not found it to be really useful with managing the batteries it is very useful in handling the camera. Years ago, I used a 4x5 Graphic and I am used to a large camera. I find he little point and shoots very annoying.

  • quiksilver_ice

    November 11, 2009 10:26 pm

    I have had a Canon BG-E5 stuck onto my EOS 450D since day one, when it came out of the box, and wouldn't be without it. It's always loaded with two LP-E5s with another two charged up and ready to rock, when needed.

    I have just got a brand new Canon EOS 7D and so I thought I should get one for it.

    HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!. Yeah …O.K. I know they will function with a single battery installed and are magnesium alloy frames plus dust and waterproof, but for a genuine Canon grip and another 3 batteries I would probably have to sell one of my kidneys. Outrageous - even on "Fleabay". It's beyond a joke - so, I think I will give it a swerve for the moment. Wait and see what sort of third party options emerge from China, or maybe Canon will drop the price a bit! We live in hope.

  • jeremy

    November 11, 2009 03:56 am

    I just bought one for my new 5D Mrk. 2!

    Haven't used it, but I can say that I was influenced to purchase it based on this article and the feedback. Thanks! Cheers.

  • Jason Collin Photography

    November 10, 2009 03:47 am

    I would like one for my Nikon D300 so I can get that extra two frames per second for sports and wildlife shooting.

  • Darin

    November 10, 2009 02:27 am

    I put on on mine about 4 months ago and haven't even considered taking it off.
    If there's any extra weight, its not noticable enough to consider removing it.

  • Joey Rico

    November 9, 2009 06:00 pm

    i sue one on my D90!!! i travel a lot and have no time to charge my batteries so i use a battery grip and shoot for a maximum of 3days straight!!!!!

  • T Schulz

    November 9, 2009 10:49 am

    I have a Rebel XSi and I would LOVE to have one, but cannot afford it right now at the current going price. So if CJ Kern or someone who didn't like theirs and doesn't use it anymore (and if it's compatible with the Rebel XSi) and wants to sell it at discount, I might be happy to pay to take it off your hands.

  • Patrickwc

    November 8, 2009 12:34 pm

    I have one for my Nikon and it stays on all the time. I appreciate the extra battery life with the grip on and it will increase my FPS when I use AA batteries instead of the lithium-ion batteries. I also like the fact that the ergonomics feel better when using it, plus the shutter release on the grip is ideal for shooting portriats.

  • fotodood

    November 8, 2009 12:19 am

    I guess it depends on the size of your hands. My camera is difficult to hold w/o the grip.

  • Iza

    November 7, 2009 06:58 am

    I do have a battery grip and I use it all the time. I like it, because it doubles the time I can shoot without having to change my batteries. But I guess I am a show-off and it just plainly makes my camera look more serious ;). The huge draw back is that it makes my camera heavier, and I do not have a very steady hands even without it.

  • Jeff

    November 6, 2009 10:09 am

    I was interested in one, because with some models, it bumps up the fps, but with the D90 it doesn't, and I don't have a problem with shooting portrait without, so I haven't been able to justify it.

  • cav

    November 5, 2009 08:27 pm

    Got
    MD-12 on the FM2
    MB-10 on the F90X
    HN-D70 on the D70
    I'll definitely get a grip for my next DSLR

    essential for speed

  • Jean Louis

    November 5, 2009 07:01 am

    I've got one on my 2 last Canon and always used it. It is still on and usefull to have all the grip I want.
    Also great to shoot on portrait orientation of camera, plus 2 battery meaning longer use before changing them.

  • Gary Simmons

    November 5, 2009 01:47 am

    I didn't use a grip for the longest time, but I got one when I found it used for cheap. I thought I would use it infrequently, but its become permanently attached to my camera.

    What I like best is the portrait orientation buttons and grip. It makes the camera so much more comfortable to use in portrait that I find I'm more likely to do it.

    I'm sold now, and I won't take it off. The only thing that annoys me about the grip is that the tripod mount is not as stable now, and I find myself removing the quick-release when it's not in use.

  • Alex the photographer

    November 4, 2009 09:08 pm

    You know, I only got one a while back because I found myself in a situation where I lost my back-up battery and my camera died on me at a crucial moment (the less said about that the better).

    Since then I've grown to love them and since moving up to 1 series bodies I've found the ability to shoot 'comfortably' in portrait mode a Godsend.

    I shoot most of my work in portrait orientation and can't imagine not having a grip/full body camera, aside from the extra battery life benefit ( and not only that, but if my batteries were to run out, my 400D's grip has a penlight attachment too, so I could go and buy a quick fix if need be)

  • Wayne H

    November 4, 2009 03:54 pm

    Good question! I bought the MB-D10 grip/batter holder at the same time I bought my D300. It is removable but is a permanent fixture on that body. Not only does it add stability to the camera, but with it's full complement of switches and buttons make shooting vertical a pleasant experience.

    With the extra power the AA battery pack adds the FPS rate increases to 8. Very handy for sports/action shooting or handle held HDR.

    This is a MUST have accessory for any body I own.

  • Roger Evangelista

    November 4, 2009 08:39 am

    Yes, I do. I felt the Canon XS was too light and therefore prone to camera shake, so I put in a battery grip. It has become more stable since. The other pros:my XS has longer battery life (since I now have two batteries working together instead of one) and well, uh, looking more like a high-end DSLR.

  • Les Patterson

    November 4, 2009 05:41 am

    I bought at the time of buying the camera thinking it would be a great addition. I've only experimented with it and never used when shooting.

  • mr. virgo

    November 3, 2009 11:18 pm

    i sure do. the extra girth it gives my canon xsi fantastic and shooting is alot smoother especially when holding the camera at portrait

  • mauryg

    November 3, 2009 04:15 pm

    I have a battery grip on my 'prosumer" Minolta A-2 and I wouldn't be without it. It completely changed the ergonomics (balance) of the camera and makes it sit solidly in my hand. It also lets me substitute regular AA batteries for the Li-ion if the need arises.

  • CSpanRN

    November 3, 2009 09:40 am

    I have the Nikon D60 and I use the battery pack. I purchased it new and it had no directions, etc. I have noticed numerous responses referring to the built-in release and how convenient it is with vertical shooting. I suppose some of the five buttons on mine allows for this convenient operation - but, I have no idea. Could someone please email me at CSpanRN@yahoo.com and explain. I sure would be helpful. Thanks.

  • dianevatcher

    November 2, 2009 11:16 pm

    I have the Nikon D80. During the first few months I did use the battery pack, but of late these past few months, I have been out shooting more I have left it at home. I just have two extra batteries and keep a rotation of them charging. I had my first run in with low batteries yesterday, I was out shooting for 7 hrs, and 8 gigs later.
    I am keeping it on the shelf for now. until another day comes along when I will be far from home.

  • Alan

    November 2, 2009 07:39 pm

    I have a Canon 5D and wouldn't be without it, not only does it give extra battery life, it gives a better grip I feel and it allows vertical shooting with the built-in release.

  • eric

    November 2, 2009 01:19 pm

    I like the release boyyon being at the top......

  • Nancy

    November 2, 2009 11:42 am

    I don't need anything to add anymore weight when I go out for a whole day shooting. My battery is usually enough and a spare is much lighter.

  • Dave D

    November 2, 2009 09:07 am

    I have battery grips for both my Canon 30D and my latest purchase, 5D mark 11, and would not go any where without them. The weight is no issue with me as, without a grip, you still have to carry spare batterys anyway, and they are uncomfortable in your pocket, The grip to me makes the camera sit more comfortable in the hand and helps counter weight the bigger lensers we use. I feel lost with out a grip on the camera.
    I do a lot of sporting shots, and at the Motor X may take up to 1500 plus images during the day so I need the power, especially when the batterys are also working the focus on the lenses. But each to there own, whatever feels right for you go with it.

  • Paul

    November 1, 2009 10:24 pm

    I Have two Grips for both of my Canon cameras and would not be without them. I have rather large hands and only ever use the canon hand straps to hold my cameras. I could'nt do with a camera on a strap around my neck. Plus on weddings you have the benefit of the controls being on the grip and camera.

    Paul

  • Matt

    November 1, 2009 07:44 pm

    I have a battery grip for my Canon 30D and I use it all the time when I shoot weddings.

    If its a less stressful shoot then I leave it in the bag as it does add extra weight. I do love it for weddings though as it allows for easier handling of portraits and I know i never have to worry about changing the battery. I don't use it really for the battery though, more the options the extra shutter button gives. Plus it looks cool and adds to the package of the pro photographer as most people these days at weddings think they are pro as they have a DSLR as well.

  • Rosemari

    November 1, 2009 11:55 am

    I have a battery grip for my camera and it has been on since the day I got it. I really like it. It does add bulk & weight, but I never have to worry about dead batteries. I have tried taken it off but I'm so use to it that it feels ackward without it.

  • Bob Lewis

    November 1, 2009 07:06 am

    I have battery grips for both my Nikon D200 and D300. I never take them off. I am a big guy with large hands and I like the way they feel with the grips. I also like the added feature of having a shutter release button for shooting with the camera in portrait position. Also, I never know when I may come upon a situation where i will be shooting a large number of images. I always have at least one of the cameras with me and have stopped to shoot something unexpectedly many times. It's always good to be prepared.

  • Jaykay Images

    November 1, 2009 06:54 am

    Have had one on my 300d and have one on my 40d. wouldn't be without it. Extra grip, extra weight gives better balance.
    JK

  • bigdukeor

    November 1, 2009 04:11 am

    In the past, I had a battery grip on my Nikon and Canon film SLR. However with both of my DSLR's, I have not used one, or have had the need for using one. I carry a spare battery when I think I may get into a large amount of shooting, and like the spare memory card I carry, I change them out before they are close to their limits.

  • Wes Johnson

    November 1, 2009 01:07 am

    I keep mine on the camera for the security of extra battery power.

  • Kevin Zimarik

    November 1, 2009 12:07 am

    I have a Canon 30D and a battery grip. It stays on my camera full time for a couple of reasons. One is that I like the size and grip because I have large hands so it make it much more comfortable. Another reason is that it has the shutter release and other functions so when I shoot in portrait style, which I do a lot, i hold the camera more naturally. The weight is not a concern for me as I use L series lenses that already weigh a ton and I am fairly strong in the arms; I just got used to holding the extra weight. The extra battery life is great only charging the batteries every couple of weeks. I shoot events a lot so the extra battery life helps not having to switch out batteries.

  • Guyzer09

    October 31, 2009 06:06 pm

    I just find it easier to take vertical pictures and it helps alot when you have a heavy lens. keeps the balance so your camera is not so top heavy

  • Matt

    October 31, 2009 05:48 pm

    yes... love it. on my Canon 50D all the time!

  • Jay M

    October 31, 2009 03:00 pm

    I got a 50D and purchased the battery grip to go with it.....I do not know what I done without one. It never comes off of my camera. I love the extra battery, and the size. It makes me feel like I really have something other than a point and shoot in my hand. One of my can't leave home without it accessories!

  • Dion

    October 31, 2009 12:19 pm

    I have had mine for as long as Ive had my camera which is going on a year and a half maybe? in that time Ive only taken the battery grip off once when I needed to get closer to the ground......looking back on it I could have gotten away with turning the camera upside down.

    I have the canon 450d and have rather big hands, the 450d without my gargantuan hands is a small dslr so I find the battery grip adds a bit more balance for me and my big ass sausage like protrusions I call fingers.

  • Christian Matias

    October 31, 2009 11:08 am

    I've got mine a few weeks after the camera and it has been on the camera since then. I feel that it adds extra weight that can sometimes help make the camera steadier and allows me to shot vertically and horizontaly. I've been getting used to it. The other day I took it off and the camera felt naked.

  • Jay

    October 31, 2009 11:06 am

    I've got a 40D I generally shoot 200-300 shots while I'm out hiking and never run down my battery unless it was low to begin with. I carry 2 extras with me just in case. The only thing I'd want the grip for is the ease of the vertical button and dial. (or on a third party grip, the timer and IR shutter triggering capability) If I shot something like a wedding where you really might not want to pause to change batteries that might be a good option too. (or use a lot of on camera flash for some reason, but why would you do that?)

  • Matthew

    October 31, 2009 09:21 am

    I have a d90 and have found that i dont need to change the battery enough. I can shoot 1000 photos on one battery and not need to use my spare. In fact I only use the spare when I put one on to charge...

    I don't mind heavy equipment but theres really no need...

  • Rob

    October 31, 2009 04:53 am

    I use a 450D, but I don't need the grip.
    For batteries, I carry two.

    I don't need the grip since I have small hands and I want to hold a camera not a giant 50's press style flash bulb camera

  • Brian Bacher

    October 31, 2009 01:29 am

    I have one for my Nikon D300 and D200. I have large hands and without the grip the camera feels small. As for the weight, I can actually lift an extra few ounces without complaining. I shoot lots of weddings and the extra few ounces of weight doesn't bother me as much as it does my wife.

  • KNKnamboodiri

    October 31, 2009 01:09 am

    and i find it better when zoom lenses are used

  • KNKnamboodiri

    October 31, 2009 01:07 am

    I have one. I use that when i go to himalayas and for forest trips.I find it convenient on such occassions.

  • rick lumpas

    October 31, 2009 12:23 am

    Not yet. I plan to get one hoping I will have fewer "Busy" warning on my LCD when using flash in burst mode.
    I just dont know if it will still fit into my tripod.

  • Ed

    October 31, 2009 12:17 am

    I have one for my aging Canon 300D and it never comes off. The main reasons I use it are that I almost always use a 70-200 lens and the extra weight of the battery grip moves the centre of gravity so that the camera "hangs" better when dangling it around my neck!

    I also find it much easier to hold the camera by the grip when not using the neck strap.

  • Ian Worthington

    October 30, 2009 11:50 pm

    There's no way I'd buy one to say myself 10 seconds changing the battery, but I hate the way my 30D feels in portrait mode and I'm thinking of picking up one to see if it fixes that problem.

  • Alisa

    October 30, 2009 11:32 pm

    I have a Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR. Because of its small size, I purchased a battery pack to increase the size for my husbands hands. I also wanted it for safety reasons: reunions, weddings., long parties etc. I found I really did not need it as my spouse never uses it and there always seems to be plenty of time to change the battery. Also, the added weight, makes my arms tired faster. I also purchased one that came with a remote. I thought I would use it, but it never worked from the onset. I am also having a herd time searching for a battery replacement for the remote.

  • Art

    October 30, 2009 10:46 pm

    I do own a battery grip and since I've placed it on my Canon 450 it stayed there since. I like it a lot since I do a lot of portrait shots. Tilting the camera without the grip just gives me pain on my wrist. So the grips will stay.

  • casey

    October 30, 2009 09:11 pm

    I personally prefer the bulk and heavier feel, I never could understand how people make such a big deal over a few ounces lol. I'll walk around all day with my d90- grip and a 70-200 and not think twice.

  • John

    October 30, 2009 08:14 pm

    I have large hands and find that, even in casual use (i.e. I know I won't be taking lots of pictures), I find the extra bulk makes the camera easier to hold and more versatile. Also, I have a medium-sized lens (18-200 zoom) and the battery grip balances the camera well.

  • John Smith

    October 30, 2009 06:11 pm

    I do not own one and do not want one! On an average trip into the centeral regions of Australia I would take 5000 to 6000 images and have found it far easier to purchase a car charger for my lithium batteries. I use a 40D and 50D Cannons and have never been caught short of battery power with this method. My Trips to the centre are 4 times a year for e weeks at a time.

  • Peter

    October 30, 2009 05:28 pm

    I bought mine a few months ago and I haven't taken it of yet.
    I don't really need the extra battery, but it gives me a much better grip on my Canon 450D which otherwise is a little too small for my hands. And I like the ease of taking vertical shots with it.

  • Norman

    October 30, 2009 05:03 pm

    Cannot see my 350D without one, as I carry the 24-105mm and the 70-200 f4.8L. I have not removed it from my camera since the day I bought it. It comes in very handy as you can change from portrait to landscape and still find your camera controls at your finger tips, not to mention that AA Chargeable or Alkaline batterries can be fitted in, in the event of the Lithium battery drain.

  • Joie

    October 30, 2009 03:56 pm

    The first time I had an opportunity to use one, I was actually using a friend's camera at an event we were both attending. He had one attached to his Canon 30D. I loved the ease in going from landscape to portrait without having to twist my hands around.

    When I finally switched to a digital SLR, i knew I had to have one. Yeah, it adds a bit of bulk and weight, but the tradeoff is worth it. The only minor problem I have come across is forgetting to turn it on sometimes, and missing a shot in portrait mode caause it was not on. That is always quickly fixed, as you may you may imagine.

  • Sam

    October 30, 2009 02:42 pm

    I use mine primarily for portrait shoots, weddings, or when I have to use a heavier lens like a 70-200 f/2.8. Otherwise I find it kind of cumbersome and it doesn't fit as well in my camera bags.

  • Pio Danilo P. Cuadra

    October 30, 2009 02:30 pm

    I have a BG-E2N grip mounted all the time on my EOS 40D. Aside from the advantages already mentioned above, it makes my DSLR look more handsome and professional-like, always attracting all the coool girls out here(LOL). Seriously folks, I had been using a MInolta MD-1 motor drive for my X700 since my film days.
    I also have an EOS 1N with a PB-E1 booster grip. Whether you have a film or digital SLR mounted with big lenses like a Sigma 50-500 ex dg hsm, Canon 70-200 2.8 L usm or Sigma 24-70 2.8 ex dg, the battery grip/ booster grip is an absolute must, or you wil end up looking awkward; with your gear looking like a puppy with a gigantic tail.

  • CSpanRN

    October 30, 2009 02:27 pm

    I love the battery grip on my Nikon D60. I never take it off and have no worry about losing the D60 battery door because there is a storage place built into the grip for it.
    I am constantly rotating my camera & the grip allows me to keep my arms in, my camera stable, & has the necessary buttons on it to take shots.
    I never take my grip off, because I don’t wish to damage the connections in my camera & on the grip. But I wouldn’t take it off anyway, because I enjoy using it.

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/do-you-have-a-battery-grip-for-your-dslr#ixzz0VOTWiaMY

  • Jim News

    October 30, 2009 01:43 pm

    I use a Zeikos ZE-NBG90 grip on my D90 and I love it. The extra weight on the bottom balances the camera very well, especially when using long glass. It makes the camera feel very much like my D3.

  • joeynones

    October 30, 2009 01:27 pm

    I got mine about 2 years ago but I don't use that often mainly because it adds bulk to my gear and I don't really get to consume one battery during a shoot and if ever I do my spare is in the bag ready for use.

    The last time I used the grip was to make my camera look big because all the others either had built-in grips or are using theirs and I did not want my camera to look puny compared to theirs and I had to suffer the weight and the bulk all over again.

  • Gene Lee

    October 30, 2009 01:15 pm

    My Canon 350D and 450D bodies both wear their battery grips nearly all the time because they have such awful ergonomics without Not that great with it either, but certainly an improvement). It also adds some bulk, which I think makes for better stability and balance. It also makes vertical shooting a joy. However, when it comes to backpacking, the grip comes off, as I'm getting old enough that every ounce counts (1-grip left home = 1-lens extra to take).

  • Moses

    October 30, 2009 01:02 pm

    My 400D when fitted with the battery grip and an "L" series (especially the white ones) lens gives me greater street cred at events. People think I'm a pro photographer or journalist and generally make way for me at my friendly request for better shooting access!

    If it looks like pro gear, then he must be a pro!

  • John Sawyer

    October 30, 2009 12:53 pm

    I have had exactly the same experience. If I'm not shooting something like a wedding, it mostly stays in the bag.

  • Felman

    October 30, 2009 12:16 pm

    a stable handling in shooting when you got a battery grip on dlsr.....

  • wayne osburn

    October 30, 2009 11:57 am

    I have one but seldom use other than in studio on tripod. Prefer extra batteries in the field.

  • wayne osburn

    October 30, 2009 11:51 am

    I have one, but use it seldom because of fear of losing battery door on D90 camera. Keep in special case in
    camera case. Always carry 3 extra batteries.

  • Dawna

    October 30, 2009 11:30 am

    I love my battery grip to my Sony A-350. I purchased mine about 6 months after I purchased my Alpha 350.

    I am one who is always rotating my camera & the grip allows me to keep my arms in, my camera stable, & has the necessary buttons on it to take shots.

    It does make it heavier & my hand gets tired at times, but I never notice the tiredness until I am done shooting. I never take my grip off, because I don't wish to damage the connections in my camera & on the grip. But I wouldn't take it off anyway, because I use it a lot.

  • @lli17

    October 30, 2009 11:23 am

    I have one and it comes in handy when I forget to charge my other two batteries. However if the batteries in the battery grip are dead then I guess I am out of luck!

  • babeinpink

    October 30, 2009 11:16 am

    I love it. In fact, I have 2 of them, and I wouldn't leave home without them. It's feels so custom molded to my hands. The only problem I have with the battery grip is the scroll wheel. it's hard to detach it from my cameras.

  • Mo

    October 30, 2009 10:39 am

    i've got one for my Nikon D90, i have it on all the time, it just helps me relax about not having to run out of battery juice, or misplacing an extra batter. it does add bulk and weight, as your hand gets tired from holding it, but it's worth it and it's way easier shooting events with one. NOT at ALL necessary, but, it IS a great investment. =)

  • Ray DT

    October 30, 2009 10:20 am

    I have the Nikon D300 and I have mine on all the time. I am an advanced amateur and always take my camera with me. I usually take 10-20 pics a day and only have to charge the batteries maybe twice a month. The extra 2 fps, until I can get more into local sports photography, I can take it or leave it.

  • George E. Norkus

    October 30, 2009 10:10 am

    For my Pentax K20D, I purchased the grip at the same time as the camera. I love my battery grip (BG).

    Most everything mentioned above for having them are the reasons. *(My glove size happens to be 2XL so a large camera works best for me. Look at my icon and you can see the camera looks small even with a grip on it.)

    Here's something both bad and good about a BG have not seen from anyone elses comments, the looks or impression of the camera itself.

    With my Pentax and BG attached, people seem to act like they're in front of a TV camera. I've even had some in the background hold cardboard signs up or something else you'd see on a NEWS broadcast and I only take stills! My smaller Canon without a BG is so common place, most just think I'm a common tourist and ignore things. That's why I use the Canon for many candids! A friend noted the same thing happens to him with and without the BG attached.

    One last thing. Wave the larger camera/BG around and you get to go places and do things most people can't... at least some times! LoL (Those times you need a press pass dangling around your neck.)

  • Rick

    October 30, 2009 10:07 am

    I bought one for my 5D, biggest waste of money, all it does it add extra weight and size, which is why the 5D is so nice in the first place - compact.
    Just carry a spare battery in your pocket

  • Joshua Dean

    October 30, 2009 09:18 am

    I have one and it's been on my camera since its first breath of air out of the box. The added size it gives my camera helps my hands fit better and overall balance. It also gives me the option of shooting portrait & landscape without funky hand positioning ........... the weight has never been an issue, but I have found it sometimes prohibits certain positions on the tripod, but nothing that a little creative maneuvering doesn't fix.

  • Evonne

    October 30, 2009 09:14 am

    I don't have a battery grip but am always wondering why people use that instead of carrying extra batteries which don't add weight and bulk to the camera. What are the benefits of the battery grip?

  • Bhuvan Chawla

    October 30, 2009 09:13 am

    Yes, I do have the BG-E2N for my Canon 50 D. I find it very useful coz I mainly shoot weddings and it would be a tad bit inconvenient to shoot portraits without it(portraits being an integral part of a wedding album). Also gives me the flexibility to shoot like a zillion photos in a day..

  • karol

    October 30, 2009 09:09 am

    I almost alway use my battery grip for several reasons. I like the extra weight, I actually feel like I have a more steady hand. The additonal shutter button is a big help when taking portrait shots, and you also can adjust the settings with the battery grip. I also love how much longer I can go between recharging my batteries, I never have to wonder if I remember to charge my back up battery, or if I have packed it with my gear.

  • David Perez

    October 30, 2009 08:51 am

    Have them on both the D2X and the D300. ALWAYS use 'em. Gets me 8 fps on the D300, which is very handy when chasing wildlife and/or birds and/or whatever else I'm shooting that moves......

  • Fleming

    October 30, 2009 08:09 am

    When I bought my DSLR and a SIGMA 170-500 I found out that a small plastic camera weights a les than a Dynax/Maxxum 9xi, and thereffore has a teribble balance. I bought another battery and a vertical grip. That helped. I use my camera for mainly Road racing photos with the big lens on, but taking normal photos I normaly never use the vertical grip. If I have to take portraits I will definatly use it.

  • Carlo C

    October 30, 2009 07:55 am

    Bought the grip for my old Canon film camera and I loved it. Just bought the Canon 50D and I am hesitant to buy the grip. Not because I know I won't use it, but because the button layout it the same from when the grip first came out for the 20D - which means that the grip is missing the AF-button! Why would I pay for such a pricey extra when it does not replicate the three thumb buttons from the back of the 50D body? Like others, I shoot 50/50 vertical and horizontal. I don't care about more battery time, just a more comfortable (and useful) grip.

  • Scott MacRae Collingwood

    October 30, 2009 07:51 am

    I have two 10Ds and a grip is on one of them at all times. Another grip would be on the other one at all times but the other one usually has a telephoto (Tele Takumar 300/6.3) which has a tripod mount and the mount won't fit to the tripod if the grip is fitted and attaching the grip to the tripod results in a ridiculous amount of "bounce".
    The main reasons I like the grip is that I have to change the batteries less often, the camera fits better in my hands, and I can flip the camera for portrait without distracting contortions.

  • David F-J

    October 30, 2009 07:48 am

    Bought one for my 500D after trying one on a friends 450D, hasn't been off the camera since
    Additional weight gives better stability especially with a telephoto lens EFS 18-200 Zoom lens
    Better grip
    Extra battery allows for far less re-charging i.e. down time when away from home. It seems that the battery life is more than doubled. Only once have I run out of power and using the additional battery carrier with 6 AA batteries (purchased locally) allowed me to continue photographing until I returned to the hotel
    Additional controls especially useful when shooting in portrait mode

  • RobL

    October 30, 2009 07:26 am

    I only had mine for a little over a week. Like all new toys, I don't know how I lived without it. I guess time will tell. As for now, taking portraits are a breeze.

  • Nightmare

    October 30, 2009 07:19 am

    I leave mine on all the time because it makes my camera fit into my bear paw-esque hands. It is far more comfortable for me then the little camera body, and I had then on the old film cameras as well, so it was something I am used too.

  • Corey G

    October 30, 2009 07:01 am

    I shoot a lot of sport in portrait. so I bought a battery grip and love it. I use it more that the on camera shutter button. I found it so much easier on my arms too as I am usually shooting for 4 hours or more at a time with no break.

    I do often forget it has the scroll wheel and buttons that I can use to change the main settings and have a habit if going back to portrait to make those changes.

  • Michael den hertog

    October 30, 2009 06:49 am

    Yes, I do. It never comes off. I use it all the time as I have the Canon 5D Mark II, a 6 month old baby girl & video capture. :)
    BTW I've only been into photography for 6 months now and this is BY FAR the best & most informative website I have seen. Keep up the fantastic work.
    Michael

  • Brad

    October 30, 2009 06:45 am

    I have a Canon 10D and a 40D, both with battery grips. They NEVER come off the cameras. I find they add balance, life and convenience (vertical controls). They're a must-have, as far as I'm concernec. But then I had a motor drive on my Canon Ae-1 Program too.... :)

  • Lovattr

    October 30, 2009 06:45 am

    When I bought my 450D the one thing I was advised to do before anything else was buy the battery pack, best investment ever. As others have stated the added weight and size aids stability and the portrait mode controls make life easy but best of all is being able to shoot a full 16GB card with high resolution images without worrying about changing batteries. THe optional AA adapter also gives the back up if you do end up over doing it. When I upgrade I will definitely get a battery pack.

  • Hans Maerker

    October 30, 2009 06:44 am

    Concerning the battery handle I can only say that I don't want to shoot without it anymore. Being used to the bulky motor drives of my former analog cameras years ago, the 'bulk feeling' is even less now. The advantage is clear, not only that I can put 2 batteries in and double the power supply, I have the option to put an adapter in that accepts 'AA' batteries. A set is always in my bag as an emergency solution.

    Hans Maerker

  • Cornell

    October 30, 2009 06:43 am

    My battery grip was & continues to be a life saver. When I ordered my grip, it was for the extra battery power. I later had issues with my right wrist & had surgery on it. Since that time, the grip allowed me to shoot in the portrait orientation without having to twist my wrist in the way that would be very uncomfortable & cause me pain. I'm basically still holding the camera as if I were shooting landscapes & using the shutter release on the grip. i'm guessing that this would be a benefit to any shooters with arthritis as well.

  • John Smith

    October 30, 2009 06:38 am

    Like most of the above, I have one fitted to my Canon 400d and wouldn't be without it. I take a lot of motor racing pictures and on a typical day take up to 2000. I would be forever changing batteries if I had to rely on the puny internal cell that came with the camera. A small penalty is the additional weight however the camera feels more stable and the shutter button is easily reached for landscape or portrait shots.

  • Roy.............

    October 30, 2009 06:26 am

    I don't have a battery grip, I haven't found the need for one yet. My Nikon when fitted with a VR telephoto lens is heavy enough as it is. I would buy one if I ever did find the use for one.

  • Kiva

    October 30, 2009 06:18 am

    After using one for so many years, it's feels odd not to have it when I'm shooting freehand. It adds stability to my shots, adds balance when shooting with heavier lenses and for some reason, alleviates hand shake, better grip I guess. I usually don't use it when I'm planning to use a tripod or a lightweight lens unless I know that it's going to be a marathon photoshoot.

  • Rex Rowsell

    October 30, 2009 06:09 am

    I have one for my Nikon D300 but use it rarely. Too cumbersome for value added. Good for big events where you need the extra battery life, but usually I car a couple of charged spares anyway.

  • Ismail Shariff

    October 30, 2009 06:09 am

    I shoot wildlife, and hence am on field for days together. errr ok a max of 5 days :)
    I started using the battery grip on my Canon 400D, and have not removed it even once since then.
    Its great, and it gives my hand a comfortable grip to hold the camera with a 100-400 on it.
    A lot easier to shoot vertically, than turning and twisting your hands to take that vertical shot.

    Great piece of equipment.

  • George

    October 30, 2009 05:58 am

    I like to use it for big event´s, but not allways, it makes the camera to big.... and weight more for nothing....

  • Anthony Harris

    October 30, 2009 05:51 am

    Have one on my D200 and love it ! makes the camera feel more balanced. The only time it comes off is when I need to carry a small bag with just my walk around lens.

  • sam hicks

    October 30, 2009 05:49 am

    I have one for my D300 and its the best thing! yes its more weighty, that took me some time to get used to but the advantages far outway the extra bulk. I agree with most of the posts, extra grip, great for portraits and you know you have batteries all day! gotta dash my exhibition is on at Narbethong at the Black Spur Inn this weekend, sorry for plug BUT im a little excited..

  • Wayne

    October 30, 2009 05:45 am

    I have been using a grip for about 12yrs .Don't think it's all that heavy and I don't think I would do without one guess I should try HUH!

  • Carl

    October 30, 2009 05:01 am

    The OLD batery grip!! I could EASILY have written your little note! YES, the same thing exactly! Really nice for those all-day shoots, but I haven't used it in a very long time, esp since I don't do many weddings any more. And my theatre shoots just aren't that long or that many frames --- maybe 6 - 800 shots, so the bulk/weight etc I can do without.

  • Mike Houge

    October 30, 2009 04:55 am

    Yes I have battery grips on both my Canon cameras-the main reason is battery life-when out doing landscape shots it's one less thing to worry about. Also when it's cold I have to change batteries less often as well. I feel it's worth the little extra weight.

  • Eric Mesa

    October 30, 2009 04:51 am

    I have one across my XT and XTi. (350/400D) I keep it on my 400D at all times. Whenever I shoot with both cameras, I really miss it on the 350. It really makes it so much easier to shoot portraits. Also, it's great to not have to worry about changing batteries since having two in there pretty much lasts for any event I shoot.

  • bernice

    October 30, 2009 04:49 am

    I have a grip on all the time. The Canon EOS 350 is small and this adds weight and something to hold onto. Also it takes the worry about battery drain away. I feel it helps me keep the camera steady. However, avoid the cheap ones that are replicas of the real thing. I made the mistake of getting one from China via ebay and found it would not connect to the tripod. Managed to get the genuine version at a hefty discount because it was minus the bit for ordinary batteries and if I need to go with ordinary batteries I have the insert from the replica grip, which does fit.

  • jdventer

    October 30, 2009 04:48 am

    I have an E-30 and E-510 and 4 Olympus (tried other brands and they didn't last) batteries which I keep charged. I never checked to see if a battery grip was available.

  • Luis Sarmento

    October 30, 2009 04:36 am

    I use it in my D200 and I find it useful not only for extended battery capacity but also for vertical shots.

  • Eric Nelson

    October 30, 2009 04:31 am

    I use mine (2) D90 & D700 all the time and if weight is an issue I don't add the extra battery. Love the ability to shoot with the side button.

  • ash

    October 30, 2009 04:16 am

    I actually passed on a used battery grip for my 40D, mostly because it felt cheap in comparison to the grip on the camera body. I also didn't think I would appreciate the benefits of being able to use the same hand positioning for portrait and landscape shot - I guess now I'll never know...

  • Johan

    October 30, 2009 04:15 am

    I do not have a battery grip and till now have not ever had the need for one!
    Always have a spare fully charged battery with me and find the balance of the camera (original 5D) perfect with my 3 main lenses viz 70-200 f2.8LIS, 100mm macro as well as the 17-40 f4L ...

  • Chil

    October 30, 2009 04:10 am

    I always shoot with my Battery grip on. Love the weight balance and more stable when I shoot especially when I'm using my Nikkor 70-200.

  • Jim

    October 30, 2009 04:08 am

    I have one for each of my cameras A700 and A350, and I never take mine off. I shot a lot of wildlife and outdoor photos and it adds in the control of my system. The extra battery is mandatory for cold weather shooting.

  • Hussain Shafei

    October 30, 2009 04:04 am

    In my case, I use my Battery Grip on my D60 to have a more comfortable feel while shooting… since the D60 is a small DSLR.

    Battery wise, I don’t think that it really improves it technically.

  • Tommy D

    October 30, 2009 04:00 am

    If I add the battery grip to the Nikon D300 + 17-55 2.8 lens + SB800 the thing would be a beast. I have used 2 batteries for a whole wedding day with no problem. The extra shutter release would be nice for portraiture but for the added weight - right hand on top.

  • Rudy

    October 30, 2009 03:52 am

    I bought the battery grip for my K20D when I bought the camera. It never leaves the camera. The grip not only provides extra battery space and easy access to the camera controls in portrait oreintation, it also stores an extra memory card and the remote control for the shutter. Like many others have stated...I don't leave home without it!

  • Pete

    October 30, 2009 03:27 am

    Never take mine off my Pentax K10D. Like the feel of the complete package and having the extra set of controls for portrait work is good.

  • Kat B

    October 30, 2009 03:18 am

    Ditto. I bought one a year ago and have not used it once. I found that when I put it on my camera and then added the flashead the weight was too much for me. I just carry my batteries in my pocket and swap them
    out quickly when I need to. I may have lost a shot or two, but I'm ok with that.

  • Waseem Anis

    October 30, 2009 03:17 am

    having tried a friend's Nikon D3's feel.. I bought the battery grip with my D300. Its been a year and it hasnt come off the camera ( except when I need to charge the in-camera battery.
    Number of reasons why I like it: gives me extra battery, also came with a alkalike battery adapter which comes in very handly if you cant charge your camera for weeks ( in some parts of india that is is still a reality )
    the vertical grip is a lot easier for portrait mode. the fucntion dials and the focus selector options (even the auto-focus button) make it a lot easier if you are composing in portrait.

    In my opinion, and this can probably be negated by some physicists out there, the extrac weight at the bottom centre, makes the centre of mass a lot more aligned to the centre of the camera structure.. giving it a lot more stability.

    Obviously, I am still finding my feet in this area, so untill I discover any real disadvantages ( weight and size .. nah, not yet ), the grip stays :)

  • Andrew

    October 30, 2009 03:17 am

    I have a Pentax K10D, which I am very happy with. My last camera was a SLR Pentax k1000. I do not have a battery grip for my K10D and do not plan to buy one. The life of my battery is plenty for the amount of photos I take, which is not very many I am sure compared to most people here. If I needed it I would probably just buy a second battery.

  • Jennie B.

    October 30, 2009 03:11 am

    I use the grip when I am shooting an event or a portrait session. It does add that extra weight, but I've gotten use to it. I like the extra grip. If I am shooting for pleasure and not with a client, I tend not to use it, mainly because I carry a smaller bag that doesn't fit the camera with the grip attached.

  • David

    October 30, 2009 03:06 am

    It's a yes for me, for a film camera I had the Canon T90 (heavy) when I changed to digital Canon 30D I missed the weight and extra body length so added the grip, all is well again!

  • Bill

    October 30, 2009 03:04 am

    A funny thing that happened to me about 3 years ago; I had a problem with the flash of my 20D. I was literally forced to use the camera without a flash. I did have other lighting substitutes that were used during the photo shoot, such as candles, a flashlight and even the light from the moon. I had set the camera to be extra sensitive and had removed the filter. Because that one incident that I did not have the resources of having a flash, I started to develop a taste for flash-less photography. Since then, I think I have actually turned on my flash once and even then, I didn't see a need so I switched it off. So my battery grip resides deep inside in one of my camera cases. Don’t want to sell it, because one never knows when a battery grip will come in handle.

  • Lou

    October 30, 2009 03:02 am

    I've had grips on my last three Canon SLRs and can't imagine shooting without one. I actually prefer the added weight, and would be lost without the wrist strap that the grip allows. I think that the extra battery life, the dual controls and the overall feel of the camera with the battery grip installed are well worth any worry about a little more weight.

  • Joe C

    October 30, 2009 02:59 am

    I have one with each camera. The only time they come off is for thorough camera cleanings. Otherwise they are always in use. In my opinion they add a nice balance to the camera additional functionality features.

  • Nicholas Post

    October 30, 2009 02:52 am

    I have big hands. Battery grip is useful. I shoot both vertical and horizontal. No complain at all.

  • Dan Anderson

    October 30, 2009 02:48 am

    I I have a Sony A700 and purchased the Sony Vertical Grip (VG-C70AM) shortly after getting the camera – I never take it off.

    For larger hands it makes the camera much easier to hold and manipulate. I don’t notice the extra weight – it’s not even an issue for me.

    The extended battery life has changed the usage worries. I never worry about having enough power. You do have to purchase a different style battery one with a special grove down the middle.

    The best thing is the Sony Grip (VG-C70AM) has an extra set of controls that make it invaluable for vertical shots.

    The Sony Vertical Grip was best add-on purchase I have ever made.

  • Ian

    October 30, 2009 02:46 am

    I used to use one on a D70 - it added some balance and I felt quite comfortable with it. I've moved onto a D40 and am trying 'the minimalist' approach!

    Saying that I haven't seen one for a D40. Battery life is quite good and I carry a spare in my pocket.

    If one turns up I might give it a try but it sort of defeats the object of the D40 ;-)

    Ian

  • Jim

    October 30, 2009 02:41 am

    Yes I do and use it for everything except Street photography. Using the Camera Vertically I can release my shutter from the Battery grip and it helps keep my elbow close to my body for a real steady hold.

  • Bill Glover

    October 30, 2009 02:39 am

    I have battery grips for my Nikon F100 and FEs but never considered it for my digital Nikon. Too heavy - adds weight and bulk if you're spending a day with your camera. Almost a must for serious sports work.

  • Matt

    October 30, 2009 02:35 am

    Hey Jonas - the MB-D80 has a small slot to put the battery door in while you're using the grip. It's on the "post" that goes inside the camera. Maybe yours has something similar.

    Hope that helps!

  • Michael

    October 30, 2009 02:31 am

    Yip, as a pro fashion photographer, I can't do without it! In particular, when shooting all day and need the extra battery power. I also find the grip far more comfortable to shoot with. I used to get a sore wrist from shooting portrait (apposed to landscape) most of the time!

    So, love it....need it!

    M

  • Premal

    October 30, 2009 02:30 am

    Knowing the benefit of the grip, I bought it with when I purchased my DSLR. Since then it has stayed attached to the camera. -It is so useful when I am taking vertical shots. I do not have to stretch my arms unnecessarily. (main reason of purchase) -Added weigth for stability -Just incase if the juice runs out of both battery, I can use four AA batteries to power up the camera. This is a big PLUS if you travel out of country. :)

    Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/do-you-have-a-battery-grip-for-your-dslr#ixzz0VLKvpfLR

  • Peter

    October 30, 2009 02:24 am

    Had a grip on my 5d. Loved the balance and portrait functionality. For me, the extra battery power is the same as carrying an extra battery in your bag/pocket, which I do anyway. When I upgraded to the 5d mk2 the grip did not work and I decided not to invest in another. When/if I start to use the video mode on the 5d mk2 I may find it useful to have the extra battery power in a grip but I can survive without it otherwise.

  • POV Magazine

    October 30, 2009 02:21 am

    Same As Frank T !!
    I cannot image shooting without the grip

    Nick

  • Nathan Wert

    October 30, 2009 02:19 am

    Yes, I use mine all the time. It just stays on there 24/7. While I don't always use the features that come on it, I love the extra long battery power it gives me and the option of using AA batteries if I forget to charge my batteries. Another added benefit for me is I have large hands and the grip gives me more surface area to hold onto. Without the grip my camera feels really small.

  • John St.Clair

    October 30, 2009 02:16 am

    My battery grip is always on my camera. I don't mind the weight and I really like having the second shutter release and selection wheel that allow me to always be able to hold the camera with both elbows tucked below my chest.

  • sabrefreak

    October 30, 2009 02:13 am

    I first got a grip for my XTi because I draining the battery so quickly and it gave me double the juice - problem solved. And then it gave me the added bonus of being larger in my hands than the XTi was natively, which was better for my hands.
    When I finished with that camera andd replaced it with a 50D I immediately bought a grip for it as well. I love having the security of that second battery and the larger grips. Plus, when I take portrait style photos (quite often) I don't have to hold the camera in some monkey-claw grip like I did without the grip.
    The grip just rules. The plusses more than make up for a little extra weight.

  • roderick

    October 30, 2009 02:06 am

    Yes, I have one. I never take it off. It gives me great versatility.
    And I love the longer battery life.

  • Tim Ostrander

    October 30, 2009 01:57 am

    I put my battery grip on a year ago and have not taken it off except to access the battery in the camera. I love having the extra heft and added battery power. I packed around a Bronica ETRSi for many years and my Pentax K10 and grip are still lighter.

  • Lee

    October 30, 2009 01:56 am

    I have had a grip for my canon 40D for some 12 months now and to start with I used it a lot then it became to bulky so I removed it after about 6 months. However after recently acquiring a 70-200mm 2.8is L and a 300mm 2.8is L I have found that the grip is now essential to balance the camera with these lens on and give a more secure grip due to the weight of the lenses.

  • Charlie

    October 30, 2009 01:56 am

    I use mine on my EOS350D about 50% of the time. I take photos of multiple divisions of my sons soccer teams and when I know I will out for a long time. There are times when switching batteries means missing that one shot I have been waiting for.

    The other advantage it provides; I have larger hands. and holding a camera for long periods of time can create a lot of fatigue. so the battery grip provides a larger more comfortable surface to hold onto.

  • Peter

    October 30, 2009 01:54 am

    When I have it on, it's irritating me. When I left it at home, I'm missing it.. never good...

  • Paul

    October 30, 2009 01:50 am

    Absolutely! When I shot film, all 4 of my Minoltas had a grip or a motor drive. I got used to handling a serious chunk of camera and wanted that on my DSLR too. My D200 with the MD-200 with 2 batteries inside is a photographic tool and a free-weight workout. Never take it off.

  • rod fermin

    October 30, 2009 01:45 am

    yes...find it very advantageous most particularly during almost half-day events, e.g. weddings, debuts, etc.
    where you're required to shoot plenty of images...previously relying on my battery-charger and much disgusted about remembering about it after I've left the church...OMG! wouldn't gamble on going back and miss everything at the reception, would you!!

  • JayC

    October 30, 2009 01:45 am

    I really like the vertical/additional shutter release. I know it is extra weight, but I'm a strong guy and it doesn't matter. I have a phoba about not dropping my equipment, and the grip gives me more to hold onto. Another plus: I like having the opportunity to use AA batteries when I am in the field for extended periods with no civilization around for a recharge.

  • Rich Copley

    October 30, 2009 01:44 am

    I have to join the chorus of those who say they never take the grip off the camera. It makes going vertical so effortless and gives the camera a more substantial feel. The weight had never been an issue for me. Pondering buying a new body, if it isn't a full-bodied camera, I'd just factor in the price of a grip. Invaluable.

  • Fandancity

    October 30, 2009 01:42 am

    I use mine regularly. I usually spend an entire weekend photographing Dancers taking hundreds of pictures so it is easier for me to do that rather than have a battery go flat on me just at the wrong moment. Most of my pictures are taken in the vertical mode, soI also find the vertical shutter button on the grip easier to use.

  • Bruce Johnson

    October 30, 2009 01:42 am

    I do have a battery grip. I shot with a Canon 50D, could not afford the 5d MkII. I don't use the battery grip. I have not found a tripod head where the bulk of the battery grip do not intrude. I cannot get things level when on a tripod with the grip.

    If any one has a tripod head that works well the the grip I would like to hear from you.

    Bruce

  • Booker

    October 30, 2009 01:41 am

    Uhh.. it's made so you can shoot verticals easily.. the extra battery capacity is just a nice thing to have. A healthy, fully charged 2200mAh battery in a 40D lasts for well over 1000 shots. If you're having power problems, a battery grip isn't your solution, you need to get upgraded batteries and keep them healthy.

  • tripcat

    October 30, 2009 01:40 am

    Yes I do for my Nikon D300. I shoot a lot of sports (kids) from Swim Team, Dive Team, soccer, footballand it gives me the 8FPS. However, it's heavy, and takes a little while to get used to, but it' makes it a "manly" camera. The down side is I don't have the steadiest hands in the world and this does not help.

  • Bill

    October 30, 2009 01:35 am

    I use a battery grip on assignment. It lends itself to a more professional look. I do a lot of portrait work for models and it a necessity in that area. The battery grip ads weight which helps with stability. One thing I don't like about a battery grip is the signal to security and others that theirs a photographer on the grounds. Of course we all know what that means, and leads to.

  • Dick

    October 30, 2009 01:34 am

    Yes I do and it stays on the camera ALL THE TIME. I like having 2 batteries and although it does add weight to the camera, I don't find it any problem

  • Michelle Goodall

    October 30, 2009 01:34 am

    I've been toying with purchasing one for some time now. With that being said I'm not so sure about the expense as my current battery will last ofr several days and since I always carry a back up no matter what.
    Maybe someday

  • James

    October 30, 2009 01:32 am

    I actually use my Grip all the time.
    I have big hands, my 1000D is too small for my palm and the grip just fits in nicely....

  • Richard

    October 30, 2009 01:32 am

    Yes - for my Canon 40D (inherited from my now semi-defunct 30D). I use it about 50% of the time, I find it useful for portrait layout shots. I will get one eventually for my new 5D Mark II.

  • Ricky

    October 30, 2009 01:32 am

    I have one for my Canon and yes I use it every time I shoot!! It's amazing to see all these people posting that it adds too much weight..... if they think the battery grip is too heavy then dont even think about using the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS lens. It's great to have a battery grip, 2 batteries ready to go, if I want to do vertical shots I've got all my buttons I need right there without having to reach over the top for the regular shutter button. I shoot a lot of sporting events, colleges and high school and I love the battery grip. I will buy one with every camera I get from now on if needed.

  • Jonas

    October 30, 2009 01:28 am

    I have one for my D200. Yes, it's bulky... and for the year that I've owned it, I have taken it off and put it on depending on my shooting demands. I'm afraid that one day, I'll lose that tiny battery compartment door that has to be removed to affix the grip. I've had it on since a birthday party shoot a couple of weeks ago, and it's still on. Getting used to shooting with it on and avoiding the "a/f" (accidental firing) with the shutter button on the grip. I have huge hands and the bulk is not a problem.

  • Haji

    October 30, 2009 01:28 am

    I can imagine shooting without my grip. Mine is attached to the camera and it never comes off.

  • Marty Preslar

    October 30, 2009 01:27 am

    I don't have one, but there are times that I would like one. Both the added batter life and the ease of shooting in portrait orientation would be a plus, but I can't justify the expense at this time...

  • Matt

    October 29, 2009 11:28 pm

    Yep - it gives the D90 a much better feel, but is pretty heavy.

  • Eduardo Pérez

    October 29, 2009 09:01 pm

    I recently bought one for my (relatively) small camera (Canon 400D): as soon as I grabbed the camera with the grip attached, I fell in love with it; will never take it off.

  • jpm8jpm

    October 29, 2009 05:15 pm

    it adds weight to the camera. i tried to borrow one from a friend and after using my camera with it, i had cramps...what i did was purchased several extra battery for my cam and decided to not purchase the grip anymore

  • Joe O'C

    October 29, 2009 08:21 am

    I have one on my 5d and it never comes off. It is nice not having to worry about batteries

  • Rob

    October 29, 2009 07:10 am

    Bought a grip for my old 350d. Sad to say, should've spent my money elsewhere. While the grip feels great in the hands, it adds size, bulk, and weight. Over the years I've realized that portability, light weight, a small bag, and being discrete are important. I like to shoot with as little as possible. Even the weight of my 5D MkII puts me off at times.

  • Helga Lightspeed

    October 29, 2009 04:33 am

    I couldn't live without my grip (50d+24-70L)... there'd be no way i could stabilize the camera with such a heavy lens. Plus i will take upwards of 800 shots at a time in raw and don't want to worry that my battery might die on me when i need it most.

    The grip is insurance that your camera will stay operational... i can't believe you don't use yours!

    And at times i will use the shutter buttons at the end when i'm laying on the ground taking vertical shots- it really comes in handy.

    And it steadies my shots of course.

  • mike

    October 29, 2009 03:29 am

    i never thought i'd want a grip when i first started shooting with a dSLR, but i bought a used body once and the guy threw in the grip. since then, i don't think i've ventured out without it attached.

    i don't shoot nearly enough to need the extra battery life, but it's all about the grip for me: more ways to hold the camera comfortably.

  • Tim

    October 29, 2009 02:54 am

    I have one on my camera, and it never comes off, love the length of shooting time it gives me, and the extra added stability

  • Eugene

    October 29, 2009 02:11 am

    Always leave mine on my Nikon D300. Sure, it adds a little bit of weight to the camera, but it's more comfortable and convenient when I shoot.

  • Fernando

    October 29, 2009 01:55 am

    I have one on my camera 24/7. I dont mind the extra weight. The extra battery is great, but what I like most about it is that it is much easier for me to take portrait shots, and have the camera steady and perfectly upright. Much more natural to have my hands on the side instead of on top when rotated in that position.

  • Zack Jones

    October 29, 2009 01:45 am

    Unless I'm waling around town and want to travel as light as possible I always have a battery grip mounted on my DSLR. I love not having to do the awkward reach over to press the shutter button when I change from horizontal or vertical orientation.

  • Redsputnik

    October 29, 2009 01:32 am

    Just ordered one and can't wait to try it on. Because i have big hands and my Canon T1i is feeling weird in my hands. And you know what they says about people with big hands or is it with big feet?

  • Nik

    October 28, 2009 04:02 pm

    I take it everywhere ... I don't find it bulky and I love having the controls duplicated.

  • pbs

    October 28, 2009 11:31 am

    i have one, only used it once.
    my excuse? it makes my camera too big to fit in my case. haha

  • Donald

    October 28, 2009 09:31 am

    I bought one about 4-5 weeks ago, and I cant imagine leaving without it. When I use larger lenses the extra weight in the back keeps me steady. I also like the "hearty" feel that it has when the grip is installed. The battery life is great too, but the extra fps is fantastic. If you dont have one, you should.

  • stefano solinas

    October 28, 2009 04:41 am

    buyed and used just as a battery container, it is really useless in reality...

  • Marc

    October 28, 2009 04:34 am

    @trishc

    Why don't you just go to ebay.com and put "Nikon D50 battery grip" in there? I found a lot of different grips for the D50.

  • Antoine L

    October 28, 2009 02:50 am

    I have an iConcepts battery grip for my NikonD40. I don't know why Nikon didn't make this a standard when they built this little camera, but the combination is wonderful.
    I use the battery grip all the time. It allows me to take more shots than the original battery; recharge time is faster, and I appreciate the weight of the unit paired with the camera & lens. It is comfortable as I am not used to the light weight point & shoot type cameras.
    Taking the unit off the camera for maintenance is a little painful, yet causes no damage. The gears in the grip have a tendency to slip while removing the unit, but that is nothing compared to the benefit of having it.
    I am considering purchasing a second unit as this one is almost 2 years old. No problems yet. But better safe than sorry.
    A battery grip will be a must for my next camera if there isn't one already in the box.

  • Helen Bradley

    October 28, 2009 02:37 am

    For me and my Pentax K10D it is all about weight and balance.

    I can carry my camera with the grip attached all day in my hand (not around my neck), and it's comfortable and well weighted. Without the grip it feels off balance and doesn't sit well in my hand.

    Sure, the second set of controls and spare battery are great and that's why I justified buying the grip in the first place.

    But why I use it is that it just feels so much more comfortable with the grip.

  • JM

    October 28, 2009 01:45 am

    Bought a Zeikos battery grip for my D300 via Amazon back in early August and have yet to REMOVE it off my camera! It's GREAT. Even when i don't need the extra shooting speed, it adds bulk and more holding space for my right hand. No more fatigue down along the bottom of my right hand running behind my pinky finger.
    This thing is great! I didn't purchase the actual Nikon due to the price, but the Zeikos, for under $75.00 matches the D300 perfectly.
    Anyway, I don't think it will EVER come off the body. And the beauty is this model works on my current D300, and on my future D700!

  • dashdot

    October 28, 2009 12:24 am

    i use it 90 percent of the time because i almost always have to shoot portrait format!
    can hold the cam better with the grip also

  • Dave Rilstone

    October 28, 2009 12:19 am

    Just another voice in favour of battery grips, which I have installed on ALL my Canon dslr's (5D2, 50D, 40D, 20D, 300D; soon a 7D). Certainly a plus for my large hands, plus I find that the camera balances far better when using large/heavy telephoto lenses. With the added vdeo function of the 5D and 7D, the doubled battery capacity provided by the grip has proven a valuable asset in the field.

  • melody

    October 27, 2009 11:13 pm

    Weddings and major events only - but in those situations, I wouldn't be without it.

  • Felix

    October 27, 2009 10:49 pm

    I just got one and I love it. Makes my D80 fit perfectly in my hand, gets me a full day of shooting AND makes it look more badass! What's not to like? ;)

  • Jim

    October 27, 2009 09:22 pm

    I have one one on my 30D and I'd be lost without it. Only time I ever took it off was to send the body in for service after it got hit with a soccer ball. To me it's a must for me as I am shooting sports a lot and almost always in the portrait orientation. I think if I took it off the camera would feel chintzy in my hand.

  • Cor Koomen

    October 27, 2009 07:01 pm

    I have a Fuji S5 and.... very big hands. So i am happy with the battery grip that give my S5 more body.

  • Sybren

    October 27, 2009 06:40 pm

    I have my battery grip permanently affixed on my 350D. I have quite big hands, and without the grip the camera is just too small.

  • Stevo

    October 27, 2009 04:36 pm

    I started with a 400D. It was too small to hold properly for long periods of time. With a grip it's quite nice.

    My 40D also has a grip. I wouldn't use the camera without one. Great to hold and balances my 70-200f/2.8L USM IS well.

  • Bob Nelson

    October 27, 2009 03:55 pm

    Monday 26 October 2009

    My wife and I each shoot with Canon dSLR cameras. She with a 40D and I with a 5D. Each of our cameras
    has a battery pack on them. We find them very useful and they are always attached to our cameras.

    We like the dual batteries configuration, the controls for vertical shooting and the balance they give our
    cameras. The only minus is the slight additional weight.

    Bob and Pam Nelson
    San Francisco, CA USA

  • David

    October 27, 2009 02:02 pm

    Using a handgrip makes portrait shooting easier and more stable, and having dual batteries and an attachment that allows normal AA batteries I no longer need to travel with cable and charger.

  • natek313

    October 27, 2009 01:36 pm

    Yes, I bought one for my Canon, and it has not been taken off ever since it arrived in the mail. I have bigger hands, so the extra bulk made the camera so much easier to handle. Of course, that's not to mention how much easier it is to take portrait-oriented shots.

    In my opinion, the added weight is negligible, and I have never had a problem when shooting for long periods of time.

  • JoeG

    October 27, 2009 11:49 am

    Yes, I bought one with my camera, and have never removed it. I just feel like I have a more secure grip on the camera (I have larger hands), and I REALLY like having the extra set of controls on the side now!

  • Denver Photographer Dave Z.

    October 27, 2009 11:28 am

    I have to agree with you. I bought the same battery grip and now it sits in the drawer. And now with the new Canon 5D MARK II I do not need it. -DZ

  • Bob Sislow

    October 27, 2009 11:12 am

    I do not... nor will I ever get one. It just seems like an unnecessary accessory unless you're shooting at weddings all the time; when a grip that won't wear your hands/wrists/arms out is needed. I don't find the price vs. necessary-ness to be worth it for my shooting purposes.

  • Vin Thomas

    October 27, 2009 10:10 am

    I bought my 40D in a bundle with a battery grip. I had it on for about the first year. I took it off for one night when we were going to the fair and I wanted to cut weight, and I am glad I did. I don't think I really need to use it all that much unless I am going on long trips. I must admit, I like the feel of the battery grip though. It feels a little more durable with it on.

  • Christopher

    October 27, 2009 09:11 am

    I have a grip for my 50D, I had it installed the entire time. When I got my 7D, I didn't order a grip with it as I knew it would be back ordered but I really miss my battery grip. I ordered a grip for the 7D, I can't wait for the thing to come in as I shoot child photography almost exclusively. I shot about 80% vertical now.

  • Stewart Lines

    October 27, 2009 08:42 am

    I run with the Pentax K-7 and K10D and use battery grips on both. The extra battery is a very nice convenience, but for me, it's more about a better fit in the hands on both models. I'm not comfortable holding and using the Pentax without the grips and true for a number of other brands and models. It seems like I'm not alone in that regard.. Cheers.

  • John O'Brien

    October 27, 2009 08:21 am

    The one I got for my Canon digital rebel xt was from Canon & worked fantastic & was a pleasure to use. The one for my Nikon D40 & D40x is a waste of time (non nikon product) it has no "portrait" biton & is unstady on the camera & at the time it was the only grip I found available Its a "digital concepts" brand was sold be B & H so I of course thought it would be good. When attached it can loose electric connection & picture failure will result.

  • Melanie

    October 27, 2009 06:27 am

    I love my grip. It is an intregal part of my equipment and has saved my butt a few times when I am in a rush and don't recharge when I should. I almost never use the alternate shutter button, but for some that might be an added perk when shooting vertically. If I wanted to go with lighter fare, I would use my smaller DSLR, the D40. For heavy duty I use my D90 with the grip. I am ensured of having the maximum battery charge with dual batteries, even half charged.

  • Chris

    October 27, 2009 06:17 am

    I have purchased one pretty much as soon as I got my camera a few years ago. Brought it along with me for a couple of weddings, then I pulled it off until recently. What I don't like is the extra weight. However, shooting vertically is definitely more comfortable, and not having to swap out batteries in the middle of a ceremony is a plus.

  • Jannik

    October 27, 2009 05:50 am

    My EOS 400D felt too small and too lightweight when I bought it, and I had nowhere to put my pinky (?) finger. So I bought a battery grip that never (!) came off again. Loved not having to worry too much about battery power (as someone else said, there are days where you know you'll be taking loads of photos) as long as both batteries were fully charged.

    Now I have a 7D, which has a more sturdy feel to it out-of-the-box. Now all my fingers fit and the weight seems right - but I really miss the battery power. The new battery grip is idiotically expensive, though, so I might just start off with just an extra battery :-)

  • Rob

    October 27, 2009 05:30 am

    The battery grip on my K200D was a major selling point for me. Besides being only $30, I love the feel and leave it on all the time. It adds just enough extra at the bottom for a nice grip and I actually like the weight. With anything except a small zoom or prime, it provides a nice counterweight. The extra battery life is amazing and the ability to quickly drop and replace the batteries out of the grip without even taking it off a tripod has been a real plus on multiple occasions. And I wouldn't want to give up the portrait trigger ever! Love my battery grip!!

  • Bran Everseeking

    October 27, 2009 05:03 am

    Oddly I do not. I have large hands and like the a weight in my camera. When i get my next camera which may well be the tiny Pentax K7 I will be getting the grip at once... i hate having two fingers not gripping the camera.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    October 27, 2009 04:58 am

    I do not have the grip - but I have an extra battery to exchange as I need. Learned that one the hard way, huh.

  • Andy Quadra

    October 27, 2009 04:49 am

    This is something I have been researching for my D700 but I just cannot just the cost and added weight. I already use pretty heavy lenses such as the (85mm f1/4) and adding more weight just doesn't seem necessary. However, I may be inclined to buying one when traveling... Nice post!

  • Art

    October 27, 2009 04:49 am

    I bought a battery grip with my used D200 a few years ago and haven't taken it off, mainly because I like the extra shutter release/command dials that allow me to leave my right hand where it belongs when I'm taking a portrait oriented photo. Previously, I had rotated the camera clockwise, keeping my fingers on the front grip (on my D70s) and pressing the shutter with my thumb. This allowed me to keep my right elbow in and used my hand and arm as a good solid foundation for the camera. But I find that being able to keep my hand in the normal shooting position when composing a vertical shot is even easier.

  • Bob H.

    October 27, 2009 04:26 am

    Can't live without it.
    I use a 5D MkII. unlike to XXD series, it fits quite nicely in my hand without a battery grip. But when I put a Heavy lens on the camera (all of them), this changes. L glass is heavy. Make it long, and it gets unwieldy for a long day of shooting. Slap that battery grip on there and a 70-200 or 100-400 becomes a breeze to use. I can shoot a shorter lens or a prime without the grip, but put a long lens on there and everything changes. I take it off now and then, thinking I like it better that way, but sho' nuff, I get home, it goes back on.

  • Eric Schoneker

    October 27, 2009 03:19 am

    I have had one for my D80 since day one almost three years ago. Since the camera feels too small and off-balance in my hands with it off, I probably haven't taken more than 5% of my shots without it . I won't buy another DSLR without one or the vertical grip built-in. I take a lot of photos and take my camera with my most of the time. The added weight is a non-issue for me. The practical benefits of having the shutter release and command dials when taking vertical shots and the better balance and feel in my hand make it an invaluable "accessory/necessity" to me.

  • John Hilowitz

    October 27, 2009 03:04 am

    I do not own one but I've been interested in purchasing one lately. The reason for me isn't necessarily to extend battery life, but to extend the grip on my camera. I have a Rebel XTi and the grip is tiny, it causes my hands to cramp up on longer shoots, especially when i'm using a heavier lens.

  • Skibo Adams

    October 27, 2009 02:43 am

    Wouldn't leave home without the grip on my camera. Besides the extra battery power, my Pentax grip also stores an extra sd card and the wireless remote. It gives the camera such a better feel and balance and so much easier to shoot in portrait mode with the extra controls. i order a grip with every body I purchase.

  • EnonOrez

    October 27, 2009 02:23 am

    I bought one for my D80 right after buying the camera. I can't think of shooting without it. I find that I take most of my picture vertically so it's being used constantly.

  • Ron Hamilton

    October 27, 2009 02:23 am

    I have a Canon XSi with a battery grip and I wouldn't go out without it. In fact, I never take it off the camera. It gives me a nice solid feel. It is a little bulky, but I can handle that.
    With two rechargeable batteries, the charge will last a long time. And, recharging them is easy, even in my pick-up. I will not buy batteries for a long time.
    My only complaint is that everytime I upgrade, the entire system, grip, batteries, and charger, must be re-purchased. There is no reason that the same grip cannot fit all XT and XS cameras. A money maker for Canon for sure!

    Ron Hamilton
    r.hamilton@ns.sympatico.ca

  • George

    October 27, 2009 02:10 am

    I have used a battery grip on all my DSLRs. The grip is a perfect fit for my hands, and provides balance while shooting. The benefits of quick orientation to portrait or landscape and battery life makes weight a non issue for me.

  • Robert Melnyk

    October 27, 2009 01:47 am

    Yes.... great purchase and now I would not be without it...

  • David

    October 27, 2009 01:44 am

    When I upgraded to the 5DmkII I got the grip and it never comes off the camera. The extra weight is more than balanced by the battery life and the ability to shift to portrait without thinking about it any more.

    More than worth the cost.

  • Matthew Musgrove

    October 27, 2009 01:43 am

    I bought a Zeikos ZE-NBG90 for my Nikon D90 (roughly $60 with shipping) because as a photography student I could not see paying $150 for Nikon's D90 battery grip.

    I use it often but do not keep it mounted on my camera because it does not fit in my current camera bag.

  • Michelle

    October 27, 2009 01:03 am

    I wanted one really bad for my K10D, however, after a year of shooting without it, I am just as happy. I feel that my camera bag has enough weight as it is.

    when I shoot weddings I actually hide my second battery in my bra (I usually wear a skirt that doesn't have pockets) and then when I need it, I hide in a corner or around some flowers and I change the battery... quick like no bodys business! :0)

  • Twstedman

    October 27, 2009 12:46 am

    Have one. I find my hand fits to the camera body better with it and the added benefit of shutter release/camera controls ensures I leave it there. Added weight and battery life were not issues.

  • Georg

    October 27, 2009 12:40 am

    I got the battery grip for my D80 mainly to be able to use [rechargeable] AA batteries during travel (You never know...). It's also good to have extra power when doing long exposures...

    One positive side effect is that it balances the 16-85 very nicely on the occasion that I have to carry the camera in front of my belly.
    I never really use the extra controls for vertical shots as most of the time I wrap the shoulder strap around my arm and wrist in a rather time consuming procedure (and I shoot more landscape anyway).

    Even though I find the battery grip not entirely rock solid for tripod work, it has its merits to put a quick release plate on it. Then I can just remove the grip, use the original camera battery and screw on a mini-tripod, should the need arise.
    (historic worst case scenario: I only have the gorillapod (w/o head) with me; to remove
    the quick release plate from the camera I'll just take the allen ke-- uuuups. ;-))

    First Law of Tripod-Induced Camera-Metamorphosis
    ("TICM I"; pronounced "tick me"):
    Small electron-shifting parts [camera battery] are easier to remember
    to bring than tiny, black, boring objects [allen key].
    Lemma:
    Also bring your memory cards.

    cheers!
    Georg

  • Kathy A.

    October 27, 2009 12:38 am

    Don't have one and not on my wishlist.

    I don't do much portrait work, and battery life hasn't been an issue for me.

  • Ed Weaver

    October 27, 2009 12:36 am

    I use mine all of the time. Using the AA cartridge on my Nikon, I can actually get an extra frame per second. Comes in handy shooting autos. Also most of my people pictures, and 85% of the shots for magazines require portrait mode. This is much easier to manage with the grip.

  • Wilson Wong

    October 27, 2009 12:34 am

    I used it with my D200. Have taken it out for the nepal trip but feels that the batteries will help with the VR with my Nikon 18-200 VR lens. I found that the battery goes way way faster when using the VR.

    So in the end, I have to charge my batteries every night.

    Now the grip is always there and i find it very useful as Portrait orientation tends to crop the picture more and force the eyes towards the subject quicker.

  • Sascha Vogt

    October 27, 2009 12:24 am

    Yes - and it is allways connected to my camera. For one I shoot 70% of my pictures in portrait and second I am using eneloops.

  • TJ Lawhon

    October 27, 2009 12:22 am

    I'm at the point where I think I would go crazy without my battery grip mostly because of the vertical shooting. It makes going vertical so much easier and for someone that shoots a ton of football and other athletics, that's a must.

    The only thing that could make the grip better would be a more affordable wireless transmitter built in for file transfer.

  • brian

    October 27, 2009 12:13 am

    I have one for my 40D, and like you, only find I use it when I'm on a shoot where I know I will be taking alot of photos, and don't want to have to even think about the batteries

    it does add quite a bit of weight to the camera though

  • JohnS

    October 27, 2009 12:09 am

    I wouldn't be without it, especially for Portrait shooting.

  • Ray

    October 27, 2009 12:02 am

    I have the Nikon grip for my D200 and I use it all the time. I love the fact I can hold it normally taking protrait pictures and the D200 can go through a battery pretty fast so having two on board during a long shoot is a plus.

  • Dennis Hirning

    October 27, 2009 12:01 am

    I don't have one for my 40D. I really don't see where there would be much benifit for me. Even with IS lenses, the battery last long enough to last me most days that I am out shooting. I always have at least one battery in my pocket in case I might need it. The only reason I might get one would be to try to impress someone and that definately wouldn't be worth the loss of the controls that aren't on the battery grip.

  • Greg Clarke

    October 26, 2009 11:57 pm

    I always use my battery grip. I shoot a lot with my Canon 70-200 2.8L which is a pretty heavy lense and the grip helps to balance out the extra weight. Also I have large hands so the grip feels better to me.

  • Syed

    October 26, 2009 11:53 pm

    I use it all the time not so much for the extra batteries but mostly because i find the camera body small for my hands, i use a a canon 30d and a 7d have battery grip for both. Just gotten used to it i guess.

  • Maurice Prokaziuk

    October 26, 2009 11:39 pm

    It was of my first accessories that I bought for my Nikon D80, the battery grip and an extra battery. Love it for portrait shooting. Use it only when I know I will be out for a substantial shoot as I hate to be be shooting something and suddenly your battery dies and you then have to pop in a fresh one and you missed that all important shot. The extra weight is fine as I use the BlackRapid strap which is super comfortable.

  • Andy

    October 26, 2009 11:22 pm

    I am having got the grip fro Niken D80, know i need too no what camera it fitten???

  • Sadonna

    October 26, 2009 11:18 pm

    Oh I might add I HATE the camera strap so somebody mentioned the Rapid Strap and I am going to buy one to try out. I use a hand strap but there are times I don't want to keep putting my camera down to do what I am doing ( children & family photographer). Thanks for mentioning it they have a double sling for those who use two cameras at a time. It looks funny reminds me of a like a shoot out war between cowboys..lol

    Here's the link to those who wish to check it out as well. http://www.blackrapid.com/

  • Sadonna

    October 26, 2009 11:14 pm

    I use a battery grip with my 40D and have to say I simply love it. Bought it due to shooting my first wedding and I wanted to make sure I didn't run out of battery life in the middle of all it. It has stayed on my camera since and that was around a year ago. For a girl I have long fingers and the 40D fit perfect in my hand always wanted a 1D body but could not afford the price the grip helped give me that look as well. It was hard to get used to but now its like I have always had it. The grip specially helps with the weight when I have my big heavy lenses attached to the camera. It also helps with your right wrist from hurting as much so if you are on the fence its worth the money to buy it. But always buy name brand and never a knock off just a waste of money. I have a friend with a 40D and from time to time I pick her camera up and feel how light it is compared to mine but I could not go back even if I wanted my hands are changed forever.

  • MartCronos

    October 26, 2009 11:13 pm

    I have a Canon Xti and it is always has the grip attached to it. It gives a better grip and I love using it to make vertical shoots!. could not live without it.

  • Roger

    October 26, 2009 11:06 pm

    I have battery grips on two of my DSLR cameras. I like the extended battery life and I have attached hand straps that act like a glove and assist in holding/controlling the camera. The cameras equiped with battery grips and hand straps are Canon Digital Rebel (EOS 300) and a Canon EOS 40D. Though I do not use the vertical controls as much as I should. I do prefer the etended time between battery changes, and the hand strap for improved grip and control.

  • Bishwajit

    October 26, 2009 10:59 pm

    I just love my BG. I haven't removed it since the time I got it fixed to my cam. Few of things I would like to mention is that it gave be a better grip while holding the cam. My pinky is no longer dangling. And the second thing is it gave me more stablity to by shots especially with 300mm lens.

  • Andre

    October 26, 2009 10:47 pm

    I never take mine off. I can take almost a thousand shots before the batteries need replacement. It also adds stability and a great feel...

  • Hooman

    October 26, 2009 10:34 pm

    Wow, lots of response. I have them on both my Nikons. Primarily, it just fits my hand and grip so much better. I've recently tried using it without it to save the weight, but it was so strange, and grip for me just wasn't there, so I put it back on. I also really like not having to wrap my arm/hand around when shooting vertical.

  • Keith Murray

    October 26, 2009 10:00 pm

    sinc eI bought it, it's NEVER TAKEN OFF THE CAMERA. better balanca and grip for ortrait, esp. with a big lens on..
    How about a poll to see the results?

    If you own a grip do you use it:
    1: Never
    2: Occasionally
    3: Always

  • Esteban

    October 26, 2009 08:24 pm

    I do primarily wildlife photography with big zoom (400mm, often with a 2x)
    I had a Canon 30D and used it with grip all the time. When following an animal in portrait, the normal position possible with the grip let my shoulder last longer and get better results.
    Now I use a 5D MII and I don't plan to get a grip, because the body is already too heavy. I do long walks and apparently the 5D MII configuration has exceeded my carrying weight "allowance", the 5D is already as (or more? :-p) heavy as the old 30D with grip. Other than that I would use it all the time.

  • Mike

    October 26, 2009 08:00 pm

    I'd really like one and have wanted one for a while but I can't justify the cost for the small benefit they provide! So until I find a cheaper one I'll have to make do.

  • Pascal Parent

    October 26, 2009 07:04 pm

    My battery grip on my Canon EOS 400D is a permanent fixture, how can you live without it? It allows me to handle portrait as easely as landscape and a whole day of shooting without worying about the batteries.

  • Rob Beckett

    October 26, 2009 06:46 pm

    I have a grip on my 20D and can't leave home with out it the thread has stripped and I can't get it off, but I love it and couldn't think of why beside changing the battery oneday for the date etc you would want to take it off.

  • Radityo Pradipto

    October 26, 2009 06:36 pm

    I bought my MB-D80 about one and a half month ago, and since then I never took it off my D90.. Love the extra weight added to my D90 coz it doesn't only help shooting in portrait but also stabilise the whole body
    An extra thing you get is that we get more privilege when shooting events or on popular tourism sites. You'll see that you'll get more spaces to shoot by looking more professional in photography ^^

  • Daniel

    October 26, 2009 06:21 pm

    My MB-D10 stays on my D300 constantly.

    Not only for extra power but (mostly) for more comfortable portrait shooting.
    I believe most "grip-lover" will use it mainly for ergonomics and will consider the extra power as a side benefit.
    With the right battery inside, it also boosts my continuous shooting frequency (but I don't use it every day)

    D.

  • Can Berkol

    October 26, 2009 06:18 pm

    I don't own a grip. It's always in back of my head but I'm not sure if it worth paying extra few hundred bucks. I have three batteries and usually one battery itself is enough to power up my camera for a whole day. Even if it is not adequate, there is always a break during photo shoot when you can change the battery. Yet again, I don't own one so I'm not a very credible source to comment about this...

  • Thukral

    October 26, 2009 06:11 pm

    I bought a Phottix battery grip for my 450D.
    I hardly take the grip off.

    My reasons.
    1. No fear of running out of power
    2. Easy grip when camera is turned to portrait mode.
    3. Easier handling because the camera becomes square
    4. Raves from people because the camera now 'looks professional'
    5. Without the grip, the camera looks odd now.

    Gipes
    1. Takes up the space of one lens/flash in my camera bag.
    2. When storing, have to either unlock and relock or leave the zipper of the camera bag open meaning more danger to my camera.

    I would suggest that if you have the money to spend, definitely buy one.

  • Ahmed Sharif

    October 26, 2009 05:54 pm

    I use vertical grip for my Nikon D700 and D90...... also used it on my earlier D80...... it has become an integral part of my photography needs....... it gives me great balance when shooting vertical; especially when I'm using a bigger lens...... the focus selector on the D90/D80 is always a problem as the vertical grip doesn't have a focus selector on it..... but this isn't the case for D700..... its a great grip.......

    I've become so used to it that I will not order another camera without a vertical grip...... and as a matter of fact, I use the grip for gripping mainly...... I don't utilise the battery potential in most occasions...... one battery is OK for me in most cases; although I do use an extra battery for the D700 in the grip.....

  • MikeH

    October 26, 2009 04:40 pm

    Tracked down a third party grip for my D40x about 18 months ago - it hasn't been taken off since. It suits my way of using my camera, I like the extra weight and bulk. As I'm terrible about remembering to charge batteries this grip is a great addition as it also has an AA holder for use in emergency. Can;t imagine not having one - now.

  • Jay

    October 26, 2009 03:48 pm

    There needs to be an edit function on these comments, but just wanted to clarify I've had the D80 for about a year now. Re-read my comment after posting, and I kind of made it sound like I'd only had it about a month.

  • Jay

    October 26, 2009 03:45 pm

    I bought the Nikon one when I bought my D80. The D80 started it's life with the grip, and they've been inseparable since. The only problem I've come across is that just over a month after getting everything in, I find out about the Opteka grip that includes an intervalometer built into it... and that's even a little bit cheaper than the Nikon grip. DOH!

    Ah well, one day I'll swap out the Nikon grip for the Opteka, maybe when I upgrade to the D90.

    I use it because I had a D40 before upgrading to the D80, and even though the D80 is a little bigger than the D40, it's not nearly big enough for my hands. The grip solves that problem. And I also find myself shooting portrait more often now, just because it's there. The extra juice is nice, but batteries were never really a problem before, anyway. It's all about how the camera feels in my hands. Even the D300, without a grip, is a wee bit too small for my taste.

  • Michael Stonebreakr

    October 26, 2009 03:12 pm

    It's funny, I have one for my Canon 40D and I hardly ever use it, I like the feel and the versitility, but It doesn't fit well in my back pack with a lens attached. So I leave it home and take (2) spare batteries with me.
    I just bought the 7D and I haven't received it yet, but I bought the battery grip on Ebay and it's waiting at home for the 7D, I don't know how much use I'll get out of it, but we'll see.
    michael

  • jack L Casner

    October 26, 2009 02:58 pm

    I have always used battery grips. I got used to the feel of the Contax RTS III and bought a grip for my first digital, a Canon D6. I'm so used to a grip that I don't like a camera without one.

  • T. Bigger

    October 26, 2009 02:03 pm

    With having large hands, it is simply easier to hold my Canon 50d with the grip on it. Also the camera seems to have better balance with larger lenes.

  • Mark

    October 26, 2009 02:01 pm

    I use my battery grip often to create a maximum grip since i have big hands and the additional weight gives me more stability.

  • alaina

    October 26, 2009 01:54 pm

    I am not a big person so I don't big hands. I can't imagine myself with my Mark II or 5D with a grip and a heavy lens. I'd just rather carry a spare battery in my pocket or bag.

  • Joseph L Harris

    October 26, 2009 01:41 pm

    I love my battery grip. I (virtually) never take it off my D700. I depend on it more for the vertical shutter release button than the extra battery.

  • Jeff

    October 26, 2009 01:18 pm

    I never take mine off. While I rarely burn through one battery when shooting, you just never know! I also shoot a lot of vertical shots and that alone makes the battery pack worth it for me. It took me a couple of weeks to get used to it and now I wouldn't think of taking it off.

  • Matt Brown

    October 26, 2009 01:00 pm

    Could not live without it.

  • JP

    October 26, 2009 12:56 pm

    always have it on my 5d's and my 50 because its easier to hold and the 2nd battery is great for long periods of shooting.

  • Ryan

    October 26, 2009 12:41 pm

    I have a Nikon D80 and my boyfriend bought a battery grip for it for a wedding he was planning to shoot. At first I thought it was overly bulky, but I've since come to think it's indispensable. I love the ability to shoot vertically with all my controls on top. I don't feel that I need the battery life, but I love the convenience it adds.

  • Alan L

    October 26, 2009 12:28 pm

    Like Frank, I leave mine on my 40D all the time. I like the extra 'meat' added to the camera for balance, and the ability to shoot portrait with all of the controls on the grip make it especially nice. I'll need to get a hold of the hand strap though. I do find that at times the neck strap does tend to get in the way when shooting portrait.

  • theCurtis

    October 26, 2009 12:26 pm

    I have one for my D90. Love it. Wouldn't shoot without it. Not yet anyway...

  • Val

    October 26, 2009 11:51 am

    Yes, I have the battery grip on the Nikon D300s and the Nikon D90. I don't mind the extra weight. On the contrary, the battery grip provides a nice balance to both cameras.

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  • Aaronth

    October 26, 2009 11:32 am

    I had a vert-grip for my 20D, but like you, ended up leaving it at home much of the time due to bulk. Now with the 5D2 I have no plans on getting the vert grip :D

  • Kyle

    October 26, 2009 11:14 am

    the ergonomics go against a battery grip for me - carrying a couple of extra batteries in the camera bag makes more sense to me than hefting that extra weight up each time you take a shot... I've never needed more than two batteries per shoot, and frequently one fully charged one will do the whole job, even when I've shot over a thousand pics in a single shoot on the Nikon D300s. (I don't use flash, so maybe that changes things?)

  • Gregpen

    October 26, 2009 10:28 am

    I got mine at the same time as my new K7 and have not taken it off, it just feels more balanced to me and having the but that's a personal thing. The added controls do make life easier.

  • Steve Brown

    October 26, 2009 10:27 am

    No. Too much added weight and bulk for no real gain. My battery lasts forever and I have a spare. Don't need the grip to shoot portrait mode. Do it fine without. I guess it's whatever you get used to...

  • Patrick

    October 26, 2009 10:20 am

    Yeah I use it all the time mainly on my Sony a200, for I love the extra weight and feel of the Camera. It feels secure and comfortable. I have been doing this for 2 months now, so when i take the grip off the camera is so light that it doesn't feel comfortable anymore.

  • Jordan

    October 26, 2009 10:13 am

    I have a Canon 450D. Bought the grip about 6 months after the camera and haven't looked back. On a smaller camera, it just feels better to have the grip on - there's more to hold on to. :-)

  • Jeff

    October 26, 2009 10:03 am

    I have one on both my cameras (Rebel XT & XSi) I have fairly big hands and find the added bulk nicer to handle. Even my wife, who has small hands likes them. In addition to the better feel I like having the extra controls for shooting verticaly.

  • vince borough

    October 26, 2009 09:53 am

    D200 with batterygrip can´t do without it, better handling and more shooting power, the machine eats batteries.

  • johnp

    October 26, 2009 09:50 am

    I use mine if I get roped into taking wedding photos. Not that I need the extra battery so much as with two cameras one battery in each usually lasts, but because it makes your camera bigger than all the guest's cameras so they realise they should get out of your way. Sounds silly but it works!

  • Fábián Gábor

    October 26, 2009 08:59 am

    Yes! I can't live without one. It's much more confortable for me.

  • Andrew

    October 26, 2009 08:24 am

    I keep the grip on my D80. Cannot imaging shooting without it. My wife's D90 feels small and plasticky without a grip on it.

  • Nicole

    October 26, 2009 07:32 am

    Yep, I use a battery grip on my D90 and I use it all the time. It makes it a little heavier, but I like the way it balances things out which was primarily why I got it.

  • Nadja

    October 26, 2009 07:19 am

    I don't even take it off my camera. I take lots of vertical pictures and love to have that extra shutter button and not kill my arm by having to use the one on the camera. Plus, if the batteries are fully charged I know they'll last me forever.
    LOVE IT!

  • Josh

    October 26, 2009 07:14 am

    Have one for my Maxxum 7D...rarely take it off.

  • RP

    October 26, 2009 07:04 am

    Don't have one and don't intend to get one....having spare batteries is good enough, added weight to the camera is something I don't really need, quite the contrary...

  • Ed V.

    October 26, 2009 07:02 am

    I actually purchased a grip for my (then) dSLR, a Canon Rebel XT so that I could use AA batteries in a pinch. I never did use AA batteries but instantly fell in love with the much improved balance and ability to shoot portrait format easily.

  • Michelle Potter

    October 26, 2009 06:57 am

    I have a battery grip on my Rebel. I did not buy it for myself, and I didn't even want it -- I just wanted to get a spare battery so I could keep one charged and be able to switch them out. But my husband bought it for me, and I have to say I like it. I like the camera being a little bigger and heavier in my hand, and I really like the extra shutter release so I can turn the camera more easily for portraits. Also it came with two batteries, but can also work with just one, so I keep two in the camera and one charged in the camera bag just in case. (I am the type who never notices when my battery is getting low, so this has saved me LOTS of times when my batteries died in the middle of some important event.)

    I like my battery grip, and I never take it off of my camera, but I have to admit that if my husband hadn't bought it, I'd probably have been just as happy without it.

  • Elmer

    October 26, 2009 06:54 am

    I just upgraded to the 7D, the grip was two weeks behind the camera. I have large hands and I sure missed the grip.

  • Andrey Dorokhov

    October 26, 2009 06:48 am

    Bought it couple of years ago, little bit later then I have bought my Canon 400D, put it on and do not remember that I have detached it from a camera. So convenient. Good grip, good weight and lasts forever!

  • Neil Hargreaves

    October 26, 2009 06:48 am

    I run with one 90% of the time on my 50D. Why?

    Balance - esp with the 70-200 attached.
    Battery life - I can usually do a whole wedding on two batteries.
    Ergonomics - much more comfortable and less stress on the right wrist.
    Stability in portait mode - much better to have my right elbow tucked in than swinging around in mid-air.

    The only time I take it off is when I'm doing a session with the tripod - I'm not absolutely convinced of the strength of the grip, plus I notice it's considerably more wobbly if it's on the tripod with grip attached.

  • Marien

    October 26, 2009 06:40 am

    I have it hooked on almost all of the time. but when i take it off I miss it. Especialy when shooting in portrtait mode.
    It feels so much more natural when holding your camera in portrait mode with the battery grip. Only take it off when I want to go lightweight and also also put on my 50mm lens.

  • Mike Duggan

    October 26, 2009 06:23 am

    For the longest time I was not sure if I wanted or needed a battery grip. Now that I have one (for use on Nikon D90) I have not taken it off. I feel it give a nice balance to the camera especially with a large lens on the body.

  • andy brannan

    October 26, 2009 06:23 am

    I have one for my Nikon D700 and use it only on occasions the last few years i have been slimming down what i take out when shooting .I carry 2 spare batteries instead .

  • Michael VanDeWalker

    October 26, 2009 06:14 am

    Don't have one and not really interested in one. I have small hands, don't need the bulk, don't need the weight, shoot on a tripod most of the time, a spare battery fits in my pocket and I'd rather spend the money on other things.

  • JMP Photos

    October 26, 2009 06:06 am

    I have the Nikon branded one for my D100 and an aftermarket one for my D70s.

    I've gotten used to the full-body size feel, and I can't imagine shooting again without the battery packs. The extended battery life is rarely an issue, however.

    If I'm concerned about weight and bulk, then I just bring my Canon G9.

  • Mandi

    October 26, 2009 06:06 am

    I don't have a battery grip right now. I would definitely be interested in having one when I get into doing weddings and portraits, but right now it really isn't necessary for me.

  • Jason Patel

    October 26, 2009 05:57 am

    I never take my grip off my 400D. I bought it after getting a substantial 80-200 L, the grip made the camera much easier to handle. The camera was much too light an shaky without the grip. I now am so used to the ease I can grip my camera.

    Also I know it sounds lame but the camera looks more "professional" with the grip, this makes directing model easier as they seem to pay more attention.

  • Stephen

    October 26, 2009 05:56 am

    I love my battery grip. I always have a 420EX Speedlite on my Canon and the battery grip really helps balance out the weight of the camera instead of it being top-heavy. My battery grip also lasts a very long time on one charge. I have only charged the batteries two times since I got it in August and I take a few thousand photos a month.

  • Robd

    October 26, 2009 05:48 am

    Once I had the battery grip for my D80 I hardly took it off, unless I wanted to light. I used it for improved vertical shooting, not for the extra battery most of the time. Since selling my D80 and the grip, upgraded to a D300, I've missed having the grip, but getting the grip for the D300 is on my list of things to get next year, no money left in the budget for photography equipment this year.

  • Mark Jaquith

    October 26, 2009 05:44 am

    Got one. Use it for sports, action, wildlife, and any time that I'll be shooting a lot of photos in portrait mode. On the D700, the battery grip gives me 8fps instead of 5fps, which is a huge difference for moving things. I appreciate the extra battery life and the portrait controls. I don't use it when I'm worried about weight and I'm just carrying the camera on a strap, instead of in a bag.

  • Benny

    October 26, 2009 05:16 am

    I love to have one once I have enough penny to get a Nikon D300. I take a lot of photos plus I will use an external flash.

  • Noah

    October 26, 2009 05:12 am

    I plan to get one right quick. The D90's battery life is limited, and most importantly with 11" hands it's VERY small.

  • Tariag

    October 26, 2009 05:06 am

    Never had one and never wanted to...
    Totally useless to me...
    Had for years a D2Hs with integrated grip, used it for vertical shooting maybe 2-3 times...

  • Tricia

    October 26, 2009 04:51 am

    I got a battery grip about a year ago and think I've maybe used it twice. My hands are really small and it makes it not only challenging to hold, but really heavy as well. I just carry my extra batteries with me just in case I need them instead.

  • gturner

    October 26, 2009 04:50 am

    yes, it makes life easier but is heavy if you are not used to it

  • Rafael Hoyos

    October 26, 2009 04:37 am

    Not to forget that battery grips in some cameras increases the frames per second ;)

  • Joseph

    October 26, 2009 04:32 am

    I have the Canon grip for my EOS TI1 and it's on the camera ALWAYS.. I feel the camera fits my hand better with it on, and seems to balance better with the larger lenses. Plus having the extra set of buttons is useful for the portrait shots or if I have a shot I need to get that is at a weird angle.

  • Lori Ann Cole

    October 26, 2009 04:23 am

    I bought a battery grip for my Rebel t1i just after I bought the camera. I was used to running through batteries constantly with my Fuji, and I take a lot of photos.

    However, I am very pleased that the rechargeable batteries last a long time with the Rebel and I never needed to resort to the grip. It's just easier to pop in another battery when one gets close to empty.

    Considering the fact that most of my photos are taken without a tripod, the battery grip's extra bulk would not be my friend with my small hands.

  • stephen

    October 26, 2009 04:19 am

    I use mine when i know i am going out and taking portraits. I leave it at home for night scenes and nature. I agree it adds bulk and can be cumbersome. I do love the added power and not having to worry when i am doing long exposure work about running out of juice. The added fact that with it i can use AA when in a pinch will save my skin doing weddings. I have 4 batteries but if your taking 2000 pictures you can burn through some batteries fast. Use live view any and your just asking to be left battery less when it counts.

  • Jack Larson

    October 26, 2009 04:14 am

    I have battery grips for both my D300 and my D700. I like the heft and feel it gives the camera.

  • Banbro

    October 26, 2009 04:07 am

    It is very rare that I take the battery grip off... in fact I think it has only come off twice in the 4 years and 25,000 images I have had it. There are a number of reasons I like the grip: tremendous number of exposures without changing batteries, balances the body when shooting with the 70-200 2.8 (90% of what I shoot), makes a better camera/hand fit, and gives me another shutter button and option wheel to utilize. Shooting with the battery grip has convinced me that when I get another body it will be a pro body with the grip built in rather than spending money to add one separately.

  • Jared

    October 26, 2009 03:52 am

    When I had an entry size body (Rebel 350D) I never ever took the battery grip off. I needed it so the camera would fit my hand size. Now that I have a 50D I occasionally take it off when I want to go light, say with a 50mm lens only.

  • Jos Gouders

    October 26, 2009 03:49 am

    I had one on my Nikon D80 and have it now on my D90. It allways stays on the camera. When I do not need the extra battery, I sometimes place my I-gotU GPS in the battery compartment.

  • Sam

    October 26, 2009 03:43 am

    Had one, found the cam too bulky with it, sold it after it just occupied shelf space.

  • Randall A. Gordon

    October 26, 2009 03:37 am

    I've had one on my 350D from my third week of ownership onward. Personally I feel it is still too small. Although a different issue, I just can't stand the newer bodies cramming more and more stuff in too tight a space—big is beautiful! I've never understood complaints about the grip adding bulkiness, I am on the opposite end of the spectrum and desire the added weight to counterbalance large lenses. (Say a 70-200 2.8 on an XT body without the grip? You're joking, right?) And the added grip to give me something to hold on to for steady shots with short, stubby lenses. Not to mention the most advertised abilities of being able to hold the body in a non-awkward fashion for portrait shots and killer battery life, of course.

    But, maybe I just have sasquatch hands...

  • SJlarue

    October 26, 2009 03:30 am

    It helps improve the ergonomics of the camera when shooting portraits with it on, so I put it on when I am going vertical! :D

  • Ramón

    October 26, 2009 03:23 am

    I've never used my 5D without a battery grip, and now I use a 1Ds.
    Photography writers, such as Bryan Peterson suggests that the best time to take a photograph in portrait mode is immediately after shooting in landscape mode; the battery grips facilitates this.

  • Diane

    October 26, 2009 03:21 am

    I have wondered about getting a grip - very timely article. I have a Nikon so will have to do some research - I have only seen Canon grips so far. I live in the far north where we seem to have cold 8 months a year so having extra battery life would be a huge consideration for getting one.

  • Gareth

    October 26, 2009 03:11 am

    I have a D60 with a third party grip.It fulfills two aspects for me, larger grip area and obviously extended batt life. It lives on my slr and I won't use it without unless I have flattened the dual batteries.

    My next slr's will be getting the same treatment.

  • philman

    October 26, 2009 03:07 am

    Yes, it's never off the camera.

    Reasons:
    1. Added bulk = added inertial mass. Meaning it'll shake less with a grip than without one.
    2. Extra functionality with the 'portrait' controls.
    3. More surface area for me grasp the body.
    4. Looks better(?)

  • Adit

    October 26, 2009 02:55 am

    No, I don't. And I don't think that I'm going to buy one in the future either, because I mostly use my camera for my family and casual photography purposes --nothing worth worrying the battery life about.

  • Rick

    October 26, 2009 02:53 am

    I have had them for all of my DSLRs, and winder packs for 35mm SLRs before that. I am a big guy with big hands and the packs actually give me a more comfortable grip on the camera and a little more weight for stability. I also use the vertical release quite a bit as well. For me, the grip is an essential 'must have' accessory.

  • Jonathon

    October 26, 2009 02:50 am

    I use a battery grip on my K20D all of the time. The only time I ever take it off of the camera iw when I cycling the battery in the body. For me, it makes the camera easier to hold in both landscape and vertical modes. I also really like that I almost never run out of battery power even during weddings and even extended photo outings. I've tried shooting without it once after having it, but now I'm only comfortable shooting with the grip.

  • Ben Drucker

    October 26, 2009 02:43 am

    I do. I couldn't live without it. I can barely use a camera without one.

  • Christoph Spiegl

    October 26, 2009 02:41 am

    I had one for my EOS 30D but sold it cause I want to get my gear as minimal as possible (right now I take my body, 28mm 1.8 USM, 85mm 1.8 USM and some battery with me) The grip just needs to much space and weights to heavy for my usage.

    Additionally I think the camera feels lighter without and is better to handle. But I can understand everybody who uses one on day to day basis!

  • Chris

    October 26, 2009 02:34 am

    I have a third party grip for my 5D MK2, it's on it permanently and I wouldn't dream of taking it off. As mentioned by many already, it balances out my grip and also makes for easier portrait shooting.

  • Daniel Austin Hoherd

    October 26, 2009 02:33 am

    I just got to Asia and while packing for my trip I considered leaving the battery grip at home. After weighing the battery and the grip, I realized that most of the weight is in the battery and the grip part doesn't really add much. The grip made the camera more bulky, but also gave it another handle to make it less droppable. I decided to bring the grip with me. It's a removable option, after all.

  • Todd Ward

    October 26, 2009 02:28 am

    I have a Canon Rebel Xti and a Canon 5D and both have battery grips on all the time. I never thought of taking them off. I might try.

  • Rob

    October 26, 2009 02:27 am

    I only use mine about 25% of the time, but am glad I have it for my D300.
    When I use it, I love it, but... am I the only one who feels self-concious about looking like a D3 owner wannabe?
    I kinda feel like I'm driving a Miata at a Boxter rally when I cover some events.

  • Hans C. Koch

    October 26, 2009 02:27 am

    I have big hands and when I got my first DSLR (a Rebel XT) I needed the extra size to get a good grib on the camera. After I upgraded to the 50D I felt that the body still wasn't big enough for my hands, so I got a grip for that one too. The only reason that I have extra betteries in it, is because I can. I've never run out of power, shooting with just one.

  • Tara Bradford

    October 26, 2009 02:22 am

    I have vertical grips on both my cameras, but rarely use it on the Sony DSLR A900, as the camera and Zeiss lens is so heavy, on its own. I do like using it, as it helps balances the weight of the lens and feels more secure. But I can't carry it around for long; simply too heavy.

  • Tim K.

    October 26, 2009 02:12 am

    Have one for both my XTi and 50D. I can't imagine shooting without one. Either my hands are large or I hold the camera a little funny, but my ring finger and pinky have no where to go without a grip attached.

  • Martien

    October 26, 2009 02:09 am

    I can't live without it !! It's permanently attached to my camera. I love how it works, no inconvenient handling of my camera and more battery power.

  • Andreas

    October 26, 2009 02:07 am

    I used one on my 400D to get heavier and it was indeed easier to handle, but I don't use a grip on my 5DM2 yet. The camera itself is heavier and my relative small hands fit perfectly (which was not the case on the 400D without a grip).

  • Kerri

    October 26, 2009 02:03 am

    I have two Rebel bodies (XSi / T1i), and have a battery grip that lives on my T1i (although it is interchangeable with the XSi). Aside from the extra battery life (fantastic!), I also like the fact that if, for whatever reason, all my batteries were dead, I can slip in 6 AAs and "survive".

    Also, given the lenses I use, the grip balances out the extra weight. Without the grip, the EF 24-70mm f2.8 just feels lopsided; with, it's a joy to use.

    The other touted features (portrait shutter release, etc.) are nice, but I find that I don't use them that much. Why? Because I frequently need controls that are on the main body that don't exist on the grip. Now if they would duplicate those controls, I'd use it in portrait all the time, but since they don't, it just gets me the above benefits.

    Oh - and finally, it LOOKS professional ;-) Sometimes appearances are important, and having that grip means that non-photographers seem to automatically assume "pro" because of the huge camera coming towards them. At least that's what I've found in practice. (Now, in the woods, the insects could care less. But people are another matter!)

  • Jenny

    October 26, 2009 02:02 am

    My dad has one that he doesn't really need. He doesn't take many pictures when he's out, and I had using his camera (Nikon D300) because it's way too heavy and bulky. I do not have one, and I'd rather get an extra battery or two if/when I need to take a ton of pictures at once.

  • Lon

    October 26, 2009 02:02 am

    My grip stays on my XTi full time. It does make more bulky and cumbersome, but without just feels tiny and weird. Some say it adds balance and stability but I find it actually makes putting the camera down awkward since when lying on a table it tilts forward putting the weight on the front of the lens and probably puts some added stress on the lens mount. I don't really need the grip for anything plus it draws extra unneeded attention, however since getting used to it I just like the way the camera feels in the hand more with it on.

  • Marco Cabazal

    October 26, 2009 01:59 am

    While the grip's main purposes are:
    1) to provide a good steady balance while shooting
    2) extra power
    3) extra control buttons (when it's actually used vertically). For health reasons, this functionality will definitely prevent a lot of strain to build up on the shooting wrist.

    I have generally found it's also much better being able to have alternatives in holding/keeping the camera
    4) while of course, shooting vertically
    5) while holding it up high (paparazzi style) over a crowd while being stabilized by the strap.

    Since I mostly shoot square anyway, there's no real need to go vertical or whichever. But being able to hold the camera a number of way still is very useful for me.

    6) okay, I need the grip to hold my pinky so it won't go into cramps. :)

  • Daros K

    October 26, 2009 01:58 am

    I have one and I love it for times when I've needed it. Usually those times are during wedding shoots or anything where I'm shooting for extended periods of time. It's convenient to not have to change batteries as often.

    However, I definitely appreciate the weight difference when I take it off.

  • mhmedia

    October 26, 2009 01:56 am

    I got one each for my Nikon D80 and D200 and use them all the time. I find that they provide a better, more comfortable grip, especially if I'm on a shoot that lasts more than 8 hours. One benefit with the Nikons at least is that if I only use one battery in the grip, I have a decent amount of additional storage space spare, possibly for a small, suitably protected toolkit.

  • Chris Gampat

    October 26, 2009 01:55 am

    I use the grip at certain times depending on what I'm shooting with my Canon 5D Mk II.

    Concerts: No, slows me down. Especially with just a 50mm F1.8 II.
    Paparazzi: No, doesn't allow for quick access to the camera.
    Events: Yes, lots of photos.
    Products: Yes, better vertical stabilization
    Portraits: Yes.
    Photojournalism: No, it slows me down too much and doesn't allow for discreteness.
    Wildlife: No, too bulky.

    Examples at flickr.com/chrisgampat

  • Vlad

    October 26, 2009 01:52 am

    I found thr grip to be pretty usefull besides the extra battery carrier:
    - first, camera controls along with hutter release button on the grip make it easier to shoot vertical
    - second, it fixes weight balance between the heavy lense (Canon 17-55 f2.8) and small body (Canon XTI) when carrying the camera over the neck

  • arefel

    October 26, 2009 01:51 am

    I have one on my D80 and use it all the time. I love the stability and the ease of use when shooting portrait mode.

  • Konrad Dwojak

    October 26, 2009 01:51 am

    I have Nikon D90 and a battery grip for it. I have to say that I can't imagine my photography life without it. It makes the camera more handy, more robust and sturdy in my hands. Not to mention that buttons on the side of the grip make it much easier to take vertical pictures!

  • scottb

    October 26, 2009 01:51 am

    I've used one on my Rebel XS for the past 3 months and have hardly taken it off. I purchased a third party grip and it has only been a convenience... I agree that it adds balance to the camera, no need to change batteries, and helps with long term portrait shooting.

  • 5h4rk

    October 26, 2009 01:44 am

    I was thinking to get one, but then I thought it would take me 10 seconds (or less) to change the battery.

  • santech

    October 26, 2009 01:41 am

    nah. i have enough wth my extra cells. without origonal one have another one from g7 and two from e-bay. chinese ones. but with 900 mAh instead of 720(in orogonal batteries). canon says that anything is not original can blow up my gear. will see ;D

  • Steven

    October 26, 2009 01:39 am

    I've got a battery grip from Opteka, and I'll never buy another camera without one. The one I purchased came with 2 batteries, so I've got 4 total. I went on a 2 week vacation, took 1700 photos, and my battery still showed full (only using 2 batteries).

    It also adds just the right amount of weight to make the camera feel solid, and the shutter on the bottom (used for portrait shots) is perfect.

  • C. A. McLaughlin

    October 26, 2009 01:36 am

    Yes, and I use it all the time. For some reason, even though it adds some weight, it seems to balance the camera better for me (Rebel XT), maybe because I have large hands (~11" span). I like it, particularly when shooting in portrait mode.

  • Nakey

    October 26, 2009 01:35 am

    nope. can't afford the K7's one yet, and the K200D's one is almost useless.

  • Carolyn

    October 26, 2009 01:35 am

    Yes, I have one on my D300............I also had one on my D200 and loved it so much for the extra convenience of not only the additional battery, although I have never needed that additional power and I always carry two extra batteries, but I love the portrait mode for the most part and having that shutter release right there is so easy, I wouldn't be without it.........

  • Omar Kooheji

    October 26, 2009 01:34 am

    I want one mainly becuase I think my 500D isn't beefy enough. And for hte extra battery life. Although I've yet to fully drain the battery on my camera.

  • Marshall Cant

    October 26, 2009 01:34 am

    Bought a new 5D and thought really hard at the time about getting a grip (battery , that is). I can shoot upwards of 600 photos with a single charge. Two batteries and I'm good for the day. So no grip needed.

  • Raymond

    October 26, 2009 01:32 am

    I've not taken mine off from my D60 since I got the 3rd party battery grip.

    +1 for comfort, double battery life and stability. The portrait shutter for the 3rd party grip is a joke, however. But I still love my grip.

  • Mark Zelazoski

    October 26, 2009 01:30 am

    Bought my DSLR about 1 year ago. Bought my grip about 9 months ago. It has never been taken off my camera. I love it for the extended battery time and the stability and the feel.

  • zeemiDesign

    October 26, 2009 01:29 am

    I would like to have one, but currently there is no money for it...

  • Niels

    October 26, 2009 01:27 am

    I have one since the day i bought my 400D. And had some on my analog Canonjs as well. Out of multiple reasons:

    "the comfort"
    - I have kind of big hands, and the 400D is "small"
    - I like the hand strap when walking around much more than a neck holder
    - It is way more comforting for the arm when shooting portrait format
    - camera is more tightly snugged in my bags
    - buttons in portrait + manual mode are way easier to reach
    - the added weight shift the "center" of the camera, for me it feels more stable, especially with a longer 70-200 or a heavy lens

    "the technical aspects"
    - i use rechargable AA batterys in my grip, not the camera ones
    - the same batterys are used in my walky talkys, gps, flashlight and strobe
    - i can buy some AA's if i happen to drain all my rechargables nearly everywhere on the planet
    - way more power on long days (hiking or zoo or whatever)
    - no need to fear draining the cam when looking through the images "in the field" to decide if i need to change iso or whatever settings

    #niels

  • Ding

    October 26, 2009 01:24 am

    I've got one for my XTi, but not my 40D. The 40D is bigger and fits my hands better (and my hands aren't that big.) The XTi just feels too small without it. My pinky hangs off the bottom without the grip, which causes some discomfort after a long day of carrying it.

    I also love having the extra battery loaded and ready to go. I hate changing batteries, and they always seem to go dead at inopportune times.

    When I'm using both bodies, I find I sling the 40D around my neck, and carry the XTi by the grip. Basically, I love the grip, but shooting in portrait mode takes a backseat to all the other things I like about it.

  • Paco

    October 26, 2009 01:23 am

    It never leaves the camera, it's just such a convenience to have the extra grip and not worry about battery life. Plus I kinda of like the extra heft

  • Adam Marin

    October 26, 2009 01:23 am

    I have a battery grip for both my 5D Mk II and my 40D, and I can honestly say, that I have not taken them off since I got them. I find that I don't mind the added weight, and since I have bigger hands, it actually makes the camera easier to hold. I also like to shoot a lot of verticals, and love having the shutter button on the grip. This is actually the reason I bought it, since most of the time I only have one battery in anyway. I do go with two batteries for weddings, but that is about it.

  • andreas

    October 26, 2009 01:22 am

    I for sure have one for my camera.. one of the first things i bought. not for the extra battery, thought i have 2 batteries in the grip, but for the comfort and the ability to hold your camera much more stabil when shooting in portrait mode. i put it on when i got it approximately 5 months ago, and it still hasn't left my camera a single time

  • TrishC

    October 26, 2009 01:20 am

    I can't find one for my camera, I have the Nikon D50..... I would love to be able to have the choice to use one if I could find one compatible with the D50.

  • sheri

    October 26, 2009 01:18 am

    I love my battery grip, mainly because it gives "heft" to my 40D that it otherwise would not have. The camera feels more right in my hands and I find it handles much easier with the grip, which I never remove.

  • Trudy

    October 26, 2009 01:17 am

    I have one on my camera. I don't mind the bulk, actually I like it! I like the weight and additional sturdiness that it adds. I also use the additional shutter when I flip the camera vertically. I think it is a pretty cool accessory.

  • Photographer_X

    October 26, 2009 01:13 am

    nope, i carry extra batteries for my canon, but i think i will need one starting next month

  • Cornell

    October 26, 2009 01:12 am

    I do not have a battery grip and have not found that I have need one. However, my photography lifestyle does not necessitate one. I always carry a spare charged, rechargeable battery with me as a precaution. The only times that I have needed to use the spare were when I did not check the in-camera baterry level the night before I wanted to take photographs or I tried to stretch the juice remaining. Usually these occur when I am on vacation and on the go a lot. However, I've never found myself with two dead camera batteries.

    That being said, I can see that a battery grip would be an advantage to someone who is into intensive, frequent photography; particularly, but not exclusively, when done by a professional photographer.

  • MeiTeng

    October 26, 2009 01:08 am

    I was contemplating if I should purchase one. In the end, I didn't. I bought an extra battery instead. And I am happy with my choice.

    People have told me a battery grip adds balance to the camera especially when you have a heavier lens.

  • Nick

    October 26, 2009 01:06 am

    My battery grip is permanently attached to my 5D MkII, essentially for the same reasons as Sameer has set out above. And I like to use the portrait format a great deal.

  • Bluenoser

    October 26, 2009 01:05 am

    I have one and use it quite often during the winter months. I like to hike in the woods a lot, and having the grip on in cold weather helps a lot. Two batteries vs one.

  • Kyle

    October 26, 2009 01:03 am

    Couldn't live without mine. Rarely take it off. Adds the perfect amount of balance and extra grip to my camera.

  • SexyNinjaMonkey

    October 26, 2009 12:59 am

    I bought one last time i upgraded my camera & barely take it off. It's not the extra battery that i use it for but the ease of taking portrait shots. I used to twist my arm around a lot for shots, this just makes it soo much easier.
    The only prob is the dedicated battery for it needs a charger that's 3x the price of the freaking battery, so i just use the AA tray it came with. But then battery really isn't the issue, so i can live with it.

  • Christoph

    October 26, 2009 12:58 am

    No, I love my Olympus E-620 because it's small and light - so why would I put a grip on there? :)

  • Morten S.

    October 26, 2009 12:50 am

    My camera feels odd without one (used on 350D + 50D). While I rarely use the space for the extra battery, I find the extra set of buttons quite handy (I shoot roughly 50/50 portrait/landscape) and I quite like the balance the camera has. Lastly, having large hands, it is simply easier to hold the camera (any way) with the grip on.

  • 5h4rk

    October 26, 2009 12:49 am

    I was thinking to get one, but then I thought it would take me 10 seconds (or less) to change the battery. The extra weight is not worth it for my personal use.

  • Corne

    October 26, 2009 12:48 am

    Not yet, but it is on my wish list..

    I make a whole lot of portrait shots, and my hand is allways twisting to make a decent shot.
    A couple of weeks ago, a friend of my came by with his D40 WITH Grip. And WOW that sure did make a difference for me.

    So i'm not doing it for the extra battery holder, but for the comfort of portrait shooting..

  • Sameer Chandra

    October 26, 2009 12:47 am

    I have one, and I never leave home without it. Sure, it add bulk to the camera along with weight, but it does provide lot more stability to the camera and more control to shoot in portrait or landscape mode. I comes in handy mostly, when I'm shooting high speed action, as it tends to drain the regular battery the most.
    I love it.

  • jwall

    October 26, 2009 12:45 am

    I don't use one on mine, I think it makes the camera feel too bulky. However; the photographer at the newspaper I work for uses one on his Nikon D200 and says he can't stand using a camera without one anymore.

  • Ivan Arnaudov

    October 26, 2009 12:45 am

    I don't take the BG-E3 grip off my EOS 50D. Before that, when I had a EOS 450D, I also used it with the grip. And before that, ditto for EOS 350D. You can safely bet what will be the first accessory I will be buying after I lay hands on the EOS 7D sometime early next year :)

    Besides larger battery capacity, I find several other benefits:

    - Better support for my palm and less fatigue. I find the 350D and 450D very small for my hand, leaving my pinky dangling in the air at all times, making my whole grip on the camera uncomfortable. The 50D is somewhat bigger but still feels somewhat small in my palm. The battery grip fixes all that, and makes me feel comfortable when holding the camera for a long time.
    - Better camera stability due to higher weight. My hands are somewhat shaky, so the added weight of the grip itself plus the second battery is actually a bonus for me.
    - The ability to use a hand strap. Whenever I know I will be hand-holding my camera for a long time, I will put on the Canon E3 hand strap for safer handling. There are hand straps that don't require the battery grip to attach to the camera but these seem to tight for me because of the small size of the integral grip.

    Plus, everybody digs the large sized chunk of equipment and thinks I am a pro :)))))))))))))

  • Life On The Edges

    October 26, 2009 12:42 am

    Nope. I don't do much reviewing in the field anyway, so battery draining isn't an issue for me.

  • frank t

    October 26, 2009 12:40 am

    I cannot image shooting without the grip - something I've been doing for 5+ years - maybe because I got used to a full-body 1D and wanted my other cameras to be the same form-factor. Love the ability to go portrait without having to cramp my arm around. I also don't like neck straps and instead use hand-grip straps - (I use a rapidstrap if I want to have it "slung").

  • CJ Kern

    October 26, 2009 12:34 am

    I have one and I used it only once. Easier to carry spare battery with me then the extra weight.

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