Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
I just want to say... Its like I have a whole new camera... Definitely feels much more comfortable... I think it is a necessity to have with any large heavy lens... I would recommend it to anyone who has the 300D. (I got an extra battery also)
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2532 times:
I got my 100-400mm on Friday afternoon, I had left before it arrived.. I got to the airport and tried Tony Z's lens... WOW... With it on the 300D, I couldnt even feel the camera... It was really awkward. I guess its like that with the 10D also, just not quite as bad...
AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 44 Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
I absolutely agree with you Maiz - I bought a battery grip with my Digital Rebel - it was $99.00. After learning that Canon BP-511 batteries are close to $70 a piece, I looked on E-Bay. I wound up getting two BP-511 generic batteries, and they seem to last much longer than the original Canon battery does. I was able to buy the pair for $19.95, and I'm extremely please with them. Now I have two fully charged batteries in my grip, and one more in the bag!
If you are considering the battery grip, but are skeptical about it - go to a camera shop and try one out. The camera feels much better with it. I bought a side strap for mine, and it feels great. It feels very secure in my hand, and even with a heavy lens like the 75-300 IS USM, it's still quite manageable even with one hand. A sidestrap in my opinion is a must!
Also, nobody's mentioned the array of buttons and dials that are on the battery grip! There is a shutter / focus button, On/Off switch (enables the buttons on the battery grip), AE / FE lock button, AF point selection button, and even a main dial to select and change settings. It's great to have all of that at your fingertips when shooting vertically!
N737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 676 posts, RR: 18 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
Hi Guys, Aaron here. I get my 300D either Monday or Tuesday and I cannot wait. I already ordered and have the Battery Grip ready for mine. I bought it from B&H over the internet. Also I held this camera before with the battery grip in a store and wow, does it ever have a better feel for it.
Qantas077 From China, joined Jan 2004, 5746 posts, RR: 49 Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
i'd agree with that, i purchased it about 5 weeks ago it it certanly makes the camera feel alot more solid and comfortable, nicely weighted kit of 300D, grip, 50-500mm sigma, 100-300 USM canon and the kit lens.
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AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 44 Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
This is my Rebel with the Battery Grip and the sidestrap. Perhaps someone can post the photo in here, as I can only provide a link! If you know how to do it - you have my permission to post this image in this forum!
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 23 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2402 times:
Battery grips are very handy for spotting trips or if you are planning on shooting all day. I just bought an MB-D100 along with my Nikon 80-400mm VR lense and it, for me, came in handy when I went to LAX. Also, keep alot of spare AA batteries in your bag or extra Lithium ion battery.
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 52 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2367 times:
I havent actually shot with it on yet. I just got it this past Friday, but because it rained cats n dogs all weekend here in SOCAL, wasnt able to get out to the airport. I did put it together and hold it, got the feel for it, and I tell you, its a night and day difference.
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 23 Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2336 times:
I don't think that the battery pack does that. It's main function is to increase your battery life while one-two Lithium ion can take well over 1600 shots and 6 AA batteries for 400 shots. It is also very useful if you have a heavy lense as it tends to balance it without it. It will be more heavier, tho. In total, my camera weights approx. 4-5 lbs with the body, the MB-D100 with batteries, and the 80-400mm VR. I am not sure about the 300D, tho....you might want to try and invest one of them. I bought mine on ebay for $250.
Andrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 44 Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2319 times:
I bought my battery grip when I bought my camera, so I don't have any experiences with the 300D minus the grip. However, I can tell you that a heavy camera with the grip and two batteries is a pretty steady platform for photography. I don't know about reducing camera shake (the IS lens will do that however!), but I find that it's very easy to handle, even for long periods of time - especially with a sidestrap.
As far as battery life, I mentioned earlier in the thread that I grabbed a pair of generic batteries from E-Bay, and those are great. This morning I got stuck at work and wound up doing some spotting - I was using my camera for the better part of 2 hours, with image stabilization ON. I loaded up my CF card with about 175 images, and when I came home to charge the batteries, they were both still around 80% charged. Not too shabby. I suppose in theory that means I could get around 900 images with those two batteries alone, and I still had my spare in my bag!
I've been shooting in some rather crummy conditions, and still managed to get some nice shots. Hopefully we'll be seeing them in the DB soon.
Here's one that I've uploaded (it's in that 8,000+ que right now):