Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
Any of you D30/D60 users have any opinions on whether the add-on grip is worth buying - I need to decide whether to buy a D60 body/grip/extra-battery package, or whether to just go for the body.
I know about the grip's ability to house two batteries (but changing the battery can't be that difficult, can it?), so what I'm more interested in is whether any of you think it improves the handling of the camera - I have some heavy lenses like the 100-400IS, and I have a suspicion it will improve the balance.
737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 2081 times:
Hi, I got the grip and 2nd battery with my D60 and it is well worth getting. It does give you a much longer shooting period, makes the camera feel better and gives you the ability to shoot portrait. The grip has some controls on it, shutter release etc. As for changing the battery? The batteries once charged are loaded into the grip similar to loading them in the camera.
Kingwide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 20 Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
The grip improves the handling of the camera for me. I have quite big hands and without the grip I can't get all my fingers on. It's got a useful bottom lip which definitely helps balance the bigger lenses [and the 100-400 weighs a ton as you know]. The 2 battery feature suits my laziness, I just put 'em in at the start of the day, shoot 1000 shots and take 'em out without any worries about battery life.
The one disadvantage is that with the grip, the camera doesn't fit very well into those little zoomster cases which, if you're only taking the 1 lens, is all you really need.
Zander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 610 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
I have the grip to my D60 and it works very well with all my lenses except for the 100-400 mm. With that lens the camera almost feels too heavy and it's very hard to get lens zoom smoothly even on the smoothest setting.
I don't know if it's something wrong with my 100-400 mm lens but when I use with my EOS 30 there is no problem to zoom smoothly.
As many have said there is no problem to change batteries if you don't have the extra grip, but the grip can be quite useful in some situations, I guess if you have some money you want to spend...you can buy it...but otherwise I don't see any reason for it.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 14 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
I went for the grip - I get into a sort of haze when I'm spending that kind of money - hung for a sheep as a lamb
Seriously, I do think the grip is a plus - yes, the extra battery life is a plus - don't forget that IS eats into the battery life - and handling is improved. I use the 100-400 and very much like the balance. For shooting portrait format, well once you've tried it, shooting this way without the grip is hard to imagine.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
Thanks guys... Comments and observations appreciated. I've had a VG10 grip on my EOS-5 for years, and my EOS-3 without a grip seems to lack bulk in comparison and doesn't handle quite as well. I think that, coupled with everything said above, sends the message... Oh well, that'll be another £129 on the credit card bill!