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Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:37 pm

Earlier today I ordered the BG-E1 for my Digi Rebel, after hearing good things about it's balance with larger lenses as well as battery performance. That Vertical shutter release will also come in handy...

Anything I should expect when I try it out for the first time?
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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:51 pm

I too just got mine Monday. The thing will add a lot of weight to the camera and as you said it does even out the balance. I have a Sigma 170-500 and you feel more balanced than before when you were falling forward. I am a HUGE fan of the grip but this extra bit feels even better. I have noticed with the 3rd party battery that I purchased will not read with my camera in that it won't say when its running low. I have found out how many I SHOULD be able to shoot with and just switch when I hit near that number. Thankfully 3rd party battery's are half as much as the Canon battery's so I purchased 2 battery's.

One MAJOR let down that I found out today is that for some reason or another my tripod's quick release mount will not function b/c the release lever hits the extra grip. You have to remember that the grip sticks out further than the body of the camera. I have a cheap Sunpack tripod model number QSX 6601.

Thanks again and I hope this helps!

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:04 pm

The Grip sticks out farther Backward than the camera? I thought it stuck out forward.

Oh well I can get by without a quick release if need be. Though I keep mine at the back of the camera and it sticks out a good bit from it, so I don't think there should be a problem.
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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:11 pm

No your right it sticks out forward. Its the lever that's at the base of the mount. I don't feel to comfortable putting the mount on the base of the grip and WILL ONLY put it on the lens mount. But when on the lens mount the lever can't go all the way back allowing the camera to be mounted and unmounted b/c it hits the grip. I'll post a picture of it when I can.

Thanks again.

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:17 pm

I bought a BG-E1 the same day I bought my Digital Rebel, and I can't imagine shooting without it. The balance, the battery life, the extra set of buttons that allows you to shoot vertically - it is SO worth the money. You'll love it.

One thing that is in my humble opinion a MUST for any camera owner with a battery grip is the sidestrap. There are several different ones out there, and they're not very expensive. I think mine was around $10. It allows you to grip the camera with one hand, with absolutely no worries about dropping it or having it slip out of your hand. Even with a big lens, that sidestrap secures your investment to your hand and is VERY easy to use. I'd highly reccommend it!  Big thumbs up

Here are some pics of my Digital Rebel with the sidestrap:
http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2154997
http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2154993

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:38 pm





Sorry for the messy background, flash, and low quality. As you can see the release is open and due to the grip it can't close itself holding the mount to place. Likewise it can't open enough to allow the mount to release.

Hope this helps!

Thanks again.

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:39 pm

You will notice a hell of a difference, thats for sure. I ordered the grip a couple months after I had baught the camera. I have used the 400mm F/2.8 L IS (1 oz lighter than the 600mm F/4 L IS) and the fairly heavy 300mm F/2.8 L IS and I think it would have been really awkward shooting without the grip.

When I ordered the 20D, I included the BG-E2 in the same order.

You will love it.

 
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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:42 am

UA, why don't you just put it on so that the quick release faces forward? it might be cumbersome at first but I'm sure you can get used to it.
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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:55 am

Expect a vertical grip, vertical shutter release, main dial, AF point selection and AF/FE lock buttons, room for two battery packs, and a camera that looks "cooler" for those who care about such things.

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:26 am


I have noticed with the 3rd party battery that I purchased will not read with my camera in that it won't say when its running low.

UA777222, this is interesting. Do these batteries charge with the supplied 300D charger, or do they need a matching 3rd party charger too?

I ordered a couple of 3rd-party BP-511s, but not a charger since I figured they ought to charge with a Canon charger.




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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:42 am

Mine do fit in the charger. They just won't tell the camera when they are running out of battery. My guess is that if they fit the camera then they HAVE to fit the charger. I know that the 300D requires the BP-511 so if it says either BP-511 or Canon Digital Rebel then it should work perfectly.

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:47 am

Guys,

I run the Canon BP-511 and another 3rd-part battery with the BG-E1 and they work like a charm.

The grip adds a TON of stability to the camera, but pretty much doubles the weight. After you get used to it, if you take the grip off you'll feel like your camera is flimsy and wind up putting it right back on. Big grin

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:06 am

Sorry if this might be a dumb question. But how much battery does the grip actually safe ( i'm about to buy one )?
Does the batt. last longer than if you would put in 2 normal batt's into the camera without the grip?

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:14 am

No, it just saves you from changing batteries. Considering that a battery last for a good portion of a days shooting, having two in the camera isn't really necessary unless you want the extra weight. Also when it's cold, it's probably better to have one battery in the camera and the other in a warm pocket to help it keep its charge.

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RE: Just Ordered BG-E1, What To Expect?

Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:17 am



Thanks UAL777, I agree perfectly. With 3rd party stuff sometimes you just never know about what compatibility issues may arise.

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