aviatortj
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Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:42 am

I am looking at picking up a battery grip for my Digital Rebel. I think it will give the "small" camera a more steady feeling, especially when I start hanging some larger glass off the front of it.

Is there anyone who uses a grip with their Rebel? And would you recommend it? I've been on the fence for a while, and I would appreciate your input.

Thanks,
TJ O'Keefe
 
JRadier
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:50 am

I have it, have had it for about a year now together with the handstrap and I love it. makes the 50-500 much more usable, much better grip both horizontal and vertical and makes the camera that bit heavier wich translates into more stable (at least with me). Can't do anything but recommend it.
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aviatortj
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:26 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 1):
[snip]translates into more stable[/snip]

That is exactly what I'm thinking. Thank you for the input. Anyone else want to second that?

-TJ
 
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:49 am

I absolutely agree. A battery grip is a MUST HAVE, and the sidestrap is a Godsend when you're shooting. You don't have to worry about ever dropping your camera.

http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2154997

That's my 300D with the grip and sidestrap. I recently upgraded to a 20D with battery grip, and I kept my strap!

Try one, you'll love how it feels.

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aviatortj
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:54 am

Did the BG-E1 get discontinued because it seems much more expensive and rare than when I last looked at one? I don't think I can justify spending over $200 on something that I could once find for just over half that. Anyone looking to sell one?

-TJ
 
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:06 am

There are a bunch of them on E-Bay, just search for "BG-E1".

I found this one for a Buy it Now price of $93!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Battery-Grip-for...sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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aviatortj
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:11 am

Any of the ones on eBay that are reasonable are not actual BG-E1 products. Any experience with the third party grips? Maybe I'll go for it. Part of this is impulse as I am getting my gear ready for next week's shootout. Thanks again for your help  Smile.

-TJ
 
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:51 pm

Quoting AviatorTJ (Reply 6):

I don't think there's any such thing as a third party grip for the Canon, I bought one (BG-ED3) for my EOS D60 off ebay, no problems.
 
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:13 pm

Can't even imagine to go without my vertical grip infect it never left the body of my 620, 50QD, D30, 10D and 20D.
It gives your camera a much nicer and stable feel and on top of that an extra battery.

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 3):
I absolutely agree. A battery grip is a MUST HAVE, and the sidestrap is a Godsend when you're shooting.

I never got used to the sidestrap though and it gets in the way when shooting portrait, besides I can't roll myself a cigarette with the camera still in one hand. Big grin

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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:01 am

I've always thought a battery grip wouldn't make THAT much of a difference and found it a bit expensive. But, boy, since I have bought one it hasn't left the camera. I absolutely love it! The camera feels much more stable, more chunkier. Also, the extra shutter button comes in really handy when shooting vertical. As a final plus, it looks great on the camera!
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aviatortj
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:12 am

Well, thank you again for the input everyone. I think I can only justify getting a genuine Canon grip. With that, I think getting the BG-E1 might be upgrading a lame duck camera. I'll put my money towards upgrading to another Canon and getting current accessories that I won't have to peruse the world for. Again thanks for your help everyone. It makes these decisions easier.
 
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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:12 am

Bought my BG-E1 on eBay for a mere USD 55 and am happy with it... I can confirm the gain of stability already mentioned...

While I had to change accus quite often before, I never had to do that since I own the grip. Only (tiny) disadvantage is that it hardly fits into my backpack with the grip attached, but That' just a "small" prob...


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RE: Anyone Use A Battery Grip With Their Rebel?

Sun Jan 01, 2006 6:00 am

Just get the 1D or 1Ds they have the grips built in  Wink
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