Grip or not to Grip?
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    Grip or not to Grip?

    by magnum » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:11 am

    I am thinking of getting a battery grip for both (my) 7D and (my wife's) 600D.

    I know this is very much a personal thing. But just thought it would help to get others' (who have them for these bodies) views on this having used the grip.

    For myself, I recently did an (indoor and evening) event photo shoot (got pulled in literally at the last moment) and found the 7d with lens and speedlite really uncomfortable to use in portrait mode, so this got me thinking of a grip for the 7D.

    On the grip for the 600D, My wife is small in stature and the camera and her main walk around lens (Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) makes the outfit weight at about 1.3 kg and also her hands are small (so the 600D size body suits her well). So was wondering if this with the grip may be a bit awkward for her. Also we have jointly done event photo shoots using our Canon Speedlites which add a bit more weight too. We use the 430 EX II (rather than the new 600 EX TR) as they were around 100g lighter (mainly a consideration for my wife) and both bodies have built in master flash (optical) control.

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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by beeb » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:12 pm

    magnum wrote:I know this is very much a personal thing.


    ^ This. Just go and handle one in a store and see what you think of it. Other's opinions won't matter once you own it and have to choose whether or not to use it.
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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by GeoffM » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:13 pm

    Most of your posts seem to enquire about what others think about certain gear/accessories. I suggest you personally try out the grips at a bricks and mortar shop. Every user will have a different opinion and those differing opinions would therefore not answer your question....only you will know what is right for you? Why buy on someone else's viewpoint?

    A grip is a grip, it does what it does, how it feels in use to the individual is the thing that makes it a worthwhile investment, or not.
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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by Busiboy » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:41 pm

    As above, try it out, when you try it in a brick and mortar store, make sure you BUY it form them too. If you aren't willing to take the punt online without risk then at least support their service with your purchase.

    No, things to consider.

    How much shooting do you do in portrait orientation?

    How many time do you change your battery mid shoot?

    I have a grip and rarely use it, I want it for those shoots where I know I need it, but most of the time it sits on the table unused.

    I doubt your wife will want it, if a larger body isn't comfortable for her, why turn a nice size camera into a larger one?

    Don't forget the weight, it adds up too.
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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by W G » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:29 pm

    I initially had a grip for my EOS 5D when I first bought it. It was bloody useless. Main fault being that when it was attached to the body and then the whole lot was attached to a tripod, there was just unacceptable play between the tripod and camera with all the joinings. It may have been my very first sale on Ebay way back then.

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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by magnum » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:13 pm

    Busiboy and WG,

    Thanks for taking the time to post your experiences, they were quite helpful. I think I will hire one for my 7D for a weekend to try it out. I have another event shoot coming up In a couple of weekends time and that would be a good try out for how it feels.

    Busiboy, I agree with your sentiments. I like the online prices but also like to try some items first and hence support the local stores. My buying experience has been a combination of the two. When I try them in store I will buy from them.

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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by magnum » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:29 pm

    Just to give you the latest on this.

    Had a grip for the weekend (thanks to Brisbane Camera Hire). I had an indoor event to do on Friday evening, so with the 7D body and lens, speedlight and grip I reckon the total weight was around 2kg (though I didn't actually weight to outfit). Not excessive but you could certainly notice it. Grip added a bit of height (in normal [landscape] shooting position) that I wasn't used to. Nevertheless, I found this quite pleasant as it gave something against which the bottom of my palm and little finger could rest/grip (hadn't thought of this before). The portrait position (main reason for getting the grip) was quite odd to start with as it was the opposite/reverse position to that I naturally use (without the grip). Even after shooting for bit (took around 200 shots in 2 hours) it still "felt" odd. Nevertheless, the grip's features worked well, though as some (online) reviews I had read said, the grip's shutter release seemed a touch more sensitive (lighter) than the 7D's release I was used to.

    I had the grip for the weekend and so left it on the camera all week end. I did some photography on tripod over the weekend and found it mounted well on to my Manfrotto tripod and did not seem to be unstable at all. Though for most of the time (though not all the time) I was using a TC-80N3 Remote Control.

    Would I buy a grip now? I can see how I could use one in some circumstances, like Friday evening, but not all photography would need one, so not in a great hurry to get one. I suppose I will keep an eye out for one at the right price.
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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by magnum » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:37 pm

    Well I just bought one.

    Through a contact became aware of one that was available for a very reasonable price so I bought it. Just the grip, no box and no AA battery rack.

    As mentioned previously, I don't see that I will use it all the time, so it may spend a good deal of time on the desk or in the cupboard. But there will be those occasions it would come in handy, so now have it for those times.

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    Re: Grip or not to Grip?

    by troutmouth » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:19 pm

    I've generally gotten by without and just carried extra batteries. The grips do add bulk so long days of shooting, like events, they can be a strain.



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