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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:59 am 
I was wondering what it does?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:12 am 
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The clue's in the name - it's a grip which holds batteries!

Seriously, it screws to the bottom of your camera, giving you more to hold onto and an extra grip for when you're holding the camera on its side. And most take two battery packs (but connect through your main one), doubling your battery life.

Here's one attached to a Canon EOS 40D so you can see what I mean...

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_WFT_E3A/

This one's special though as it doesn't take spare batteries, but it does have Wifi!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:11 pm 
Noob question :P

I know that the WFT-E3 connects to the tripod connection on the camera, and provides and extra tripod connection on the base of the battery grip, but if I was to purchase one for the Nikon D80, would I still have the connection to mount the camera on a tripod?

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Mike.

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Some also allow the use of other battery types, like the one for EOS 400D allow use of AA batteries. A nice feature as well.
And i have a hard time imagine a battry grip without tripod mount.

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Yep, all battery grips will replicate the tripod thread at the bottom


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Thanks you guys.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:14 am 
Hey Kriss22,

immediately understanding that your question holds more depths than my esteemed co-posters seem to think (lol), allow me to add to their explanations:

Battery grips - depending on models - can offer a number of functional enhancements beyond simply battery power for longer periods of time:

1) An extra functional display showing different relevant data for your shoot.
2) An extra shutter release button, increasing comfort of operation when the camera is tilted 90 degrees
3) Improved continuous shooting-speed
4) Overall improved ergonomic comfort for those with large hands and fingers
5) For some - a certain "coolness factor" as your gear appears much larger overall :-)

I see that you have a Nikon D40 and some Opteka gear. To my knowledge, Nikon does not make a battery-grip for the D40 - but Opteka does.

Cheers!


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That'll be a Yes to the tripod mount then :D

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I saw a video of the D300, wich is 6 FPS, the man added a battery grip, and it shot 8 FPS,if I atach a battery grip on the 40D will it be 8 FPS?


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Kriss22 wrote:
I saw a video of the D300, wich is 6 FPS, the man added a battery grip, and it shot 8 FPS,if I atach a battery grip on the 40D will it be 8 FPS?


No, sadly it won't. Here's a quote from Nikon's D40 page:
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Fast 2.5 frames per second in bursts of up to 100 JPEG frames (FINE L-size or smaller)


And this is what it says on the D300's page:
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Rapid 8 fps*1 or 6 fps*2 continuous shooting for up to 100 shots*3*4
*1 When using AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5 or Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with batteries other than Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
*2 When using Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e
*3 NORMAL – LARGE image setting, using a SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash 1 GB card
*4 When shooting in Continuous-servo AF (C), Shutter-Priority Auto [S] or Manual [M] exposure modes, at a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster with other settings at default


Look at the battery grip for the Alpha 700:

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I definately want to buy it, because it will be much more comfortable for shooting vertically. The buttons on the grip are in pretty much the same place as they are on the body, so it's easy to use. And yes, LahLahSr, the "coolness factor" is important for me too :D !

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:56 pm 
heheh Bjorn,

go for it! When you consider how much is spent on items that only adds to the "coolness factor", a battery grip actually also comes with functionality.

The A700 looks like a monster with that grip on :-)

How pleased are you overall with the SONY, Bjorn? Pros, cons - that sort of thing?

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:49 pm 
That Sony batterygrip was one big son of a gun....


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