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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:22 am 
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Not that I'm getting one any time soon, but is the 7D still weather resistant with the battery grip attached?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:18 am 
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got no idea, but it would makes sense that it is weathersealed otherwise what is the point.

I don`t know why you would need a battery grip, I just take a second battery with me.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:31 am 
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maxjj wrote:
I don`t know why you would need a battery grip, I just take a second battery with me.

A lot of battery grips add a second shutter button, aperture/shutter speed dial and one or two other buttons, which can make portrait shooting easier. In any case I don't think why anybody would need one is the matter at hand.

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I think it's just a case of personal preferences.

For the 500D, for instance, it's much nicer to hold with the added weight of the battery grip. Also it extends a bit the camera's grip, which is small in itself.

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This thread is not about "Should I use battery grips?" (Similar threads: http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtop ... ttery+grip / http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12133 ) but about the weather sealing of the 7D's battery grip.

I heard some rumors that the 7D's battery grip isn't as well sealed as the 7D's battery compartment.

But in the end it doesn't seem to matter: http://mattmcguire.com/canon-news-24.html :lol:

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Yes it is first about a better grip. I have one on my 550D and love it. I know the 7D is larger so it may not be necessary but couls not imagine my 550D without it. Then second is the extra controls. The extra battery power is way down to #3 of reasons why I may want one. Thanks!

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I own the BG-E7 and I can say that it is not sealed as well as the body is. When you remove the battery door to insert the grip's interface, you'll notice there isn't any extra rubber or foam where it would be seated... that material is however found on the battery door itself. If you're going to be going places where you'll encouter inclement weather and you're paranoid about water/moisture/dust/etc. then forgoing the grip might be your best bet. That said, there are a number of nature photographers who I know that use the 7D gripped in mist, light rain, and blowing snow with no issues...

Calculated risks I suppose :)

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Anyone think that Canon would release a grip with weather sealing? Because I wouldnt mind paying the premium for it.

I shoot lots of outdoors and it rains a lot where I am atm, so sealing was one of the reasons I got the 7D - not because I can use it in the wet but so then if I got caught out I didnt have to panic to get out of the rain.

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Cool, Thanks guys. Just more things to ponder as I dream of the day when I get my 7D. If all goes the way it should I head to Afghanistan again in early 2013 and will carry my T2i/550D with me so when I get back maybe late 2013 or early 2014 the 7D will be my new toy. Who knows, maybe 7D Mk II :)

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Probably the 7D2 - let's hope for an improved sealing on it's grip :lol:

(Come on, Canon! If Pentax can do it for less money, you should be able to do it, too.)

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Id be carefull taking a camera to Afghanistan - the pilots who shot the 3 photographers from a gun ship there were given medels when they came home.

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The 7D is a much more substantial camera than the Digital Rebel series, in size and heft, and I have not yet felt the urge to buy a BG for mine. I did install a BG onto our quite small XTi, where it has remained. (XTi = 400D)

I have considered something like the Kirk Enterprise Action Grip, which makes the camera easier to hold in variation positions, though not necessarily this particular product, as I would probably prefer something with more adjustment in the angle of the grip portion.

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