I just received my JENIS Canon 40D LCD Grip from eBay and I got pretty satisfied with it, so I decided writing an review for you guys out there thinking about buying the BG-EN2 from Canon.
Well, first of all, let's talk about pricing and functionalities
costs around 180 USD shipped to Brazil on eBay. It gives you, obviously, a portrait grip with the following controls: New shutter button, new Main Dial, new AE Lock button and new AF Point Selection button. The AE and AF buttons still work for playback, as the ones in the 40D's body.
The grip also gives you the opportunity to use 2 BP511A batteries, doubling your shooting time and also the option to use 6 AA batteries to power your camera up, giving you more versatility when you don't have a charger or electricity near you.
An alternate "On/Off" button is present so you can turn the grip on and off, impeding you to accidentally press the buttons on it and control your camera.
costs around 95 USD shipped to Brazil on eBay too, about half of the Canon's price. It will deliver every single thing Canon's deliver (listed above), PLUS
- Time lapse shooter
: so you can take up to 99 pictures automatically between time frames, starting at a certain hour/day.
- Shooter release timer
: so you can automatically take long exposure pictures at a certain pre-programmed moment, again, up to 99 pictures.
- Infra Red controller
(Optional): so you can use an separately sold IR commander to shoot
: so you can adjust the time you want and the grip will take the shots at that time
Now, what's in the box
- LCD Battery Grip
- An extra battery for the clock (plus one in the grip already)
- Instruction Manual
- AA batteries holder
- 40D's batteries holder
It will install the exact same way Canon's does, so you'll have to remove your 40D's battery and the battery tray cap. As Canon's Jenis has a place to hold the cap on the side too, so you won't lose it. After that, you put the grip in place and twist the nut in the tripod mount. It will attach without loses and get very solid. The building material is plastic
and it does feel cheaper than Canon's, but still pretty good. It's not perfect, but absolutely acceptable. It is not weather sealed
so rain is a big no no for this toy.
Here some pictures of the batteries holders and how they attach:
Once mounted in your 40D it will look like this:
(and yes, I know I should clean my LCD!
On this picture you can see the detail of the building quality and the IR Receiver for the optional IR Remote control:
Once you power it up
, you'll have to set your watch. Put the small 3 position key for the RIGHT, press SET for 1 second and set hour, minute, seconds, day, month, year and 12/24. Put the 3 position key back to the center and you're done.
Putting the 3 position for the left, you can set the timer shooter and shutter release
configurations. Set the interval for up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 99 seconds, the number of pictures you want to take (up to 99) and press the "ST/SP" (start/stop) button and you're done. The camera will start to take the pictures automatically.
Since it works like an remote timer
, you gotta get your subject manual focused before start shooting
. The grip WON'T auto-focus automatically for you each shot, but you do can use the grip shooter button to auto-focus yourself. Knowing this will save you time and pictures I spent
Another good thing is the stop watch
that can count minutes, seconds and miliseconds. It won't shoot in this mode, but it's good for you when manually operating the camera so you can know how much time passed between two shots.
Last but not least, the LCD is backlighted
by an blue light turned on and off by an small button. It's good to work on the dark but it drains power from your camera's battery
. Forgetting this turned on can dry your batteries out.
For half of the price you can get a much more versatile piece of equipment. I am very satisfied with it and, besides it feels cheaper than Canon's is still a pretty good finished grip. I can't say much about durability now, but it gave my 40D the option to shoot blooming flowers without the need of a computer. I am pretty satisfied
I got this and would recommend it for anyone thinking about Canon's BG-EN2 if you don't shoot on the rain or snow.