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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:57 pm 
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Please find the list of my :arrow: Pentax K10D Related User Reviews.
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Bonjour,

The BG2 battery grip is a useful accessory for the Pentax K10D for portrait shootings.
(For the K10D user review, please consider :arrow: http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=543)

The grip holds a second battery (not included) and provides extra hours. This second battery could be managed either automatically with the first one in the K10D or manually, through the menu Preferences > Page 3/3 > First line "Battery choice".

The grip also welcomes the wireless IR remote (not included) as well as a second SD card (not included). A specific place is ready for the connector protector of the K10D.


Pros

The BG2 grip fits perfectly on the K10D, with the same water-proof protection (not tested :!: )

The real benefit is for portrait pictures. The camera fits firmly at hand and all the controls are available at the right place under the fingers: shutter, depth of field preview, front and rear dials, green button, +/- compensation, AE-L button.

Nice feature, the grip controls could be switched off and on, avoiding unwanted pictures.

Even in landscape mode, the grip provides extra stability. I was somehow surprised by this feature, making the use of the camera with the grip even nicer :!:


Cons

The tripod mount is no longer centered on the axis of the lens.

Replacement of the K10D battery needs to detach the grip, change the K10D battery, attach the grip.

It is a pity that the SD card inside the grip is not used to store pictures in conjunction with the SD card placed in the K10D.

The K10D plus the BG2 appears bulkier and heavier, and requires a bigger camera bag.

As said before on the K10D review, the LCD rear screen doesn't handle the vertical position on display mode and INFO mode. But the viewfinder remains unchanged, as the top LCD.


Wrap-up

Once again, ergonomics play an important role. The grip provides extra stability, on both portrait and landscape mode.

Second battery, SD card and wireless IR remote are not included, so consider extra spending for the full kit.

At USD 130~200, it is worth considering, especially as part of a bundle at attractive price.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:59 pm 
i am saving up for my K10d battery grip right now ,

and i never knew it also had a place for a second sd card or a place for the wireless remote , that makes it that much better !

but the grip not comming with a second battery does suck, that just means another $50usd out of my pocket


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:50 pm 
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Drill-lights,

That's true, official Pentax battery D-LI50 (7,4 V/1620 mAh/12 Wh) is listed at EUR 50.

But there are K10D compatible batteries at lower prices. I paid EUR 20 for a Hama 47027 (7,4 V/1500 mAh/11,1 Wh), and it works fine, with the same autonomy as the genuine one. :)

However, try to avoid non-branded battery. You never know what could happen! :(

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:31 pm 
i heard the grip ca also has a slot for the remote . is this true?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:51 pm 
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Bonsoir Drill-lights,

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The grip holds a second battery (not included) and provides extra hours.
The grip also welcomes the wireless IR remote (not included) as well as a second SD card (not included). A specific place is ready for the connector protector of the K10D.

To use the remote, you need to open the drawer, pull it off, pick the remote out, put the drawer back and close it.

The remote is really nice, since the K10D has two sensors, one in front, the other on the back.

Be careful when adding the price of all the (not included) accessories :!:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:05 pm 
ohh i know i found on amazon.com the grip and a second battery for $175.00 us. and then for another $25US i can get the remote

but yeah im watching out for that , but THANKS . when i first looked at the grip months ago i thought it all came with it . it wasnt till looking into it i noticed everything wasnt comming with it


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:45 pm 
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Bonsoir Drill-lights,

That's marketing: you buy something but, to have it fully functionnal, you need buy more things...

Here's a demo of how to use the grip.

The grip and the drawer
Very fine plastic engineering

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The grip and it's future content
How to turn an accessory into an accessories collector!

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The drawer with nothing and the drawer with everything
Do you see the big USD 100 difference between both?

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Note 1: I assume the grip at USD 150, the remote at USD 25, the SD card at USD 50 and the battery at USD 25.
Note 2: Sorry for the quality of the pictures. My K10D is currently being repaired and my second camera is a point-and-shoot Samsung S500.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:20 am 
thanks i really enjoyed that walk through , it helped out seeing how it all goes together , i wasnt quite for sure how it all went in to the grip


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:30 am 
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You're welcome :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:38 pm 
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I wrote
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The K10D plus the BG2 appears bulkier and heavier, and requires a bigger camera bag.

So I went for a bigger (and stronger) bag :D

Please find my :arrow: Lowepro Rezo 190 AW Camera Bag User Review.

Enjoy :!:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:58 am 
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Bonjour,

According to the :arrow: K20D presentation page on the Pentax site, the D-BG2 grip is valid for K20D.

So this review could be named Pentax BG2 Battery Grip for K10D and K20D User Review :)

Best regards,

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:05 pm 
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Bonjour,

An edited version of this user review is available on my :arrow: website.

Enjoy :)

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