Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:56 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 32 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:04 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:52 am
Posts: 861
Location: Surrey, UK
Hi guys,
Just been looking at battery grip and am really struggling to understand why you would spend £120 on one. What are the advantages of using one?
Thanks.

_________________
Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW


Oh that is so lame, every hot girl who can aim a camera thinks she’s a photographer -Stewie Griffin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 12:48 pm
Posts: 8022
Location: UK
Possibility to use two batteries or AAs, and more natural portrait shooting.

_________________
Canon DSLRs: 7D, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS, Celestron 1325/13
Tinies: Sony HX9V.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:30 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:27 am
Posts: 528
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Also, some smaller consumer DSLRs are poorly balanced with a big heavy lens attached. A grip can help with that too.

The thing is, if you're wondering what the point of them is, it's highly likely you don't need one.

_________________
http://www.flickr.com/photos/53061745@N02/

Panasonic G3: 9-18mm, 14mm, 20mm, 45mm


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:24 am 
Hi jameswilby5,

Adding to what's already been mentioned:
- on some cameras you get a higher FPS (frame per second) performance
- many grips have controls, including shutter-release, LCD info screen and others, for when you you flip your camera in the vertical/portrait mode
- quite frankly, some use them to make their camera look bigger and badder/more professional in the eyes of people who do not know better..lol

of course, two batteries will last longer and, as popo also mentions, they can often take AA batteries, so in an emergency, you can use those if your other batteries have run out of power.

On cameras where battery life isn't too great to begin with and where you might use the built-in flash or really long exposures (both of which drain the battery noticeably faster) a lot, I can see it might make sense.

For example: both the Nikon D40 and D300 shoot in excess of 1.000 images on a charge, but the D200 is typically half that. Of course, you can just as well buy another battery and just replace it when the first one runs out.

Personally I haven't had any desire to get one - with my flash bracket, 2 flashes, umbrella and Tokina 11-16mm lens, my gear can be heavy enough as it is..lol...thank goodness for the Cameralabs strap!

Cheers :-)


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:40 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:16 am
Posts: 237
I'd like to add that I have an Opteka battery grip for my Canon Rebel XS, and the rubberized battery grip feels better than the camera's actual grip.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:52 am
Posts: 861
Location: Surrey, UK
@kimchi. When I use my tamron 70-300 is does feel a bit unbalanced, so maybe a battery grip would help. Might be worth considering

@LahLahSr. You said some cameras get higher fps with battery grips. This would be a major advantage for me. Do you know if the 550d would get a higher fps and what it would be if I added a bettery grip.

Also I am about to buy the 50mm 1.4 lens and are now wondering if i should get the 50mm 1.8 and battery grip as this would come to the same price as the 1.4. Wondering which you guys would get.

Thanks

_________________
Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW


Oh that is so lame, every hot girl who can aim a camera thinks she’s a photographer -Stewie Griffin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:33 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 12:48 pm
Posts: 8022
Location: UK
The fps boost I think is limited to some Nikon models. I think the power delivery or other reason is limiting their performance until the grip is added.

The lens choice should probably be taken separately... if you need the f/1.4's various features, you need it.

_________________
Canon DSLRs: 7D, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS, Celestron 1325/13
Tinies: Sony HX9V.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:37 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:52 am
Posts: 861
Location: Surrey, UK
thanks popo. The attreaction of having higher fps would probably make me go for the 1.8 and battery grip. But as it doesn't i think I will still get the 50mm 1.4. I will be purchasing this within a few days. I may add a battery grip in the future but for now I will spend money on lenses.

_________________
Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW


Oh that is so lame, every hot girl who can aim a camera thinks she’s a photographer -Stewie Griffin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:39 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:52 am
Posts: 861
Location: Surrey, UK
Another quick question for anyone. How do you guys feel about purchasing lenses of ebay. I am a little concerned about buying used lenses as I do not know how the person has handled them. Also I have seen many people offering the 50mm 1.4 for a very reasonable price, but it ships from hong kong. Is this a problem?

_________________
Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW


Oh that is so lame, every hot girl who can aim a camera thinks she’s a photographer -Stewie Griffin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:52 am
Posts: 861
Location: Surrey, UK
this is the seller I was talking about.
http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/chinaarts/

_________________
Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW


Oh that is so lame, every hot girl who can aim a camera thinks she’s a photographer -Stewie Griffin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:47 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:16 am
Posts: 237
I can't find any report that a battery grip increases the FPS of the Canon 550d, and I would imagine that even if it did the increase would be minimal. If that's your only reason for getting the battery grip, then I would save your money or go for the 50mm f1.4 instead of the f1.8.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 12:48 pm
Posts: 8022
Location: UK
Anything originating outside the EU is liable to customs fees on bringing it in, typically VAT and a handling fee, possibly duty too. You may also have problems with warranty should things go wrong later. It's up to you to weight if the possible saving is worth the additional risks.

I note that ebay seller is listing it at £259 not including customs fees. For comparison, you can get it from Amazon UK for £271 so that's not a big saving anyway? If budgets are too tight, you can look for used ones in the UK too. One used dealer I looked at has one for £199.

_________________
Canon DSLRs: 7D, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS, Celestron 1325/13
Tinies: Sony HX9V.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:52 am
Posts: 861
Location: Surrey, UK
Yer thanks pop I think I will get it of either amazon or jessops. I can not be bothered dealing with import fees ect. even if it did save me a bit of money. Hopefully I will have the lens very soon.

_________________
Camera: Canon 550D with battery grip
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300mm,
Accessories: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 head, Canon 430ex II speedlite, Lowepro Nova 180AW and Lowepro Pro Runner 450AW


Oh that is so lame, every hot girl who can aim a camera thinks she’s a photographer -Stewie Griffin


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:39 pm 
I bought my 500D battery grip off of linkdelight. Canada usually likes to do the import fees too, but I personally didn't get any.


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:24 am
Posts: 1819
hands like a gorilla - battery grip is useful!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 32 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group