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Battery Grip
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Name: Battery Grip
Essential Sale 1-10
1 = I almost never use this thing.
10 = You had better own this, like yesterday.
Essential Scale: 6

A battery grip on your camera provides extra camera life as well as another grip for shooting portraits. Not to mention it will make your camera larger and appear more professional.

Description

The Canon BG-E6 is a dedicated battery grip for the Canon EOS 5D which allows you to use one or two LP-E6 batteries. With two batteries the already long life is doubled and this will be especially useful if using movie mode. The Canon BG-E6 also has vertical control for portraits.

Technical Details

  • Canon Branded Retail Package
  • With two packs, the already-impressive battery life is doubled, compared to using a single LP-E6 pack in-camera.
  • Especially for extended use of the EOS 5D Mark IIs movie mode or Live View, the BG-E6 is an outstanding accessory.
  • Many users find the battery grip can enhance camera handling, especially for shooting vertical pictures.

Summary

A battery grip on your camera provides extra camera life as well as another grip for shooting portraits. Not to mention it will make your camera larger and appear more professional.

Personal Experience

What does a battery grip do? It holds more batteries.

Battery grips usually come with a tray that will load AA batteries, which can make a big difference  in many situations. When I have traveled to remote places like the Amazon, it wasn’t possible to stick my lithium ion batteries in a charger and wait overnight, there were no power outlets. Being able to bring along AA batteries meant that I could spend weeks away from civilization and still take photos.

I have friends who have been at events and their camera batteries died. Instead of ruining the event, they were able to use AA batteries and have an instant full charge while the lithium ion batteries charged.

The Goods

  • Battery Life – My Canon 5d MKii can stand a very hard day of shooting and use about 1/2 of a full charge of 2 batteries.
  • Grip – Instead of having to contort your hand, the added grip makes it easy to shoot images in portrait mode
  • Shutter – There is a shutter release on most battery grips as well as some function buttons
  • Size – Added size on your DSLR makes it more comfortable to hold, it will also make you look more professional  (sad but true)

The Bads

  • Size – Can be more difficult to fit your camera in some bags, although you could always take it off.
  • Cost  - There is no point in getting a battery grip if you don’t get an extra battery, so throw that into the mix.

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