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Old 05-04-2010, 17:31   #1 (permalink)
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Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

I am going to get myself a battery grip for my Canon 5D MkII as I really miss it after having one on my previous camera. However, the Canon one is pretty pricey and I have seen loads of cheaper copies available.

Can I ask please, has anyone else got a non-Canon BG-E6 grip that they are using and if so how are you getting on with it. Does it feel reasonable quality? Does it register the battery contents properly (I would use two genuine Canon batteries as I know about the chipping issue on that front) and have you had any reliability issues?

The Canon version costs anywhere between £169 and £239 depending on where you buy it but there are copies that sell for about £40 and yet seem to have the same facilities as the original. Hahnel do one somewhere in the middle at around £90.

So, is there any clear reason why I should fork out the full whack for a Canon one, are the cheap ones rubbish and not worth the bother, are the Hahnel ones the best middle ground?

Your experiences of any of these grips would be much appreciated.
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

I have a Meike one on my 5d2, 98% as good as the genuine one and only £79.

Best money I've spent in years.

New vertical battery grip for Canon BG-E6 LP-E6 UK ship on eBay (end time 01-May-10 10:24:09 BST)

Took 3 days to come from an address in the UK.

I have a tiny issue that the on/off switch sometimes forgets it's position when the camera is switched off, and I'm talking 1 in 50 times. I just switch the grip off and on again and it's cool.

Has all the functions, is very well made and does pass the battery condition through to the camera.

I'd recommend one in a heartbeat.

ps look at the pictures and spot the boo boo on the second picture of the grip
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

ChrisH was well impressed with this one for the 5D2

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...tml#post297569

Damn!! He beat me to it!
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

I've a Hahnel one for my 400D, hardly any difference between that and the Canon one, certainly not the £70 difference the OEM one costs.
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

Not got a 5D but got the Canon grip for the 7D as there weren't any reasonably priced clones and I hoped that the quality would be better. How wrong I was! No better made than the cheapo 30D clone and even exhibits the same shutter releasing when there's slight pressure on the casing near the portrait release!

On a similar note, I thought I'd get a Canon battery to complement the supplied one and ensure an all Canon grip. Aside from the "useful" battery info, there's no other gain over the set of clones I got - except, of course, I paid three times as much for one battery as I did for 2 x clones and a charger! To add insult to injury I still get the occasional Err 40 (a power fault apparently - but at least there are fewer - which I put down to warmer weather) whatever combo of Canon, clone or 3rd party power or lenses!
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

Looks more and more like the grips created nowadays are very close to their 'official' counterparts. I wish thinking about the same thing as you Rob when I was buying the D300 and wanted a grip with it. In the end I went for the Nikon version because the others didn't have the magnesium alloy casing that matches with that of the body (so I wouldn't have a weak spot in the grip). Basically what I mean is: as long as the build quality is satisfactory to the standard of the body, I'd say it's probably worth saving your money and going for a Hahnel or similar, but it might be worth trying to get your hands on one first.
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

I bought a 3rd party grip for my Nikon d300. It's great, even came with a remote control. Retailed at about half the price as the Nikon one. The only downside is that it does not have the rubbery feel similar to that of the Nikon body but that is a minor thing.

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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

Thanks guys, really useful feedback there and looks like I should be fine going for a clone. Also from what Mark said, think I'll grab a couple of cheaper batteries instead of the Canon one. I know they need a different charger but that's fine.

Will order these as soon as I get back from holiday as I leave tomorrow for 11 days. Don't want it to be delivered and taken away again as they sometimes only keep things for 7 days and then send them back to sender!

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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

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For reference when you get back I got these

Phottix Battery for Canon 2 LP-E6 5D Mark II + Charger on eBay (end time 09-Apr-10 19:58:33 BST)

2 batteries and a charger for less than £20
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

I would say on the whole they will be as good as the brand names one...except when it comes to sealing - as in weather proofing........so if you plan to shoot alot outdoors and you might shoot near water...check what the off brand grip say about sealing and weather proofing.....
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Re: Battery grip - Anyone tried the non-branded ones?

Just as a follow up, I have now ordered a Link Delight LCD Grip:

LCD Battery Grip for Canon EOS 5D Mark II BG-E6 B2X on eBay (end time 06-May-10 04:29:59 BST)

I read a few very positive reviews of this particular one and felt confident about ordering a non-brand make after your comments above. I went for this one because it has some extras on it allowing timed long exposures of a lot more than the 30 seconds in-camera and also for things like time-lag photography which might be a bit of fun now and again. I paid £69.99 inc postage which is about £100 less than the original Canon one so I also bought a genuine Canon battery. I wasn't too worried about the battery charge time issue but I was concerned that at some point I'd be stupid and stick one of the other batteries in my Canon charger which can wreck them apparently. I would of course have got the other charger and could have used that for both types but never mind. I still only paid £49 for it which is considerably less than the £70-odd they want for them in Jessops!

I'll do a review of this battery grip once I've received it and tested it out.

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