Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by The Cable Guy, Nov 20, 2009.
What are the advantages of battery grips? What features do they offer?
A grip and a battery
they make your camera look bigger and more impressive to amateurs.
Shit, how did I miss that?
i just ended up buying new batteries instead of the grip.
lighter, smaller and cheaper.
Shit, so I guess it doesn't do much besides giving a bigger grip and more battery life. Don't some offer other nifty features though?
I like the extra weight and size the grip offers. It makes the camera easier to shoot with, especially with longer lenses.
There's a shutter release button on the side for when you shoot vertical compositions. Some people like this. Personally I never use it.
I was thinking this too, the weight will add a bit to the stability, and the larger grip for more points of contact for even more stability and control.
It helps balance the camera when using longer (and heavier) lenses. For those with big hands, it helps with comfort and gives a place to rest all fingers. It also provides comfortable grips and buttons for shooting in the vertical position, instead of having to contort your arms. Finally, in some cameras, you see a performance increase with the added voltage (e.g., on the D700 the fps is increased to 8 with the grip).
Interesting, it doesn't sound like a feature I would use either.
the one for the D300 allows for all operations in the portrait mode, and it's more comfortable.
you also get extended battery life as you are using 2 batteries instead of 1, and higher frame rates in burst shooting modes.
i like it for the balance it offers when using heavier lenses, or even without; makes the camera feel better in the hand with the extra grip on the bottom.
and i actually use the vertical shutter release sometimes
if you're hand-shooting portrait mode with the grip on, you will definitely be using the shutter release on the grip.
do you shoot a lot in portrait mode?
if you shoot a lot in portrait mode, I can tell you now that you will love the grip. I also shoot a lot of portraits and found that I shoot even more in portrait mode than I did before.
Makes you look like a pro.
your dick gets 4" longer
e1 hand grip =
over all more stability...batteries last forever it seems when used together in a grip...
personally I love the grip unless i'm sporting a lightweight prime lens just for snap shots like a 50 1.8 mkII
that would be beneficial to our Asian photography community.
def adds to the stability of the camera.. the only time i take mine off if im using a small lens and im doing lots of walking.
but my pinky misses it a lot.
I like using a grip with heavier lenses to balance things out. I've been leaving it off lately though when I'm traveling light.
that's why i have TWO!
I have big hands, the grip helps the camera fit my hands better, also the 2nd battery lets you go longer before needing to swap batteries. I use the portrait shutter release and apt/shut dials quite a bit on my MBd10, but i hate the focus point button, i usually end up using the D pad on the back of the body.
money well spent IMHO.
i usually just leave it on because it feels more stable since my pinky has something to grab onto
the ergos of the 7D, especially with the grip are fucking i can pretty much have my hand go limp and it'll just stick to my hand.