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05/11/2006 06:19:06 PM · #1
What is a battery grip for?
05/11/2006 06:24:59 PM · #2
Primarily, holding batteries. Secondary, it gives you access to controls when in the vertical orientation.

EDIT: I should add that IMO the camera isn't complete without the battery grip because they make the camera's too small to hold comfortably.

Message edited by author 2006-05-11 18:26:07.
05/11/2006 06:29:07 PM · #3
I think my 30D is plenty big. I was just wondering.
05/11/2006 06:37:23 PM · #4
For a lot of people it would be and especially compared to the ever decreasing in size P&S cameras. The real use is the increased power. You're just able to shoot without changing batteries that much longer. Thinking back to my first digital camera where with typical use I measured the battery life in hours and I always worried that I didn't have enough batteries with me. Then I got the 10D where I could shoot all day and more without recharging or switching batteries. Adding the grip and it's days before I recharge. Not having to worry about power is worth every penny of the cost.
05/11/2006 06:38:35 PM · #5
On a 30D you don't need the extra batteries - I just recharged mine for the first time, 1,494 pics on one charge.

I also don't want the extra weight. not sure that i'd get used to having a shutter release and wheel in portrait mode.
05/11/2006 06:40:54 PM · #6
I have a battery grip for my 20D, but I rarely use it. I have small hands, and it makes the camera too big and cumbersome for me. I get several thousand shots out of one rechargeable battery, and since I have two (which is what the battery grip takes), I just keep the charged one in my bag, that way I always have a back up, and don't have to worry about running out of 'power'. While one is in the camera, I can recharge the other.
05/11/2006 06:44:55 PM · #7
I have a grip on the 20D and the 1d MKIIn has a brick for a battery, my problem is remembering to recharge the batteries so now I recharge on the first day of every month ;)
05/11/2006 06:46:27 PM · #8
If you have/use big or heavy lenses, the grip gives the set a better balance. Compared to the pro bodies, the 10/20/30D are relatively light and small. Put a 70-200 2.8 on one of these and you'll think the camera body is ridiculously small. On the other hand, if I shoot with my tiny 50 1.8, I rarely use the battery grip and that's not just because the combo would look somewhat funny...

The extra shutter button is a huge plus for me. When I have the 28-70 2.8 on the camera and use it to shoot people/portraits, I wouldn't want to be without it.

Either way, have fun with your 30D!
05/11/2006 07:38:23 PM · #9
I got it almost only beacuse of the size so I had a comfortable way to hold the camera, even in landscape mode - I just find it a lot more comfortable.

The battery thing is just a bonus - I always keep 2 in there and just do a rotate charge type of thing (ie I have 3 batteries and just pick one at random to change). Also the grip has a tray to stuff in 6 AA batteries in a pinch, but I doubt that would ever be useful (still I threw it in the bag because I normally have AA's for the flash anyway).
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