Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip

Front View of Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip

Do you want some information on the Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip?

The LP-E5 batteries fit the  BG-E5 BGM-E5L magazine unless you are using 6 AA batteries which then requires the BGM-E5A magazine.

Both of these BG-E5 magazines ( see photo below) slide into the end of the grip, just like with the BG-E11 and BG-E8.

This accessory fits three Canon cameras, the Canon 450D, 500D, and the 1000D. These are also know as the XS, the T1i, and the Canon Rebel EOS XSi.

Canon t1i 500DCanon t1i 500D

Canon XSi 450DCanon XSi 450D

Canon XS 1000DCanon XS 1000D

Despite the name "battery grip" the biggest appeal for most photographers for owning this accessory is the vertical controls and the feel of the grip.

Yes, it's true that doubling the battery power is a valuable feature as well.  This is particularly true if you shoot a lot of long events like a wedding or a sport league.

Canon-BGM-E5A-BGM-E5L-magazine

I've never minded doing a quick change of a single battery in any of my Canon cameras, but I don't shoot weddings anymore.  

There is definitely a peace of mind you get when you know you've got a ton of battery power and a ton of memory.  The second battery is already installed.



Advantages of a Battery Grip

Doubled shooting time

Vertical Shutter and camera controls

Balanced feel with larger lenses attached

More room for better hand grip

Disadvantages of a Battery Grip

Extra weight to carry around

Extra size to fit in your camera bag

Added cost of purchasing one

More equipment that could break down


Here is a quick comparison of the 3 cameras that the BG-E5 fits:

The Canon Rebel XS (1000D, Kiss F) -released in 2008

  • 10.1 Megapixel  sensor 
  • 7-point wide-area AF system  
  • Up to 3 frames per second
  • 2.5” LCD with Live View shooting 
  • DIGIC 3 image processor 

At the time of it's release the Rebel XS  was the lightest EOS camera and was still loaded with plenty of technology.


Back View of Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip

Canon Rebel XSi (450D, Kiss X2) -released in 2008

  • 12.2 Megapixel sensor 
  • 3.5 frames per second 
  • 3-inch LCD with Live View
  • 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point 
  • DIGIC 3 image processor 


Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip in Vertical Position

Canon  Rebel T1i  ( 500D, Kiss X3) -released in 2009

  • 15.1 Megapixel sensor
  • Full HD movie recording, HDMI playback on an HDTV• 3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 3-inch  LCD with Live View
  • 9-point wide area AF with cross type center point
  • DIGIC 4 image processor


As a side note, the Canon BG-E5 battery grip currently (Feb 2013) has a 5-star rating by customers on amazon.  I am an amazon Geek (in addition to being a Canon Camera Geek) and I don't ever remember seeing a product with as many positive reviews and having no 1 or 2 star ratings.


Places to Buy the Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip

You can buy a used Canon BG-E5 or a much cheaper alternative at about 1/3 the cost. These are my own personal favorite camera and accessory retailers, Amazon and Adorama, and ebay. Please visit these vendor as a way to support this site.


The links above are affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commision should you decide to purchase from one of those vendors. There's no cost to you-just a little financial thank you to me from those vendors.



Keep shooting your Canon

Author Bruce Lovelace
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