Canon Battery Grips

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Are you considering one of the Canon Battery Grips?

You're probably wondering what does a battery grip do. This post will cover the advantages and disadvantages of buying and using one of the Canon grips. It also has a Canon battery grip compatibility table so you know what battery grips and batteries go with what Canon cameras. 

Many pros consider battery grips to be one of the most desirable accessories. Are you looking to get because you really shoot a ton of photos at a time? If you shoot a lot of vertical compositions, a grip will put all of the major camera functions and settings on the tip of our fingers.

Here are the links to the specific grips and the Canon DSLR cameras they go with:

battery grip compatibility chart

Here is a compatibility chart-technically it's a compatibility table not a chart-to show you what battery grip you need to go on the camera you have. One of the reasons I purchased a 70D as a backup to my 5D Mark III is because both cameras take the same LP-E6 battery. 

Canon battery grip compatibility table

Interesting that the 5D Mark III and the 70D take the same LP-E6 battery but the compatible battery grips are different. This table includes the compatibility of the individual batteries as well and it's interesting to note that Canon became more consistent recently in making the LP-E6 and LP-E17 the standard batteries for most of their DSLRs.

Advantages of using a Battery Grip

Battery grips usually have the capacity to hold either two of the proprietary batteries that the camera uses or it has the capacity to hold several extra AA batteries.  This obviously gives you the benefit of giving you more battery life.  

This is a great advantage for sports and school photography, shooting weddings and other events, rapid-exposure model and fashion shoots.

The other chief advantage of these using grips is a vertical shutter release.  If you shoot mostly vertical (portrait) orientation and you don't like the twist of your wrist, it's a big advantage.

Some folks with large hands simply like the feel of a larger camera-grip combination.  Another plus is the ability to remove the battery grip when you are shooting in a situation when it's not needed.

Increased stability and less wobble occur with the heavier set-up that you have with a grip attached. You also have the ability to use AA batteries as a convenient backup in case of a proprietary battery breakdown.

You can save money if you find one of the 3rd party knockoffs of the genuine Canon battery grips

Disadvantages of using a Battery Grip

For me, one of the disadvantages of using a battery grip is the added weight and bulk attached to your camera body.  

This is not a huge difference, mind you. Battery grips weigh only a little over 10 ounces. Yeah, you can call me a lightweight but it is a consideration for some. It also adds an extra expense to your investment.

May force a change in the size of your camera bag. This is an unlikely one for most photographers, but if you use a bag that is already quite full, it might become an issue for you. Just carry a spare battery because it's a lot smaller. One more component that could develop an electrical breakdown.

HOW to attach and remove a canon battery grip

This section covers how to attach your Canon grip to your Canon DSLR camera, how to remove the battery grip, and then how to charge your grips. Watch the video twice before you start the process on your own.

It's really quite easy. Just take your time and don't force anything.

how to install a battery grip

The camera used in this example is a 70D, but the procedure for attaching properly to your camera will be basically the same, no matter which camera and  grip you have. 

Here is the 4 step method to installing a Canon battery grip to your Canon DSLR.

Battery Compartment DoorRemove Battery Compartment Door

  1. Remove the battery door from your camera.
  2. Remove the battery.
  3. Insert the battery grip into the battery compartment.
  4. Carefully screw in the grip using the large knurled wheel.

Do not overtighten the locking knob. The best way to learn how to insert your battery grip into your camera is to watch this video.

It's important to tighten your grip just snugly. Do not overtighten as this could cause problems in trying to remove a grip later on. This is particularly true if you attach your Canon grip while it and your camera are cold. They could expand as they warm up and become too tight.

how to detach your Canon battery grip

The way you remove the battery grip from your Canon is basically the same steps, only done in reverse order.

If you have an issue removing your Canon battery grip, try pushing the grip toward the camera body to loosen the pressure. Cheaper plastic knock offs of a genuine Canon grip may be made of a cheap plastic and subject to breakage if you have overtightened the knurled wheel.

HOW to charge a canon battery grip

The way you charge the grip is to remove the batteries and charge them with the AC battery charger.

What to consider when buying One of the Canon Battery Grips

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There are several things to think about before buying a battery grip for your Canon camera. Does it matter to you if it's loaded from the side or the rear?

Will you ever be using  a magazine that can handle AA batteries as your power source? Do you prefer magnesium alloy construction over plastic?

Are you committed to getting only the best Canon grip or is a cheaper 3rd party manufacturer adequate for your tastes?

My aim here is to get you to think about all of the issues surrounding this particular accessory and whether you want to add one of the Canon battery grips to your equipment list.

Keep shooting your Canon,

Author Bruce Lovelace
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Bruce Lovelace is the publisher of Canon Camera Geek. Read more about him on the About Page. He also publishes how to articles and camera gear reviews at the Photography Tips website.

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  • Balance for Long Lenses
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