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.

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:

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.

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.  It's 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.

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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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