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Customer Review

on 27 December 2013
I've never used a grip like this before, so it was a bit of an adventure. To begin with, fitting the unit is simplicity itself. Remove the original battery, remove the battery compartment door - with no more than normal care - stow it on the grip as shown in the instructions (yes, do read them first...), insert the grip into the battery compartment and secure with the thumbwheel. This locks the grip into the tripod socket of the camera, but this socket is duplicated on the base of the grip, which is of similar area to the camera's and should therefore provide an adequate base on the tripod. What isn't clear from the advert details is that the battery holder takes two of the standard camera batteries (Lp-e5), but will happily work with one. In addition, the backup battery holder carries 6 AA batteries; while alkalines are recommended in the literature, mine seems quite happy with a set of 2800mAh NiMH rechargeables, though I suspect their life will not match the alkalines, or the Li-ions.
In use the grip provides a large, comfortable seat for the right hand when taking conventional landscape format photos, but it really comes into its own when used in vertical mode. Instead of a right arm contorted uncomfortably, you can now grip with it in the conventional position and use the duplicated shutter and function buttons (and control wheel) for camera control. These can cause the occasional hiccup when using the regular shutter button, but they can be switched off if this happens. Apparently functionally similar to the Canon battery grip, this seems to to the same job at a fraction of the price. There are other grips around with LCD display and additional functions (and two or three times the price) but for an amateur like me this is more than adequate. If you're looking to boost your battery capacity and get more stable vertical shots you could do a lot worse than one of these.
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