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    swanseajack41
    30 Jan 2012 - 3:40 PM

    Is any1 using 3rd party battery grips, & how are they compared to Canon's own ?
    Thanx all
    Paul

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    desbarnio
    desbarnio  3 Scotland
    30 Jan 2012 - 4:25 PM

    I'm using one I got off UK Parts Deal on Ebay- cost £27 and has been great so far, nice and sturdy with good grip, have not used Canons own so can't really compare.

    User_Removed
    30 Jan 2012 - 4:28 PM

    Can't compare 3rd Party with Canon OEM Paul, but I had a 3rd Party grip for my Nikon D80 and then a Nikon grip for my D300.

    There was no noticeable difference in quality whatsoever.

    The only reason I had an OEM grip for the D300 was that it came as part of a package deal.

    It is an area where big savings can be made. Typically an OEM grip will be twice the price (or more) of an equivalent 3rd Party grip.

    mikehit
    mikehit  56740 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Jan 2012 - 4:50 PM

    I've read several comments that the Hahnel grips are every bit as good as the Canon ones. But I'm just a badge tart and will stick with the OEM stuff.

    User_Removed
    30 Jan 2012 - 5:03 PM

    By the way Paul, I responded to your post about the remote wireless timer that has now been deleted.

    All I was saying was that the one you linked to seemed very overpriced and should be available much cheaper direct from China/HK. From memory, the one I use on my Nikon was about £12 including postage.

    swanseajack41
    30 Jan 2012 - 5:08 PM

    thanx all.

    leftforum : I deleted the post because it showed my account details. Dooooh ! was about to repost. nice 1

    was the one u had wireless ? the ones on fleabay from HK/China are between £28 - £60

    Last Modified By swanseajack41 at 30 Jan 2012 - 5:10 PM
    PaulStephen
    31 Jan 2012 - 12:55 PM

    Have a 3rd party grip on my 20D and a Canon on my 7D. I found that the Canon grip feels more solidly built and appears to fit that little bit better (slight wobble but nothing that affects shooting). Whether this is worth the additional £100 not sure.

    User_Removed
    31 Jan 2012 - 1:57 PM


    Quote: Thanx all.

    leftforum : I deleted the post because it showed my account details. Dooooh ! was about to repost. nice 1

    was the one u had wireless ? the ones on fleabay from HK/China are between £28 - £60

    Yes - radio controlled.

    There is one for a Canon currently on eBay for £12 odds. Search the terms Canon, Wireless, Remote Release, and you will find it.

    66tricky
    66tricky  7742 forum posts Scotland
    31 Jan 2012 - 2:17 PM

    I have a 3rd party grip for my D300s made by Meike. They are available on ebay for around £50 from UK sources, meaning a saving of circa £130 over the Nikon item. OEM grip is more sturdy but the in materials but the Meike grip is sturdy, performs well and is a very close match visually. I'd rather spend the extra on something that affects image quality.

    swanseajack41

    thanx all

    phader
    phader  53 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Feb 2012 - 1:56 AM

    Piggy-backing, can I ask if any of these grips (with the LCD displays..) offer a time lapse facility?

    I always thought these things were just a (macho!) waste of time, but now I use my new 7D for video as well, I see the benefit of having two batteries linked up!! Will be very heavy, though!!

    Thanks for very helpful comments above - any on timing stuff, useful as well Smile

    mikehit
    mikehit  56740 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Feb 2012 - 11:24 AM


    Quote: can I ask if any of these grips (with the LCD displays..)offer a time lapse facility

    You need a separate timelapse controller - any such setting would come through the camera menu and you access that gthrough the buttons on the back of the camera.
    I am not sure what you mean by "grips (with the LCD displays..)"

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