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If you do a search for "vertical grip" you'll actually come across similar discussions.
Realistically, the VG is great if you shoot in portrait mode a lot. At least on the Sony cameras they are very comfy too.
If you shoot in landscape and portrait mode, it may be easier to just turn the camera as needed and got for the "chicken wing" shot.
cost aside, here's why im loving my grip. my experience is based using 40D, 70-200 2.8 IS, BG-E2n, 580exII
- Added weight - This lets me hold a camera a bit more stable for low-light photography. this is true for scenarios where a mono or tripod isn't available or permitted. the system is more stable. have you noticed that luxury cars are heavier than normal sedans? BMW even advertises its 50-50, front to back weight ratio. same analogy. using a 70-200 2.8, the system is more balanced with a grip. 1400g (lens) & 822grams (body) + 300grams (grip)
- Better Ergonomics - when you're using a 70-200 2.8 and shooting portraits, its waay more comfortable. Try doing portraits with the same lens for an extended period without a grip. your 4 fingers will get tired faster, trying to support the weight of the body. the grip lets you use your palm to support more weight. the fingers are less stressed.
- Added weight - specially if the photographer has a small frame, the additional 300 grams may be an issue for extended periods.
- Better Ergonomics - if your hands are small, and cant fully hold the grip, it may add to more problems. more tired hands.
just my 2cents.
Feel more comfy holding with the BG on my 500d
Guess that i have a bigger hand ..
If the current grip is fine.. then no need for it.. other then the extra battery life and shooting vertical. it add weight. but help to stabilise. at least for me..
Even a 50D wasn't substantial enough such that my last 2 fingers were always dangling(I have quite big hands), therefore a battery grip was crucial to prevent discomfort.
Got myself a third party BG and other than loving it for taking portrait shots which
1) Gives me a steadier grip (mi hand shake a lot due to loads of caffeine intake, hence its really a life saver from the shakey chicken wing position)
2) Hold the position longer to get the correct shots at the correct time (u will get lesser 'half close eyes' portrait shots)
and I feel happier/more secured to be able to 'prolong' the lifespan of the camera shutter button and the command dials (which are really convenient for scrolling through pictures) coz the wear/tear usage is on the cheap BG shutter button and command dial instead. just a newbie feeling...... hahahaha
24-70|70-300|50 f1.4D|105 f2.8|Sig 12-24|Rayx 150,250,202
i have to admit to most of the reason stated above
my camera is really light & tiny
and i have no money to buy a more pro camera
with the battery grip it feels more robust in my hands
else it juz feel like a compact camera which
i tend to hiao hiao swing here swing there anyhow throw
and its quite amazing
without the BG, the battery last 2 days max
with BG the battery can last one week
with the same usage level
i also dun understand why
Canon EOS 500D|BG-E5|18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit| 50mm f/1.8 II | 17-40mm f/4L | 580EXII
HOLGA GCFN 120