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    how important is a battery grip? Did you bring it along for a holiday? I do regret when i brought it along with for a holiday..

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    Battery grip is important when your lens is very heavy and you need to balance the weight, or when shooting for extended periods of time (like long events, weddings etc). For normal travel use, battery grip is not needed unless you are using a 70-200 f2.8 on an entry level camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachokphantom
    how important is a battery grip? Did you bring it along for a holiday? I do regret when i brought it along with for a holiday..
    It's important if you use it during your trip and not impt if you don't. It's very subjective. If you find your camera's grip too small for you to hold comfortably or you shoot in portrait a lot, then a battery grip is certainly important.

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    Bring it if you are going to shoot at higher fps or lots of portraiture or need the extra battery for extended use. Otherwise, I'll suggest to leave it at home.

    Of course there are some who have it to get that pro look.

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    May i know why do you regret?
    for me its a good investment, give me to take portrait without twisting my hand + can use AA battery (useful when travelling and battery gone flat) and more balance weight.
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    It's something good to have (esp in taking portrait shots) but not necessary. If you can live w/o it, then just leave it at home. You can always use it when you are shooting in SG.
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    its useful if you like to always shoot in portrait mode and/or use AA batteries (grips normally can take both dedicated batteries or attachments that allow you to use AA batteries)
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    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    Battery grip is important when your lens is very heavy and you need to balance the weight, or when shooting for extended periods of time (like long events, weddings etc). For normal travel use, battery grip is not needed unless you are using a 70-200 f2.8 on an entry level camera.
    How is that so? Im using 7D and have rent 70-200mm bt the weight is impossible for me.. mayb its just me

    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    It's important if you use it during your trip and not impt if you don't. It's very subjective. If you find your camera's grip too small for you to hold comfortably or you shoot in portrait a lot, then a battery grip is certainly important.
    Yup i agree mayb its good for portrait shoot


    Quote Originally Posted by kkgoxplore View Post
    Bring it if you are going to shoot at higher fps or lots of portraiture or need the extra battery for extended use. Otherwise, I'll suggest to leave it at home.

    Of course there are some who have it to get that pro look.
    Ya its true.. always get looks from people and people often asked me what a big camera i have.

    Quote Originally Posted by tznyein View Post
    May i know why do you regret?
    for me its a good investment, give me to take portrait without twisting my hand + can use AA battery (useful when travelling and battery gone flat) and more balance weight.
    Maybe portrait is good bt for travel i dont think so.. Its heavy bro..

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    Imho, i think it really depends on the shots you take while holiday-ing. Look at your past holiday shot collections, and will roughly know what is your shooting patterns, from there you would be able to decide whether to bring along the BG on ur next trip.

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    It's really a preference thing. Personally, i dont leave home w/o it when i bring my body out.

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    i always shoot in portrait orientation so my batt grip is attached permanently. it's a must for me esp with heavy lens.

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    No just weight but size too. With batt grip you might need a bigger camera bag.

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    i have a batt grip however i always leave it at home when i travel overseas... i am using 7D with 24-70, and i understand about the balancing weight part... just that i dont want to add unnecessary weight to my already very heavy set up... besides, i always bring out the xtra batt on a trip so there is no need for me to worry about lack of power...

    however, dont you guys find that with a grip, it gets into your way during landscape photography? like you will not be able to hold your lens properly by the lens... do you all have the same problem??

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilorgi View Post
    i have a batt grip however i always leave it at home when i travel overseas... i am using 7D with 24-70, and i understand about the balancing weight part... just that i dont want to add unnecessary weight to my already very heavy set up... besides, i always bring out the xtra batt on a trip so there is no need for me to worry about lack of power...

    however, dont you guys find that with a grip, it gets into your way during landscape photography? like you will not be able to hold your lens properly by the lens... do you all have the same problem??
    Its not really for landscape shooting that's why it gets in the way. If you find yourself shooting in portrait most of the time during the trip I think the grip is rather useful in preventing you from getting a sore wrist, especially with a heavy setup.

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    my battery grip is like permanently glued to my 7D + 17-55, just too useful to be left at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachokphantom View Post
    how important is a battery grip?
    it's only get as important as how the user feel it is, if u can manage better without grip then why u wanna be told by other people which things to make u feel better

    Quote Originally Posted by sachokphantom View Post
    Did you bring it along for a holiday? I do regret when i brought it along with for a holiday..
    holiday with close friend & family nope cos i try to go as light as possible, incase it's a holiday trip with a photoshoot in the mix then yes
    if u regret it then there u hve the answer already, u dun need it, why u wanna ask for other justification for...
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    Quote Originally Posted by willdoang View Post
    it's only get as important as how the user feel it is, if u can manage better without grip then why u wanna be told by other people which things to make u feel better



    holiday with close friend & family nope cos i try to go as light as possible, incase it's a holiday trip with a photoshoot in the mix then yes
    if u regret it then there u hve the answer already, u dun need it, why u wanna ask for other justification for...
    Totally agree with u.....
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    Ironically the near unanimous opinion here is that the battery grip is great from an ergonomic view. Unlikely to ever need for the battery life although the AA backup option might be useful in some remote locations ??

    I dont like it personally and sold mine on - even with my heavy lenses am ok - nearly always use a monopod for the big lenses
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