There are other reasons why you may need a vertical grip. It can hold 2 batteries, and it gives a more solid feel to the camera, at least to me. In a sense, it makes the camera feel more balanced when you use it with a heavy lens.
woah... serious? what happened man? guy wanted to bash you because you took picture of him? maybe he is a serial killer on the run!!!
anyway, back to the topic... i have a vert grip... haven't really have an occasion to use it yet... but from comments on previous threads on same discussion, you can bring the vert grip for shooting on car shows or IT shows... models tend to pose at you coz you look more pro (thinking that their picture might appear in some magazine...hahahah) :bsmilie:
Another reason I use the vertical grip is that it allows me to use rechargable AA batteries instead of CR2 batteries for my camera. Cheaper and more convenient in the long run. Also it provides a better grip and feel as it let me have a place to place my little finger instead of letting it hanging in mid air.
As for me, not having the grip is totally out of the question. My grip sticks to the body from day 1. The heavier the weight the better, especially if you mount your long lens. Gives you better stability and balance, thus better shots. Not to mention the convenience of shooting portraits.. I shoot buildings, so it is a boon to me
but i sold mine, cus i shoot more candid shots nowadays. a big camera looks serious and is intimidating. anyway, with or w/o vertical, i was almost bashed up at sugnei road 2 days ago.
but i also feel its good to ve. allows more secure handling of the camera. also feels better, more stable, shooting vertical shots.
Hmm.. :think: ..yes.. how true..
I feel the same way about my attempts to shoot in public; people get the wrong impression when I hold up camera.... it looks too serious & there was once secuirty stepped to me & asked if I was from the press (?) - that was years ago at Turf City...
Maybe I should go around wearing a flowery hat, flowery & colorful shirt & kakis, then hang the serious looking camera around my neck & probably I'd look less official & more tourist-like... serious looking tourist with a large serious looking camera... :bsmilie:
Sucks lah.. shooting around in SG sometimes feels similar to shooting in countries like Russsia...
must say most ppl are OK w ppl photographing them, so long we make it quick or ask them nicely.
tat morning, i went to bedok to photograph a very traditional lookin provision shop. the shop keeper is very nice after i told him i jus wan to record vanishing scenes of spore.
then i shot an old basker at the mkt, 2 chess players and the song bird keepers at a kopi shop.
after that went sugnei rd. most of the ppl posted no problem (either they didnt care or didnt notice me). until a stall mended by an old couple. the wife saw me 1st and shouted. then the husband confronted me, demanding that i hand over the film. i tried to walk away but he followed and cursed w vulgarities.
i didnt run, jus hurried away. he gave up after a few paces. nothin dramatic actually. but i dunno wat will the other stall owners do if it gets physical.