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Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for Canon T2i, T3i and T4i Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Canon Branded Retail Package
  • Compatible with EOS Rebel T21i, T3i or T4i cameras
  • Batteries are not included
  • Battery holder for 2 LP-E8 batteries
  • Battery holder for 6 AA batteries
  • Includes a vertical shutter release and a mode wheel
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Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for Canon T2i, T3i and T4i Digital SLR Cameras + Canon LP-E8 Battery Pack for Canon Digital Rebel T2i and T3i Digital SLR Cameras (Retail Package)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5 x 3.5 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0039VYN1Y
  • Item model number: BG-E8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2010

Product Description

The Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, and T4i DSLR cameras holds up to (2) LP-E8 battery packs simultaneously to effectively double your shooting power, plus the grip includes a holder to use (6) AA batteries. In addition, the grip includes a vertical shutter release and a mode wheel to provide access to all of the camera functions and make shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.

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Customer Reviews

Benefits of it: Can put in 2 battery packs to have lots of shooting time without switching.
D. Schmidek
And I found the secondhand ones to be just as good as the Canon ones but if you have the extra cash these are definitely a better quality grip.
Chuck Bittner
It's comfortable, adds some extra heft to my camera, and makes taking portrait orientation shots much easier.
Matthew Anzur

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By D. Schmidek on March 25, 2010
The grip is an accessory you should have for this camera. I do have larger hands, so holding the camera is a bit uncomfortable. But with the grip it helps out a lot.

Benefits of it: Can put in 2 battery packs to have lots of shooting time without switching. Also there are camera controls (trigger and other controls) on it which allow you to shoot vertical pictures without having to twist your hands.

While it adds some weight, the camera is actually too light for my taste. Adding this to it helps keep my shots steadier without having to rely too much on IS lenses.

I also had the appropriate grip on my Canon Rebel XTi and never took it off for years.

There is also an adapter included that will take AA batteries if you are desperate for power and forgot your charger.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tony Blackwood on May 2, 2010
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Paid a premium on this due to it being sold out elsewhere but it was essential to an upcoming video shoot. It adds nice weight to the T2i and makes the camera feel a bit more solid. The AA battery cartridge that comes along with it saved my shoot as I was out of juice on my E8 batteries with no way to recharge quickly. I popped six readily-available AA's in and finished off the video shoot with no problems.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Plankwing on June 7, 2010
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I bought the T2i for my wife. This is the eighth EOS camera we've bought; the first two were film SLR, the T2i is the sixth DSLR. We've bought the battery grips for all eight when we bought each camera. They double the number of shots as well as make vertical shooting much easier. Unless one is put off by the extra weight, our opinion is the battery grips are must-have accessories. Example: May of this year she shot over 800 photos in one day (and I shot over 1100 with my 7D) yet all batteries showed over 1/2 charge remaining. We were shooting birds from blinds (with gimbals on tripods) and the zoom-lens collars allowed rotating to either vertical or horizontal and the shutter releases on the battery grips allowed vertical shooting without having to twist our hands to reach the shutter releases on the camera bodies.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LarrySanAntonio on December 31, 2011
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I was hesitant to purchase the many off-brand options available here on Amazon due to the mixed reviews. Since receiving my OEM Canon grip and having used one of the cheaper knock-offs I'm glad I spent the extra cash on this one.

"You get what you pay for" applies to most things, including camera gear. If you're going to spend good money on a DSLR and quality lenses, why would you skimp on something like a battery grip? It's not a crucial component like a lens or a flash, but it's something you're going to use every time you use your camera. I'm not sure which cheap-o grip I used, and though it was close in texture to my camera's body grip, it just didn't feel quite right. The buttons were squsishy and the textured-grip wasn't quite right. The Canon grip looks and feels like it's part of the camera, like something that would come with it.

Pros: All of the buttons (shutter/zoom) and the scroll wheel feel "right," like the buttons currently on my camera. The finish and grip are identical, too.

Cons: The one complaint I have is that the grip smelled like B.O. for the first few days of owning it. Every time I brought the camera up to my face to take a picture I'd get a healthy whiff, making me question my ability to properly wash myself. It didn't occur to me that a pice of plastic could be the culprit, causing me to smell everything in my surroundings for a good 15 minutes before finally pinpointing the source. I slapped some Speed Stick on it and it's all good now (not really, it just went away on its own. Don't put deodorant on your electronics, kids).

If you need a grip for your t2i (or t3i, which is what I have), go with legit Canon gear. Plus, it's sold by Amazon so it ships quickly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yi-sheng Chiu on June 2, 2010
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I'd say T2i is a pretty light camera to carry around especially with kit lens. This battery grip will make it rather heavy which could be good and bad depending on the situation. I personally like it. It doesn't matter if you had big or smaller hands, it fits. Double battery, easier to shoot portrait, looking good, fits T2i perfectly. I would say it's a must buy if it wasn't expensive.(By the time I got it was about $170~$190) Made in Taiwan, not China.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas S. Martin on May 30, 2012
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The grip for my prior Canon DSLR, the 20D, was much more substantial than this flimsy bit of junk.

Now the BG-E8 has ceased to power the camera after just 4 months. The batteries work inside the camera, but not in the grip. A call to Canon yielded the surprising response that Canon USA doesn't provide ANY warranty for grips. The "Canon international warranty" sheet in the box says the warranty is one year for this grip. There is a USA number to call. Canon says that Amazon must handle the warranty for this product apparently not sold through Canon USA. It seems quite appalling that Canon gives everyone else in the world a one year grip warrant except American consumers, if what I was told is correct. Amazon has agreed to accept a return for refund, but as a "one time exception."

The most important fact is that, as much as Canon charges for this grip, it should be a better quality product. Amazon should make it clear if it is selling products not covered by US warranty.

Update: I returned the defective grip and ordered a new one. The new one arrived with a US warranty, so I guess Amazon sells both US and gray products. I was surprised to get an email from Amazon notifying me that I was being charged a $27 restocking fee. Given that the product was gray market and no fee had been mentioned by the agent who authorized the return, I called Amazon. The rep told me that the restock fee was automatically imposed by a computer, and eliminated the charge. I also called Canon to point out that I had now gotten a grip with a one-year US warranty. He spoke to someone who acknowledged that Canon does indeed warranty DSLR grips. It only took five Canon customer service employees to determine this. Impressive, eh?

The moral of the story: be persistent.
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