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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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  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5 x 3.5 inches ; 15.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0039VYN1Y
  • Item model number: BG-E8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 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

I am glad I made the investment.
T_Mc
Add's battery life to your camera for more shooting time without having to worry that you will miss a shot because you have to change the battery.
scgy
It adds nice weight to the T2i and makes the camera feel a bit more solid.
Tony Blackwood

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87 of 88 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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43 of 45 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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14 of 15 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bone VINE VOICE on March 4, 2011
It would be nice if this had a few extra buttons on it but it has the main ones that I need to use available so that's just fine. I was tempted to go with an after-market brand unit but I decided seeing as I do use my camera a LOT it would be a smarter idea to go with a brand name unit.

I've had my unit attached to my camera for almost a year now and have loved it ever since. I enjoy being able to pop in "AA" batteries when I have killed my other 2 Canon lithium cells that I typically keep in the grip. I do a lot of portrait work and this helps to make it less awkward to handle the camera. Not to mention that the camera looks bigger to the client and makes them feel like it's something big and impacting to the photos I'm taking. Little do they know I am using the cheapest option that I was willing to settle for to do work that I would much rather have a 50D MkII for, lol.

All in all, the added power allows me to not have to worry about running out of power at weddings, balls, dances, games, whatever... Some events I can end up with 900 or better shots, that's a heck of a lot of shots and before I had the grip it would always end up that I would run out of power at just the wrong time! Now that's no longer an issue.

Most people don't really need a grip and probably shouldn't bother with it. I don't come across too many that take 900-1300 shots on a given day, with a T2i, lol. So unless you know that you need that constant insurance of extra power to go the distance don't bother with the expense.
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