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Canon BGE2 Battery Grip for the EOS 20D and EOS 30D Digital SLR Cameras

by Canon
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  • Compatible with Canon EOS 20D and EOS 30D digital SLRs
  • Holds up to two Canon Lithium-ion battery packs (BP-511/511A/512/514) or 6 AA batteries for increased shooting time
  • Battery grip adds a vertical shutter release capabilities
  • Optional hand strap (E1) is available
  • Increases functionality and convenience for your Canon EOS DSLR
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.9 x 3.2 inches ; 13.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002YE6G8
  • Item model number: 9444A001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Canon BGE2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS20D Digital Camera is an accessory designed to provide extra power handling capacity to your EOS20D while travelling or while undertaking demanding professional photo shoot projects.

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Customer Reviews

It gets 5 stars from me.
mediAmaze
The E-1 hand strap that can be attached with this addition provides a very solid, secure grip.
J. Gettys
I had no trouble aligning and tightening the Grip to the Camera Body.
Bill W.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Just Anonymous TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 21, 2005
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I must admit the reviews scared me away for a bit but with an impending camping trip - I decided to jump. I think that Canon had a bad production run or mislabeled product which they have since fixed since I just got mine and fits great.

Two things that surprise me nicely about my grip:
1) Comes with a AA Magazine!
2) Full set of controls for index finger and thumb on the side (Shutter release, spin wheel, focus point selector.) Nice Job!

On the problems others noted:
1) mine fits perfectly flush with the bottom of my 20D (it reads Canon BG-E2 on the front and complements the look of the 20D)
2) I noticed no problems with electrical misreads or torquing since mine fits perfectly flush.

Pros for the Grip:
1) The comprehensiveness of the extra set of controls surprised me which was not why I bought the BG-E2 but which some people will find indispensable. Now that I have a full set of controls for portrait mode it will have me shooting portrait quite a bit more. Great job Canon!

2) On battery power with two batteries - I spent three weeks in Africa with this grip. After 8 days of heavy picture taking (about 15gigs worth of pictures), it asked for a recharge and After 14 more days of lighter shooting, its still showing fully charged. Amazing. I took the magazine and extra batteries but never used them. The power is amazing and if you're going abroad into desolate environments, get this grip.

3) Comes with the AA Magazine that holds 6 AA batteries. This will add a ton of flexibility when traveling in remote locations.

4) Portrait controls have "on / off" switch which is nice extra to prevent accidental pressing.

5) Great Pinky rest.
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146 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Tervagant on November 17, 2004
This has to be one of the worst EOS accessories Canon has ever put out; hopefully they will revise its design soon. The grip does not rest flush with the bottom of the EOS 20D regardless of how much you torque the nut. The small amount of play is annoying, but there is a much more serious problem in the form of intermittent power interruptions. A medium-heavy lens (e.g. 70-200mm 2.8) and a flash cause enough flex in the BG-E2 when you hold the camera by the grip that the electrical pins on the grip lose conact with the terminals in the 20D body. Quite unacceptable for anyone who needs a reliable camera for active work. There are work arounds in the form of shimming the grip, but Canon should have done a better job, especially considering how wonderful a camera the 20D is.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2006
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Reading over some of these reviews, its clear some people absolutely love this accessory, while others just hate it! I just got one and put it on my camera - I'm definitely in the first group! I doubt I'll ever remove it! Makes the camera fit much nicer in my hand and much easier to control. Particularly balances out a large "L" zoom lens (I'm using the new 24-105mm L). Canon must have fixed the poor fit up problem others have described as mine snugs up just fine. Yeah it's plastic, but still well built. Very ingenious that there is even a compartment to store the original battery cover so you won't lose it. I also like the neat little spring-loaded opening to accomodate the cord from the optional A/C adapter. They thought of everything! Kind of ironic though that Canon goes out of their way to advertise the 20D is smaller and lighter than it's predecessor, then we go out of our way (and spend more $$$) to make it bigger and heavier again!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Wolfinger on December 27, 2004
I upgraded to the Canon 20D from the Canon 300D with a BGE1 battery grip. The BGE1 fit and operated perfectly on the 300D. So, I was very leary about ordering the BGE2 for my 20D when I read the previous reviews on this product. But this is a necessary accessory for me and I finally buckled and purchased one. I can only surmise that Canon has corrected whatever deficiencies there may have been because my BGE2 fits and operates perfectly on my 20D. It is extremely snug with no gaps or looseness and none of the problems experienced by previous reviewers. I wouldn't be without this. Maybe Canon is listening!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By livingaboard on April 27, 2006
Today I noticed that Amazon is charging $175 for this thing. They were charging $161.99 last week. They are really over stretching on the price here. I think the price should be about $100-$125 on this thing.

What this grip does:

It provides a vertical shutter relase. That means you can turn the camera on its side and with the shutter button on the grip it is in the same position as if you were shooting a picture normally just using the camera and its release button. It also provides an extra dial and a couple buttons for adjusting things.

With the vertical release you can take your vertical pictures and keep you righ arm down to your side for more support and not have to twist your wrist over as you would without the grip.

The grip allows you to use one or two battery packs and comes with a carrier that allows you to use AA batteries instead of the packs that come with the camera. This is helpful incase your batteries die on the road. AA's can be a good backup.

This grip also allows you to use the Canon hand strap. With a camera of this weight you will want the hand strap. With a long lens you will want the strap even more. It allows you to grip the camera without having to grip the camera.

I believe there is an aftemarket hand strap for the 20d/30d cameras that don't require the purchase of the grip. Again if you get the Canon hand strap you must purchase this grip to use it.

The grip stays secure even though it does have a little chintzy feel to it due to the plastic used and the process used to manufacture it.

In the vertical grip mode there is no ergonomics involved at all.
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