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Opteka Battery Pack Grip / Vertical Shutter Release

by Opteka

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  • Built-in 4000 mAh battery effectively doubles your shooting time
  • Vertical shutter release also makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontal
  • Increases functionality and convenience
  • 1 Year warranty
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000G3KLPA
  • Item model number: Opteka XT Grip Kit
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 9, 2007
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Product Description

Opteka is proud to be allowed to use the same factory and mold as Canon uses for their BG-E3. Opteka is one of the world's leading producer of high-performance batteries and accessories. Opteka believes there is no limit to the potential of portable power and as a company they will always strive to find innovative and efficient ways to power your life in the future!

The Opteka BG-RXT holds 6 AA Batteries or 2 NB-2LH batteries. This provides a extremely extended shooting time. The vertical shutter release also makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.

Compatible with the Canon Digital Rebel XT and XTi SLR only. This package includes 2 High-Capacity NB-2LH Batteries for maximum shooting time.

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Customer Reviews

I saved some money with this product over the Canon brand.
RoadKing7
Using it makes the camera much easier to hold when holding the camera for portraits.
Brett M.
Not to say about battery time - you can shoot several days without recharging.
Gene Luciano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2006
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I bought the Opteka Battery Pack Grip for my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, and was a bit leary about the considerably lower price than the Canon brand battery pack grip. I am pleased to report that the Opteka grip has met my expectations.

PROS

The grip fits extremely well on the Rebel XTi. It even comes with a convenient place to store the battery compartment lid (which must be removed to insert the grip into the camera. Removing the lid is an easy procedure).

Attaching the grip is quick and easy, with a large, serrated wheel to tighten the grip against the camera bottom.

The finish on the grip is different than that on the Canon-brand grip. The Opteka has a thin, rubbery, texturized non-slip insert layer over the front, bottom and back. The Canon grip's rubbery insert is smooth and looks more "finished." My only concern about the Opteka insert is that it shows signs that it may not stay perfectly attached to the grip, and will likely need a touch of cement in the future. Not a big deal, though.

The vertical shooting buttons on the grip (exposure bracket, A-E lock, Auto Focus point selection, selector wheel and shutter release) are, as far as I can tell, identically placed like those on the Canon grip. All work like they are supposed to.

The grip comes with an "On-Off" slide so you can turn off the vertical shooting buttons when they are not needed. This prevents accidentally activating one of the buttons or taking a picture if they are inadvertently pressed while shooting horizontal.

The battery compartment in the grip is very easy to remove and insert batteries. Although I haven't used it yet, the optional AA battery insert looks easy to use, and is good to have in emergencies.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By M. Dente on August 3, 2006
I have both the Canon version of the grip and this version. They are identical. I have two Rebel XTs and they work great. I like them for the feel it gives holding the camera. The camera was small in my hands and this makes it perfect. If you are thinking of buying accessories for the Rebel XT, this should be one of them. The grip holds two batteries, which gives you way more shooting time. I highly recommend this!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By lensman2001 on December 15, 2006
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This is my first Amazon review. I cannot recommend this product enough. I have tried it in professional settings (the XTi is my backup camera) and it has NEVER let me down. Don't waste your money on the original CANON grip. Save your $$$. Remember, just as with the original grip you can store the XTi's battery door inside the grip so you will never lose it. I got the version that came with two batteries. The supplied batteries are excellent and never seem to run out. You will not be sorry you got this. I hated the feel of the XTi till I added the grip. I dare those who say the materials are cheap quality to submit to a blind (folded?) test. If you are one of those people who likes to buy a brand for the sake of it, don't get this grip. But if you own an XT/XTi and actually use it then don't think twice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Luk on July 18, 2007
Like one of the previous reviewers, I am also experiencing intermittent contact issues with the battery grip resulting in loss of power. Specifically, when using the lithium battery magazine, there isn't a snug fit even when the lock knob is engaged. That is, there is clearly some movement possible between the battery magazine and the grip. After inspecting the contacts inside the grip, this appears to be sufficient to break the connection resulting in the power loss. When holding the camera with the grip (that is, rotated 90 degrees), this essentially guarantees that the camera will not power up.

Inspecting the unit further, I think it was a combination of a misaligned latch for the lock knob allowing the movement between the grip and battery magazine, and a poorly positioned brush contact inside the grip.

In addition, when testing the AA battery magazine, one of the contacts fell out.

Overall, this seems to speak to variability in quality that buyers should be aware of. This was my first experience with Opteka and likely to be my last. The price of the Canon grip may be higher but I would not underestimate the value of a better manufacturer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Diamond on August 9, 2006
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I read rave reviews about the Opteka battery grip being manufactured to the same specs as the Canon grip but at a fraction of the price, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with it. It came with two 3rd party batteries as well for only $20 more, so what did I have to lose?

Let me start off by saying I have experience with 3rd party batteries and they are usually a waste of money as they are horrible from a performance standpoint. Not these however, I have taken a few hundred pictures with about 20% flash and the battery meter is still full. Great value overall.

The grip really does balance out the small size of the Rebel XT and always stays on my camera. It does add considerable weight to the camera however, but nothing overbearing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Bull on November 27, 2006
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Although I wanted this grip to work well and was optimistic, I was unable to get the camera to remain turned on because the connection must have been a little loose. Although it was installed properly and tightened completely, the camera kept turning off while I was shooting unless I squeezed the grip onto the body with my hands. Obviously this is not going to work in the long haul and I will have to return it. I re-installed the grip twice more, but still had the same problem. It's too bad because otherwise I like the grip and it's a good value if it works correctly.
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