Zeikos ZE-CBG7D Battery Power Grip for Canon 7D Camera
- Doubles Shooting Time
- Vertical Firing Release with Lock
- LP-E6 Batteries or 6 AAs
- Improves Stability
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|Item Dimensions||4 x 3 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.35 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
Style: Canon 7D
Top Customer Reviews
Am I glad I got this? Definitely!
Okay, let's get things out and open: yes, this is NOT exactly like the Canon battery grip. Duh. It's not made by Canon and it doesn't cost $300. That said, however, this is an amazing "replica" that fits the bill just fine!
I was a little concerned when I got this because of reviews that said it was all plastic and cheap and that it would screw up my camera. My fears were quickly put to rest as soon as I opened the box.
I'm not one to dwell on packaging (if it comes in a brown paper bag but works great, who cares?) but the box for this was good, and the grip was wrapped in a bubble-wrap envelope. There's a protective cover-cap for the connector to keep the pins safe (and the cover isn't flimsy).
Taking the grip out, the first thing I was surprised to notice was that, yes, it DOES have a rubber grip. It's not as rough as the inlaid gripping Canon puts on its cameras, but it is definitely not just a textured part of the plastic. This is a great touch. There's a strap-hook/bar on the bottom, as well as a tripod mount so you can still use a tripod even with the grip installed.
According to the instructions you should always attach/detach the grip with the batteries removed, so that's what I've been doing.
Attaching the grip to the camera is easy. Just pop the battery out of your camera, and take off the battery cover door (there's a spring-clip to detach the door). The grip has a place in the handle where you can store the battery door, which is fantastic.Read more ›
So! I've shot three shoots with it - one an all day 13 hour event - outside, inside, dirty trains - steadicam mounted, monopod mounted, shoulderbrace mounted and plain hand-gripped and this performed flawlessly. It REALLY makes the camera much more useable as well I should mention - it's one of those must haves. I compared it with my friend's actual canon grip and the only difference I noticed was his has the rubber grip along the battery compartment back as well as the front.
That's a hugely minor thing tho - and other than that you really can't tell the difference. Solid-wise - usefulness-wise - etc. - it's the same. So I'd say based on a few days of solid use out of it i'm impressed.
Hope that helps!
I rarely buy anything else other than a Nikon, but i thought i will give this a try and i am glad i did. The Nikon MB-D10 is a great grip too, its made of magnesium alloy and rubberized coating just like the camera, hence its expensive.
If you are going to place your camera in rocks or if its going to take some beating in buses in africa or forests in the amazon, then buy the Nikon. If you are a casual user, who keeps his cameras in his bag all the time other than when its being used, then buy this one. You wont be dissapointed.
If you're like me... your mind goes "Wow... that's a lot of money! I don't want a piece of junk, but certainly for something that is the equivalent to a handle with buttons and one extra battery slot they could price that a little better!" After all... aren't we all "saving up" for our next piece of glass anyway? Every dollar you can save on something trivial brings that sexy "L" glass that much closer... but, where do you cut costs? What is worth it, and what will you be regretting later? I've got one thing here that will put your mind at rest.
Buy this grip instead. You won't be sorry.
I wasn't sure... but the reviews were all very positive so I pulled the trigger and ordered this. I'm happy to say, everybody was right. Time for a quick list!
* Solid, excellent fit and finish, feels very "high quality"
* Actual rubber (not textured plastic) around finger-grip area on side and front.
* Extra "finger ridge" helps the grip feel more secure (NOT found on the Canon grip)
* Hole for Tripod mount
* Enables you to use a (not supplied) after-market hand strap.
* Will let your camera run on single OR double camera batteries, or 6 AA's, like almost all battery grips.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought two of these for my two Canon 7D. Work well. I almost never use the portrait controls. In fact, a few times I thought the camera was broken but I had accidently hit the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Paul Konopacki
Works great. Feels solid. And you don't have to sell a child to afford it.Published 7 days ago by Brian
I had never had a grip die on me. This stopped working and then I was not aloud to return. I had to just recycle the product. Don't waste money.Published 15 days ago by Nicole
Has been rock solid for me. I always leave it in not only for dual batteries, but for the vertical pictures. This grip has not malfunctioned on me at all with my 5d3.Published 17 days ago by Jason
This is such a great buy and it works awesome on my camera, would purchase it all over again.Published 1 month ago by Diane
Just like the Canon version but I can buy several of these before I even come close to the price of the Canon.Published 1 month ago by Abraham