Canon BG-E7 Battery Grip for the EOS 7D (Not for Mark II) Digital SLR Camera
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- The Canon Battery Grip BG-E7 is an optional battery grip designed specifically for the Canon EOS 7D.
- Holds up to two LP-E6 battery packs to double shooting time or six AA Batteries (for emergency use)
- Following functions are available in the vertical shooting position- Shutter-Release, Main Dial, AF Point Selection, AF/FE Lock, Index,and more
- The vertical shutter release makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.
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I strongly recommend considering this add-on. As a side benefit, you place two batteries in the compartment, so it effectively doubles the amount of shooting you can do at one sitting. If I were to suggest any further changes for Canon to make, it would be to allow the grip to be plugged in to re-charge the batteries without the necessity of removing them from the grip. All-in-all a very worthy addition to my EOS 7D.
First, I bought the grip for use when recording digital video. I appreciate that the BG-E7 Battery Grip can accept the Canon batteries or AA batteries. That leaves a nice safety net when doing long complicated projects like shooting digital video.
Second, it adds quite a bit of size and mass, which makes the Canon 7D setup look very professional and intimidating. So if you were using the camera for press related events, you look like you belong with a massive monster of a camera setup.
Third, the BG-E7 Battery Grip is very easy to use and attaches easily. It isn't perfect, as I use a silicon protective body skin and the BG-E7 Battery Grip doesn't work with it (I have to just remove the skin), but it is an adequate unit.
I also like buying Canon peripheral products for Canon units. I have found Canon to cost a little more, but Canon tends to be a bit sturdier and work seamlessly.
Those are the things that I find pleasing about the BG-E7 Battery Grip. Just an opinion, but I would
recommend the BG-E7 Battery Grip to anyone interested in a backup battery unit for his or her Canon 7D.
There is also a second shutter release for "portrait" shooting - I'm not sure I will use it since I like holding the camera by the sides and using the standard shutter button (hey, gimmie a break - I've been shooting like this since my college daze).
Despite the fact that the grip isn't actually made in Japan, it's still well made and has that typical Canon quality.
If you shoot a lot with a long telephoto/zoom and want the benefit of really long battery life, get the BG-E7 and a spare battery. You won't be disappointed.
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As others have mentioned, the grip shutter button is more sensitive than that on the camera. I'd say for sports shooting Canon have got it about right. Since the grip is thicker than the built in landscape grip on the 7D, somehow it feels right for the shutter button to be more sensitive. Can't really explain it, but it just feels right to me. Either way, you'll quickly adjust.
One major criticism (and it's valid for all Canon and 3rd party grips) is that the locking wheel is plastic and could easily get stripped of its hold on the locking nut if you're too "thorough" when you tighten it. A tip I saw on a forum is to put a tiny bit of high temp lubricant on the thread before first use, and accept that when the wheel stops moving with light to moderate finger pressure, then it's tight enough. Don't go Tarzan on it and it should be fine.
The build of this product is very nice and the rubber matches the 7D very well. It has a what feels like plastic construction which would match the 5D mkii very well although for 7D users it would of been nice to have it made of magnesium alloy to match the camera body. The buttons on the grip also match the 7Ds quite well although the shutter button is a bit more sensitive it feels fine in use, and retains the squishy feel of the cameras shutter button. If you do it up fairly tightly, there is no movement of the grip when its on the body and feels secure
This looks very professional on the camera, especially if combined with one of canons white L lenses. This when combined with the 7D is to my knowledge actually bigger than the EOS 1D series therefore looks very good indeed, especially from the front
This is the one which alot of people normally want to know about. From what ive seen and from what canon have said, this grip does have a degree of weather sealing but it is nowhere near as well sealed as the 7D body is. There is some foam like material around the battery compartment door on the grip but there is no actual sealing around where the grip slots into the cameras battery compartment. Water would have trouble getting up into the electronics but I personally would put a small ring of blu tack or thin foam around this area if I was going to take it out in the rain which is a bit annoying as this should of been done by canon. I have however seen photos of a 7D and this taking some pretty severe arctic weather and coming out completely unscathed. There is also no sealing around the perimeter of the grip, so there is not a watertight seal between the grip and the bottom of the camera
The ergonomics are quite good. The bottom of the grip is flat as it needs to be able to connect to a tripod, which makes it slightly uncomfortable compared to the cameras grip which has a rounded side, but apart from that the ergonomics are very good. It feels solid in the hand and I feel comfortable holding this and am not concerned about it coming away from the camera. The buttons are very similar in placement and feel to the camera so its all good on this front.
Overall I have given it four stars because it seems well built and is comfortable to hold, although I think for the price canon should of made it that bit more special and made it from magnesium alloy and made the weather sealing match that of the body, which would of been particular use for sports photographers as they could have a fully weather sealed grip to balance their large lenses better. This brings me onto the next popint which is balance. I bought this to balance the camera better which it does perfectly, I am using it with a 7D, a 70-200mm f/4L and a single canon battery (I get about 800+ shots out of a single battery anyway) and this balances very nicely in the hand although it does get quite cumbersome when your out shooting all day (but thats what the neck strap is for)
I shoot a lot in portrait, meaning this grip is an absolute must have for easy holding of the camera and providing all the needed functions still. On top of that it doubles the shooting time (since you can use two batteries inside) and even when shooting landscape, it adds stability and overall handling of the camera much better.
Only slight downsides I have are, its fairly heavy, so can weigh down the camera if using for a long time, and the rubber grip bit did fall off after a while through wear and tear, but other than that, I think its barely come off my camera body!