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Canon Battery Grip BG-E8
|Price:||$149.00 & FREE Shipping|
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- 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
- Canon Branded Retail Package
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|Compatible Devices||Canon EOS 550D|
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 5 x 5.75 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.96 pounds|
|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Now the BG-E8 has ceased to power the camera after just 4 months. The batteries work inside the camera, but not in the grip. A call to Canon yielded the surprising response that Canon USA doesn't provide ANY warranty for grips. The "Canon international warranty" sheet in the box says the warranty is one year for this grip. There is a USA number to call. Canon says that Amazon must handle the warranty for this product apparently not sold through Canon USA. It seems quite appalling that Canon gives everyone else in the world a one year grip warrant except American consumers, if what I was told is correct. Amazon has agreed to accept a return for refund, but as a "one time exception."
The most important fact is that, as much as Canon charges for this grip, it should be a better quality product. Amazon should make it clear if it is selling products not covered by US warranty.
Update: I returned the defective grip and ordered a new one. The new one arrived with a US warranty, so I guess Amazon sells both US and gray products. I was surprised to get an email from Amazon notifying me that I was being charged a $27 restocking fee. Given that the product was gray market and no fee had been mentioned by the agent who authorized the return, I called Amazon. The rep told me that the restock fee was automatically imposed by a computer, and eliminated the charge. I also called Canon to point out that I had now gotten a grip with a one-year US warranty. He spoke to someone who acknowledged that Canon does indeed warranty DSLR grips. It only took five Canon customer service employees to determine this. Impressive, eh?
The moral of the story: be persistent.Read more ›
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This product is Canon brand, and works perfectly with the camera. It fits correctly. Holds two batteries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca K
This is a great unit, it fit my Canon perfectly. I was thinking before I bought i could always pay extra for the Canon. Why, save your money and buy this unit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike
A battery grip is one of the few items I buy from the manufacturer instead of third party.Published 4 months ago by NH Digger
Perfect! So tired of using third party battery packs because they just don't last that long. So happy I finally got a CANON battery grip. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MDR
AWESOME ITEM, a must have. Saved me at the 2016 Geneva Motor ShowPublished 5 months ago by Guido Baechler