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A decent knock off product
on August 8, 2011
I own a 5dmark2 and shoot professionally. I own the canon grip (which costs a ton) but because I shoot professionally, I felt the price was worth the peace of mind. The first time I installed the grip, the gear stripped by tightening it down so essentially the camera had the grip permanently stuck on it(which was fine with me). Recently, the rear dial stopped working on my camera and in order to send it in for repair, I needed/wanted to remove the grip. I knew they would not be able to repair the camera with it on there, and while they may have been able to remove it, I was certain they were going to charge me extra..and once removed it would not be able to go back on the camera without an additional repair/replacement gear. I was able to get the grip off the camera using a small flat head screwdriver and a lot of persistence poking it in there and turning the gear..but the internal gears were ruined (plastic) when I was finished.
I sent the camera in, it was quickly repaired and returned to me however my grip was kaput(without repair). I don't like to shoot without the grip so rather than waste time, once I sent in my camera I ordered this grip for its LOW LOW price of about 1/6th of what Canon charges. I had the idea that I would use the grip as is maybe once or twice and then gut the gear mechanism and put in my my canon grip (mostly because I would trust the circuity more to the OEM piece). I put the grip on the camera, and it fits and works just fine so I've been using it without issue. the materials are cheaper (duh) and the shutter button is not the "soft press" like the 5d2 is but over all, for the price it's ridiculous. I would still say if you are a professional, you should probably entertain having the real accessory, but it's hard to argue against the price of this unit.
And for anyone interested, the design is very very similar, but not identical inside..so I have not been able to transplant the gear from this knock off grip to my OEM Canon grip..needs some modification but I did take it all apart and it has 3 METAL gears..so that is a TOTAL PLUS. The canon grip has 2 metal gears but the main wheel you turn is plastic for whatever reason. Maybe they have since updated..but I doubt it. Anyway, it's a knock off but if you didn't tell anyone, they would probably never know. I'd give it 5 stars just because it's so inexpensive and it works fine.
The OEM canon gear that originally was made of plastic is in fact all metal in the updated replacement part. The knock off grip in question starting showing some signs of malfunction and I have since stopped using it but for it's price I would still say feel confident you will get your moneys worth out of this product.