Pentax BG2 Battery Grip for Pentax K10D and K20D DSLR Cameras (Retail Packaging)
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|Item Dimensions||1.69 x 5.51 x 2.87 inches|
|Item Weight||0.52 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.7 pounds|
COMPACT DESIGN WITH A GUIDE NUMBER OF 20 AT ISO 100 M 28 AT ISO 200 M SIMPLE MODE DIAL OPERATION OFFERS P-TTL WITH PRE-FLASH TO ASSURE PROPER EXPOSURE FLASH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION CAN BE SET TO -0.5 and -1 EV IN P-TTL MODE THROUGH DIAL FULL MANUAL MODE FOR MORE CREATIVE CONTROL FLASH COVERAGE FOR FOCAL LENGTHS AS WIDE AS 28MM IN THE 35MM FORMAT BUILT-IN, FLIP DOWN DIFFUSER COVERS FOCAL LENGTHS DOWN TO 24MM IN THE 35MM FORMATSHIPS IN A PLAIN WHITE BOX
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First, I like having the extra power available from the second battery inside the BG2. With the second battery installed, I have not once had to recharge my batteries after a heavy weekend of shooting over 32 GBs in photos. I do have to share that I only use the AF on the K20D about half the time and use an external flash.
Second, the ability to adjust the camera exposure setting while holding the camera body in a portrait orientation is very handy. Some of the lens I shot with need additional exposure compensation. The extra means in which I can accomplish this task helps speed up my transition time when changing lenses.
Third, the presence of an extra shutter release button. Although I just assume to have an extra shutter release on any integrated external battery pack, the fact that there is this extra release button is nice to write about. I use the extra shutter release on the BG2 about half the time I am shooting in portrait mode.
Forth, the internal storage slot for a spare SD memory card. This extra memory card storage slot is very handy and clever on the part of the Pentax engineers. Hence, now I never go on a shot without a spare SD card and on several occasions have found having the spare SD card with me very helpful. Sometimes I will switch memory cards according to the subject I am photographing and not having to deal with an extra memory case or storage device for the SD card is great. It makes for one less thing to lose in the field and helps minimize the time it takes me to replace the SD card in the camera.
Fifth, the internal storage slot for the Pentax wireless Remote Control F unit. I use the wireless remote when I travel and or when taking images requiring a high degree of camera stability and or near zero vibration. Having the remote packed inside the BG2 at all times takes one extra item off of my mind. The Pentax engineers, with the ability to internally stow the wireless remote in the BG2, for all practical purposes has fully integrated the Remote Control F with the K20D camera body system. Fantastic.
The addition of a power ON/OFF switch on the BG2 is a feature that I rarely use, but still a nice feature to have incorporated into the battery pack.
Sixth, the additional mass a BG2 adds to the K20D camera body (see photo). When shooting a K20D mounted to large refractive optics, the BG2 battery pack helps to balance the combined camera/lens assembly by moving the center of gravity (CG) more towards the physical longitudinal midsection of the mated assembly. This is very helpful when mounting a K20D and large optics to a tripod as moving the CG more towards the physical midpoint reduces hysteresis in the supporting mount or tripod head and quickens the time needed to dampen out vibrations.
Last, the construction and build of the BG2 is very good. The fit and finish of the external and internal plastic parts, control switches and buttons is excellent. Although the battery pack is not incased in a metal exterior housing, the choices of the materials used feel robust, moisture and impact resistant. I have bumped the battery pack against a few hard things already and have left very little scaring to the battery pack's exterior.
In conclusion, the BG2 battery pack attached to a K20D body makes for a very versatile, highly functional and long endurance DSLR camera body system. The price to value for the BG2 is very good if not excellent. With the addition of extra battery power, extra SD memory card storage, redundant shutter release and exposure camera controls along with storage for a Pentax remote control F, the engineers at Pentax have produced an accessory that most every K20D user should not be without.
I highly recommend this product.
See my grip photo's posted up above.
The grip area where your fingers go could be a little bit wider and have more of a roughness in the rubber. I can't grip it as well as I thought I would be able to. Someone with small hands or fingers may or may not have a problem. It be nice if the grip contour was shaped like the right side of the camera's grip. The bottom of the grip is flat and sits nice and flat on a table without rocking.
The grip does give the camera a large stance, thus making it look like an expensive unit. Its very light weight and really doesn't add any noicable weight to the camera, at least I don't think it does.
Besides the shutter release button the grip also has a Green Mode button, AE-L button, Front & rear E -Dials and the + - Exposure button. The mirror flip up button for Live View is built into the power switch just like the body control switch.
Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. I plan to use an old fashioned flash bracket on the camera to help better steady it and so I can have a better grip for my left hand.
* Priced right
* Additional set of shutter release and control dials allows quick and easy portrait oriented shots
* Though I don't use the wireless remote, a nice touch to be able to store in the grip.
* Easily installed and removed.
* The additional weight is lower if compared to other body/battery grip combos such as Nikon.
* I would have preferred some more rubber treatments at the back of the grip where the right thumb goes, similar to what is on the body. I'm going to end up adding something to feel the grip is secure. With the added weight and the angle of grip, I am cautious of the missing rubber treatment.
* Ergonomically, Pentax could do a better job matching the button/dial placement on the main body. The on/off/preview switch is at an awkward and different angle then it's twin on t he body. The adjustment dials are at different distances from the other controls compared to the body. I amquite used to the ergonomics of the main body after using them extensively on a K10D for almost two years, and it would have been an easier transition had the control elements been in the same locations. (Blame a wrestling injury from early childhood, but the back adjustment dial on the grip is out of reach for my mangled right thumb.)