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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but... a couple of things to know, June 14, 2012
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I am a pro photographer shooting weddings, and other busy events in addition to studio stuff. Battery life is priority number one and ease of vertical shooting is number two. On number two, as usual and as I was used to having the same on the 5D Mark II's grip before I upgraded to the 5D Mark III, the vertical stuff is done well. I can see that the buttons will not be well located for everyone's hands.. my hands are small and I suppose I have a completely different experience form someone with large hands.. nonetheless the happy medium Canon found seems to work.

However, a concern about priority number 1: the battery life. I originally noted that the battery life of the grip used 2 batteries seem to be less than what I used to get in the 5D Mark II and also if I use a single battery without the grip. But in retrospect I now understand that the additional functions of the camera do take more battery juice--of course.. more functions.

I suppose the 5D Mark III's new processor sees light where there is little and is thus in need of way less energy to get the shot than the 5D Mark II was but perhaps uses more to get it right even in dark. The 5D Mark III also has way more focus points and so that might also use more battery power. Thus adding it all up I think that the battery grip is a great deal and the camera too is fantastic.

My recommendation: don't leave home without it!
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Initial post: Dec 15, 2013, 3:12:29 AM PST
MicTrik says:
Did you ever find out more about your battery life issue?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2013, 11:51:11 AM PST
I don't think there are any battery issues only when you have 2 batteries plugged in, even if only one gets used, the other is also plugged in so it looses juice faster than if you only had that in a case and not plugged in anywhere. The battery grip extra battery use also makes sense because it has features on the grip that use battery power that otherwise you would not have... So in retrospect I really should change to 5 stars.. I think I just did not yet understand the battery grip and its functions well enough when I originally posted. :)

I do think it is 5 stars. :) I will see if I can change it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2013, 1:04:14 PM PST
MicTrik says:
I just checked mine and it seems that both batteries are being used together. One is further drained then the other but I am not sure where they started. Might be a good idea to keep the switch on the grip in the off position when not in use. Battery info does show both batteries and their relative charge level, shutter count, etc...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2013, 3:08:22 PM PST
Yes, exactly. Also, if you have 2 batteries of different age, their charging capacity is different in term of how much they can charge. So a full battery of a one-year old versus a new one will have different amount of juice in them. On my camera it shows with red little squares how old each battery is when I plug them into my camera--go under battery on the menu settings and check each battery recharge capabilities. The more red squares, the less rechargeable they are. :)
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