Vello 5D Mark II and 7D Battery Grip Review

Vello Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark II

Vello Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark II

Previously, I did a comparison review of battery grips for the Canon 5D Mark II – specifically, the Canon BG-E6 battery grip with third party grips from Zeikos (apparently, no longer available) and Vivitar.  My conclusion was that both of the third-party grips performed comparably to the more expensive Canon-branded grip.  As a supplement to that review, I’m casting the Vello BG-C2 grip for the Canon 5D Mark II and the Vello BG-C4 battery grip for the Canon 7D into the comparison. [Read more…]


Zeikos Battery Grip for Canon 60D Now Available

For those Canon 60D owners out there looking for a cheaper battery grip, the Zeikos grip for the Canon 60D just arrived at B&H Photo.

While I haven’t tested the Zeikos grip with the Canon 60D, I compared the Zeikos and Canon grips for the 5D Mark II.  There isn’t as much of a price disparity between the 60D grips as there was with the 5D Mark II grips; however, at $100, the Zeikos for the 60D is still almost half the price of the Canon version.

Canon 5D Mark II Battery Grips: BG-E6 vs. Third-Party Grips

Canon 5D Mark II Battery Grip

The Canon BG-E6 battery grip serves a couple of different purposes for the 5D Mark II.  As the name implies, it holds batteries – either two LP-E6 lithium-ion batteries or 6 AA batteries in the included battery holder.  Likewise, the BG-E6 serves as a grip for handling the camera in portrait orientation, featuring controls for the shutter release, scroll wheel, and focus point adjustments, among others.

Canon 5D Mark II Battery Grips

The BG-E6 is a nice accessory to have; however, it runs $250.  For some, that’s a little steep for a battery grip.  Third party grips are much more affordable at less than $100, but are they worth the compromise? This question comes up on forums quite a bit and finds its way in my inbox now and then.

In this little exercise, we are going to take a look at the Canon BG-E6 grip and see how a couple of third party grips from Vivitar and Zeikos stack up against it.

[UPDATE:  I’ve supplemented this review with a review of the Vello BG-C2 and BG-C4 grips for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.]

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Pentax Rebates: Save Up To $375

GOLDEN, CO (May 22, 2008) PENTAX Imaging Company announced the PENTAX Gear Up Rebate today designed for new and existing Pentaxians to save big on a complete DSLR system. From now through July 26, 2008, the rebate offers savings on individual products or on a complete PENTAX K20D or K200D system including a body, lenses, flash and battery grip. For example, Pentaxians may save $375.00* on a system including a PENTAX K20D body, a smc PENTAX DA*16-50mm lens, a smc PENTAX DA*50-135mm lens, a BG 2 Grip and an AF-540 FGZ Flash.

*Accessories included in this rebate must be purchased at the same time as a K20D or K200D body on the same receipt to receive full rebate.

The product models in the rebate savings include:

$100 K20D Camera Body

$100 K200D Camera Body

$100 smc PENTAX DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL Lens

$100 smc PENTAX DA*50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Lens

$100 smc PENTAX DA*16-50mm F2.8 ED AL(IF) SDM

$50 AF-360FGZ Flash

$50 AF-540FGZ Flash

$25 BG 2 Battery Grip

$25 BG 3 Battery Grip

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