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Bunny Snow
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
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BG-E2 grip for Canon 20D

I am concerned with the additional weight of the battery grip for the Canon 20D, as I have bad knees, and at 10 oz. plus, it adds to the overall weight of the camera, batteries, etc.

Before I make the purchase, I wish to inquire if the battery grip is absolutely necessary for vertical pictures. I'll be shooting with the camera on a medium ball head on either a light (or heavy) weight tripod, or a monopod (also with a medium ballhead, which automatically turns the camera for vertical pictures. Is the 20D shaped differently than film SLR's to facilitate the need for the grip? Or, does it make it easier for larger hands (which mine are not) to handle the camera? Everyone with whom I speak say to get the grip for vertical shots (i.e. portraits). But those persons are all men.

It's difficult to buy when one cannot "man" handle the camera!

Thanking you in advance.

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6/2/2005 1:33:47 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  When I borrowed a friend's camera that had a battery grip, I had trouble remembering to shift my hand around to use the vertical grip shutter release. It just wasn't what I was used to.

I've always held my cameras a certain way, and I'm not really interested in changing now. If I bought a battery grip, I think I would probably still hold my camera the same way, and not shift around to the other grip on vertical shots. I could go longer without changing batteries, though.

I would definitely NOT say that it is necessary for vertical pictures.

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6/2/2005 10:36:41 PM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  I'm a 20 year old guy/man I guess you could say. I'm about 5'10" and weigh around 200lbs (and like long walks on the beach lol, couldn't resist). I have the 20D with the battery grip and I really like it. It helps me keep the camera steay and during vertical, I think it helps keep horizontal lines horizontal while shooting vertically. The only time when I felt the weight of it was when I sat in my backyard with the grip, camera, and two batteries, but I also had my 200mm f/2.8 lens. I was also trying to stay still as much as I could because I was waiting for a hummingbird to feed. I don't think this camera will be bad on your knees at all. If anything your upper arms but only if you're doing nature photography I would think, or something else where you needed to have the camera in the same spot constantly. In most other instances you have the opportunity to drop your arms. The main thing that I like is being able to hold the camera just like I was shooting horizontal. The added battery capacity is great too. I've never run out of battery power.

While it's not necessary, I like the solid feel of it. Plus my right pinky finger tends to hang off of the camera when I don't use it. It does take a little bit of movement to turn the camera though and it could scare some animals I guess.

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6/2/2005 10:59:27 PM

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