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Old October 29th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Battery grip for 550D

Please let me know why I should spend $100 more for just a battery grip.
I want to buy a battery grip for my Canon 550D and I have found these 2 models.

1. Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip 4516B001 - B&H Photo Video

2. LCD BATTERY GRIP FOR CANON EOS 550D /Rebel T2i BG-E8 on eBay (end time 25-Nov-10 08:07:41 GMT)

All it does it supplies voltage to the camera so I don't really think that $100 is justifiable.

What do you think?

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Old October 29th, 2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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I have the knockoff one and I haven't had any problems out of it. I haven't heard of anyone else who has had problems either. Go for the cheaper one and save yourself some $$.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #3
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I have the cheaper one as well. It came with two batteries as well. I have one Canon battery and 6 aftermarket batteries. They all work fine, but I wonder how the aftermarket batteries will work a year from now. SInce they were so cheap, it will probably still be cheaper to throw them away after a year than to buy Canon batteries.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 01:44 AM   #4
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I've worked with 'elcheapo' 550D battery grips many times now and they seem to be just perfectly fine. Never a glitch, never a problem. I myself just ordered this one - it seems to be exactely the one I used every time. If it is, it's definitely a bargain :-)
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Old October 30th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #5
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Thanks guys for your feedback. I also agree that it's a rip of to pay $150 for just a "small plastic container"
I have ordered the less expensive one.

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Old November 1st, 2010, 06:53 PM   #6
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In Canon's defense the knock-off's have none of the research and development costs rolled in. Innovation isn't going to progress if the companies can't get a return on their investments. It seems like we've all gotten a little spoiled (me included) with the availability of such inexpensive tools which capture amazing video.
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 03:07 AM   #7
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Joel I know that, that's why I paid Euro 950,00 for my Canon 550D ( with the lens kit) , but to pay 100 Euros for a battery grip is way too much. Canon RD will get my money again when I buy another lens of theirs...

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Old November 5th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #8
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i stay away from knockoff ones as i had a cheapo grip for my D300 that malfunctioned more than it worked. since then i stuck with canon/nikon grips.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 02:26 AM   #9
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I got a knockoff off ebay for $40, it looks just like the canon one, it feels really sturdy and has all the same buttons/controls for portrait photography, it even has a spot to tuck the battery door cover into it. I got one that comes with both the canon battery holder and a 6XAA battery holder.

Taking portrait photos has been so nice since I got it.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 09:46 AM   #10
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I bought mine based on this review...

T2i / 550D knock-off battery grip review Part 4: Essential DSLR accessories | Nino Film - Blog - Nino Leitner
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #11
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Thanks guys for your feedback. I also agree that it's a rip of to pay $150 for just a "small plastic container"
I have ordered the less expensive one.

Stelios
I agree with this, to some extent. I paid $160 for my lcdvf, a plastic tube with a magnifying glass in it, and it's the best investment I have made as far as video goes. What REALLY gets me is the $500 follow focus with basically the same parts as you would see in a kids lego science robot kit. A know and a few plastic gear rings. Its INSANE
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