Canon BG-E2 grip shooting report.

Discussion in 'Canon' started by John A. Stovall, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. There have been reports here of problems with the BG-E2 battery grip
    on the 20D. I went and got one. It arrived last week and I spent all
    day Saturday using it on a project. I had no problems and find it a
    welcome addition to the 20D. It sets up very tight with no play or
    flex. The addition weight and area give the camera a better grip and
    feel with large lenses such as the 17-40 and 70-200. The alternate
    controls when working in vertical format are to me a fine feature
    which I have immediately come to use.

    The serial number or what ever on the bottom was 091325.
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    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

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    John A. Stovall, Apr 10, 2005
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  2. John A. Stovall

    Basic Wedge Guest

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    The many problems reported with that battery grip were among the reasons I
    didn't choose a 20D. The complete unavailability of a battery grip was the
    main reason I never considered a Nikon D70. The camera I did purchase does
    take a battery grip, and it works exceptionally well.

    It depends on one's intended use, of course, but in many cases, I'd say if
    your camera can accept a battery grip, you should consider adding one.

    I agree with you John. A grip greatly improves a camera's balance, and the
    extra set of controls make using it in the vertical so much easier.

    I'm glad to hear Canon has resolved this issue.

    Rob
     
    Basic Wedge, Apr 10, 2005
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  3. John A. Stovall

    Colic Guest

    John, I heard that Canon had made a "fix" to the grip on the production line
    starting a couple months ago. The fix was supposed to apply to grips from
    serial 050000 and up. So, a few weeks after that I decided I wanted the
    grip. Actually, I had wanted it since the day I got the 20D, but waited
    because of the reported grip issues. Actually, I was not sure how much the
    reported issues had been blown out complaints and how much was real, but I
    waited anyway, just in case.

    So, I went to a few camera shops in search of a grip. I went to three
    shops, and the grips at all three were under serial 50000. I tried all
    three on my 20D. All three could be made to fault very easily by either
    twisting the grip a little, or mounting a large lens on the camera, shooting
    in port mode, and moving the camera rapidly. I now believed that the
    reported issues were indeed real, but I was still without a grip.

    A couple weeks later I went on travel to a large metro area, and the first
    shop I walked into had a grip with a serial over 50000. I tried it and
    simply could not make it fault at all. Since then I have several thousand
    shots on the combination, mostly with the 100-400 L IS mounted, and have not
    had a single problem. Also, I have not seen a sign of the reported battery
    life issue. The pair of BP-511's in the grip right now have over 800 shots
    on them over a period off about 6 days and the indicator still shows a full
    charge.

    All-in-all I am extremely happy with the combination of the grip and 20D.

    C!
     
    Colic, Apr 10, 2005
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  4. The D70 has an aftermarket grip available.
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 29, 2005
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  5. I have 040xxx, and I saw the battery problem. I thought that I ordered it
    late enough to get a newer one, but apparently not.

    Anyway, it looks like everyone with an older grip will get a replacement.
    The problems with the older grip are inherent in the molding and design, and
    not really repairable.
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 29, 2005
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