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.

    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    John A. Stovall, Apr 10, 2005
    1. Advertisements

  2. John A. Stovall

    Basic Wedge Guest


    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.

    Basic Wedge, Apr 10, 2005
    1. Advertisements

  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

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

    Colic, Apr 10, 2005
  4. The D70 has an aftermarket grip available.
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 29, 2005
  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
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.