The BG-E2N battery grip replaces the B-E2. The improved grip is weather-resistant and intended to be matched with the weatherproof EOS-40Dand 50D. The grip is also reverse compatible with the 30D and 20D. The battery grip can accept one or two BP-511 batteries to double the shooting capacity. The BG-E2N also accepts six AA batteries with an optional tray.
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Purchased the battery grip mainly for portrait and vertical shots. It is not something I would use on a daily basis for casual shooting because it does add more weight to the camera. It helps balance the weight when I have my Canon 24-70 mm lens on because the lens is so heavy.
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This Canon grip is expensive when bought new. There are many far cheaper copies but not the same quality. I bought this Canon battery grip used using the rating system that suggested it was as new. The cost was 1/3 of the new retail price, a signifcant savings. Had to watch listings until a good used grip was available but worth the wait.
This grip gives you more to hold on to if you have big hands and long fingers. I've not had any issue with my grip not firing. My camera always fire in any position along with extra battery power to give you that all day working ability. This grip is a great additions to my gear!.
This grip is rather heavy which I find useful when using the 18-200 zoom. I am quite happy with the extra battery life with two batterys in the cold. This grip helps hold the camera when shooting at 25-30 degrees below with heavy gloves on. It is possible to place a hand warmer between the batterys and use camera at -50 degrees for longer than I care to be outside.
I nearly lost a double rainbow over Mono Lake to a low battery. It was the last light of a long day. That is when I decided to purchase the battery grip for the purpose of having two batteries for a full day of shooting. I never go out without the grip and two batteries. In addition it comes with an adaptor to use AA batteries in an emergency. I also cover day long activities for grade school kids at church. My instructions are to cover as much as possible and I have never come close to running out of power. An added benefit for me and my large hands is the added surface to hold the camera. It does add some extra weight but the camera fits my hand much better with the grip.
like i said A MUST Accessory for all Canon 40D users!
One of the most important accessories you will buy. The BG-E2N truly raises comfortabilty when shooting portraits. I also like the balance the grip adds when shooting with long lenses on my 50D (hand-held or tripod mounted). The BG-E2N also holds an extra battery allowing you to shoot twice as many shots as with one battery.
When reviewing 3rd party battery grips there was always the comments about poor quality so once I decided that I needed a battery grip, the obvious choice was the Cannon brand. I have not looked back since. I purchased the extra battery at the same time and there seems to be endless power, great for when on holiday. The grip fits confortably in the hand for portraits. On my 50D I have swamped the functions of the AF-ON button with the FE lock button, which means that the grip now has a AF-ON function. This was a great purchase, well worth the money.
I consider this as a critical addition to my 7d. Eliminates concern about changing batteries during a shoot, and makes vertical shooting comfortable. I wasn't bothered by shooting vertical shots without the grip, didn't think I needed a vertical grip until I tried a fellow shooter's. It's so ergonomically comfortable, and provides ease of use when flipping the camera from horizontal to vertical. Don't wait. Get it. Adds weight, but so what. Benefit far exceeds detriment.
I use my camera everyday,so I need to know that I won't run out of battery power, even if I forget to recharge them. So far, I have seen a weak battery signal and sometimes I shoot several basketball or football games in the same day.
I could sum this purchase up in three words 'a must have'! If you are marginally serious about photography; a battery grip should be an essential part of your gear bag. And buying the manufacturers' original part is (IMO) the best choice! I made the mistake of owning an after market (cheap version) BG. Three months of heavy use and the rubber began to seperate from the unit. A month later it was completely uncovered. Not exactly the professional image one should be projecting! You get what you pay for! This grip does add weight of course, but it's insignificant if you are use to working with top-shelf glass. I love it because it gives a counter-weight for the 24-70mm 2.8 & my Sigma 50-135mm 2.8 lens. The added benefits of stability, shooting longer without changing batteries and not having to flex your wrist in awkward position (carpal tunnel), makes this a perfect purchase. Stay away from the third party versions. They're just not worth the hassle!