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    Official Battery Grips vs Third Party ones.

    Reached a fork in the road regarding battery grips for my T1i.

    There is this one. The Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip and the uber inexpensive Opteka Battery Pack Grip

    Reading both reviews, they both seem like good buys. I don't know if I should stick with the Canon grip, since it's Canon's official grip for the T1i or just get the third party one. I don't want to skimp on quality. Would it matter if one got a third party one as regard to an official battery grip? Any quality control issues I would worry about going third party?

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    I have a third party grip and I love it. But I also have a Sony and not a Canon. The only gripe I have about my grip is that it feels just a little loose sometimes. I absolutely love it though!

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    I have used both in the past for my Nikons. The aftermarket grip is functional, seems pretty tough and just works. The Nikon grip feels like an extention of the camera, litterally. If money is tight, the aftermarket will do a fine job. If you can afford the extra money, you will love it.

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    Notice there is an on and off switch for the battery grips. I understand that activate the buttons, but if I was to leave it set to on, does that draw any power from the batteries?

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    Yes it will drain your batteries, as there will no longer be a battery inside the camera itself, they will be in the grip. If you just turn on the camera it WILL power up like normal, but to use the grip, it too needs to be turned on. If you forget to turn off either one, it will drain the batteries.

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    I have a 3rd party grip from e-bay for all 3 of my cams.
    No complaints. Took the savings and bought some real Canon batteries instead of 3rd party batteries.

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    Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I ended up going with the Opteka Grip and a Canon E1 strap. Super stoked. Hope all is well when it arrive.


    Update 2/3/11: Had this grip for a while now. Totally love it and really glad I got it. Got use to it in a couple of days, and I love, LOVE the way the camera now feels. It actually feels like a camera that fits my hands. Money well spent that's for sure.
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