Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip - Flawed

Started May 17, 2011 | Discussions thread
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DavidB_UK
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Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip - Flawed
May 17, 2011

Decided to purchase battery grip for 550D. Needed for some remote work where getting chance to recharge is potentially limited.

Decided to purchase Opteka version of the offical Canon model; based on some excellent reviews and the fact that they "share the official mold". First impressions - excellent (albeit the selector wheel felt "different").

Within 15 mins the base plate holding down the "knurled screw" had lifted - effectively they had pulled the screw out of the plastic housing. I hadnt done anything beyond attaching to camera (albeit with zoom in place) and practised.

Sent back (full refund) and working on the assumption that "you get what you pay for", I almost hit the purchase button for the original Canon model when I read an Amazon review stating exactly the same problem.

Understandably, I dont want to spend twice, to get the same problem.

Has anyone else had this problem? Is is a know flaw?

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