A77 Grip – Does it need to be so large?

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A77 Grip – Does it need to be so large?
Aug 15, 2011

The A77 grip shown in the pictures seem to be really large, maybe as much as 55% the height of the camera. It seems appears that some of the buttons could have been either eliminated from the grip or moved further up towards the top of the grip.

By comparison, the A550 grip has fewer buttons and is about 40% of the height of the camera. The Nikon D700 grip also has very few buttons/controls and seems fairly small. The A700 grip is about 47% of the height of the camera. See links below.

I personally would prefer a smaller grip with only bare minimum controls and that holds 2 batteries. What are your thoughts and preferences? Does a bigger grip like that really help? Maybe with real large lenses? Or is it an overkill?

Nikon D700 grip:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Battery-Digital-Cameras-Packaging/dp/B000VDF5RO/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313448311&sr=1-3

Sony A550 grip:

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Alpha-VGB50AM-Vertical-Black/dp/B002PHM0LI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1313449460&sr=8-5

Sony A700 grip:
http://reviews.cnet.com/2300-5_7-6587927-7.html?s=0&o=6587927

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