Video Review: DSTE Technology BG-E13 (EOS 6D) Battery Grip

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Video Review: DSTE Technology BG-E13 (EOS 6D) Battery Grip
8 months ago

I'm currently evaluating two cameras, the 6D and the D600 and had received the respective grips for review from DSTE after I had purchased their MB-D15 for the D7100 (which I've now sold).

DSTE BG-E13 Grip review

Review is detailed & lengthy but I have a TOC up so click on the indicated times for the section you might be interested in.

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Overall aesthetics matches the 6D pretty well with the exception that the faux rubber is a bit glossier

- Happy to see that the metal plate holding down the tripod mounting screw and gears is itself held down by actual screws (see Partial tear-down section @ 16:38)

- Almost no flexing when attached; the plastic section that is inserted within the battery compartment greatly minimizes flexing and adds a lot of support unlike on the Nikon grips which don't have this part

- Ability to store battery cover on the grip itself

- Overall quality is quite good but will see how it holds up in the long run

- The main negative points for me were:
*The On/Off button (that's a misnomer as it's really a lock switch) doesn't operate smoothly
*Shutter button feel wasn't quite right; I felt it was a little too easy to fully depress to take pic instead of focusing
*The command dial is purely plastic and not rubber coated and slightly loud during operation
*Some minor glue overrun visible in certain areas
*AA battery tray is a very tight fit with NiMh cells

I was initially concerned that the plastic used for the AA battery tray would be brittle in cold weather but it functioned flawlessly in my freezing weather testing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD--WxVPrJU

I did encounter one glitch after the review in that I got a message that the OEM battery wasn't recognized (although the camera still function normally otherwise). Not sure what caused this since I couldn't reproduce the issue but I resolved it by removing the grip and reinstalling it again. Will post back in the future if I figure out how to reproduce this problem.

Bottom line is that @ ~$44 USD, I feel this represents solid value and a good option for those who might not want to splurge ~$250 on the OEM one. For full disclosure, I had purchased the MB-D15 but this one was provided by them for review.

Cheers,
Tim

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