Need Recommendations: Battery Grip for Canon 70D

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Adboom73 New Member • Posts: 17
Need Recommendations: Battery Grip for Canon 70D

I’ve been using my Canon 70D for years and its doing fine. The battery indicator gives me a RED – time to replace both batteries.

I’m considering a battery grip. I can’t afford a Canon brand and two new batteries.

· Has anyone had any luck with 3rd party grips?

· Any you suggest I stay clear of?

· What about batteries?

· I’ve seen a few kits that include grip and two batteries. Any experience?

Thanks all.

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aquavideo Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: Need Recommendations: Battery Grip for Canon 70D

Adboom73 wrote:

I’ve been using my Canon 70D for years and its doing fine. The battery indicator gives me a RED – time to replace both batteries.

I’m considering a battery grip. I can’t afford a Canon brand and two new batteries.

· Has anyone had any luck with 3rd party grips?

· Any you suggest I stay clear of?

· What about batteries?

· I’ve seen a few kits that include grip and two batteries. Any experience?

Thanks all.

I bought a grip with two batteries for my t3i years ago. Still works and I had no problems. It was some chinese knockoff (can't remember the brand, sorry) but it was top of the list on Amazon, it cost $50 and so I just went for it. With two batteries inserted I can shoot all day and still have juice left. One thing I noticed: If I left batteries in the grip for a few days they would drain. No big deal though. And years later the batteries are still good.

The problem with the 3rd party knockoffs is the same as always: Canon don't license their stuff to anyone so it's gotta be reverse engineered. And quality control is not really top of the line so you might get a bad one.

Considering that the original is close to $200 you might as well get one. Just make sure the seller will let you return it if it's a bad apple.

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David Pavlich
David Pavlich Senior Member • Posts: 3,506
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I've had a Vello grip on my 5DIII since I got it 2 years ago and it's never had a hiccup.  I do use Canon batteries.

David

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At less than 20% of the OEM, a 3rd party grip is a no brainer for me. I can afford to have 5 of them fail before I am even money with one real McCoy.

I actually got one for my Nikon D800, and one the same for my buddy. Been using them for 2 years with no real problem.

The grip's circuitry seems to be simple enough for the Chinese engineer to duplicate. And they have done a very good job with it.

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I used a Neewer grip ($32.95) on my 70D and had no issues. I can't say how it holds up over half a decade but for the better part of a year it gave me no issues. In fact i have used 3rd party grips on 6 different cameras and never had an issue. They tend to not be weather sealed and may not take as much abuse but they seem to be worth the money IMO.

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Michael Thomas Mitchell Forum Pro • Posts: 11,775
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Adboom73 wrote:

I’ve been using my Canon 70D for years and its doing fine. The battery indicator gives me a RED – time to replace both batteries.

I’m considering a battery grip. I can’t afford a Canon brand and two new batteries.

· Has anyone had any luck with 3rd party grips?

· Any you suggest I stay clear of?

· What about batteries?

· I’ve seen a few kits that include grip and two batteries. Any experience?

Thanks all.

Some of them seem to be from the same factory but simply branded differently. I can't say that Meike, Vivitar, and Neewer, for instance, are all from the same factory, but we've had a few of these over the years, and if there is a difference, I can't discern it.

I always preferred the older BP-511 grips. They seemed more solid and didn't require any sort of tray; just open the door and pop them in/out. The battery-tray grips have been around for a while, though, and they do OK. I still insisted on a genuine OEM grip for our 5DIII, 5DIV and 7DII bodies because they are made with the same high quality materials and construction as the robust cameras they fit. The third-party stuff appears to be all plastic, however. They match the lower bodies just fine, but feel out of place on the aforementioned ones.

We still have a $40 Vivitar-branded grip on one of our 70D bodies. Three years on, it's fine.

Some third-party grips include a wireless shutter remote, a nice bonus if you need that sort of thing.

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mdmarqphoto Regular Member • Posts: 418
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aquavideo wrote:

I bought a grip with two batteries for my t3i years ago. Still works and I had no problems. It was some chinese knockoff (can't remember the brand, sorry) but it was top of the list on Amazon, it cost $50 and so I just went for it. With two batteries inserted I can shoot all day and still have juice left. One thing I noticed: If I left batteries in the grip for a few days they would drain. No big deal though. And years later the batteries are still good.

Regarding the battery drain, I noticed this as well on mine so I started turning the switch on the grip to Off - problem solved.  (all it does is disable the grip buttons/dial)

KWEnz Regular Member • Posts: 378
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Michael Thomas Mitchell wrote:

Adboom73 wrote:

I’ve been using my Canon 70D for years and its doing fine. The battery indicator gives me a RED – time to replace both batteries.

I’m considering a battery grip. I can’t afford a Canon brand and two new batteries.

· Has anyone had any luck with 3rd party grips?

· Any you suggest I stay clear of?

· What about batteries?

· I’ve seen a few kits that include grip and two batteries. Any experience?

Thanks all.

Some of them seem to be from the same factory but simply branded differently. I can't say that Meike, Vivitar, and Neewer, for instance, are all from the same factory, but we've had a few of these over the years, and if there is a difference, I can't discern it.

I always preferred the older BP-511 grips. They seemed more solid and didn't require any sort of tray; just open the door and pop them in/out. The battery-tray grips have been around for a while, though, and they do OK. I still insisted on a genuine OEM grip for our 5DIII, 5DIV and 7DII bodies because they are made with the same high quality materials and construction as the robust cameras they fit. The third-party stuff appears to be all plastic, however. They match the lower bodies just fine, but feel out of place on the aforementioned ones.

We still have a $40 Vivitar-branded grip on one of our 70D bodies. Three years on, it's fine.

Some third-party grips include a wireless shutter remote, a nice bonus if you need that sort of thing.

I've got a Meike grip on my 7DII and previously had a Meike grip on my 7D.  Both work(ed) perfectly and were substantially cheaper than the Canon grip.

When I bought the one for my 7DII the first two Meike grips I looked at had screws and other bits rattling around inside them.  The third one, which I bought, was fine.  Obviously quality control is not a strong point of Meike grips, however they perform well and I have no regrets buying them.

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David Pavlich
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David Pavlich wrote:

I've had a Vello grip on my 5DIII since I got it 2 years ago and it's never had a hiccup. I do use Canon batteries.

David

I just got back from the Royal Air Museum in Winnipeg and took a little over 300 shots and the batteries still show full charge.

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GreatWhiteWing Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: Need Recommendations: Battery Grip for Canon 70D

Adboom73 wrote:

I’ve been using my Canon 70D for years and its doing fine. The battery indicator gives me a RED – time to replace both batteries.

I’m considering a battery grip. I can’t afford a Canon brand and two new batteries.

· Has anyone had any luck with 3rd party grips?

· Any you suggest I stay clear of?

· What about batteries?

· I’ve seen a few kits that include grip and two batteries. Any experience?

Thanks all.

I will add my thumbs up to Vello. Just put one on my 7d2 and the build seems quite solid

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Harry Shepherd Contributing Member • Posts: 771
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I've been using the Pixel grip on my 7D MK11 since the camera was released. Apart from lack of weather sealing I experience no difference from the Canon grip on my 7D whatsoever.  At the moment I'm also trying out the Duracell LP-E6 equivalent. Not sure if these are available in the States. Only on my third charge so not to sure how good they are.

Michael Thomas Mitchell Forum Pro • Posts: 11,775
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Harry Shepherd wrote:

I've been using the Pixel grip on my 7D MK11 since the camera was released. Apart from lack of weather sealing I experience no difference from the Canon grip on my 7D whatsoever. At the moment I'm also trying out the Duracell LP-E6 equivalent. Not sure if these are available in the States. Only on my third charge so not to sure how good they are.

I never owned an original 7D. The 7DII's grip was made of the same magnesium alloy material, very solid and firm. Is the Pixel a matching alloy type material, or plastic?

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GreatWhiteWing Contributing Member • Posts: 659
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Michael Thomas Mitchell wrote:

Harry Shepherd wrote:

I've been using the Pixel grip on my 7D MK11 since the camera was released. Apart from lack of weather sealing I experience no difference from the Canon grip on my 7D whatsoever. At the moment I'm also trying out the Duracell LP-E6 equivalent. Not sure if these are available in the States. Only on my third charge so not to sure how good they are.

I never owned an original 7D. The 7DII's grip was made of the same magnesium alloy material, very solid and firm. Is the Pixel a matching alloy type material, or plastic?

I have a Vello, not sure of the material. I am reasonable certain the Canon would be made, at least, a little better and if I were a pro it might sway me choice but this is working fine for me so far and I saved a few bucks

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