Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by wmc1117, Jun 20, 2009.
Just curious what is the significance of a battery grip?
It gives you an extra shutter button and dial for when you're shooting in portrait orientation.
It also gives you more battery power, so you can go longer without changing batteries.
all that and it looks badass
There are 2 kinds:
Battery grips tend to be 3rd party brands and offer more battery capacity (or use of AA size batteries) at the expense of making the camera heavier. Battery grips don't have additional camera controls.
Vertical grips can be 3rd party of from the camera maker. They too have extra battery capacity and many offer the use of AA batteries too. They also make the camera heavier but offer a vertical shutter release, command wheels, and at least an AF botton.
Some of the 3rd party vertical grips don't actuate the shutter directly but use an infrared signal to do so. Those grips have a small arm that swings out to accomodate the feature.
Is everyone forgetting the boost in FPS?
I didn't think you got that boost on digital bodies...
Yeah. The D300 goes from 6FPS to like 8 FPS
Depends wich camea, the D90 gets no boost
Exactly. OP didn't state his camera body though, so that may help us.
He's said in other recent threads that he has a Canon XS.
I thought with the D300 to get the boost you had to use the D700 (EN-EL4a) batteries or 8 AA's. Which means you need another charger unless you have the D700 as well.
Yup, that's why I went with AAs. Nikon's cost for the new battery, charger and cover (or whatever it's called) was prohibitive for me.
But still, 8 fps is pretty f'kin awesome at times.
With long lenses in particular, the grip does help balance the load for me, even though it adds weight. I like being able to go in portrait orientation on a dime and have the key buttons at hand.
...... and the chicks dig it......
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