What are they for?

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  1. Markw

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    I keep hearing about these battery grips. What are they for? I have the D90 and I was wondering if I should get one. I dont know what theyre for, though.

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    You get longer battery life because you can put two batteries in them and they can also run of AA's if needed. They add bulkiness to the camera and allow you to shoot in portrait with ease by giving you control dials in vertical position and a shutter release in the vertical position. Hope that helped.
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    I dont fully understand the vertical buttons thing. I dont know what the battery grips components are, but from what youre saying, Im getting that they have a shutter button on the (what would be bottom of the camera/battery grip) bottom and you can use this instead of the cameras built in buttons if needed?

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    A battery grip will also help when using long lenses...your rig won't feel so front heavy since there's more weight on the body end.
     
  5. Markw

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    Ahh. After a quick look through amazon, I see how they work. I probably should have just looked there first but I was wondering about the advantages of them. Is there any brands that you would reccommend?

    Thanks all!
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  6. Markw

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    Well, let me rephrase. Are there any brands you would stay away from?

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    Since you have a Nikon D90 you should get the Nikon MB-D80. With 3rd party brands you lose quality and gain the possibility of problems.
     
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    Because a DSLR sensor is rectangular in shape the camera can be turned to give 2 formats: Landscape (long side on top/bottom) and Portrait (short side, top/bottom).

    They standard shutter release is located for holding the camera in landscape mode. When the camera is turned to portait mode the shutter button is akwardly placed making steady camera holding problematic.

    By having a second shutter release (and other control wheels, buttons) positioned for use in portrait mode, the camera can be held steadier.

    So a vertical grip provides 3 advantages:
    1. Fewer battery changes.
    2. A second shutter release and other controls for use when holding the camera in portrait mode.
    3. A shape that also facilitates holding the camera in portrait mode.
    You might note that the top-of-the-line pro bodies all have a second potrait mode shutter release.

    For many photographers there are disadvantages to a vertical grip, the main one being the increase in weight. I find the weight increase an advantage to steady camera holding.

    Note: A vertical grip has a second shutter release, a battery grip doesn't.
     
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    The first thing you need to ask yourself is if you absolutely need it. If you didn't know what it was, do you really need it? I was going to get one for mine but I decided not to because the battery lasts long enough for me as it is.
     
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    For me the main benefit of a vertical grip is, well the grip, both landscape and portrait, plus the vertical shutter release and controls.

    I make 75% of my images in the portrait, or vertical, format.
     
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    You should be holding long lenses by the lens anyway. Then, the battery grip simply adds weight to the total that you're carrying.
     
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    No offence Plato, but have you hand held a 300 f2.8 lately? I have one, and I can testify that a battery grip on my D300 certainly does help to balance out the whole combo.
     

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