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The Canon BG-E8 is the battery/vertical control grip for the Canon EOS 550D, 600D, 650D and 700D digital SLR cameras. It allows two BP-E8 batteries to be used simultaneously to allow for longer shooting times. The Canon BG-E8 also provides a more comfortable grip when using the EOS 550D and 600D in the vertical/portrait orientation as key controls such as the shutter release button are duplicated on the grip to provide easier use when the camera is rotated through 90 degrees. The grip will also accept up to six AA batteries via the included battery holder. Batteries not included. More
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BG-E11 Battery Grip
from South Queensferry
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for EOS 550D / 600D / 650D:
The addition of the battery pack gives better handling and having quite big hands more to grip, particularly with longer lenses.The addition of duplicate controls on the grip is particularly useful in portrait orientation. All in all a useful and worthwhile addition.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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This product is very useful BUT is much bulkier than I had expected. I had originally planned to use this permanently on the camera but it's not really practical enough for that.Having said that I am glad I purchased the product.
No camera should be with out one
It works when turned on and does the job well
More for grip than battery life
from Tunbridge Wells
I had one of these on my previous camera and found it a great addition primarily to increase battery life, so bought one for my current Canon. It turns out becuase of the increased life in the new Canon batteries, its more of a benefit from a handling and functionality perspective. It makes the camera so much easier to use, not just in 'portrait' mode but generally. It gives loads of options to hold and carry, plus a little 'balance'. It does add quite a bit of weight with two batteries, particulalry if you're carrying it around all day – you'll need a good strap if it's not in a bag. Wouldn't be without one though.
Brilliant for longer trips and portrait
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
For me, a must have.
By Creative Chris
The BG-E8 not only increases your shooting time between battery changes, it also puts the shutter and exposure controls at your fingertips when shooting in portrait orientation. The grip helps balance the body when used with heavier lenses too. The extra juice really comes into its own when shooting movies which really consume battery power rapidly. Not forgetting the Canon build quality. I would recommend going for this rather than third party alternatives. The BG-E3 grip I had never gave me any trouble in seven years of being bolted to my 350D. That was a good enough reason to get the BG-E8 for my 650D!
easy to use and a great way to extend battery life
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great product. Extra battery power and easier to use
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good piece of Kit
By Handyman Pete
About Me Casual user
Holds two Batteries, All day shooting Plus, Easy access to batteries when required No need to dismantle whole unit,Remote shutter Control when held at 90'
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