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Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel owners - Alert!
Old 07-19-2004, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my BG-E1 extended battery grip today. Three words:

You need one.

This thing is GREAT! It lets you shoot portrait and still have all the controls at your fingertips. It holds two batteries for twice the fun. It gives you something to hold *on* to - it's very cleverly contoured and extends the natural grip area of the body perfectly, with non-slip surfaces right where they need to be for either orientation. It balances a heavier lens. And it makes the camera look WAY cooler.

It's also really well engineered. Get this: there is a place *on* it to store the battery door. (Which has its own spring-loaded release.) If you take it off, there's the battery door, and you just put it right back on. Outstanding design by Canon.

Did I mention you should get one?

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I got one a month ago....
Old 07-19-2004, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got one a month ago.... and LOVE IT....... I will never take it off... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel owners - Alert!
Old 07-19-2004, 07:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about getting one for my rebel, came close the other day but for some reason didn't do it. Question: If one battery dies does it automatically switch to the next one or does the photog have to push a button or make a manual switch over?

Gotta love that Rebel, especially on the beach [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]



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Re: Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel owners - Alert!
Old 07-19-2004, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It automatically switches. The grip has a rotary on/off switch, but it should be noted that all it does is turn the grip's control cluster on and off. This is important because when you're shooting landscape you might not want the vertical controls active - you could bump 'em without meaning to.

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Re: Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel owners - Alert!
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I'd imagine it's like the one I have for my 10D and in that case it automatically switches. Well, actually I think I just draws from a common source but the end result is the same. Nice long battery life. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel owners - Alert!
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Actually the manual says that the batteries are drained in series. This means that the batteries are drained equally until one is dead, then the other one picks up the load. There's no little switch inside the grip. The battery life display also shows the life of the total battery.

I have one for my 10D and really recommend the strap for the battery grip. With the right adjustments, you can make it so that it will not come off unless you want it to. This makes my neck strap useless, so I usually keep it off, now.

Oh yeah, As you're looking at the back of the camera the left battery compartment is for an AC adapter!

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