Monday, August 2, 2010

Canon DSLR Grip

From my previous blog post, I mentioned that I have two clients now in the bag. When i re-started my photography, I thought I'd focus on landscape photography. That's why most of my photos from about two years ago are mostly of buildings and sunsets and trees and flowers. But the more I go deep into photograhy, the more I am inclined to shoot portraits and people photos - people are, of course, more interesting. But unlike shooting landscapes, where, most of the time you shoot in a "landscape" orientation, shooting portraits are, most often done in a "portrait" orientation. (Doh!!!)

But the thing is, I am too much a product of my time - too much typing and mousing (I do freelance science writing too) gave me this splint-casted wrist. So, having the camera on a portrait orientation puts too much stress on my right wrist.

An old picture of mine. Occasionally I still wear that splint.

So, I decided that, if I am going to be serious about portraiture then I should do something about this.

I decided to get a Canon battery grip for my DSLR. This grip adds considerable weight to my DSLR but my wrist has no problem with the weight as long as it's not bent. The added convenience of not bending my right wrist greatly outweighs the inconvenience brought by the added weight. And also, the grip really makes shooting in a portrait orientation more natural.

Now this is the proper way to hold a camera in the portrait orientation!

There are controls on the grip also so you wouldn't need to fumble for buttons or the main dial when in portrait "mode." My only gripe is the dial at the rear of the camera is about an inch farther when in portrait mode. That would take some adjustment on my part. Also, I should also remember to turn the grip on before I can use it.

With the grip attached, my DSLR looks like a tank and looks like it's gonna do a lot of damage. And that's how I like it. :)

The batteries are positioned at the back and I can use two LP-E6 batteries at the same time. The additional battery increases the number of shots that I can take. Also, if ever I ran out of charge then I can use six AA-batteries via the included AA-battery cartridge that's already included. It's always nice to have that option.

Disadvantages? Well, so far, the thing that seems to be a great negative with using a grip is the added height of the camera. Well, I expected that to happen, but what I didn't expect is the effect it'll have on my two camera bags.

Lowepro Flipside 300
As you can see here, the
quick release plate of my
tripod sticks out.

Tenba Messenger
The camera is now wider than
the width of the bag. This
makes the bag bulge.

The grip attaches to the camera via the tripod screw but the grip itself has a tripod screw. This means that you can put the camera on a tripod even with the grip on.

Aside from that, I have no gripe about the grip - get it? :)

But, I don't want to be tied down by a tripod when I do portraits so I instead put on my Blackrapid strap.

I have one great set up!


  1. I've used a battery grip on my 40D for a while now. I initially bought it to provided extended shooting time at sporting events. I found that with the two cannon batteries in place I can normally shoot from dawn until well past dark and never have to change batteries. The added addition of the portrait hand grip was great to, particularly when shooting soccer and football.

    I will switch the camera to the side and have a comfortable grip while making images of individual players on the field. As i have switched into portrait photography I find it just as useful, though now I am considering switching it to a wireless grip. My thought being I could shoot wireless tethered and the client could see the images coming up on my laptop as I shoot them.

  2. Thanks for that informative comment PhotoJ.

    I might consider the wireless grip for the future. But for now, I am happy with what the "ordinary" grip can do. :)



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