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Old Sep 15, 2008, 11:22 AM   #1
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My XSi is on the way, and I know right off I'll be wanting a battery grip. Planned to go with Canon's, but I've noticed a couple of 3rd party grips exist, and wondered if anyone had any experience with them. Can anyone recommend a good alternative to the Canon BG-E5 grip?
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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I have a friend who has had the Opteka grip for his XT and then XTi for more than a year. He has no problems with it and uses his camera daily. I have the original grip, but might be tempted to buy a cheaper version for whatever my next camera will be.

I see there is a Sakar grip for the XSi but no Opteka yet. Heck, they might be one and the same manufacturer...
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Old Sep 17, 2008, 7:58 AM   #3
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Do the after market grips come with battery trays for both AA and Lithium Ion? BG-E5 does. I keep the extra batt tray loaded in my bag for a hot re-load.
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Old Sep 17, 2008, 3:25 PM   #4
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I ended up buying a Phottix BP-450D on eBay from seller etefore. I saw some positive reviews of the grip (and others by the company) on other websites, and etefore is supposed to be one of ebays best sellers. 2 LP-E5 batteries, the grip, cages for the lp-e5 batteries or 6 AA batteries. Under $80. I'll try to remember to post here when it comes and I get a good impression of it to let people know if it is worth the money or not.
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Old Oct 2, 2008, 10:59 PM   #5
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I recently bought the BG-E5 and like it. The 2 batteries run parallel so you can run with 1 battery or both. It also allows for 6x AA batteries as backup if you need power and can get to a local store.

A buddy of mine told me to look at Ansmann Battery Grip. They offer the same portrait functions as the BG-E5 but it is a built in lithium battery so you just plug the grip into the AC adapter.

I can't the url to their battery grip section. I was going to pick one up instead of the Canon but there was a 6 week waiting period for the store that was going to bring it in for me. I didn't want to wait that long.

I also found that the Ansmann grib is less than the Canon Grip after you buy the 2nd battery for it.
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Old Oct 11, 2008, 11:18 AM   #6
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Just a followup. Received the Phottix grip and batteries, and have been playing with them for a couple weeks now. I've always been wary of non-OEM products, but I have to say I'm extremely impressed, especially given the price. The grip is indistinguishable from the Canon grip save for the lack of a Canon logo. The batteries seem equivalent to the OEM batteries in every way.

The grip and two battieries for under $80, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I'd also highly recommend seller etefore on ebay. Shipped quickly (considering it shipped from HK) without a hitch.
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