Gear Week Finale!

I trust your Holiday shopping has gotten off to a good start!

If you’re a Canon 20D, 30D, 40D or 50D owner, one the best accessories you can buy right off the bat is the BG-E2N Battery Grip shown here.  It holds two Canon lithium-ion battery packs and provides twice the normal shooting capacity. During a recent shoot at the Wings Over Houston air show I shot over 4000 exposures using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens and still had power to spare. That’s more than twice the rated “shots per charge” published by Canon.

BG-E2N Battery Grip

Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G9 hand-held at 17mm, f/5 for 1/80th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2.

The BG-E2N battery grip also provides controls and shutter release identical to the camera’s grip when shooting in vertical (portrait) mode. The only exception is that the “AF-ON” button found on the 40D and 50D is missing. Since I shoot in vertical (portrait) mode about half the time, having the vertical grip allows me to shoot from a much more comfortable position whether hand-held or tripod mounted.

The battery grip does add size and weight to your rig but considering the extra battery capacity and vertical controls, it’s a great accessory.

One thought on “Gear Week Finale!

  1. Hmmm, any of the heavier EF lenses on you camera mounted on a tripod with the horrible BG-E2N battery grip in between it makes for a wobbly setup. I just sold my BG-E2N because I noticed how much instability it adds to a tripod setup. Just toss another battery in your bag and you’re set to go.

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