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so in the very near future i am going to want a grip since i will be shooting a lot of sports for my school.

im torn because i want the canon grip but dont want to pay like $200. what is yalls opinion of the off brand grips

this one has a lot of good feedback. i cant find an actual review on it

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tery_Grip.html

my only concern is that i want quality equipment but am unsure when the time comes if i will have all the money for a canon grip after buying new glass
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post #2 of 14
I know, for Nikon at least, that a lot of the off-brand grips are made from the same mold and usually the same materials, feeling practically the same as the much more expensive name-brand models. That being said I've also heard that people have a lot of issues with internal parts like door hinges or the internal wiring for the batteries.

If it were me I would just wait the extra pay cycle and spend the big bucks on Canon grip and not have to worry.
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I wouldn't trust anything 3rd party that is battery related. That is just me tho.
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post #4 of 14
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cool just wanted to make sure that im not the only one that doesnt feel easy with 3rd party equipment. i feel better having all canon because i know its a quality product. or all nikon if i was a nikon user
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post #5 of 14
I had an Opteka grip for my 20D. Worked perfectly for the time I had it.
    
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post #6 of 14
I got pretty lucky one day. My local radio shack had 2 Targus brand Nikon D40 battery grips on clearance for $10 a piece. I picked them up and have come to the conclusion that they are not badly made at all. The grip had no fitment issues, and allows me to insert a battery tray that can use 6 AA batteries for emergencies, or a holder that will accept 2 EN9 batteries for double the battery life. The grip felt well made and fit in my hand for holding the camera sideways. The only gripe I have about it is you need to enable IR triggering if you use the grips trigger to shoot, as their is no direct link to the cameras actual shutter button. With IR remote trigger you do not get the autofocus at half press.
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post #7 of 14
I have the Zeikos grip on my Nikon D300 and it feels very good. It doesnt feel cheap at all. I also had a Targus one but that didnt feel as good. IMO, the one you posted a link to will probably be the best choice next to OEM.
post #8 of 14
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with the reviews and everything ill make the zeikos my fallback and just use the crap out of it and hopefully continue making money occasionally with my photos to buy a canon grip when the time comes
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post #9 of 14
I've been using a $40 Meike grip on my 60D and I got a 2nd authentic battery for $50. It's worked perfectly for me since I got it, and I've snapped ~1000 pics on it.
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post #10 of 14
Third-party grips don't share the same potential negatives as say lenses. At POTN, I see lots of Photox, Zeikos, Opteka (etc.) grips and many seem perfectly happy with them. So I'd say it's safe risk to try a third-party grip, but I must that for me, it would be name brand.
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