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26-11-09, 12:13 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
If you are thinking of buying a grip & multiple batteries, I think you're making a mistake. I bought three batteries for the 5D MkII and despite shooting off 16GB in one day the two batteries have always been more than enough, to the point that the third has never been used.
Todays latest generation cameras use less power than ever before, and this is one of the areas manufacturers concentrate on, using the original charger it is possible to recharge from flat in less than an hour, and with the chipping in the battery the camera will manage the power to get the maximum if you only have time to charge one and the other has a partial charge.
Remember that you do get one battery supplied with the camera, one extra will cost you a mere £50, two extra batteries will cost £100, as opposed to £50 for the third party units. To realise a saving of £220 presupposes you have a total of five batteries, this is far too many for most people, and also that the price will fall in the future to £20 per unit, and the Canon grip and battery prices will not.
The BG-E7 grip is a newly released product, and will fall to a level comparable to other ones in the range (£125 for the 40/50D) It's really unfair to compare the launch price of an accessory with the price you believe a third party unit will be when it's launched months down the track!
As things stand you cannot buy a third party battery for £20, you cannot buy a third party grip for £80, but based on the assumption that you will be able to you are criticing Canons prices based on a newly launched product! You really do need to compare these at the time you are going to buy them, because prices do not stay static and in a few months they will be much closer than you have indicated. By the time a third party unit is launched, assuming you buy an extra battery your saving will be around £60 max. I don't believe anyone needs 5 batteries given the length of time they last now, I think you're going to be in for a shock when you actually get the camera and find out for yourself.
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