I'd never waste money on a battery grip – I just carry extra batteries instead

Nikon MB-N10 Battery pack on a Nikon Z6/7
(Image credit: Future)

Before anyone decides to become a keyboard warrior, yes I do know what a battery grip does, yes I know they have a shutter button so you can shoot in portrait mode and yes, I know that people with big hands often find them more comfortable to shoot with. But for me they’re expensive, add unnecessary weight and, honestly, I just think they make the camera look ugly. 

When I first bought my Fujifilm X-T3 there was an offer at retailer Wex Photo Video that meant I got a free battery grip with it. I knew there was no way I was going to keep it so, before I had even picked it up from the shop, I had listed and sold it on Facebook Marketplace. The way I shoot really doesn’t justify having one; I mostly take portraits, which arguably would benefit from the vertical shutter button, but I've never had any issue using the standard one on the camera.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.