One of the most underrated photography accessories of all time is the battery grip, and I struggle to see why this is the case. The battery grip is an excellent photography accessory and one that should be on the “must have” list.
The battery grip is a photography accessory all photographers own, and below are the reasons I say this.
A battery grip increases the battery capacity of the camera
A battery grip will take two batteries, i.e. double the amount your camera will take. The additional battery means you can take more shots or enjoy a higher photo burst rate – memory card writing speed permitting of course.
A battery grip makes the camera more comfortable to hold and use
A battery grip increases the size, bulk and footprint of the camera and whilst on the face of it this may seem a disadvantage, in the real world it is actually advantageous. The battery grip makes the camera more ergonomic and comfortable to hold. Some cameras are small and photographers with large hands often find them awkward to use. A battery grip solves this problem.
A battery grip makes taking portrait orientated shots much easier
Taking a portrait orientated shot with a non-gripped camera is a real faff. Sure, you could switch the mode to portrait but this means delving in to the camera’s menu system to do so. There is then the task of switching the mode back to portrait. Alternatively, you can turn the camera through ninety degrees and take the shot, but using a non-gripped camera this way is unnatural, a little precarious and there is a real chance you may drop (and damage) it.
A battery grip has a specific portrait orientation, together with buttons, that makes holding and using the camera in portrait orientation easier and comfortable.
A battery grip makes using heavier lenses easier
A battery grip adds extra bulk to the camera, hence making it bigger and heavier which in turn makes it easier to shoot with large tele lenses. Loading a large lens on a non-gripped camera results in an unbalanced set up which is un-wieldly. The extra bulk and weight of a battery grip counteracts the lens hence resulting in a nicely balanced set up that will improve your photos.
Below is a short clip on why you should consider getting a battery grip, if you don’t already have and use one of course.
To see the other photography equipment I use, together with a brief account and a some useful links feel free to take a look at my "Must have photography equipment page"
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