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| p.1 #8 · Having a battery as backup vs battery grip |
I advise against getting a battery grip, alhajri.
For people with arthritis, a grip can be a real help for portrait orientation shots.
For the rest of us with normal flexibility, the extra weight in hand and in the bag is just not worth it.
I have bigger than average hands, but I don't need a grip, even on small cameras like a 20D or a Leica M3.
I don't shoot hundreds of photos in fashion or events where stopping to change batteries would be an interruption. Anyway, these days a person is more likely to have to stop to change CF card before changing batteries.
The issue of "balance" is often cited and is completely bogus. You can, without a battery grip, perfectly balance any camera+lens combination that you can heft (lift). Do it like this:
Hold out your left hand, palm upward, bent at the elbow with the elbow resting on your body. Align the hand so that the line from the heel through the base of the first finger is pointing directly away from you. Place the camera+lens on your left palm and move it forward and backward until you find the balance point (happens very quickly, intuitively). Now curl your fingers around the lens or lens and body and you are ready to shoot.