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| p.3 #5 · Having a battery as backup vs battery grip |
When using a 1 series and shooting a sequence all in portrait orientation, I use the vertical grip controls and find it very comfortable. When switching frequently between horizontal and vertical, I often keep my hand on the camera's "standard" grip and rotate as a unit (as Dan described).
Using a 5D series, I don't bother with a grip. I sometimes miss it because for horizontal shots (or verticals with a grip) I can keep both elbows close to my torso, aiding stability a bit compared to raising my right hand for a vertical, moving the elbow away from my body. For tripod work, I use L-brackets, and would see no point to the weight and bulk of a grip other than the closer match of lens placement when switching orientation. The best solution to that is lenses that have their own tripod rings.