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Twigglius
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Accessories


I'm a bit new to the photography rabbit hole. My question is this. Is there really that much difference between a $12 thumb grip and a $60 option? Or a $25 vertical grip vs $120 grip?

Seems like an awfully stupid question in my head, because it's just a piece of metal.



Sep 19, 2017 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Accessories


In my experience, the answer is, sometimes. I've had a handful of generic photo products that just didn't cut it. But the vast majority worked just fine instead of the more expensive option.



Sep 19, 2017 at 08:56 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Accessories


+1

I usually stick to OEM accessories for key components (like the tripod mount ring for a heavy-ish lens), but I have many satisfactory generic accessories (and a few disasters). In some cases, it even makes sense to buy a generic accessory to try out some gizmo, and later replace it with an OEM or high-end third-party brand (e.g. RRS, B+W, Leitax, ...), if the gizmo turns out to be a real keeper.



Sep 19, 2017 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Accessories


Also stick to OEM for batteries and chargers and the like. Too much risk to be worth-while saving a few dollars/euros/whatever.


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Accessories


I've been doing some more research. Am I wrong thinking that a handgrip an L Bracket and Quick release are basically the same thing?

Holy s*&#t so many choices. Lol.



Sep 20, 2017 at 03:54 PM
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IMO, a quick release (QR) plate is a general description, which is often (usually) just a flat plate (i.e. a short "rail"), while an L-bracket is a right-angle gizmo with two plates; generally, one for landscape/horizontal mode (bottom of camera), and another for portrait/vertical orientation (side of camera). QR plates and L_brackets made for particular cameras should have a rim or sculpted form that prevents rotation of the plate while on the camera. Generic plates are often only flat; some have rubber grippy spots to help prevent rotation, while others are simply flat metal, and can rotate (and loosen), so be mindful.

A handgrip provides an improved grip for the right-hand fingers (and sometimes, thumb), usually for cameras that have a very small or no grip. A handgrip is sometimes integrated with a QR plate or L-bracket, but often not.



Sep 20, 2017 at 04:40 PM
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Thanks for all the help. I appreciate it.


Sep 20, 2017 at 08:11 PM







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