Today’s Post by Joe Farace
If you Ifread this blog regularly, you know that I like using battery grips for their convenient vertical grip and shutter release. When I reviewed Canon’s EOS 80D, I noticed that it not only uses the same Canon BG-E14 battery grip ($149) as the EOS 70D and as it turns out the EOS 90D as well. This grip, provides improved handling and accepts two LP-E6 lithium-ion batteries that essentially doubles battery life for all-day shoot.
As an alternative to Canon’s BG-14($169,) thrifty Christmas shoppers might want to consider Neewer’s version that sells for less than $35 (not a typo) on Amazon. I’ve not personally tried this specific grip but use a Neewer non-battery grip for my Panasonic GH4. It’s quite nicely made, especially for the price, looks like the Panasonic version and works exactly the same.
The lens hood for Canons EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, to pick an example, is the EW-73D that sells for $34.95, while a Vello, sold by the same retailer is $16.95. Now there is a real possibility that the Canon version is slightly better made, maybe a lot. But there’s just as likely a possibility that’s it’s not
Whenever I get an e-mail from a reader asking about what kind of gear they should buy, I always say—and I mean it—that I am not comfortable spending your money. It’s all about your photography budget and you know what that is better than me.
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