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Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip

B&H # CABGE6 Mfr # 3353B001
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Product Highlights
  • For Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR

The Canon Battery Grip BG-E6 is an optional battery grip designed specifically for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It allows users to load a choice of one or two LP-E6 battery packs. With two packs, the already-impressive battery life is doubled, compared to using a single LP-E6 pack in-camera. This is especially useful when taking advantage of the camera's movie mode or Live View mode - operating modes that use more power. In addition, with the included BGM-E6 Battery Magazine, you can alternatively also run the camera off six AA batteries.

Furthermore the BG-E6 provides full vertical shooting controls, which can be independently turned on or off as the photographer needs to enhance camera handling, especially for shooting vertical pictures.

Note: The battery grip BG-E4 for the previous EOS 5D is not compatible with the EOS 5D Mark II camera

Weight 11.1 oz (315g)
Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip
  • User Guide
  • BGM-E6 Battery Magazine
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonBG-E6 Battery Grip
     
    4.8

    (based on 457 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (380)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (424)
    • Solid construction (363)
    • Reliable (305)
    • Long-lasting (211)
    • Fast charge (82)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (58)
    • Pricey / poor value (8)
    • Price (6)
    • Pricey (6)
    • Doesn't fit camera well (4)

    Best Uses

    • Digital photography (301)
    • Portrait photography (241)
    • Photography (218)
    • Travel (179)
    • Back-up (72)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (178), Pro photographer (167), Photo enthusiast (93), Casual photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (268), Yes (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Must have for portrait or travel photogs

    This battery grip is a must have if you do studio work, portraits, sports, or travel with your camera. Not only does it allow you to easily use your camera in portrait orientation...Read complete review

    This battery grip is a must have if you do studio work, portraits, sports, or travel with your camera. Not only does it allow you to easily use your camera in portrait orientation by giving you all the buttons you need on the grip, but it also doubles your battery life be holding 2 batteries.

    The grip fits nice and tight on the camera and you'll forget it's a separate piece. It makes it so easy to turn your camera sideways and shoot pictures giving you easy access to all of the buttons that are normally at the top right of the camera so you don't have to have your hands in a funky position reaching over the camera.

    One other nice thing about the grip is that if you are out and your batteries die, the grip will allow you to use AA batteries instead of the Canon LP-E6 batteries. This can be a saver.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    How does it compare to others?

    Okay, so I think it goes without saying (especially given the below reviews) that a battery grip is extremely helpful. I love grips; I've installed them on every one of my cameras...Read complete review

    Okay, so I think it goes without saying (especially given the below reviews) that a battery grip is extremely helpful. I love grips; I've installed them on every one of my cameras and I never regret it. But what about *THIS* battery grip?Bottom line: Not worth it! It feels cheaply made. It's broken twice in the six months I've owned it. First off, the thumb wheel to screw the grip onto the tripod mount of the camera uses a complex system of inner gears, and they're ALL MADE OF PLASTIC. Which means if you crank down too hard on the grip to put it on or take it off, the gears shatter and your grip is stuck on your camera. You then get to pay for the privilege of shipping your camera to Canon and getting it repaired ($50 repair for my particular case). In my case, the gears broke halfway through taking the grip off, breaking the electrical connection, yet not far enough that I could work tools in there to fully remove the grip. Result: a few plastic gears in the grip rendered the entire camera completely unusable."I'll just put it on and leave it on!" declares you. Unfortunately, that won't work either, because the thing loosens over time. So much for the complex gear-driven system that's supposed to... be better than the direct-drive system used on all the other grips out there?For comparison, the cheap knockoff grip I had for my Rebel XT is six years, two rainstorms, a dunking in the river, and countless rock-smashings in, and still going strong (I will admit there might be some gaff tape involved in that).Secondly, the shutter button on the camera has two very satisfying 'levels' of feel to it -- the half-press to expose and the full press to fire the shutter. The button on the grip doesn't have that same feedback, and it makes it hard to work with. Off, Half-on, and full-on are just three arbitrary places in how hard you squeeze the shutter.This would all be okay if the thing were maybe half the price that it is. But at this pricing level, go with a cheap knockoff. You're not getting any extra quality here.I would then take that money you save and buy the Canon brand batteries. Tried other brands, and after a year of use, *the combined run time of all five of my third-party batteries was half the run-time of my one Canon-brand battery.* So I decided to do it right this time and go brand-name. Batteries did not disappoint. Grip did.

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    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Jim

    from Fort Walton Beach, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Install
    • Long-Lasting
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

    • A little heavy

    Best Uses

    • Digital Photography
    • Photography
    • Portrait Photography

    Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

    Great addition to my 5D Mark ii camera. The canon grip fits perfect and allows me to shoot continuously without changing batteries. As a wedding photographer that is a must. The secondary trigger on the grip is a great feature also allowing me to shoot at any position with easy.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great product and addition to my Mark II

    By Robert

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Install
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Digital Photography

      Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

      Great permanent addition to my Canon Mark II camera. Easy to use, great functionality and assists with the overall stablity of the camera, especially while shooting vertical shots.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Battery Time increase

      By TheModScene

      from ATL, Ga

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Install
      • Long-Lasting
      • Solid Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Digital Photography
        • Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

        Works well. really increases my battery time. fit on tripod well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Buy it now!!

        By Fletch

        from New Orleans

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Perfect Fit
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Additional battery life
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

        This products fits perfectly on my 5D Mark ii and super easy to install. I had a battery grip on my last canon DSLR before the up graded and loved the extra balance, feel and vertical shooting buttons. This grip came with magazine for AA batteries which could be nice in a moment of difficultly. I have a 24-105L that I use as my walk around lens and the grip makes shooting much nicer due to better balance. My only regret about this product is I didn't buy it sooner--like when I bought the camera. I never make that mistake again. Worth every penny!

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        5.0

        This is what I was hoping to have

        By Jason

        from Roseville, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

            It helps to balance camera's weight.
            You be sure to have spare battery
            Also helps for vertical shutter release

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            • No

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            5.0

            a must have for pro's

            By Photos by Josey

            from Kansas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Install
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography
              • Photography
              • Portrait Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

              Love love love it! I was able to shoot an entire wedding day from 10 am to 10 pm without changing my batteries in my 5D Mark ii. One less thing to worry about on big wedding shooting days!!!!

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              5.0

              Love it

              By Olya

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Install
              • Fast Recharge
              • Long-Lasting
              • Reliable
              • Solid Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Digital Photography
                • Photography
                • Portrait Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                Love everything about it so far ...

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                • No

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                5.0

                Crucial for long shoots & portraits

                By Joe

                from Chattanooga, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Install
                • Reliable
                • Solid Construction

                Cons

                • Price

                Best Uses

                • Digital Photography
                • Photography
                • Portrait Photography

                Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                This accessory comes in handy for longer shoots and portraits. The ability to use two batteries helps me rest easy when there's no time to stop and charge a battery. You can easily get all the shooting done that you need wihtout having to think twice about your battery charge. On top of that, it makes portrait shooting extremely comfortable. Before I used this the wrist of my right hand would always feel a little tweeked at the end of a portrait shoot but this grip definitely helps me avoid that altogether.

                The grip is built well, being made out of magnesium alloy like the 5D Mark II body. I appreciate that Canon didn't skimp on build quality with this accessory.

                With that being said, this puppy does add some extra weight to my camera and especially considering it holds two batteries. The added weight doesn't bother me, although it could be a consideration for others.

                I believe the price could be better, considering third-party grips offered by B&H cost less. In the end, I'm sure the build quality and reliability will justify having the Canon branded version over third-party versions.

                If you need more battery life or a more comfortable vertical shooting position for your hands, get this today.

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                5.0

                Think if it as back up

                By Bart

                from Adealanto, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Install
                • Reliable
                • Solid Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Up
                  • Digital Photography
                  • Photography
                  • Portrait Photography

                  Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                  I purchased the BG-E6 for my Canon 5d 2. My 5D gear was stolen so this is a replacement. The hand grip is handy if you shoot a lot of vertical shots but also as battery back up. I did a lot of wedding and the extra battery I the grip came in handy extending my shoot time and made the camera look bigger and more professional. I have not used an off brand grip but would consider it if price is an issue.

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                  5.0

                  Buy this Original

                  By ritchie

                  from Brazil

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Reliable
                  • Solid Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Digital Photography

                    Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                    Bought the Vello BG-C2 and it didn't work. It looked fragile and didn't fit the camera well.

                    Buy this original grip BG-E6 from Canon.

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                    5.0

                    Go with the name brand!

                    By Mike

                    from Orlando, FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable
                    • Solid Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography

                      Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                      This product is far superior to the non Canon brands when it comes to functionability.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works great

                      By Stan

                      from North Carolina

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Install
                      • Reliable
                      • Solid Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography
                        • Photography
                        • Portrait Photography

                        Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                        Works great, now worries.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Get real, get a grip!

                        By Bill

                        from Victorville, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Convenience
                        • Easy to Install
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Looks
                        • Reliable
                        • Solid Construction

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography
                        • Photography
                        • Portrait Photography
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                        I have used Canon gear for literally decades. I have a grip on my old A2 and it makes it easy to get shots vertically and horizontally. I have a Mark 5D II and added the grip this week. What a difference it makes. Not only does it allow vertical and horizontal shots to be made easier, it provides additional gripping surface and control, especially with longer-heavier lenses. On a lesser note, it looks cool, makes getting the camera out of the bag easier, draws admiring comments from friends and provides a place for a second battery, extending the length of shooting without recharging. I have done three photo shoots and hardly had a draw on the battery. Great Job Canon!!!

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                        5.0

                        No Name brand not for me!

                        By BIGinTX

                        from SATX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Install
                        • Fast Recharge
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Reliable
                        • Solid Construction
                        • Vertical Release Button

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Photography
                          • Photography
                          • Portrait Photography

                          Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                          I use this grip on my 5D Mark II as it is very comfortable. Tried the no name brand, did not not like the feel, returned it the next day.
                          Having two batteries in the grip I can shoot an entire wedding without recharging.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Love it!

                          By golfshooter

                          from Dallas, TX

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Install
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Solid Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                              Adds so much more battery life and fits my big hands perfectly! Really enjoying this accessory.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Canon eos 5d mark ii grip

                              By Bill

                              from Syracuse New York /. Beijing

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Install
                              • Fast Recharge
                              • Reliable
                              • Solid Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Back Up
                                • Digital Photography

                                Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                                Great battery grip- good feel- sturdy, heavy but good functional sturdy build..
                                I do a lot of outdoors photography and weather and worry re delicate accessories doesn't come into play with this grip. Great Canon product - recommend w/o reservation.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect Fit

                                By RKW

                                from Waco, TX

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adds Weight
                                • Easy to handle
                                • Easy to Install
                                • Extended battery life
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Adds weight

                                Best Uses

                                • Digital Photography

                                Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                                I simply can't get comfortable shooting with a camera that doesn't have the full size body or body grip. I've been shooting for a couple of years with a 7D with a grip attached. I bought the 5D as a second camera to carry and decided to try shooting for awhile without the grip. I really struggled, especially with big lenses. Among the problems I encountered, one was simply holding the camera level.

                                I ordered the grip, put it on the camera and am adapting to it very well. Swapping rapidly between the 7D and 5D on a hike has some challenges, but at least both cameras fit securely in my hand and that helps lessen the variability.

                                If a camera feels too small to you, I strongly endorse the grip. If you get used to shooting with a camera that size, I suspect you will have trouble going back to a smaller body.

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                                5.0

                                Quality

                                By Yezterday

                                from Orange County, California

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Install
                                • Fast Recharge
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Reliable
                                • Solid Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Back Up
                                  • Digital Photography
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portrait Photography
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                                  I've bought and used one Canon Battery Grip for my Canon 50D before and it was great. This one is no exception to that.

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                                  5.0

                                  Wouldn't go without

                                  By N/A

                                  from Nebraska

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Install
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Solid Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                                      I have been buying the battery grips on all of my last 3 cameras. Must have if you are putting in days of 100's of shots and can not afford to lose power. Also, great for shooting lots of vertical shots. Love it!

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect counter to heavier lens

                                      By Me

                                      from Illinois

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Install
                                      • Long-Lasting
                                      • Solid Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Digital Photography
                                        • Photography
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip:

                                        Great counter balance to a heavier lens. Also increases the battery shoot time.

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                                        • No

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