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CanonBG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera
 
4.7

(based on 239 reviews)

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    (179)

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    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (182)
  • Durable (130)
  • Reliable (129)
  • Lightweight (39)
  • Good battery life (25)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (27)
  • Price (11)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poor design (10)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (107)
  • Everyday (102)
  • Travel (97)
  • Studio (70)
  • Landscape photography (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (67), Professional (62), Enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (221), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Two Steps Forward One Step Back

The Canon BG-E11 was added to my list of must have accessories for my 5dmiii the day I bought it. I had purchased battery grips for my Rebel XSi and 7d before and loved...Read complete review

The Canon BG-E11 was added to my list of must have accessories for my 5dmiii the day I bought it. I had purchased battery grips for my Rebel XSi and 7d before and loved them so life without one for this new camera seemed like a non-option...until I saw the price.

I have to admit I was fairly upset initially. Frankly the grip seemed overpriced but what are you going to do? Once you get used to a grip you can't go back so I shelled out the money and placed my order. Now that I have had a chance to do a shoot with the grip here are my pros and cons:

Pros

The build quality is excellent. They've used rubber that is quite close to what's on the camera and as such the grip really feels like part of the camera as opposed to an accessory or afterthought. The extended battery life is an obvious pro but the extra tray for AA batteries is perhaps an underrated bonus, being a valuable feature for trips into the wilderness for example where recharging may not be a viable option as well as those times when they want you to shoot two more hours of party than what you were prepared for.

I expected all of that though having had two other grips prior. What I didn't realize about this grip is the fact that it has a multicontroller! You don't see it in the main picture but it has that wonderful nipple on the back of the grip just like the one found on the back of your camera. If you program that button to trigger your focus points it makes life so much easier its amazing. When you turn the camera vertically you have access to all of the main buttons, you can still access the quick control dial plus you've got a multicontroller on the grip. Win.

Cons

The battery compartment opens on the side (like my old XSi) rather than the back (like my wonderful 7d). At first I thought what a fail until I realized they wouldn't have been able to fit the multicontroller on there without moving the battery compartment door back to the side. This means swapping out that second battery is a royal pain in the...neck, but for that nipple it's well worth the sacrifice.

Ultimately, if you're serious enough to buy the 5dmiii, you will not want to be without this grip. It really shines the most when shooting events where speed and stamina are important as it allows you to maintain a natural shooting position while having access to all the important functions involved in composing your shots. Bite the bullet and buy this grip. You can thank me later ;-).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overpriced; fidgety design; does the job

I found this to be considerably overpriced compared with comparable grips for other Canon bodies, especially considering that it does not even come with an extra battery pack. Adding the grip and a battery...Read complete review

I found this to be considerably overpriced compared with comparable grips for other Canon bodies, especially considering that it does not even come with an extra battery pack. Adding the grip and a battery to your 5DIII is a considerable expense.I'm not thrilled with the new end-loading design style for the batteries. While it probably makes the weather sealing easier than the rear-door designs, changing batteries now requires more time and care. Instead of just popping the batteries in directly in a couple of seconds, there is now a battery tray that must be used (yes, even with the Canon battery packs, just like the AA trays). This tray is accessed by a 1D-style lift-and-rotate latch. The latchs is less likely to get popped open accidentally like the rear door slide latches on other grips, but also less fun to use with gloves, and looks like something that may break easily. The fit of the batteries into the tray is finicky, as they are very easily put in crooked. They like to jam on the electical contact tabs. The batteries load so simply into the chargers that it leaves me wondering why a similar care-free interface wasn't possible here. Overall this design simply seems cumbersome and like something that may be prone to breakage. Only time will tell. The 8-way joystick is now included on the grip, in contrast with the other Canon grips I've used. This does come in handy if using the 5DIII's option to set the selected AF points independently in horizontal in vertical camera orientations---the point must be selected while the body is in that orientation, and so the second joystick on the grip makes this easier for the vertical AF point setting.The body's battery door is now attached to the storage spot on the grip's stem in the same way as it is on the body. I.e., instead of simply sliding the door into a slot as on other Canon grips, you have to work the little hinge pin to attach it in place. It's cute, but it's also slower and more finicky to use. I'm not grasping what gains were made by using this more complicated interface.The main thumbwheel that attaches the grip to the body continues to be a weak point, working itself loose as on all Canon grips I've used. Compared other grips, it seems to lose electrical connection to the camera sooner when coming loose, thereby rending the grip inoperative and causing the action shot in question to be missed (for which I'm already a victim). Check the thumbwheel regularly.Overall, the grip functions as needed, and general construction seems relatively solid (except as concerned above). Its design is not the greatest, especially for the silly price that is charged for it. But there aren't many alternatives, are there? I'm forced to give it a "recommend", for anyone wanting the functionality of the vertical grip and extra battery, but I would be thrilled to do otherwise if there were another product available to recommend instead. As always, "your mileage may vary". Those new to battery grips will likely love it for the added functionality. Those who've used grips extensively for years may find themselves in a more grumbly mood about the design details, like I am.KDJ

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5.0

High quality, comfortable, great product

By chkeeley

from Dover, New Hampshire

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Long-Lasting
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Professional Cameras

Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

It also has the multi-function button it, which is a nice advantage over previous grips like with the 60D.

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  • No

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5.0

Battery Grip

By A.Fraz

from Utah

Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

The battery grip is an absolute must. I don't know what I did with out it. It extends the battery life,and I love the extra shutter button.

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4.0

Worth the money

By kjp

from cape girardeau, Mo

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Charges Quickly
  • Easy To Install
  • Good Value
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back-Up
    • Primary Battery
    • Professional Cameras

    Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

    I recently upgraded from a Canon 5d MKII to a MKIII and when it came time to buy the battery pack I hesitantly decided to give an off brand battery pack a try. I bought the Flashpoint battery grip for MkIII and at first everything seemed great (too great?) From the start I had some problems with my new camera, with it freezing and being glitchy. I ended up returning camera, and a few weeks after the next one I had the same problems. Eventually, we figured out that it was the battery pack.
    Needless to say, I will never buy anything but canon accessories- worth every penny!
    I gave the grip 4* because I don't like the new design upgrade from 5dmkII. The grip used to have a battery hatch on the back of the grip where you could easily access and remove/replace batteries. Now, there is no hatch and it's just a little less convenient for me.
    Great product, lesson learned :)

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    5.0

    Love my grip

    By Randee

    from Long Island

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Primary Battery
    • Professional Cameras

    Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

    Strong, easy to attach, fits like a glove.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great grip!

    By tmartinblue88

    from Mission Viejo, CA.

    Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

    I was looking for a battery grip for my new Canon 5D and this one was perfect and light weight!

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    5.0

    Perfect fit!

    By StudioL

    from Summerville, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Good Value

    Cons

    • It Is Big And Slightly He

    Best Uses

    • Back-Up
    • Professional Cameras
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

    I love this handy grip battery holder. It makes my shooting time last longer then using the single battery in camera!

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    • No

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    5.0

    The secret to my success

    By NVPhotographer

    from Midwest, USA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Back-Up
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

    I shoot in many different positions with my 5D MK3 and my 1D series cameras and just found this battery grip a natural extension for my shots. So now I don't have to hold my camera awkwardly or grab a 1D for those vertical photos. A departure from earlier battery grips is that the batteries are now loaded from the end instead of the back. The result is that the batteries cannot be changed as quickly. Build quality is excellent and the fit with the camera body is tight and feels solid.

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    2.0

    Problem with Batteries (AA do not last

    By Guelo

    from Elizabeth, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Loses Charge Over Time
    • Too Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Professional Cameras

    Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

    Too heavy. Problem with batteries

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent For Handling and Using

    By sd_ben

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Good Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Primary Battery
      • Professional Cameras
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

      I have been looking for this for a while. It is an excellent add-ons. It gives a solid grip holding, well balanced and easy to use. The second shotting button is very useful while doing the potrait shotting.

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      5.0

      It a great add on for your gear.

      By Nicholas

      from Durango, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Easy To Install
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

          I like the two batteries system. I used both of my cameras for about over 8 hour without change the batteries. It felt great on my hands after an 8 hour use. I have two cameras with the Canon battery grip. I didn't worth about missing a photo with a malfunction. I love the AA battery magazine. I had my on me for a quick change.

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          5.0

          Great!

          By Marcolivier

          from San Francisco

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Primary Battery
          • Professional Cameras

          Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

          Great Grip.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Worth the money.

          By Winery Dog

          from Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Cameras

            Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

            I used third party grips on previous canon bodies and you get what you pay for. This battery grip fits snug with no movement like a cheap version. So that means the connections inside the camera will not fail like they did on my cheaper grip for my MDMK2. Built with same material as the camera body it's self. Save a little longer and get the Canon brand battery grip.

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            5.0

            Battery Grip 5DMarkiii

            By Sanders

            from Novi MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                A Canon Product always works better on a Canon Camera. I like the grip, easy to hold when shooting hand held. Able to use the Grip button when shooting vertical shots.
                All things are great... non negative comments.

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                • No

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                5.0

                No worries

                By Highlight Your Wrinkles

                from Sacramento,CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value
                • Long-Lasting
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Cameras

                  Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                  Got it recently. Used couple times. Forgot to mention that I am a girl and still have no problem with its extra weight. Great product.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice Grip, adds battery life

                  By Liz

                  from Buffalo

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                      Nice little addition for adding some extra juice to your 5D Mk III

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                      5.0

                      Looks So Pro

                      By Dan D.

                      from San Jose

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                        Two main reasons why I purchased this grip:

                        1. It makes my 5D3 looks more manly and professional.

                        2. It provides extended battery usage when doing videos cause the grip holds 2 batteries.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Added battery life.

                        By Keith

                        from Eugene'OR

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Battery Life

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                            It lets you shoot all day without having to worry about dead battery. Also makes for a better grip with people that have medium to large hands.

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                            5.0

                            Glad I got the Canon version

                            By Jared - Identity Crisis Studio

                            from Seattle

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • 100 Percent Compatible
                            • Solid build quality

                            Cons

                            • Price

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                            I was tempted to save a few bucks with a 3rd-party battery grip for my 5D Mk3, and almost did it.

                            But after using the Canon battery grip on my 5D Mk2 for 5 years, I decided to stick with the Canon brand.

                            One day my Mk2 fell out of the backpack and hit the ground, landing on the battery grip. That's when I appreciated its MAGNESIUM construction (not plastic).

                            This grip is perfectly matched to the Mk3 (although the 3rd-party grips have good reviews as well). I felt like I'd be taking less of a risk with the authentic Canon grip, as I wouldn't want any battery or communication malfunctions during a shoot.

                            The only reason NOT to go with this grip, is the cost. But since my last Canon grip lasted over 5 years, and survived a major injury, I feel it's worth the extra money.

                            It feels great, and functions great. There's a little getting used to the new battery loading system, but I'm so happy to have the multi-controller available in portrait mode.

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                            4.0

                            Great Canon Battery Grip

                            By EnRich

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                              Great Battery grip

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Doubles battery life

                              By The Dank King

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                              • Complicated Controls
                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera:

                              also comes with an attachment so that you can use double A batteries in case you need more juice and you run out of rechargeables

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