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

(based on 265 reviews)

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    (198)

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    (56)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (182)
  • Reliable (140)
  • Durable (130)
  • Lightweight (42)
  • Easy to install (25)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (28)
  • Pricey (15)
  • Price (11)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poor design (10)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (107)
  • Everyday (102)
  • Travel (101)
  • Studio (70)
  • Landscape photography (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (67), Professional (62), Enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (35), Semi-pro photographer (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (237), 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

 

Grip is disappointing, Shame on Canon

I will only list my gripes:1. Battery Grip Flex/Creep...the seat on grip is narrower than the rounded camera base. There is some flex between camera and grip, most notable...Read complete review

I will only list my gripes:1. Battery Grip Flex/Creep...the seat on grip is narrower than the rounded camera base. There is some flex between camera and grip, most notable when shooting in landscape mode. Example: 5D3 + BGE11 + RRS BGE11-L ("L" Bracket) + 24-70 on a BH55 head. I either have to compensate for the flex or compose by positioning with the grip (not the camera).2. Changing batts has become a 2-handed "having to put something down" operation with the new tray system. Previously, just open door, swap the batts and go, now u have to pull out tray and CAREFULLY switch batts into the tray3. All of my 8 batts are orig Canon BGE6 from B&H, no generics, sometimes the innermost batt (camera right) does not register, must remove and reseat to the other position, occurs randomly on any of the batts and is a nuisance.4. Batt tray and outer cover, looks like cheap plastic (not alloy) and does not look like it will survive an impact. The lock mech (thin sheetmetal tab) also screams "dont ever drop me". If I were able to return this I def would (had it past the 30 day return policy).I contemplated a generic grip but their reviews listed a batt drain when not in use.IMHO, this thing is not worth the price tag.

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5.0

An Essential Accessory for Canon 5diii

By JJ

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Primary Battery
  • Professional Cameras
  • Travel

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

I use the grip full-time on my Canon 5d iii, and it has never failed me. It also helps balance the camera body with longer lenses. Overall this is one of the "must have" accessories for the Canon 5d iii body, highly recommended. B&H offers the best price and speedy service, so buy from them!

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5.0

BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Came

By Pitboss Waterfowl

from parts unknown, maryland

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Primary Battery
    • Professional Cameras
    • Travel

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

    excellent product! not only provides extended battery life but also helps the 5D mark III have the weight and feel of the 1DX & 1DC. highly recommend! jeff

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    5.0

    Perfect

    By Alaa Bayer

    from Qatar

    Verified Buyer

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

    Perfect

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    5.0

    Great addition to 5d Mk iii

    By Anthony

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Good Value

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Primary Battery

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

    I have large hands so the grip is an excellent addition to the ergonomics of my 5d mk iii. Highly recommended!

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    4.0

    Good product

    By Ryan

    from Nc

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

    I initially got the vello and ended up returning it for the canon and I'm pleased with that decision. But is is still way overpriced.

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    5.0

    A Seamless Addition To My 5D Mark III

    By Richz5

    from Hazle Township, Pa

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Good Value
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photographing People

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

      I bought the Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip to use when I know I'm going to be shooting a majority of my images vertically. I had a Blues festival coming up and I wanted the grip for it. I also will use it for portraiture work. I love the way I can control focus points via the grip's toggle. When used with my 70-200 f2.8 IS II lens I have a heavy combination in my hands. However I now do not need to curl my right hand and arm over the camera when its vertical, that makes shooting so much more comfortable. I also have more control over camera settings in that position. Making this purchase was worth every penny. When I'm on the run and shooting landscapes, cityscapes seascapes, etc. I take the grip off to lighten up and shrink the camera body back to normal.

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      4.0

      So far so good...

      By Bikeguy

      from New York City

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Battery life
      • Portrait Orientation

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

      Always have a vertical grip. Had a Vello for my 5D Mark II that worked perfectly for years and had one for my 5D Mark III for 14 months before it malfunctioned, so I went with the Canon to replace it and so far it's doing just fine.

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      5.0

      Works as expected

      By Stuffy Canon guy

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Long-Lasting
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

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

        If you need extra battery power, this is the unit to get. Sure, you could go with the cheaper Vello brand but why when you can get the real thing?

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        5.0

        The Grippler

        By JetSetJoe

        from SanMarcos, Texas

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

        Hauling big lenses, walking the back country or shooting in the studio - ease of motion, functionality and reliability are high on my list - the Canon grip give my Mark III the extra handle to spoed me along to get the shots I need.

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        5.0

        Solid

        By Gary

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            It does what it does and does it well. I like the way it balances the camera, especially when a long lens is attached.

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            5.0

            Excellent hardware

            By AJ

            from San Diego, CA

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

            Good form factor. Matches the 5dm3 body texture. Buttons are as good as button from 5dm3 body. It is little pricy compared to third party battery grip; but overall no issues with the hardware.

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            5.0

            easy to use

            By gzaiontz

            from sa tx

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Pricey
            • Too Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Back-Up
            • Travel

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

            does it's job.not much in features

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great purchase

            By Laura

            from Philadelphia, pa

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

            This made shooting much more comfortable, much less awkward to shoot portraits. It also helps to balance the weight since I use a long, heavy lens. Great quality too, as with all Canon products.

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            5.0

            BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III

            By David N.

            from Monterey Park, CA.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Professional Cameras

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

            Fit perfectly on my new Canon 5d Mark III
            Came in two days on Christmas Eve.
            *** Free Shipping ***
            Will order again with B&H

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            5.0

            Perfect Accessory

            By kortloff

            from Atlanta

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Works great with my 5D MIII. It does add a little size but the benefits make it worth it...especially portrait shots.

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                  5.0

                  Great Addition to my 5D MK III

                  By Jerrodmyth

                  from C.C. Texas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Cameras
                  • Travel

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

                  I shoot a lot of sports. It is comforting to know that I will not miss any important (once in a lifetime) shots due to having to change a battery.
                  Another great feature of the battery grip is that it allows for an easy transition from landscape to portrait and still have the controls within my thumbs reach.
                  It does add some weight when loaded with 2 LP-E6 batteries but it is well worth the additional weight

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                  5.0

                  Great product!

                  By Joe

                  from Alaska

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

                  My camera never leaves home without this!

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                  4.0

                  Extra shutter button, lots of battery!

                  By Brian P.

                  from San Luis Obispo, California

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Charges Quickly
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Good Value
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Primary Battery
                    • Professional Cameras

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

                    I am one who moved to the 5D from the 1DS series of cameras, and not having a second shutter button would be a problem for me. Adding the battery grip solves that problem, and also adds a second battery, which gives me about 900 more shots per session.

                    I'm very impressed.

                    It is slightly heavier, camera and grip, than my 1DS Mark III, so I have gotten a heavier camera instead of a lighter camera. But, I can always take the grip off if I am pressed for weight.

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                    4.0

                    Wish I would have bought this earlier

                    By GHahn

                    from Woodhaven,Michigan

                    About Me Semi-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:

                    Best addition I have made to my equipment.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for taking portrait shots

                    By Gameday Photography

                    from New Orleans

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

                    Perfect grip for taking portrait oriented shots. Comfortable and easy to use. Dual batteries for those long wedding day shoots

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