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CanonBG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R
 
4.7

(based on 341 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (259)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (185)
  • Reliable (179)
  • Durable (133)
  • Easy to install (68)
  • Lightweight (56)

Cons

  • Pricey (38)
  • Heavy / bulky (29)
  • Price (11)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poor design (10)

Best Uses

  • Travel (113)
  • Portraits (108)
  • Everyday (102)
  • Studio (71)
  • Landscape photography (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (68), Professional (63), Pro photographer (54), Semi-pro photographer (47), Enthusiast (37)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (288), Yes (6)

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

MVP of accessories

By Kt~Akai

from Athens, Hellas

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Fully weather shield
  • Outstanding Build Quality
  • Reliable
  • Well designed

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Landscape Photography
  • Portraits
  • Sports
  • Studio
  • Traveling

Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

Disclaimer no 1; Although a great accessory for any camera, the battery grip should be chosen only by those who really need it as it adds volume and weight to the camera body.
Disclaimer no 2; I have original Canon battery grips for the following cameras I still use on a regular basis; 5D mark II, 7D mark II, 550D (Rebel T2 I think).
All original Canon battery grips are of the highest quality, weather sealed, and when attached to the body they give a feeling of certainty and assurance like no other. None of them has ever failed me, or has broken in any way, even after abuse. Most of the time the battery grips remain on the cameras for several months, until I decide to clean the equiment or use it for a lighter task.
Still, this specific bettery grip, is in a whole different league of its own! The build quality is beyond superb! It is amazing! It is exactly as good and as weather shield as the camera bodies it is intended for: It has more controls than most will ever need and it is the first time that I definately propose to people to buy it, especially if they shoot a lot vertically or under special conditions -given that the extra volume and weight is not a problem.
I was a bit disappointed by the high price of this item. Still, as soon as I opened the box and held it in my hands I could not believe the quality, the heavy duty construction how perfectly it fits the camera body. All original Canon battery grips are of the highest quality and fit the camera bodies perfectly, but this one is even better, even greater, the perfect accessory!
Disclaimer no 3; The 5Ds R with a brand new LP-E6N managed 1300 50 megapixel shots recording on both cards separetally, 80% of the pictures taken at ISO 1600 and above, and in the end still had a quarter of the battery remaining according to the camera indication. Weather was warm, mildly humid and it involved both indoor and outdoor shooting. So, think twice before deciding if you need this awesome yet heavy, bulky accessory!

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4.0

Good does the job.

By Spotdirector

from NYC

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

      Light weight, fast and easy to load the batteries. Seems a bit unreconstructed, but needs more field time to really judge. I would buy again.

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      4.0

      Good quality

      By Jose

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

      good qualit. gave it a 4, because it sometimes feels loose.

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      4.0

      Just what I needed

      By Matt

      from Missouri

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

      This is the perfect accessory for anyone that does long shoots on location. Most of my photography centers around air shows and the few seconds it takes to swap a battery can mean a missed shot. It also helps to balance the weight of my 100-400.

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      5.0

      Trill af

      By @obeasy

      from NJ/NYC/CT

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

      The extendo you always needed.

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      5.0

      5D Mark iii Battery Grip

      By JonesWL25

      from Waukesha, WI

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

      Great service, item was iut of stock when i went to purchase it. They nitified ne when it was in stock to purchase!!!

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      4.0

      Good and bad!

      By Sonoma Shooter

      from Sonoma

      Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

      These grips are sturdily built and are very convenient. I love the new battery tray layout, much more logical than the old swing out door. My biggest gripe is the way that the thumb rest is molded. When I use my 1Dx it is molded to my hand... And, the grip, when attached has a higher wall where the thumb sits. I'm sure it has to do with the intended fluidity in design for how the camera body Meets the grip. That personal minor gripe aside. A great product indeed.

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      5.0

      Works great Good build

      By Smokey

      from Toledo Ohio

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

        Longer battery life

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        5.0

        love the BG-E11

        By Smokey

        from Toledo Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting
        • Over Priced
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery

        Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

        Better than the older grips have

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great for EOS 5D Mark III

        By SGC

        from NYC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Back-Up
        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

        It has a firm grip and makes some of the main controls readily accessible in the vertical position. Very useful when taking panoramic or vertical HDR pictures.
        It also gives you more battery time, but the power is supplied simultaneously from both batteries (they both discharge at the same rate). It also enables you to use regular 6xAA batteries (AI Servo AF is slower)).

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        5.0

        Canon 5D Mark III Battery Grip

        By Ad Monkeys, Inc.

        from Grand Forks, ND

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Long-Lasting
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Cameras

          Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

          I must have for this Camera body.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent addition to a 5D Mark III

          By Mutt978

          from Loeminster, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Back-Up
          • Primary Battery
          • Professional Cameras

          Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

          This is the second one I own. It allows you to shoot longer having twice the battery power. You have better control when shooting vertical.

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          5.0

          simple and easy

          By cmei

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Primary Battery
          • Professional Cameras

          Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

          good product, i wished they sold additional cartridge for quick swaps

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          5.0

          Endurance & comfort

          By Tim F

          from Saratoga Springs, NY

          Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

          I've used battery grips on my previous equipment & the BG-E11 has been a nice addition to my 5DS R. Having extra juice while away from electricity for an extended period of time is a necessity for those going out to get the rare wildlife shots. Not only does the BG-E11 provide the power, but it adds comfort to shooting and more to hang on to with additional button control options.

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          4.0

          Well built, good controls

          By Canon4Nature

          from Bend, OR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Long-Lasting
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Pricey
          • Too Bulky

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

            Like the BG-E16 that I also own, the BG-E11 is built extremely well and fits the 5DSR perfectly. It's also very easy to install. I use it whenever I shoot an event or other activity when I plan to frequently use the camera in both portrait and landscape positions.

            The only negatives for me are that the grip's large—I wouldn't recommend it to someone with small hands. Also, the price is a bit on the high side.

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            5.0

            Solid

            By kledge

            from Pasadena, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back-Up
              • Professional Cameras

              Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

              Does what it supposed to do, and seems to be built to last. Extra confidence buying name brand after reading horror stories of knock-offs that damage the camera.

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Ikillthelight

              from Las Cruces, New Mexico

              Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

              Nicely made, works as it should. Very happy with the product all around.

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              5.0

              Best Grip out there

              By Logan

              from Colorado

              Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

              This is the best grip on the market, obviously because it's made by canon. Other third party grips aren't accurate with battery percentages and can be unreliable, this one is worth the extra money.

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              5.0

              must have accessary

              By David

              from Lakeland, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Good Value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Primary Battery

                Comments about Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

                Bought this grip for my new 5DS to provide for additional battery life and ease of shooting portrait with additional controls on the grip.

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                5.0

                Solid feel

                By Shutterbug3398

                from Long Island,NY

                About Me Semi-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 EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, & 5DS R:

                Product works as described. Has nice ergonomics to it and communicates with camera perfectly even though I have a 3rd party battery in it were as the Vello did not. Worth the extra money to me.

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