Over the years I have often found thatI prefer my DSLR cameras with battery grips on them. From the early days with the EOS D30 right up to the modern day, if there was a battery grip for a camera I most likely had it on mine. I like them as they duplicate most of the main controls, and for shooting portrait oriented images I prefer to hold the camera comfortably rather than with my elbow in the air. When using the heavier lenses the extra balance afforded by the battery grip and two batteries gives me the chance to use slower shutter speeds than I can without the battery grip.
Fitting a battery grip to your camera is straightforward, take remove the battery door from the bottom of the camera and fit the grip. Now this is where a few seconds reading the enclosed leaflet works wonders. All the battery grips made by Canon for it’s DSLR cameras have a slot in them to allow you to store the camera battery door in. This is absolute genius. I can only imagine how many battery doors Canon suplies as spare parts to people who got a grip, put the battery door in a ‘safe place’ and went out to take pictures for some months. If you put the battery door in the grip then when the grip comes off the battery door is right there ready to go back on your camera. All digital EOS cameras have a small microswitch that either the battery door, or the battery grip activate. No door or grip means the camera won’t even switch on.
I started writing this post, so wanting to use a quote from a film but have refrained until now…
“You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” – Micheal Caine, The Italian Job