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Canon BG-E11

for use with the Canon 5D Mark III

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by Woody Sherman
Canon

Enjoy more shooting time and firmer control of your EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR with this Canon battery grip. The BG-E11 attaches to the bottom of your camera, allowing you greater comfort when snapping photos from vertical as well as horizontal positions. This grip features integrated control buttons for easily accessing your 5D Mark III's shutter release and camera settings in a vertical orientation. It also gives you the choice of operating the EOS 5D Mark III with up to two optional LP-E6 batteries, or even 6 "AA" batteries (not included).

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Highlights:

  • compatible with Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • camera grip with storage for up to two LP-E6, or 6 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • use of 2 LP-E6 batteries doubles shooting time
  • built-in camera control buttons for easier vertical shooting, including shutter release, AE/FE lock, AF on, and Main Dial control wheel
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • BG-E11 Battery Grip (with clear plastic terminal cover)
  • BGM-E11A Battery Magazine (inserted in grip)
  • BGM-E11L Battery Magazine
  • Battery Magazine storage pouch
  • Instructions
  • Canon Limited Warranty Card

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Features

Overview: The BG-E11 Battery Grip is designed for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. Using the supplied BGM-E11L Battery Magazine, the battery grip can hold up to two LP-E6 Battery Packs. When the supplied BGM-E11A Battery Magazine is inserted, the BG-E11 can accommodate six "AA" alkaline batteries. No batteries are included with the Battery Grip. When installed, the BG-E11 adds approximately 1-13/16" to the overall height of the camera. A protective pouch is included for carrying the unused Battery Magazine.

Installation: Before installation, the battery and battery compartment cover are removed from the camera body. The BG-E11 then slides into the battery compartment and mounts to the bottom of the camera, held in place by threading the attachment screw into the camera's tripod insert. An additional tripod insert is provided on the bottom of the grip, so you can still use a tripod or monopod. One or two LP-E6 batteries can be installed in the Battery Grip. When two batteries are installed in the magazine, power is supplied simultaneously from both batteries, effectively doubling the battery life. Six "AA" batteries will power the camera when using the included BGM-E11A battery magazine. Because of variations between battery brands, storage conditions, and the effect of cold temperatures on alkaline batteries, use of "AA" batteries is recommended only for emergencies.

Battery Life: Approximate number of shots while using the viewfinder at 73°F:

  • One LP-E6 Battery Pack: Approx. 950 shots
  • Two LP-E6 Battery Packs: Approx. 1900 shots
  • Six "AA" Alkaline Batteries: Approx. 270 shots

Using Household Power: To connect to a household power outlet, the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately) should be used. The adapter kit's DC coupler fits into one of the LP-E6 slots in the Battery Grip.

Controls: The Battery Grip is equipped with several controls, conveniently placed for use when the camera is in the vertical (portrait orientation) position. The controls include a shutter button, multi-function button, multi-controller, main dial, AF Start button, AF point selection button, AE Lock button, and a vertical grip operation switch. With the switch in the Off position, the controls on the battery grip are no longer active; you should use the controls on the camera body.

Optional Hand Strap: The Battery Grip has a mount for the optional Hand Strap E2. The Hand Strap provides a more secure grip when using the Battery Grip on the camera.

Weight: Approximately 10.9 oz./310 g (without batteries or battery magazine)

 
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5 out of 5

Canon Battery Grip for 5D MARK III

Written By Junior C, Murfreesboro, TN. on Sunday, August 05, 2012
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This battery grip is great. I wish it was a standard part of the camera. Helps out with power using two batteries.
Pros:
All good. The extra buttons and switches give the user much more control over the camera than other grips in years past. Canon is right on the money this time.
Cons:
The grip is a litttle pricey compared to other models of grips.
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