Canon BG-E6

Battery grip for EOS 5D Mark II

  • Canon BG-E6


  • Canon BG-E6


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Enjoy more shooting time and firmer control of your EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR with this Canon battery grip. The BG-E6 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 II's shutter release and camera settings in a vertical orientation. It also gives you the choice of operating the EOS 5D Mark II with up to two optional LP-E6 batteries, or even 6 AA batteries (not included).

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  • compatible with Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 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
  • 5-7/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 3-1/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Battery grip
  • BGM-E6 battery magazine (installed)
  • Terminal cover
  • Instructions
  • Warranty information

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Overview: The BG-E6 Battery Grip is designed for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera. The battery grip can hold two LP-E6 battery packs or six AA batteries (when using the included BGM-E6 battery magazine); batteries are not included. The grip is equipped with several controls, placed for vertical use; shutter button, main dial, AF Point selection/magnify button, AE Lock/FE Lock/index/reduce button, AF start button, and on/off switch. With the switch in the off position the controls on the camera body are still active.

Installation: Before installation, the battery and battery compartment cover are removed from the camera. The BG-E6 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. There's an additional tripod insert on the bottom of the grip, so you can still use a tripod or monopod. One or two LP-E6 batteries are installed in the battery grip; power is effectively doubled when using two batteries. Six AA batteries will power the camera when using the included BGM-E6 battery magazine. AA batteries provide slightly less power than a single LP-E6. The battery grip adds approximately 1-7/8" to the height of the camera.

Battery Life: Approximate number of  shots available using the viewfinder (73° Fahrenheit/32° Fahrenheit):

  • LP-E6 x 2: 1700/1500
  • AA alkaline batteries x 6: 300/100

Weight: Approximately 11.1 oz./315 g (without batteries or battery magazine)

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