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Canon BG-E8

Battery grip for Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i

Item # 280BGE8

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Enjoy more shooting time and firmer control of your EOS Digital Rebel T2i digital SLR with this Canon battery grip. The BG-E8 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 buttons for easy access to the shutter release and other controls when you're holding the camera vertically. It also gives you the choice of operating the T2i with up to two optional LP-E8 rechargeable batteries, or six "AA" alkalines.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i
  • camera grip with storage for up to 2 optional LP-E8 rechargeable batteries or 6 optional "AA" alkalines
  • use of 2 LP-E8 batteries doubles shooting time
  • built-in camera control buttons for easier vertical shooting, including shutter release, AE/FE lock, and Main Dial control wheel
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Battery grip
  • BGM-E8A battery magazine (installed)
  • BGM-E8L magazine
  • Terminal cover (installed)
  • Instructions
  • Warranty information

Hands-on research

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Overview: The BG-E8 Battery Grip is designed for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i digital SLR camera. The battery grip can hold two LP-E8 battery packs (with included BGM-E8L magazine) or six "AA" batteries (with included BGM-E8A battery magazine); batteries are not included. The grip is equipped with several controls, placed for vertical use; shutter button, main dial, Aperture/exposure compensation button, AF Point selection/magnify button, AE Lock/FE Lock/index/reduce 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-E8 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-E8 batteries are installed in the BGM-E8L magazine; power is effectively doubled when using two batteries. Six "AA" batteries will power the camera when using the included BGM-E8A battery magazine. "AA" batteries provide slightly less power than a single LP-E8. The battery grip adds approximately 1-3/4" to the height of the camera.

Battery Life: Approximate number of  shots available using the viewfinder at 73° Fahrenheit:

Battery Type
Dual LP-E8 Battery Packs Six "AA" Alkaline Batteries
No Flash 50% Flash No Flash 50% Flash
Approx. 1100 Approx. 880 Approx. 470 Approx. 270

Weight: Approximately 8.1 oz./230 g (without batteries or battery magazine)

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