« on: December 05, 2014, 07:01:25 PM »
So again I've never had a wobble or flex issue. If the grip screw is tight it's as solid as the 1dx in my opinion. Obviously if the screw is loose then it can cause a problem. You also have the option of removing the grip which buys you clearance when using a large tele on a gimbal mount and saves on weight when on extended hikes.
So, it's your opinion that two separate pieces held together by one central, hand-tightened thumbscrew is as solid as a single, integrated piece of metal? Ok, you're certainly welcome to your opinion...even if all anyone has to do to demonstrate the opposite is attach an accessory grip 'securely', then hold grip in one hand and body in the other and feel the flex. It might not be a problem for you (you stated your tripod use is primarily with collared lenses), but the flex with an accessory grip that isn't present with the integrated grip of a 1-series dSLR is simply an engineering fact.
Oh, and be careful not to over-tighten that grip thumbscrew. Not sure about the 5DIII, but both the 7D and 5DII Canon grips were prone to stripping out if over-tightened, meaning a permanently attached grip (or a trip to Canon service).Onto the battery front, you claim to get 2x-3x the battery life of an e6 based camera. That would put the 1dx to about 2000 to 3000 shots per charge and that's pretty absurd. You can extend the life by turning of image preview and not chimping but you still won't get 3000 shots per charge. Probobly not even half that.
Actually, what I intended to be claiming was that I often get 2-3x the CIPA standard rating for my 1D X, and I used to get 2-3x the CIPA rating for my 7D and 5DII; looking back, I have to apologize for the ambiguous wording. Still, it's true that I get 2-3K shots (sometimes more) on a fully charged LP-E4N in my 1D X. Maybe you didn't get more than 1-1.5K shots on a battery in your CPS loaner experience. As I stated, a lot depends on usage patterns.
What's absurd is the suggestion that I can't read and understand the battery info screen on my own camera. When shooting primarily bursts or shooting rapidly in succession when doing a round of AFMA on my lenses, I've had >2,000 shots on the battery with 60-70% of its capacity remaining. Thanks for sharing another of your opinions, but this one is wrong, too.
Don't quite get the "Roll Eyes" post.
A few friends of mine bought Canon Battery Grips for various Canon cameras, all of them showed considerable flex and one died 1 month outside guarantee. I can't speak for the reliability of the others as I haven't seen any of them using a battery grip for some time - does that tell you something? It speaks loudly to me.
As to battery life I shot the Weston Super Mare Air Show back in September and, just checked the folder, 2437 frames left 2 bars on the battery meter. That was with my old LP-E4 battery (from my 1D4) in my 1DX - lens was a Canon 300 F2.8 L IS with and without extender. I then used it for a few wildlife shoots (lots of sitting around with the camera on for hours but few shots) and re-charged it when one bar was left. A 5d3 with a LP-E6 is going to better that?
I thought you knew better than to post twoddle like that - ah well I was obviously mistaken, my bad.