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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2013, 03:05:56 PM »
Battery grips failed after 1 year

What exactly was the problem with the grips?

I am going to get a Meike grip for the 6d because the price difference to the Canon original is immense - the only problems I read about is that some 3rd party grips loose contact when bend a lot, though the 6d version is reported to be rather sturdy.

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2013, 03:05:56 PM »

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2013, 03:16:37 PM »
Battery grips failed after 1 year

What exactly was the problem with the grips?

I am going to get a Meike grip for the 6d because the price difference to the Canon original is immense - the only problems I read about is that some 3rd party grips loose contact when bend a lot, though the 6d version is reported to be rather sturdy.

Every 3rd party grip I have used has either stopped working (bad contacts/crummy wiring) or caused errors. I would rather pay a premium knowing the item was built to canon spec's then built sub par.

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2013, 03:59:31 PM »
Battery grips failed after 1 year

What exactly was the problem with the grips?

I am going to get a Meike grip for the 6d because the price difference to the Canon original is immense - the only problems I read about is that some 3rd party grips loose contact when bend a lot, though the 6d version is reported to be rather sturdy.
The 3rd party battery grip I bought for 7D just stopped working one fine day, without any reason ... everything seemed fine, no scratches or falls, just died ... tried everything I could t make it work, including cleaning the contacts ... but no use.
The 3rd party grip on 450D did not work after its plastic latch (to close the door) broke during routine change of batteries.
I forgot about a macro ring light (Bower I think) which also gave up the ghost after just 4 months of very light macro work.
I also forgot about B+W UV & CP filers ... this is one brand I prefer over Canon ... B+W produce top notch UV & CP filters ... all my lenses have B+W filters.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2013, 04:08:48 PM »
One more thing I forgot to mention is that with almost all the third party accessories is that I got at least one error message on the camera after I updated the camera firmware to a new version.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2013, 04:28:18 PM »
Every 3rd party grip I have used has either stopped working (bad contacts/crummy wiring) or caused errors. I would rather pay a premium knowing the item was built to canon spec's then built sub par.

Oh well, in this case you probably get what you paid for - though there seem to be differences between the absolutely cheapest grips and the a little more expensive Meike models. For pro shooting I guess it's no question what to get, but the Canon "premium" in these cases is stiff: You can get five (5) Meike grips for one (1) Canon...

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2013, 06:09:15 PM »
B + W filters.  They are superior to Canon.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2013, 06:09:15 PM »