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Hi all, I wish you a happy friday,
 
I've been using my 5D mark III for a while now and I find the battery itself not sufficient enough for my intensive needs, so I was wondering that is it safe to get a 3rd party LP-E6 battery or it could damage my camera, same goes to the battery grip as well ..

Thanks in advance ..  ;D
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 06:03:03 AM »
Hi all, I wish you a happy friday,
 
I've been using my 5D mark III for a while now and I find the battery itself not sufficient enough for my intensive needs, so I was wondering that is it safe to get a 3rd party LP-E6 battery or it could damage my camera, same goes to the battery grip as well ..

Thanks in advance ..  ;D

My approach would be that if you have 'intensive' needs I'd go with the real thing.  ;)

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 06:09:47 AM »
Hi all, I wish you a happy friday,
 
I've been using my 5D mark III for a while now and I find the battery itself not sufficient enough for my intensive needs, so I was wondering that is it safe to get a 3rd party LP-E6 battery or it could damage my camera, same goes to the battery grip as well ..

Thanks in advance ..  ;D

You will have no issue with either!!

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 06:33:07 AM »
i have phottix/delamax BG for my cameras.
would buy them again anytime.

they work and cost 1/4 of the canon originals.

as for batterys... depends on the battery. ;)

i have a few "weiss" and other third party batterys and no problems.
thought they have only 80% of the capacity but they cost only 1/3 of the canon originals.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2013, 06:35:43 AM by Canon-F1 »
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 06:40:05 AM »
Hi all, I wish you a happy friday,
 
I've been using my 5D mark III for a while now and I find the battery itself not sufficient enough for my intensive needs, so I was wondering that is it safe to get a 3rd party LP-E6 battery or it could damage my camera, same goes to the battery grip as well ..

Thanks in advance ..  ;D

I have a 3rd Party grip from Meike for my 5D2 and i always thought it was of excellent Quality. Got a 6D and needed a grip for that as well, but 3rd Party supply was very low and not nearly as cheap as for 5D2, so i got the original one from Canon for my 6D.

You get what you pay for, the build quality is even better, the grip feels better, the whole thing appears more rigid, no rattling screw and the "leather" is the same smooth one that is on the body. If i bought a 3rd party grip for the 6D as well i would have been pleased with it, most of them really are good but once you had an original, the 3rd party ones don't quite cut it ;)

Bottom line: whatever you are  getting, you will be satisfied i think.

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 08:18:54 AM »
With the latest 5D3 firmware many 3rd party batteries will give the camera a "communications error" when you power it up, but they seem to work.  However I am not sure if the battery charge reading is accurate.

My 3rd party grip has worked fine, just spend the few extra bucks for one that has the joystick.

Personally, I would go with the 3rd party grip with OEM batteries.
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013, 09:49:14 AM »
The third party grips have a reputation of lasting from 3-6 months, depending on use.  Just buy 10 of them and you'll be set for 3 years.

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2013, 11:26:04 AM »
initially got the Meike Battery Grip MK-5D3S as this brand used to have the exact manual insert as the original canon one for my Canon XSi, but then the one for the 5D3 was different in shape, it was $64 USD...the genuine in many canada stores are priced at $150-200?

then found another no name brand on ebay for $40, that one has a shape exactly like the genuine canon (ebay #271215113905), all the button locations are the same as the original
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2013, 11:35:43 AM »
i bought a Pixel Pro Vertax BG-E11 Battery Grip for my 5d mkiii from amazon for £65, the canon one was £300, you would never know its a 3rd party grip, it looks just like the canon, i am well pleased with it, and i also use 3rd party batteries, they cost about 1/5th of the canon price and they are 100% compatible with my 7d and mkiii
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2013, 12:34:21 PM »
Hi all, I wish you a happy friday,
 
I've been using my 5D mark III for a while now and I find the battery itself not sufficient enough for my intensive needs, so I was wondering that is it safe to get a 3rd party LP-E6 battery or it could damage my camera, same goes to the battery grip as well ..

Thanks in advance ..  ;D

My approach would be that if you have 'intensive' needs I'd go with the real thing.  ;)

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2013, 12:38:24 PM »
Generic's like Zeikos or Pixel have given me decent results. I don't thing they're weather-sealed though...

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2013, 12:39:08 PM »
Hi all, I wish you a happy friday,
 
I've been using my 5D mark III for a while now and I find the battery itself not sufficient enough for my intensive needs, so I was wondering that is it safe to get a 3rd party LP-E6 battery or it could damage my camera, same goes to the battery grip as well ..

Thanks in advance ..  ;D

You will have no issue with either!!

Well I had some problems with a Pixel Vertax grip for my 5D mark ii
which made my camera discharge batteries after one single use, though they've been fully charged !
and it happened  almost every time I put on a fresh charged batteries.
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2013, 12:40:56 PM »
The third party grips have a reputation of lasting from 3-6 months, depending on use.  Just buy 10 of them and you'll be set for 3 years.

sources for such a bold claim?

i would love you write not such biased nonsense all the time about third party gear, you propably have never used yourself or any experience with.

i bought my 5D MK2 over 4 years ago and the BG grip i bought for it is still absolutely fine.
the phottix BG for my 550D is from 2010 and the 550D is my cheap "throw around" camera.
the BG is also still absolutely fine.
 
and im not a weekend shooter....
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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2013, 12:40:56 PM »

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2013, 01:46:50 PM »
The third party grips have a reputation of lasting from 3-6 months, depending on use.  Just buy 10 of them and you'll be set for 3 years.

sources for such a bold claim?

i would love you write not such biased nonsense all the time about third party gear, you propably have never used yourself or any experience with.

i bought my 5D MK2 over 4 years ago and the BG grip i bought for it is still absolutely fine.
the phottix BG for my 550D is from 2010 and the 550D is my cheap "throw around" camera.
the BG is also still absolutely fine.
 
and im not a weekend shooter....


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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2013, 01:50:08 PM »
I had a third party grip and batteries for my 40d and have just got one for my 5d MkIII, it looks and feels just like the canon one.
Perfectly happy with both.

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Re: Should I go with the genuine Battery grip or go for a 3rd Party grip
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2013, 01:50:08 PM »