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Battery Grip For Canon EOS 350d / 400d Digital Rebel XT / XTI - The Opteka BGRXT

I had a chance to go out shooting with the Opteka BGRXT Battery grip on my Canon EOS 350d / Digital Rebel XT on Monday, and I have to say it was brilliant.

The grip gives you extra stability when shooting hand held - you've got much more to hang on to, and the extra shutter release and exposure controls make taking photographs in portrait orientation a breeze.

It is however noticeably heavier, and will take some time to get used to. My camera is now a little too big for my bag, so a new one could be on the cards. I know I won't have the grip on full-time, but it's so easy to take on and off this won't be a problem.

So if you haven't considered a grip for your dSLR, I strongly recommend that you think about trying one, it's like having a different camera!

Buy an Opteka BGRXT grip from

Buy an Opteka BGRXT grip from

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (3)

Hi Rob,

It's often a shame I'm stuck with my little 3G PAYG modem, I tend to have to avoid youtube videos, (because it eats up all my credit!) Really could do with a better internet service so I can view material like this.

Even though I purchased my E410 for it's smaller size and because I didn't get on with a conventional side grip found on most dSLRs, there are times when a grip would be handy for portrait orientated exposures. The Olympus E410 doesn't have a manufacturer supported grip but I have found the 'OwnUser' aftermarket grips that look quite handy. Dual battery, AA battery support, extra controls and a handy power adapter input, (which would be a bonus with setup shots), plus the increased stability with portrait orientation look a real boon.

Yeah, you've convinced me, (even without getting to see the video!) I shall be putting my next camera accesory budget aside for a grip :-)

All the best,


February 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Hi Victor,

Just make sure your camera bag is big enough for it....

Cheers, Rob.

February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn


I have realized the use of a battery grip recently too, I shall be investing the BG-E5 soon.

Thanks Rob.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen

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