Now, my Canon 7D feels complete! Adorama came through yet again. They were the first store in NYC to receive Canon’s new BG-E7 Grip for the Canon 7D. Special thanks to Joel, Efraim and Todd at Adorama.
I have used the dedicated grip with every camera since the Canon 20D. Grips add weight to the camera, but in such a way that helps to balance a heavier L-lens. You need to use it with a lens like the 24-70mm L, 85mm L or the 70-200mm L to appreciate it.
The BG-E7 adds several features to the 7D:
- Doubling the batteries for extended shooting/video recording time
- A second shutter for use in Portrait style (instead of Landscape)
- A second M-fn button and Main Dial for Portrait mode
- Additional set of buttons for AF-ON, AE-lock, AF Point Selection and Magnify
- Lock to disable the extra buttons.
- A replacement Tripod Socket
- A second Strap Mount
- Matching Rubberized grip
I have been shooting with the 7D for a few weeks and I really missed that second shutter button. Almost as important is the second Strap Mount which allows for use of Canon’s E1 Hand Strap. I can spend hours at a time with the camera in hand by using Canon’s Hand Strap. Up to this point, I had been using Opteka’s Wrist Grip Strap, but it does not fit flush with the camera and loosens with use.
As for use, the BG-E7 feels as solid as the 7D. It also has stayed put and has not loosened with use. The same with my quick-release tripod plate attached to the replacement Tripod Socket. I have had great battery without the benefit of the additional battery. So far, I have been able to fill a 16gb card draining the battery only half way. I should be able to shoot for days at a time with the benefits of the additional battery.
If you spend a lot of time shooting in Portrait style, you should take a look at adding the BG-E7 to your Canon 7D wishlist. That is … if you can find it.