Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T5i, T4i, T3i, T2i Review

Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip

The Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip is the proper battery grip for the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D, Rebel T3i / 600D, Rebel T4i / 650D and Rebel T5i / 700D.

Generally, Canon's Battery Grips are similar to each other and the BG-E8 is no exception. This review will sound similar to the other Canon Battery Grip Reviews on this site.

The nice thing about Canon DSLRs without a built-in portrait/vertical grip (all non-1-Series bodies at this time) is that they are small and light. The big downside is that it is not comfortable to shoot in portrait/vertical orientation - especially for long periods of time. And the EOS Rebel bodies are especially small - making it harder to control larger lenses. Thus, Canon makes Battery Grips for all of their non-1-Series bodies.

Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip Front

To install the Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip, the LP-E8 Battery is removed from the DSLR and the battery door detaches. The BG-E8 slides up into the battery compartment and locks into place via the tripod socket screw on the BG-E8. The BG-E8 provides its own tripod adapter threads - this functionality is not lost.

The BG-E8 holds two Canon LP-E8 Batteries that deliver double the number of shots or video time from the T2i/550D and T3i/600D. Alternatively, use 6 readily available AA batteries in the included Canon BGM-E8 Battery Magazine. The BG-E8 still functions fine with only one LP-E8 battery.

Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip on Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D

The BG-E8 is nicely built - it integrates to the T2i/550D and T3i/600D bodies very nicely with very little flex.

Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip Back

The BG-E8 controls available can be seen in the photos above.

In use, the BG-E8 makes portrait/vertical shooting much easier and more comfortable. I can feel the difference in my arms and shoulder after even a moderately long shoot. And I can hold the camera in vertical orientation a little steadier in this position.

Overall, I think the Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip is very useful - a nice-to-have accessory.

Bringing you this site is my full-time job (typically 60-80 hours per week). Thus, I depend solely on the commissions received from you using the links on this site to make any purchase. I am grateful for your support! - Bryan

My Recommended Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip Retailers Where you buy your gear matters. You expect to get what you ordered, and you want to pay a low price for it. The retailers I recommend below are the ones I trust for my purchases. Get your Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip now!
B&H Photo
Adorama
Amazon.com
(Using the links on this site to make any purchase provides support for this site)
Rent the Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip Do you need/want the Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for only a short period of time? Or, would you feel more comfortable buying after having a hands-on trial period? Consider renting. Renting is fast and easy. The rental companies I recommend below are excellent to work with. Schedule your rental now!
LensRentals.com
(Using these links for your rental supports this site)
The Tip Jar
This site and my family depend on your support. Can you help right now?

Please share this page!

Share on Facebook! Share on Twitter! Share on Pinterest! Email this page to a friend!
Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip
Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip
Bryan Carnathan
by Bryan Carnathan
Manufacturer ID:
4516B001

Last Updated: 2010-02-12
Share on Facebook! Share on Twitter! Share on Pinterest! Email this page to a friend!
Bryan Recommends Buying It Here
Any purchase made after using this link provides support for this site Any purchase made after using this link provides support for this site
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Help  |  TOU  |  © 2021 Rectangular Media, LLC  |  Bryan CarnathanPowered by Christ!