Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip for Canon XSi Review

I bought this Canon BG-E5 because of reading review in Amazon that said this grip will transform the camera. Immediately after I use it, I feel it is definitely true. This battery grip transform the camera in several ways:

First, it become taller and heavier, but feel more solid like pro camera.

Second, now my fingers do not have to cramp in the tight space. Although I have a relatively small hand and thin fingers, I feel a lot better.

Third, it has additional shutter release button, so you can use it for vertical/portrait shots. This is extremely helpful especially when you shoot portrait a lot. Now, the vertical grip become more comfortable than horizontal one.

Fourth, it comes with two kind of magazines which is interchangeable. First is 2 slot for regular Canon XSi’s battery, and the other one is for regular AA batteries.

Fifth and the last one is the added weight and size of the camera make it more balance when you equip it with longer or heavier lens.

Who is this for? This battery grip will be helpful for anyone who used Canon Rebel XSi especially who fond of taking picture in portrait orientation and have some long or heavy lenses. It is also for anybody who go to long travel or lengthy photo shoots because they have magazines for batteries especially regular AAs.

I don’t see a point on buying battery grip for Canon 40D/50D (heavier semi-pro camera) but for XSi, it is very valuable, especially the price point is relatively cheap compared to battery grip for bigger camera.