Well, the T3i came out today so I am ordering one (naturally)...
I am considering a nice battery grip and I am buying a time lapse remote for it from as well... I am going with the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens for now (and cannot afford any more for a while) but I understand some (if not all) of the grips simply hold the Canon LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Packs, 2 at a time... as the T3i uses the same batteries and grips as the T2i which tons of people here own, I would like to know what people are using and their experiences with such...
I am thinking maybe I'll pick up a 2nd LP-E8 battery and a grip that holds 2 of them... I guess I would like to know if this is an area that I can/should save a few bucks on?
Is there a (huge) difference between Canon's genuine grips/batteries and the after market ones?
This video/review from Cheesycam suggests the aftermarket batteries and grips are well worth the savings:
At $43 per Canon Battery, $140 for the grip, and $50 for the charger... perhaps the cheaper after market products are more attractive... but which ones?
Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip ($138.48 from B&H)
Bower Grip ($82.95 from B&H)
Vivitar Grip ($84.95 from B&H)
Vello Grip ($69.95 from B&H)
Canon LC-E8 Battery Charger ($49.99 from B&H)
LP-E8 Decoded Battery Charger for Canon Rebel 550D T2i ($7.99 from eBay)
Canon LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 7.2V, 1120mAh ($42.95 from B&H)
Pearstone LP-E8 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 7.4 VDC, 1100 mAh ($24.95 from B&H)
Two (2) Phottix LP-E8 Rechargeable Batteries As Reviewed on Cheesycam.com 7.2V, 1400mAh ($20.88 for the pair from eBay)
Can the after-market chargers charge the genuine batteries? Can the genuine chargers charge the after-market batteries? Is the correct info displayed by the camera? Has there been problems with run times or overheating with the after market batteries in particular?
I would love to hear the feedback from your experiences and your opinions if this is an area that some money can be saved?