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Old 07-19-2005   #1
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How many of you are using the accessory grip, the one with the extra shutter release? I understand the early ones were defective somehow.

What other accessories are you finding indispensible?

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How many of you are using the accessory grip, the one with the extra shutter release? I understand the early ones were defective somehow.

What other accessories are you finding indispensible?
the angle finder finds it's way onto the body more than my TC remote.
i shoot a lot of stuff with the tripod low to the ground, and find this gadget to be worth every penny.
because of all the problems i have read about in regards to the grip, i steered away from getting one.
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Old 07-20-2005   #3
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Dont know if this would be the right place to post this as there is a thread for lighting etc elsewhere.

As we all know, the 20D uses EO ETTL II system and a dedicated flashgun has to be used.

I looked into the canon range of speedlites and couldnt believe the price, 300+ I'd love to stick with canon accesories but cant at that price, so today I opted for the new EF-500 Super DG by Sigma. RRP is 199.99 but I got one for 169 out of a high street shop. Dont know if they've made a mistake or not, but my lips are sealed.

So far everything seems to be good, but not had the oppertunity to test it out to its full potential.

Here is the link for Sigma

http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/flash/500super.htm

Will post results as and when

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I used the 20d for awhile with the grip with no problems at all, my wife uses it now and still no problems.
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Hey, Rob: Are you ever sorry you bought the 600mm lens instead of the 500? Lots of weight, eh?
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Old 07-21-2005   #6
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I was thinking about getting the grip which in my opinion adds balance and presence to the camera. BTW, I heard that Canon has rectified the grip problem, so I guess its safe to buy now. It is one of my "must have" accessories. But I was also thinking about buying another flash, the 580EX to compliment my 420EX, which I found to be a bit less powerful on some occasion. High on my list is also the 17-40mm/F4L lense. If I were to prioritize my "must have" it will go like this: 1) 17-40/f4L 2) 580EX flash 3) grip 4) remote release.

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The grip although it's a pain in the you know what .
I have ordered a hoodman version now in the hope that's a correct grip without flex and battery problems.

But also :
1.
Flash wire.
To remove the flash from the body and use it in different locations.

2.
external flash.
The onboard flash is for emergency only, a 420EX or 580EX will give you so much more

3.
Remote control.
Never thought about it but now that I have it I LOVE it.
Perfect for those shots where every movement is too much, just use the mirror lockup and go.

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Essentials:
  • Canon BG-E2 Vertical Grip
  • Canon 580EX Speedlite (or Sigma EF-500 DG Super if on a budget)
  • Sto-fen #OM-EY Omni-Bounce for Canon 580EX


Optional:
  • Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
  • Sekonic L-358 (or similar)
  • ... add here $30,000 worth of stuff...

Just my 2c.

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I think a flash bracket is a must have... that in conjunction with a Stofen Omnibounce for the 580EX.
I was going to get the battery grip until I read all of the horror stories associated with it.

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Hey, Rob: Are you ever sorry you bought the 600mm lens instead of the 500? Lots of weight, eh?
Simon sorry I missed this post. I do not regret the 600mm at all. Its heavy but I do masonry for a living and I am young. So its no big deal for me at all. At times I even want more then the 600mm so I might have been dissapointed with less the 100mm. However weight is a factor to many people with this lens, my wife would never lug this thing around if she was alone, so I carry it for her I can hand hold the 600mm for a few shots but if handholding is a concern I would go with the 500mm. I use a monopod a lot with great results and I use the 1548 gitzo tripod with great results. When we are hiking far, I use the lowpro 600aw just for the 600mm and the camera body. Works great for long distance. Something like the zoo or short distance I just put it over my shoulder.

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