Battery Grip K5


johnboy-22

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 19:27
I am slightly confused why anyone would want one. A battery grip gives you 1 extra battery but you could buy 4 genuine Pentax battery's for the price of one grip.
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woodworm

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 19:51
If you shoot a lot in portrait you may find it easier to hold.

I have a grip for my K10D and have never used it. Mine cost about £30 new when Jessops were clearing them. For me, it wasn't worth the money.

Fletcher8

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 20:13
Horses for courses really! For me personally i like the fact that you can use AA batteries as well as the D type battery, so if you run out of juice you can buy some AA's and keep shooting, very handy if you a traveling and can't charge your batteries for a few days. However, where the grip comes in handy is when you start using big lenses like DA* 200mm DA* 300mm DA* 60 250mm, it really help balance things out. I don't use my BG all the time, but I know its there if I need it, and I was able to purchase mine for a very reasonable price I am happy.
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johnha

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 21:35
The grip can imporve the handling of the camera, even horizontally. When I hold my K-5 without the grip, my little finger hangs off the bottom uncomfortably. Being able to use AA batteries is a big help too. The first thing I bought for my SFXn & MZ-M cameras was an AA battery grip and wished one was available for my Z-1 (again better with its grip despite not having a battery or vertical release). I may have been too spoiled by my Motordrive-A & Super-A though.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 02/05/2012 - 07:31
johnboy-22 wrote:
I am slightly confused why anyone would want one. A battery grip gives you 1 extra battery but you could buy 4 genuine Pentax battery's for the price of one grip.

Or 20 3rd party batteries

Some people like the feel of grips. I bought one for my K20D when I had it, but I never used the vertical controls in portrait orientation and just fund it all a bit heavy. So didn't get any grips for my K-5s. Pentax grips are a rip off price anyhow
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
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Frogfish

Link Posted 02/05/2012 - 08:23
johnboy-22 wrote:
I am slightly confused why anyone would want one. A battery grip gives you 1 extra battery but you could buy 4 genuine Pentax battery's for the price of one grip.

Personal preference. I bought a K5 (K7) partly for the size so for me (although I have a 3rd party grip - which I bought for the AAs but in fact I've never needed it and it is just extra bulk and weight) the K5(K7) without any grip is near perfect.
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gartmore

Link Posted 02/05/2012 - 09:35
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