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  1. #11
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    I'd love to get a vertical grip, but like dr4agon its hard to justify the price. I have seen the 3rd party ones on ebay, but I wondered if there were any issues with ruining batteries (or worse the camera's battery slot) or with reliability. Are they made out of cheaper materials and prone to stripping out of the tripod mount, and dropping the camera? Has anybody had one of those?

    I have certainly wished I had one on the camera when I have done longer shoots.
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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    I'd love to get a vertical grip, but like dr4agon its hard to justify the price. I have seen the 3rd party ones on ebay, but I wondered if there were any issues with ruining batteries (or worse the camera's battery slot) or with reliability. Are they made out of cheaper materials and prone to stripping out of the tripod mount, and dropping the camera? Has anybody had one of those?

    I have certainly wished I had one on the camera when I have done longer shoots.
    I heard that they are pretty good. I've used the original Sony VG-B30AM and it's incredibly simple while doing the job of course. Any 3rd party can easily make something like it. It's just plastic with a connector for the battery.
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    Am I correct that the 3rd. part models for the 700 lack some of the controls and features of the Sony? Speaking of batter life I have 2 Sony batteries and try to go out with both fully charged. At soccer matches between JV and varsity games I will shoot 200 - 300 shots, and I use AF a LOT! with some heavy lenses I don't think I have taken a battery below 20%
    Did anyone catch the news about Sony, saw a blurb online, that they are cutting world wide worforce by 4%
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    Am I correct that the 3rd. part models for the 700 lack some of the controls and features of the Sony? Speaking of batter life I have 2 Sony batteries and try to go out with both fully charged. At soccer matches between JV and varsity games I will shoot 200 - 300 shots, and I use AF a LOT! with some heavy lenses I don't think I have taken a battery below 20%
    Did anyone catch the news about Sony, saw a blurb online, that they are cutting world wide worforce by 4%
    yeah, Sony like many other consumer electronics companies are hurting. they've already lowered some prices, I hope the trend continues!
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  5. #15
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    I just picked up a vertical grip for my A700 from B&H for $200; still more expensive than I'd like to pay but much more palatable than the $350 or so retail.

    I also just spent the week shooting about 100 pictures a day and leaving the camera on pretty much 10 hours a day. What I found is that a battery would normally last around a day or maybe a bit more. I realize that isn't that many actual shots but the camera was still on for quite a while. The second battery was comforting but it really wouldn't have been any trouble to have done it all with one.

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    I usually pack two extra batteries in my case, along with the two in the "VG." Power to spare, but then again ... you just never know when that extra long shoot may get you, on the road. It really helps just being prepared. Earlier, I had been plagued by "power outages" with my film cameras. The Maxxum 9000 with BG90 for the MD90 motor drive (8 batteries), 2 batteries for the 9000 camera itself and 4 batteries for the AF4000 flash and CG1000 rack grip (6 batteries) ... 20 batteries in total! And that's not counting the 4 mini-cells in the DataBack. Rechargeables where no where near what they are today, if at all. It was a box of batteries ... and an expense account. Talk about the sheer weight to provide rapid indoor shoots. God help you if you left these things in the camera or equipment over a few months. They would "leak" and Yikes

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