Review Rokinon BGC-50D Digital Battery Grip for Canon 50D/40D/30D/20D
August 13, 2011
I’m a big fan of battery grips. Why, for one thing it gives me extra battery life, and best of all, a second shutter release button making portrait shots really easy. I recently bought a Rokinon BGC-50D Battery Grip for my Canon 40D to replace the old one. I choose this over other third party brands out of curiosity, first, out of all the other cheap knock off battery grips this is the only one under $35.00 that inclues a wireless remote shutter release and an external battery pack. How about that?
In the box: The Rokinon BGC-50D Digital Battery Grip together with a Remote Control and an external battery pack with belt clip a user manual and a quick starter guide.
What’s in the box:
- Rokinon BGC-50D Battery Grip
- Remote Control
- External Battery Pack with belt clip
- User manual
- Quick Starter Guide
- Features dual battery slots for extra battery power
- Two vertical shutter buttons, one on each side – You can flip the camera which ever way you want and you’ll still be able to reach a shutter button.
- Strong and durable
- Includes an external battery pack that attaches to your belt for extra power if needed.
- Includes a remote control to conveniently control your camera from a remote distance.
- Uses your camera’s own lithium batteries and you can use up to 8 ordinary AA alkaline batteries on the external battery pack.
The BGC-50D was designed to work with the Canon EOS 20D, 30D, 40D and 50D. It comes with a nice useable english manual that describes how to use the products and other items that came with it. The BGC-50D battery grip feels really solid. The construction seems made of high quality plastic. The ergonomics are somewhat different from the original Canon BG-E2N battery grip and it’s many replica’s. One of the noticeable difference is that, the BGC-50D has two shutter release button on each side.(As shown on the photo above.) The usual AE lock / FE lock and AF start buttons are somewhat laid out on an awkward way. Maybe it’s just me, but I like how the buttons on the original canon grip are position, they are easy reach and really easy to use. With the BGC-50d it may take time to get use to the ergomics. One other important thing that is missing this battery grip are the rubber exterior grip. I feel that without this, this really isn’t a battery grip, simply because, I can’t really grip it with my hands, since it’s all plastic, it’s really hard to hold without a rubber on the exterior. For me this is a number one requirement for all battery grips. The battery pack that came with it works, it accommodates up to 8 AA batteries which will give you more battery life if needed. The downside, the cable that came with is a little bit short which makes it harder to use especially when your on the move. It doens’t work quite nicely with my black rapid strap. It would have been nice if Rokinon just made a AA battery cartridge like the one that came with the BG-E2N.
The Remote Control works and this is a really nice addition to the grip. With this wireless remote control you can remotely access the shutter from within a distance. It can be use from both the back and the front side.
The Rokinon BGC-50D Digital Battery Grip for Canon 50D/40D/30D/20D is not for me. Not because of the quality, but because, I still prefer the features and ergonomics of the BG-E2N. The addition of a remote control shutter release and having two shutter button on each side is it’s strongest points. If you are someone who don’t care about the ergonomics or if you don’t care about the layout of the buttons, then the BGC-50D is for you. It’s solidly built and it works. As for me, it will take some time to get my muscles accustom with the layout.
The Rokinon BGC-50D Digital Battery Grip for Canon 50D/40D/30D/20D (Black) is available at Amazon.