Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III

BG-E11 Battery Grip on 5D Mark III

Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark III

I picked up my new Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for my 5D Mark III yesterday, so I thought I’ve give you a quick run-down on this new piece of gear in photos.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the BG-E11 now loads the two LP-E6 batteries via a magazine. It will take slightly longer to change batteries I imagine, but I like this design. It feels very similar to changing batteries on my 1 Series bodies.

BG-E11 Battery Grip

BG-E11 Battery Grip

The AA Battery Magazine has also been redesigned to load through the end of the battery grip like the LP-E2 magazine. You put four AA batteries in the top, and two in the bottom of the magazine. I loaded six Eneloop rechargeable batteries and although I only shot a few frames, the frame rate seemed comparable to what I get with the LP-E6 batteries. I rarely use this option, but Canon also provides a nice little pouch for the second magazine, so it’s certainly something to consider.

BG-E11 Battery Magazine

BG-E11 Battery Magazine

Instead of a slot to clip the battery compartment cover into, it now clips into the battery grip in the same way that it attaches to the base of the camera, then you swing it around and it clips into place against the battery grip.

BG-E11 Battery Comparment Cover Holder

BG-E11 Battery Comparment Cover Holder

Slide the LP-E6 Battery Magazine into the Battery Grip, and turn the release handle to lock it in place.

BG-E11 Battery Grip

BG-E11 Battery Grip

Attached to the base of the camera, the BG-E11 makes the camera feel much more substantial, especially for people with relatively large hands. Of course, you get double the battery life before you have to switch them out like this too.

BG-E11 Battery Grip

BG-E11 Battery Grip

The BG-E11 Battery Grip has all the controls that you use for horizontal/landscape aspect shooting available for vertical/portrait shooting, including the new M-fn button next to the shutter release button and the Multi-controller on the back of the grip.

BG-E11 Battery Grip

BG-E11 Battery Grip

Here’s a straight on view in horizontal mode.

BG-E11 Battery Grip - Horizontal Position

BG-E11 Battery Grip – Horizontal Position

And to save you cranking your neck around, here’s the vertical mode. The Multi-controller is slightly further away in vertical mode than horizontal mode

BG-E11 Battery Grip - Vertical Position

BG-E11 Battery Grip – Vertical Position

Ergonomically the BG-E11 extends the camera to make vertical shooting much more comfortable than the 5D Mark III without the grip. I usually buy the two together, and my 1 Series EOS bodies have this built in, so I haven’t used a camera without a battery grip for a long time. It was a slightly awkward couple of months waiting for this little welcome addition.

BG-E11 Battery Grip

BG-E11 Battery Grip

The form of the BG-E11 hugs the rounded bottom of the camera perfectly.

BG-E11 Battery Grip on 5D Mark III

BG-E11 Battery Grip on 5D Mark III

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7 Comments
  • Jack Johnson
    Posted at 21:25h, 02 June Reply

    Interesting that they use the end-loading design on this one. When I started using the Really Right Stuff L plate on my 5D Mark II, I had to switch from the end-loading 3rd-party battery grip to the Canon BG-E6 because the L plate didn’t provide access to the loading end of the 3rd-party grip…

    — Jack

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:58h, 02 June Reply

      Sure is Jack. I like it though.

      I didn’t even realize there were side loading 3rd party grips, but that sure would cause problems for the RRS L-Plate.

  • Dudley Warner
    Posted at 04:58h, 03 June Reply

    Thanks for doing this review. I just got my battery grip yesterday. I agree, it has seemed awkward using the 5D MkIII without it. I am hoping that RRS gets to work on the L plate design now that the BG-E11 is finally available.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:26h, 03 June Reply

      You’re welcome Dudley.

      I’m with you on the L-Plate. I’ve got my order in too. Hopefully it won’t be too long now.

  • David
    Posted at 15:01h, 09 March Reply

    I take it that BG-E6 will NOT work with the Mark III?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:00h, 09 March Reply

      That’s right David. Only the BGE-11 unfortunately.

      • David
        Posted at 16:02h, 09 March Reply

        Thanks very much.
        Very annoying, however.

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