10-10-2022 12:55 AM - last edited on 10-11-2022 09:26 AM by Danny
10-10-2022 12:56 AM
No, Canon does not make one - which is a real disappointment.
10-10-2022 09:46 AM
Will also add to Trevor's reply. Canon normally releases BG's with a new body on the body's release date. If a body gets released and no BG is announced (at the same time), you won't get a BG for that particular body. Its unfortunate (for the R7) as Trevor pointed out.
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10-10-2022 10:38 AM
" If a body gets released and no BG is announced (at the same time), you won't get a BG for that particular body."
It would be a rare deed in fact if they did come out with one after release but that may not limit third party makers form contrapting one. And, if they do, it is one I would not attempt to use on my new R7 body.
12-11-2022 03:49 PM
The battery grip is critical for my success with the Canon cameras. I have five cameras for school portraits, and two cameras for weddings/high-end portraiture. Every camera MUST have a battery grip to ensure I don't run short on battery power.
This is based on more than 45 years as a newspaper shooter and volume-portrait photographer.
There is nothing worse than running out of battery power in the middle of an event. Yes, you can drop everything and switch batteries . . . BUT . . . I actually use off-camera flash for all photographs, with the camera mounted to a flash bracket. I have to set everything down to swap batteries. The battery grip negates that hassle.
However, I now have a battery grip for my R7. I purchased a used BG-E2 grip, removed the insert that fits up into the camera battery compartment, and fitted to the R7 with thin rubber to keep the grip from rotating. I was able to modify the BG-E2 battery holder area to fit the current battery for the R7. Granted, the battery in the grip is not connected to the camera body, but I at least have a battery in hand when needed.
AND I have a camera that I can actually hold in my hand when photographing sports.
I'm disappointed at this odd decision on the part of Canon.
12-11-2022 03:57 PM
There is more to it than just making an electrical connection.
Camera bodies use a battery grip by alternating between using one battery and then the other battery. This causes the two batteries to drain at roughy the same rate.
The switching between one battery is performed by the camera firmware. Since the R7 was released without a battery grip, then I doubt if the firmware has the smarts to know how to use a battery grip.
Be careful that you do not damage your new camera. It may not be covered by warranty.
12-12-2022 10:41 AM
"This is based on more than 45 years as a newspaper shooter and volume-portrait photographer."
Although the R7 is a nice camera it is not a professional level model. It sounds like you need to be in the pro level gear models. They are designed to use the accessories that a full time pro photographer needs. The average person that buys an R7 does not want or care if there is a battery grip or not.
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