Andrew Macpherson

New 5D3 with BG-E11, unboxing and first impressions

by on May.31, 2012, under Equipment, Off the wall

Yippee! it’s arrived.  36 hours after dispatch, impressive.  I’d been holding off waiting for the BG-E11 to become available, as I just can’t stand not having the vertical grip.  Within 24 hours of it being marked as available I had it ordered.

Small package enclosed in bubble wrap

Arrived well wrapped

All present and correct

All present and correct

Start with the grip

Start with the grip

Contents of the box

Contents of the box

So in the Grip box we have

  • Grip itself, with a contact cover
  • Additional AA battery tray
  • Pouch for the battery tray you’re not using
  • Instructions
  • Purchase Record Card (with Serial no)
Ah there's my memory card!

Ah there's my memory card!

Inside the camera body box

Inside the camera body box

Unpacked

Unpacked

So inside the camera box I have:

  • Software and documentation discs
  • Printed documentation Manual & Pocket guide. (English & French)
  • Battery and charger
  • USB cable
  • Video Cable
  • Eyecup
  • Embroidered camera strap
  • and of course the camera body
Battery compartment cover unclips easily

Battery compartment cover unclips easily

Cover reclips to connexion pillar

Cover reclips to connexion pillar

Stows neatly

Stows neatly

Battery grip slots in solidly

Battery grip slots in solidly

A charged battery drops into tray easily

Charged battery drops into tray easily

When the camera is switched on for the first time one is prompted to set the date / time — don’t forget to set the DST flag if it applies.

Don't forget to add a memory card

Don't forget to add a memory card

5D2 L bracket blocks battery tray

5D2 L bracket blocks battery tray

I’ve spent this evening working through the menus, and trying things. It has all the cute features the Nikon guys have been teasing us with for the past year. The second (SD) card slot has a menu for setting Eye-Fi parameters, but the setting for writing raw to one memory card, Jpeg to the other is distinctly non obvious.

Much to my surprise the manual was only in printed form.

Someone needs to teach the software distribution team at Canon about real operating systems (unix) and how they don’t need rebooted after installing application programs.

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