I’ve come to the conclusion that the Zeikos ZE-CBG5DII Battery Grip for Canon 5D II comes from the same exact factory mold as the official Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark II. It’s ridiculous that the Canon version makes you pay $166 more for a Canon logo and a small cheap rubber grip.

The $73 Zeikos ZE-CBG5DII Battery Grip for Canon 5D II is just as good in every way as its Canon-labeled brother and the only “feature” the Zeikos grip doesn’t have is the rubber grip over the battery door. You get all the features of the real thing like the battery reading info, the AA-battery holder, the adjustment wheel, the vertical shooting button, the AF button, the exposure lock button, and the auto-focus meter button. This Zeikos battery grip is literally the exact same thing as the Canon battery grip for the 5D Mark II.

And when it comes down to it, I actually think the Zeikos grip has a better rubber grip than that found on the Canon DSLR body. It’s grippier and it just feels better in my hand than the factory-sent Canon 5D Mark II rubber. I think this may be the first time I’ve thought so highly of a 3rd-party camera accessory manufacturer.

FINAL CONCLUSION: GET THIS INSTEAD OF THE CANON VERSION if you like saving money and are in the market for a battery grip for the 5D Mark II. It’s built just as well and it’s very hard to tell that it’s not Canon-made unless you look for a Canon logo.