Canon BG-E13 – Counterfeit or Authentic?

I just upgraded from my Canon 60D to a 6D.  I got a great deal on the 6D on eBay.  If you aren’t aware, there are tons of fake or counterfeit Canon products out there.  I ordered one on Amazon (seller: Xamas) and when it arrived, I had a suspicion about it’s authenticity.  Since it’s not something that is usually carried by local electronic stores, I ordered another one from Amazon.  The two are definitely different.

The main visible difference is the inside of the grip.  The authentic one is made of a magnesium alloy and there’s more of it than the counterfeit one.  Also, on the authentic one you can see the serial printed on the bottom on the tripod mount plate.

The authentic grip’s shutter release is smooth.  It feels just like the 6D’s button.  The counterfeit shutter release has a “click” if you press halfway as well as a full press.

The counterfeit box is close but you can see subtle differences.  The red on the lid bleeds over on to the front whereas the authentic box is white at the end of the lid flap.  The paperwork that comes with the counterfeit one has poor quality text.  It looks like it was photocopied basically.  You can see with the warranty card, the margins are wider.

You probably wouldn’t know any better if you never saw the authentic Canon grip.  There’s nothing wrong with buying a more budget friendly third party grip like one from Neweer or Zeikos.  But if you think you’re buying an authentic Canon battery grip (for a premium I might add), it’s quite f’ed up to get a counterfeit.  I hope this helps some of you out there that are willing to spend the extra bucks on the real deal.

Spigen SOFT-FLEX Capsule Premium Clear Flexible Soft TPU Case

Spigen Soft-Flex Capsule Premium Clear Flexible Soft TPU Case

Fit

This Spigen was the first case that I bought. At launch time, there weren’t many cases that were ready to ship. A lot of them were available as pre-orders. In the past, I’ve found that TPU cases tend not to be as snug as I’d like. I don’t like it when you can easily pull a case off the phone. I feel like that would allow for small things to get in between the case and phone, then you end up with scratches.  This one is a little stiffer than the other TPU cases I’ve seen.  Still, it’s not as snug as I’d like.

Looks

I thought I wanted a clear case but I don’t think it looks good on my space gray iPhone. It does look good on the white and gold iPhone though. This is what my wife has on her phone. She doesn’t care about the particulars nearly as much as I do. As long as it protects the phone from abuse then she’s good.  It does a pretty good job resisting scratches.

Protection

It’s thick enough to endure a drop.  I’m not saying you can drop it off your balcony and expect your phone to still be in tact, but it’ll withstand a fall from your lap.  The lip comes up enough for you to place the phone face down.

Verdict: 7/10