This is the first grip I bought for any of my cameras, based on the same reasons stated above. I shot w/ 16-55 and 56 and it was particularly well balanced with the former (and surprisingly well with latter also). Fitting a gripped X-T2 into a camera bag with the lens still attached becomes a little bit of a hassle - I'm glad I have DSLR sized bag but it does make the bag bloat. By the way, what do people do to protect 'outie' contacts of the battery grip when it is detached from the camera or you are forced to transport the grip separated from the camera? The cap that came with it is perfect but I'm afraid that it'll be a matter of time before it gets lost, just like any of X-T's terminal covers. I try to keep the grip on for most occasions and I leave it home when I know I can manage without it. Any advice for this grip newbie very much appreciated.