Summary: If you still choose to shoot with film, the EOS-1v is a definite high end choice. It's a pro-quality camera without the pro quality price. Performance is above par with some of today's speedy digital SLRs, and the build quality is top notch.
Summary: I wouldn't use any of the big grips that take AA cells unless if I was shooting hundreds of rolls a day, which I don't think anyone does anymore. Use an AA grip if you really want vertical controls and don't mind a huge camera.