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Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Comfort and Control in Vertical Position
  • Holds 1-2 NP-FW50 Batteries
  • Extends Shooting Time
  • Switch Battery without Turning off a7/7R
  • Shutter Button
  • Auto Exposure Lock
  • Front/Back Control Dials
  • Protection Against Dust and Moisture

This black Vertical Battery Grip from Sony allows for long-term, comfortable shooting in the vertical orientation with your Alpha a7/a7R/a7S digital camera. It accepts 1-2 NP-FW50 batteries, which are available separately, to extend and possibly even double your shooting time. The grip uses a battery with lower power first, then automatically switches to the one with greater power when the first runs out. Remaining battery power is displayed as a percentage on your camera's LCD monitor. Additionally, batteries can be replaced without turning off the camera.

The grip offers an extra shutter button, located at the low position, as well as front/back control dials and Auto Exposure Lock. All controls are placed appropriately for easy, comfortable access. A strap hole allows you to attach the optional STP-GB1AM Grip Belt. The buttons, dials, battery cover and connecting terminal on the grip are securely sealed for dust and moisture protection.

Dimensions Approx. 5.1 x 4.0 x 2.1" (13 x 10.1 x 5.3 cm)
Weight Approx. 8.8 oz (250 g)
Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black)
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    SonyVertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Durable (8)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Family photos (5)
    • Sports/action (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    5.0

    Highly Recommended

    By Tre

    from Holly Springs, NC

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

      I actually bought two of these for both my A7 and A7R. Simply put it's not an optional accessory for me. It adds a bit more size but makes the camera more comfortable to hold in portrait or landscape orientation. They live on my cameras 95% of the time.

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      4.0

      Grips well, Dual battery reserve

      By Karl

      from Annapolis, MD

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

        Provides great grip for the A7's. Helps support camera when using the zoom 70- 200mm lens and resting entire assembly on a flat surface. Having dual battery capability is great.Instructions on removing camera battery door incomplete (small door latch on inside must be compressed for door to come off or go on).

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        • No

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        5.0

        A professionals "Must Have"

        By Egill Bjarki

        from Hong Kong

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

          If you rely on any of the A7 cameras in professional context, you need that extended battery life. I bought one grip for either my A7R or A7S depending on the conditions. A7S for lowlight and video, A7R for everything else.

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          5.0

          Perfect Fit

          By @MrMendez20

          from NYC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

            The battery grip just simply fits perfect. There's no give to it, nice an secure. Also makes holding the camera much better, especially with a bigger lens. A must have if you shoot often.

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            4.0

            One Major Flaw

            By JoeH

            from Hawaii

            Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

            Sony's vertical grip works great, long life for my night sky and star trail shots. The one thing, and only thing, wrong is to charge the dual batteries the grip must be removed and a single battery must be installed into the camera body to charge. The camera uses the dual batteries one at a time so it should be able to charge them the same way. There must be an external charger Sony is selling - I will have to check.

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            4.0

            Perfect match for my Sony a7!

            By the cruzer

            from simi valley, ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Battery Doesn't Charge

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

              This is my 3rd DLSR camera and my 3rd battery grip. I don't use camera neck straps so when it comes down to holding my camera in my hand I want the feeling that it will not slip out. Using this grip accomplishes exactly that. It gives me a secure hold on my Sony a7 and lets me shoot with confidence. Of course having a second battery on board is great also.

              The only downside to this grip is that the batteries can't be charged while in the grip.

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              5.0

              A Must have

              By meguyonbike

              from Joplin, MO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                I own the Sony A7s and the battery grip is a must have! I love how it feels in my hand and I have not had any problems with it so far. GREAT design

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                4.0

                Great Fit

                By Johnnyc

                from Huntington Beach

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                  This battery grip is great for my A7.
                  it has a really nice feel and really balances the camera for me since I switched from a Canon 5D MK II. the A7 felt a little too small and light at first without the grip and as soon as I put it on the A7 felt just right.
                  also, having double batteries for lengthening the power useage is a great option.
                  one awesome feature with this grip is it has a place to put your camera battery flap on the grip so you will never misplace it. the camera battery door/flap is alway with the grip so you can change it back and forth and not worry where the flap is.

                  only reason I gave it 4 stars is I wish it could except AA rechargeable for emergency power.
                  even with 2 Sony batteries you only have about 700 shots.
                  I love the grip.

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                  5.0

                  Needed Accessory

                  By Jim

                  from Bucks Co, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                    Required with a7 and probably a7r. Extends camera use to my requirements.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    perfect!

                    By Dmitry Fisher

                    from Russia

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                    gut!

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                    4.0

                    Nice Grip for the Sony A7r

                    By Joel

                    from San Diego

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                    • Not Too Rugged

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                    It gives you a bit more to hold onto as well as the extra battery for longer shooting sessions. It isn't the most rugged grip, but it seems to work so far.

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Adys

                    from Israel

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                        I love it, its good and comfortable.

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                        5.0

                        Love this product

                        By Tekkie

                        from Tustin, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Ergonomic
                        • Stability

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                          Although it defeats A7(R)'s size benefit but it fits well, enhances camera vertical handholding with convenient buttons, adds longer term battery usage. Also love the fact it allows to store the camera's battery door (well designed).

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                          4.0

                          Get a grip

                          By Speed of Light Photography

                          from Peoria, AZ

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                              The A7's can be tough to hold steady in some instances. This grip helps keep it steady on long shoots.
                              People are used to full sized or gripped DSLR on shoots but not many non-photographers are familiar with mirrorless cameras used professionally. Their small size can be a benefit to photographers but the addition of the battery grip gives the A7r a more substantial and familiar look to clients.
                              The grip's quality is top notch and even includes a handy stow away place for the battery door on the bottom of the camera. It has a solid metal feel with a rubbery coating that works very nicely. Some after market grips can flex and don't fit flush with the bottom of the camera. That is not an issue with this Sony grip. There is no perceptible gap between the body and grip and the connection is solid and confident.
                              A minor gripe is that the vertical shutter button can get under the outer edge of your palm if you have fairly large hands and activate the auto focus or fire a shot. It's only happened to me a couple of times and I've adjusted my grip to keep some clearance. The only other con I can come up with is the high price, but you do get what you pay for.

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                              5.0

                              Great Fit

                              By AcroAv8r

                              from Plano, TX

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great construction
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                              The Sony A7r has a pretty small profile in my big gorilla hands. This unit adds much needed grip (for me, at least). Not to mention, the second battery makes it convenient to extend the shooting life. Great hand fit, works well.

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                              4.0

                              Great design, but awkward for A7

                              By jcphotog

                              from Evanston, IL

                              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                              The grip is nicely designed and adds great functionality for portrait orientation. However, when it is attached it does alter the sleek, pared down size of the A7. The allure or the A7, at least for me, is that I finally can have a full frame camera in a small package that I will actually carry with me wherever I go. Not sure I would do that with this grip attached. It is good for studio work if this is your thing.

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                              5.0

                              Valuable addition to Sony A7 or A7r

                              By Nikonnex

                              from Houston, Texas

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                The obvious and well facilitated uses for this product are 1) to more easily hold and operate the camera in portrait orientation, and 2) to effectively double the number of shots available without changing batteries (since two batteries fit in this grip instead of just one in the body). The grip is nicely designed to fit comfortably in the hand and with the duplicated shutter button and other controls including front/back control dials, C1 option button and Auto Exposure Lock, it is a pleasure to use.

                                I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to my eyes, the vertical grip makes a handsome addition to the A7/A7r, which is a good thing, since it is staying on mine full time now. There is also a nicely designed storage cavity in the plug that inserts into the camera's battery chamber which holds the camera body battery door, thus securely storing it while the grip is in use on the camera.

                                The only downside in operation is if you are making adjustments in landscape mode (such as assisted manual focus) and accidently press your hand against the extra shutter button, which in this orientation will be on the side right about where the heel of your hand rests -- at that point, the mode will likely change back to an unexpected condition or could even trigger a shot prematurely. Fortunately, the extra controls can easily be toggled all on (operational) and all off (clicking a control has no effect) with an external on/off switch provided on the grip.

                                The other downside is that the batteries do not charge in the grip so an external battery charger is a must-buy (and should have come with the camera in the first place). Otherwise you have to remove the grip and charge the batteries in the camera.

                                Of course to use two batteries with this grip, you need to buy the second battery since the camera only comes with one. It doesn't hurt to have a couple more charged up and in your camera bag for really lengthy shoots.

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                                4.0

                                Good grip but a bit too large

                                By IceManofMystery

                                from Switzerland

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky
                                  • Flimsy Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                    For my rather big hands, this allows for a good grip of the camera. Works as advertised but is not of the same quality as the camera.

                                    Things to be aware of:
                                    1) it takes two batteries (none included), but you can't charge them in the grip. You need to remove them from the grip and charge them in-camera ... stupid design.
                                    2) the wheel to screw the grip on the camera is very thin and tightening it hurts the fingers and can't be done with gloves on. Silly design
                                    3) Camera + grip gets huge. I don't understand why it has to be soo big.
                                    4) Flimsy design of battery cover. It will break at some point.

                                    Except for that, it works.

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                                    4.0

                                    Perfect companion for the A7r

                                    By Dressage Queen

                                    from New England

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                    • Switches Too Small

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Underwater
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                    I purchased this after renting an A7r for a few days and was astonished at the poor battery life and knew I would need the ability to have two on board. Although I purchased it for battery life, I really like the way it enhances the camera ergonomics. It provides excellent balance and grip and I like the way it handles.

                                    The small switch for "on-off" is a bit difficult to turn as is the battery compartment open/close switch and might be difficult for guys with larger hands/fingers.

                                    Overall, it is on my camera 100% of the time.

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                                    5.0

                                    Definitely get one!

                                    By Gav

                                    from NZ

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                        Really helps the A7 form factor when in the hand and doubles your battery life. Mine is on permanently.

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