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Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera

B&H # PEDBG5 Mfr # 38799
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Product Highlights
  • Comfort and Control in Vertical Position
  • Shutter Release Button
  • AE-Lock, AF, ISO Controls
  • Exposure Compensation and Green Buttons
  • Preview Lever and Dual Electronic Dials
  • Dustproof and Weather-Resistant

The BG-5 Battery Grip from Pentax is compatible with their K-3 DSLR camera. It accepts one lithium-ion rechargeable battery and can also take six AA batteries. The BG-5 provides extended shooting time while affording comfort and control when holding the camera in the vertical position. It features an extra set of controls, including shutter release, AE-Lock, AF, ISO, Green button (for exposure mode), exposure compensation, preview lever and dual electronic dials. Additionally, the grip has the same dustproof, weather-resistant construction as the K-3 body.

Controls Shutter release, AE-Lock, AF, ISO, Green button (for exposure mode), exposure compensation, preview lever and dual electronic dials
Power Source 1x 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh D-LI90 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
6x AA batteries
Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PentaxBG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera
     
    4.8

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (24)
    • Durable (21)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (12)
    • Wildlife photos (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Family photos (10)
    • Sports/action (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Money well-spent!

    If you're someone that likes the feel and/or functionality of a grip, then go ahead and spend a few extra bucks on the genuine article instead of a knock-off. With a Pentax grip...Read complete review

    If you're someone that likes the feel and/or functionality of a grip, then go ahead and spend a few extra bucks on the genuine article instead of a knock-off. With a Pentax grip you get the weather-resistance of the corresponding body, excellent build quality that feels just as solid as the body (and top-end Pentax bodies are about the most solid DSLRs you can buy), and a full complement of buttons and controls that work as intended. With this one you also get two battery trays (one for AAs). Really no downsides to this grip.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Simplify portrait shots

    Bundled with the K-3, it extends battery life and gives you an AA cell option. It makes taking portrait orientation shots easier, but at the price of a much heavier, bulkier...Read complete review

    Bundled with the K-3, it extends battery life and gives you an AA cell option. It makes taking portrait orientation shots easier, but at the price of a much heavier, bulkier combination. Since one of the draws of a Pentax DSLR is the small size, the grip will spend most of its life in the bag.

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    5.0

    Great addition to my K-3

    By Jcrogers

    from Tampa, FL

    Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

    I wasn't sure if I need the additional bulk, but this grip is great for portrait shooting angles.

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    5.0

    Extended Power

    By John

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

      While the BG-5 battery grip adds extended power, it also adds a better fit in your hand. Not that the K-3 lacks a good feel on its own, the battery grip only adds to it. Being able to use AA batteries or another rechargeable battery is a big plus. AA batteries can be bought just about anywhere if you find yourself in a bind. With the package deal that B&H put together, I couldn't pass it by.

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      5.0

      Battery Grip for K3

      By Chris

      from Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

        Nice addition to the Pentax K3 body. when mounted allows for shot to be taken from two positions.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great grip!

        By Mel P

        from Maryland

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Vertical shooting

          Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

          The things I like about this battery grip include the weather-sealing, the fact that it can take either the standard lithium battery or six AA's, the control dials to facilitate vertical camera operation, and the fact that you don't have to turn it on to turn on the camera itself. Obviously you do have to turn it on in order to use the controls on the grip itself. I don't think it's magnesium alloy, but I still highly recommend it. It has a nice finish.

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          5.0

          perfect fit

          By ccc_

          from omaha ne

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

            even though the combination of camera and grip is heavy, it is really nice to be four or five miles away from the car and not run out of juice.

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            5.0

            Feels better than the BG4

            By Bret

            from Finland

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                Even better than the BG-4 because of a slightly different, grippier material. Sits beautifully in my hands, feels like a waste to have a tripod plate on it as it spoils the form.
                The spare SD card holder is great!

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                • No

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                4.0

                useful accessory

                By Doug

                from Hobe Sound FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Design
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                This is my first use of a battery grip and I was pleasantly surprised with the comfortable grip and excellent balance of the camera/grip combination. It is especially useful when hand holding the camera in the vertical (portrait)position.
                It does, however, add a bit of bulk and weight to the basic camera.

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                5.0

                Completes the K-3 body-adds 2nd battery

                By Rolland S

                from Loveland, CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                    It fits perfectly-comes with second tray for AA batteries so you should never be caught without power. Allows easier transition to vertical shots.

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                    5.0

                    great accessory

                    By joe

                    from Detroit

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                      I think it's a very useful addition to my camera.
                      I do several large conferences and events and it allows me to keep shooting without worrying about running out of juice.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great accessory for the K-3.

                      By Joe

                      from Tn.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Audio Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                        The battery grip came with my K-3. I'm glad it did. It adds an extra battery to the camera and also allows you to use AA batteries instead of the rechargeable battery for the camera. The grip also allows for easier operation in the portrait mode. Allowing you to hold the camera in the same way that you would in landscape mode with all the necessary buttons available to you. 1 extra memory card can be stored in this battery grip. The only improvement that I can see with this accessory is since the K-3 uses 2 memory cards, They should have provided Storage for 2 memory cards, Or at least a space for the eye cup cover that you need for family group photographs, that is if you want to be in the photograph. This is something that commonly gets lost because of its size. And there should be plenty of room for both. Even so, this is a great accessory for the K-3.

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                        5.0

                        Handy and cool looking

                        By Phil the hobbyist

                        from Brewer, Maine

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                          The first thing I noticed about it is that it has little pockets for the contact caps for both the battery grip and the camera. I was a little worried about losing them, but no worries! It is solidly built and functions well. I find it's easier to turn the grip on only when I need it for portrait orientation and turn it off when I'm done with that orientation, since it's pretty easy to hit the shutter button halfway and interrupt what you're doing otherwise.

                          Very pleased!

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                          3.0

                          Simplify portrait shots

                          By beemac

                          from NorCal

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Extends Run Time

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                          Bundled with the K-3, it extends battery life and gives you an AA cell option. It makes taking portrait orientation shots easier, but at the price of a much heavier, bulkier combination. Since one of the draws of a Pentax DSLR is the small size, the grip will spend most of its life in the bag.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Good accessory

                          By bmrboy

                          from Helena,MT

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                          This is a handy accessory to have with the K3. It helps to balance the camera and provides additional battery life by having the additional battery. It is comfortable to hold with the camera and provides more grip surface. It does add additional to the camera& is a bit bulky but can be removed easily.

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                          5.0

                          Handy Addition

                          By Shoot Like A Pro

                          from Billings, MT

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Added Battery Life

                            Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                            The grip is a handy accessory especially if you have large hands. It's also nice to have a second battery and a spare SD card available too.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Battery Grip has Minimum Bars

                            By Langdon Designs

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Intermittent Battery

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                            This battery grip is what every professional photographer with a K-3 wants. Nevertheless, this product has some performance issues with the K-3. Make sure you update your K-3 firmware otherwise the camera will just shut off periodically. Even with the updated firmware the battery life sensor sometimes loses its bars and will need a restart before randomly shutting down. This does not deter from any of the other features. Dials, buttons, waterproofing, etc are all the quality you expect from Pentax and Ricoh. Without much of a choice, this is still the battery grip everyone needs.

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                            5.0

                            Great Grip for the K3

                            By Greg

                            from Hayward, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos

                              Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                              This grip is very helpful when shooting portrait shots. It really is convenient to have the controls in the right place when the camera is upright, it works seamlessly and does everything that it is supposed to do.

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                              5.0

                              A must have..

                              By Albapete

                              from Atlanta GA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                              Fit and quality are top notch as usual with Pentax products. The feel of the camera is greatly improved. A must have for the serious shooter.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Good to have for extra battery

                              By Dan

                              from Lynn, MA

                              Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                              Pentax battery takes a while to fully charge. Having the grip is a good idea.

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                              5.0

                              nice addition to great camera

                              By jag

                              from Tallahassee, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                                  Great addition to the K3, Nice balance for long lenses and nicee feel for portrait orientation shots. Need to get used to turning the auxilliary on/off switch off when not in use - inadvertantly touching it meesed up a couple of shots till I realized what was happening.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great

                                  By cataseven

                                  from Istanbul / Turkey

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip for K-3 DSLR Camera:

                                    This is a must for Pentax K-3. Good design, water and dust proof, lighter. Strongly recommended

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