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

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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 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Durable (24)
    • Compact (8)
    • Lightweight (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (5)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (14)
    • Wildlife photos (13)
    • Family photos (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Sports/action (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    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

    Love it

    By Becky

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I really like all the pentax products! perfect accesory for my new k3

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        5.0

        love it.

        By Matt

        from Texas

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

        Feels solid and well made, I love being able to flip the camera for portraits and not have to contort my arm to hit the shutter button.

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        5.0

        Rock Solid, great design

        By Michael Speed

        from Southwest Virginia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Having switched from Canon, I like how I don't have to yank off the battery door and take the battery out of the camera to add this. You just throw in your battery, take the rubber plug off of the camera and place it on open spot on top of the grip and you are good to go! It even holds an extra memory card! It holds very tight to the camera, and makes the k3 just right for my hands.

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          5.0

          Excellent quality grip

          By Florin

          from Israel

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I did not feel the need for a grip, but it came as a package deal with the K-3. I mostly use it for portraits and indoor photography, it makes holding the camera in portrait mode much easier. Excellent quality, up to the high Pentax standards.

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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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              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

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                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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                      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

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                          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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                            5.0

                            Great accessory for the K-3.

                            By Joe

                            from Tn.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            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

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                              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

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                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

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                                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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                                  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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