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

B&H # PEDBG5 Mfr # 38799
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You Pay: $199.94
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
     
    4.7

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 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 (20)
    • Durable (16)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (10)
    • Family photos (9)
    • Sports/action (9)
    • Wildlife photos (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    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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    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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    • No

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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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        • No

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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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              • No

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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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              • No

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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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                        4.0

                        BG=5 Battery Grip

                        By Stan

                        from MN Midwest

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          I have not had the product long enough to really form an opinion (10 days) I love the extra battery power. However, I am constantly touching the controls on the grip and changing the camera settings. Once I become familiar with the grip and adjust to the settings on the grip, I'm sure my review will improve. I also use heavy lenses much of the time (Sigma 120-400) and like the added weight of the grip to offset the lens when hand held.

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                          5.0

                          Completes the package

                          By skids

                          from Newburgh NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • No Remote F Storage

                          Best Uses

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

                            Gives weight and extra power with the grip. Would not think of using the K3 without the grip.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great addition to the Ricoh Penta K-3

                            By Mario_tr

                            from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Water proof

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              This grip permit an easy way to use portrait orientation when shooting with your camera, and the possibility to use the camera with 6 AA batteries. Also the shipping delay from B&H to Canada are very short!

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                              4.0

                              grip comfort and battery life, heavy

                              By LX

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Modular
                              • Weathersealed

                              Cons

                              • Heavy bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Extending Battery Life
                              • Improving Comfort
                              • Vertical shooting

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

                              I don't usually buy grips but this one came free with the K-3. My pinky can sometimes feel a little cramped on the K-3's smallish body, so I like the extra comfort and vertical controls.The extended battery life is certainly nice. Wish there was space to stow the Pentax remote F instead of SD cards.While some might complain that the design prevents easier access to the body's battery, I like that I don't have to disassemble/reassemble the battery door if I want to leave the grip at home when hiking (like the last Canon grip I used).Speaking of hiking, you're probably going to want to leave this at home if you're doing anything serious. The extra bulk and weight probably isn't worth the comfort or convenience. Perfectly fine for short jaunts though.tl;dr...Pros:- grip and vertical comfort- extended battery life- modular design- weathersealedCons:- heavy, bulky...but that's to be expected- stows SD card instead of remote F

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                              5.0

                              I use this product on all my camers

                              By Larry P

                              from Langley B.C. Canada

                              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:

                                Gives waight to the camera body when using big lenens for better balance all so quick change on the batterys i use these on all my cameras.
                                My K10 K5 and now my K3

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                                4.0

                                Works great, especially with bigger lens

                                By Bob S

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                • A bit pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife Photos
                                • With A Long Lens

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

                                Using it on the K-3 especially with the DA60-250/4 lens. It improves handling of the lens. Does fine with the DA55/1.4 too. A bit heavies than the Chinese copy for the K-5, but feels solid, works well. Spare battery power is a plus.

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