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Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D

B&H # VEBGC3 MFR # BG-C3
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Product Highlights
  • Works with Canon EOS 20D, 30D, 40D, and 50D Digital Cameras

The Vello BG-C3 is a battery grip designed for use specifically with the Canon 20D, 30D, 40D, and 50D digital SLR cameras. It accepts up to 2 BP-511A batteries to effectively double the camera's battery life. The included AA battery holder allows you to use 6 AA batteries for added convenience. The BG-C3 offers an alternate shutter release button, AF point selection, AE lock/FE lock button, and main dial to facilitate shooting in a vertical orientation.

Note! Batteries sold separately.

Works with the Canon 20D, 30D, 40D, and 50D digital SLR cameras
Accepts up to 2 BP-511A batteries to effectively double the camera's battery life 1
The included AA battery holder allows you to use 6 AA batteries for added convenience
An alternate shutter release button, AF point selection, AE lock/FE lock button, and main dial are provided to facilitate shooting in a vertical orientation
Power Source 1-2 x BP-511A/514/511/512 Li-ion Batteries
6 x AA Batteries
Also works with the Canon AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8 (Sold Separately)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 5.6 x 4.4 x 3" (143 x 111 x 76mm)
Weight 11.5 oz (325g) (Without Holder and Batteries)
Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D
  • AA Battery Holder
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VelloBG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D
     
    4.7

    (based on 84 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (46)
    • Attractive (32)
    • Well organized (11)
    • Easy to load photos (4)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (28), Photo enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (70), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Vertical shooting has never been easier

      The battery grip is solidly built. Easy to attach and fits perfectly.Price is right as this grip costs almost 4 times less than Canon's. The fact that I can use BP-511A(2)...Read complete review

      The battery grip is solidly built. Easy to attach and fits perfectly.Price is right as this grip costs almost 4 times less than Canon's. The fact that I can use BP-511A(2) or 6 double A's is a plus. I can shoot vertically holding the camera steadier than without the grip. Only have had this grip for a couple of weeks and I can't think of one negative thought.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bad 1st Experience

      The construction seems to be pretty solid. Fits the 40D well. However, the main dial does not work. I was going to stick with the Canon one, but thought I could save...Read complete review

      The construction seems to be pretty solid. Fits the 40D well. However, the main dial does not work. I was going to stick with the Canon one, but thought I could save money. Ended up exchanging for the Canon model anyway. Live & learn, I'm sticking with OEM from now on & have always in the past.

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      5.0

      great grip

      By Photobum

      from Cincinnati, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Long Events Or Contests

        Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

        Battery pack for Canon 50D. Can shoot multiple sporting events without recharging batteries.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Battery Grip

        By PhotoLS

        from Yakima, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Much Longer Extended Life

        Cons

        • Makes Camera Heavier

        Best Uses

        • Long Photo Shoots
        • Star Trails

        Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

        Appears to be well built & attaches very easily. Very happy with this unit.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Wonderful

        By Mary

        from New Jersey

        Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

        I was really worried at first, not being a canon brand grip but it works really well. I'm an equine photographer so Im rough on my equipment and it is very durable.

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        5.0

        Great company!

        By Christine

        from Knoxville, TN

        Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

        Great product! Super fast shipping! Will buy from here again.

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        5.0

        Works Great

        By JamesO

        from Laguna Beach, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction
        • Well built quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Heavy Shooting

          Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

          Matches my 40D nicely--looks like it could have been Canon's design. Holds two battery packs and has an adapter to use AAs instead. Seems like a quality unit.

          My favorite thing is the documentation. I always expect the booklet that's 4/5s legal dislaimers and warnings not to light it on fire, etc, but this one is very clear, written in good english, and really well done. All of it looks like it was made by people who care about their work.

          I'd try other things from this company.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          As good as a Canon product

          By Jan

          from Norfolk, VA

          Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

          I have a Canon grip for my Canon 10D. Bought this one for my 40D and it works just as good. For a lot less money. I am a happy camper

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          4.0

          happy so far

          By photo bub

          from colorado

          Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

          Easy to lnstall. I have had it a short time and the few times I have used it I have had no problems. It Looks good on the camera. Was very happy to fine this at a good price.

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          5.0

          Solid!

          By Charles

          from California

          Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

          Bought this for my 30D and couldn't be happier!...adds more area to grip and the additional shutter release is fantastic. This is a MUST buy if you do long exposures or shoot for any extended amount of time.

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          4.0

          Well-built, but lacking a key feature

          By Tyler

          from Worcester, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Build Quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Lacks Af-on Button

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

            I've never used a name-brand grip, but I don't imagine the build quality gets much better than this! It's extremely solid and doesn't wiggle at all even with the weighty 24-70 attached and the camera attached to a Capture Clip on my belt using the tripod mount on the grip.

            At 6'6" I have Hagrid-size hands and love the extra grip I have in landscape orientation with a grip, while portrait orientation is something I rarely use without a grip since it's so uncomfortable. That's now fixed.

            This would be a five-star review if the grip included the AF-On button found on my 40D, which I use for back-button focus. It's an easy workaround with c.fn to use the AE Lock button for focus and the AF-On for AE Lock, since I rarely use it. But it's not ideal.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Love it

            By kulo150

            from Shorewood il

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Load Photos
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Out Doors

            Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

            Makes the camera easy to hold . (how has big hands)

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great so far

            By Beth B

            from Plymouth, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                Easy to use, solid construction, matches my camera well

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Battery grip for Canon 40D

                By CLC MiniCoop

                from Ashland, KY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                    Adds a tremendous amount of time between charges so you don't have to worry about the batteries going dead when you're shooting sporting events. It's is a bit bulky but a great purchase!!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    PERFECT

                    By jaicha

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                        It was a nice piece. THe construction was great and the texture perfectly matched my Canon 40D. I with the grip also had the contour of the grip on canon camera.But that doesnt really matter. Great item and great service from B&H.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Item for a Great Price!

                        By Kris

                        from Montana

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great price
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                            I use this on my Canon 50D. I was going thru my 2 batteries quickly using live view. This grip seems to have helped that issue. I was going to buy the Canon version but a fellow photographer told me to buy Vello instead. Works great and the price is even greater! More money in my pocket to buy something else for my photography!

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great Value

                            By Jerry

                            from Colchester, CT

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Price Is Right
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Well Organized

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Traditional Prints

                              Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                              Canon 50D, photographing parties, weddings, landscapes, macros.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Works great

                              By Lisa P

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable To Hold
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Hand-held Photography
                                • Portrait Photography
                                • Wedding Photography

                                Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                                .....Works just fine. It's comfortable to hold, it seems sturdy, and I've borrowed other ones in the past and had no problems.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                I would buy this product again

                                By Dana Jean

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                                    I bought this for my Canon EOS 30D. It fit perfectly and the price was very right!

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Better than expected

                                    By Bernie

                                    from Arizona

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Well Organized

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Balance For Large Lenses

                                      Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                                      I bought this to go on my 50D and it works better than expected, I also got 2 new batteries and once I charged them I took over 1,000 pictures and it is still on full charge. The grip balances out the lenses so well I only regret waiting so long to get it. I know with my new camera's I will always get a grip its the only way. I can't say anymore for this product it is GREAT.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for long shoots

                                      By Mecca

                                      from Tampa, Fl

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                                          This battery grip is easily one of the best purchases I have made. The grip has a space to store the camera's battery door to prevent loss. I used this for the first time while shooting a wedding, and did not have to change out batteries all day.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Great product!

                                          By TMD

                                          from Honolulu, HI

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable To Hold
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Vello BG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D:

                                            I love the two Canon battery grips I use, so I wanted one for my 30D. However, I couldn't find a Canon one. So, I settled on the BG-C3 made by Vello, and I am perfectly happy with it. It is so similar to the Canon made grips . . . the two batteries and the controls. While shooting I cannot even tell it is not a Canon grip. No awkward hand positions to get the perfect shot! There are very good third party products for Canon cameras.

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