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

B&H # VEBGC3 Mfr # BG-C3
You Pay: $64.95
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
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    VelloBG-C3 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 20D/30D/40D/50D
     
    4.7

    (based on 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (45)
    • Attractive (31)
    • Well organized (11)
    • Easy to load photos (4)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (27), Photo enthusiast (21), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (68), 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

      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.

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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.

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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

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              • 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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                      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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                          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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                            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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                              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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                                  5.0

                                  Better than expected

                                  By Bernie

                                  from Arizona

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  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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                                    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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                                        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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                                          5.0

                                          Great product and I would buy it again.

                                          By Fearless Phil

                                          from Vacaville, CA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive Design
                                          • Strong Construction
                                          • Well Organized

                                          Cons

                                          • None so far

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Portraits Weddings

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

                                          I bought this product to be used with my 40D. The one thing I like the most about this product is you can use AA alkaline batteries or two of the BP-511A batteries. It also is comfortable to hold and has other camera controles near the shutter button.

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                                          5.0

                                          Wonderful to have!!

                                          By Stephanie

                                          from SLC, UT

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive Design
                                          • Easy Operation
                                          • Recharable Or Double A~'~~s
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Event Photography
                                            • General Purpose
                                            • Long Day Shooter

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

                                            Fabulous! I love that you can use 6 double A batteries if your rechargables run out. I have this pack attached to one of my backup cameras (30D) and it makes a world of difference being about to shoot vertically with the button on the top. I find this pack to be just as good as it's Canon counterpart, but for much less of an investment. I would definitely reccommend this to anyone shooting a long event or anyone seeking the ease of the vertical shooting option.

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                                            4.0

                                            Nice product

                                            By Tavell

                                            from Nashville, TN

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Comfortable grip
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Portraits

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

                                              Good product, easy to use doesn't add much weight. Very function.

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                                              5.0

                                              Excetionnal for the price

                                              By Yves

                                              from Montreal Canada

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive Design
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

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

                                                  After reading a review on the net, I bought this grip from B&H. Received quickly as expected and it really do the job. The quality is there and the infos that accompagne it completed.This is not the cheap plastic grip that you can buy for a couple of dollars. Very satisfied.

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