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Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000

B&H # VEBGN3 Mfr # BG-N3
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Product Highlights
  • Works with the Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D3000, and D5000 Digital Cameras

The Vello BG-N3 is a battery grip designed for use specifically with the Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D3000, and D5000 digital SLR cameras. It accepts 2 EN-EL9 batteries to effectively double the camera's battery life. The BG-N3 offers an alternate shutter release button to facilitate shooting in a vertical orientation.

Note! This item triggers the camera's shutter via an infrared signal. It will not work with non-IR Nikon models. Batteries sold separately.

Works with the Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D3000, and D5000 digital SLR cameras
Accepts 2 EN-EL9 batteries to effectively double the camera's battery life
(Batteries not included)
An alternate shutter release button is provided to facilitate shooting in a vertical orientation
Power Source 2 x EN-EL9 Li-ion Batteries
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 5 x 4.1 x 3.1" (128 x 104 x 79mm)
Weight 5.4 oz (154g) (Without Batteries)
Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    VelloBG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000
     
    3.9

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (19)
    • Strong construction (9)
    • Well organized (3)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (6)

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (35)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very Nice addition to my camera bag!

      I purchased this for my Nikon D60, and wow, am I impressed. The plastic matches the camera exactly, and attaches seamlessly. It lines up perfectly, and gives all of the feature you...Read complete review

      I purchased this for my Nikon D60, and wow, am I impressed. The plastic matches the camera exactly, and attaches seamlessly. It lines up perfectly, and gives all of the feature you would have without it, i.e. tripod socket, and battery power. I average 4 fps shooting with this grip on, with both batteries at about half charge. I am extremely happy with the way it fits onto the camera.

      The grip part on the battery grip is very high quality material, it is firm to the touch, but holds to your hand nicely. It makes the camera so much more comfortable to hold.

      As of now I am a bit skeptical on the usability of the vertical shutter button. If you're taking numerous pictures, you won't have time to switch back and forth between the settings that allow you to use it. However, if you are in no rush, then plopping it on a tripod or holding it in your hand, the vertical shutter can be justified. This is why I gave the 4 stars.

      The grip is overall made of high quality material, doesn't feel flimsy, doesn't feel like it is going to break, it feels solid, and overall a great grip!

      Best grip out there for lower range Nikon dSLRs.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      don't expect too much of it

      The grip feels very plastic but, does improve the handling of my D5000 by making it slightly taller. Do not expect shutter to work as a D300 or better grip as, you will...Read complete review

      The grip feels very plastic but, does improve the handling of my D5000 by making it slightly taller. Do not expect shutter to work as a D300 or better grip as, you will need to put your D5000 on the infra red mode like if you were using the ML-L3 remote to shot sideways and bring it back to normal shutter to shoot in the horizontal... a plus side is that both batteries are within the grip so, no need to remove the grip to recharge as I need to do with my other Nikons

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      4.0

      Overall Good Buy

      By John M

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install And Use

      Cons

      • Unattractive Design

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

        I am overall very satisfied with this grip. It is well constructed and works perfectly. The grip feels great and well balanced, though the construction feels a little cheap. I was hoping for a more flush and seamless design though I am willing to sacrifice aesthetics for overall function. If you're looking for a quality grip that gets the job done and are willing to overlook cosmetics, this is the one.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again.

        By NokinNew

        from Chesapeake, VA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

            I like the look of the battery grip, definitely matches my D60. I also like how it adds that extra room since the D60 is such a small DSLR. Easy to install and great price.

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            • No

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            4.0

            buy it is like buying satisfaction!

            By Sylvana Christina Delicato

            from São Paulo, Brasil

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Load Photos
            • Safety On The Grip

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Black & White Photos
              • Photos Portraits

              Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

              Product which facilitates handling and improves the grip of the machine, for easier shooting. Let the act of shooting more pleasant and mild. Enjoyed the performance of Vello grip.

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              1.0

              Not reliable...battery error messages

              By Graybeard Philosopher

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy to install

              Cons

              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

              • Door Stop
              • Paper weight

              Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

              Frequently displays error message: Use battery recommended for this camera...then it shuts off. I disconnect the battery grip, take a battery out of the grip and insert it into the battery compartment and the camera will work. Feel like I wasted my money on this piece of plastic. Now I cannot return it. And I cannot find any help from the Vello company to make this right.

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              • No

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              2.0

              Less than Expected

              By Pedaltopia

              from Guam

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                  I use this regularly for moto cross races. I use it for the battery capacity, not for it's advertised ability to take pictures via the infrared sensor. Disappointed.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great addition!

                  By MaximumRails

                  from Cheyenne, WY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Well Organized

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Display

                    Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                    I use the product for sports and railroad photography

                    Very easy to use for vertical shots and fits nicely with the camera body.

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                    5.0

                    Great no-brainer dslr accessory!

                    By garrisonnjp

                    from Tampa, Fl

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design

                    Cons

                    • Poor Construction

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                      If you have or will find yourself doing photographic work in the field, you will benefit from the extended battery life of a battery grip. This one is well priced for its application and works exactly as described.

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                      5.0

                      Works Just Fine

                      By Rodney

                      from Vacaville, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good fit
                      • Well made

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • More Power

                        Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                        I purchased this to use on my D40 work camera. It fits good and stays on tight. I will carry this for hours at a time. I am pleased to have the convenience of two batteries at a time. The shutter release works as it is intended to, but it requires more steps than it should. This is a situation of the camera and not the grip.

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                        3.0

                        It is okay.

                        By Schneids141

                        from Newark, de

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                              Response time is a bit slow, but the price makes it acceptable.

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                              4.0

                              attractive

                              By powerwagon

                              from Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                  fast shippingdidnt work with IR on my D5000 but add some great power with the 2 cells.....i bought similar for [$] with the same features and the same issue

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  It does what have to do.

                                  By Bruno Damian

                                  from Brazil

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Simple

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Take pictures

                                    Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                    It does what have to do. Nikon D5000 has limitations but this product is great.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    works great

                                    By Kelsey Erin Photography

                                    from oceanside, ca

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                        easy to install, easy to insert batteries, not overly heavy, makes your camera look larger and more impressive ;)

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                                        4.0

                                        Good battery case

                                        By Steve o

                                        from Smithtown ny

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                              Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                              Works well. Does add weight to the camera but it's nice to have 2 batteries. A limitless flimsy but does the job.

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                                              5.0

                                              Just as described

                                              By Steve t

                                              from Long island

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                  The battery grip works great. Nice having 2 batteries instead of one.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  good

                                                  By rob

                                                  from michgan

                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Attractive Design
                                                  • Get what you pay 4

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Some buttons don't work o

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Traditional Prints

                                                  Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                  I bought so I could run 2 batteries in the camera. The buttons did not work in my d 5000 .

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Increased shutter speed- Who knew?

                                                  By TPW

                                                  from Miramar FL

                                                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                                                    Cons

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                                                        Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                        I bought the grip as a gift for my husband who takes pictures of our daughter during dance competitions. He is thoroughtly pleased with the results. The battery grip allowed him to achieve greater shutter speed. I'm happy with the great photos he was able to capture. We now have more shots to select from in building a dance portfolio.

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                                                        • Yes

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Does the job well enough

                                                        By Andy the Tech Geek

                                                        from Albany, OR

                                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Battery capacity

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Poor Construction

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                          Easy to unbox and install.

                                                          Good: It make the camera it's attached to easier to handle. And, perhaps most conveniently, it can hold two batteries, which allows for all-day shooting.

                                                          Bad: The battery compartment door is really flimsy, and the clips that hold the batteries in aren't very strong. On the Nikon D60, I have to tell the camera to use the IR trigger. And, if I must nitpick, the slot that holds the battery door from the camera itself doesn't hold the door very nicely.

                                                          Overall: I would recommend this product to anybody on the grounds that it holds two batteries and it improves the handling of the camera overall. That said, the vertical shooting feature is pretty much useless unless you want to do all of your shooting vertical.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          love it

                                                          By Angels Photography

                                                          from College Station, TX 77845

                                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Attractive Design
                                                          • Strong Construction

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                              now i dont have to worry about additional batty, its all in there. it attaches perfectly as its originally came with it

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                                                              5.0

                                                              Good value for the money

                                                              By PJR

                                                              from Pompton Lakes, NJ

                                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                              Verified Buyer

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                                                                    Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                                    Not the highest quality - but a good value for the money - gives the camera a nice balance - would recommend

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                                                                    4.0

                                                                    Great product

                                                                    By PhotoBrad

                                                                    from High Point, NC

                                                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                                    Pros

                                                                    • Good ergonomics
                                                                    • Great accessory
                                                                    • Great value

                                                                    Cons

                                                                      Best Uses

                                                                        Comments about Vello BG-N3 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60/D3000/D5000:

                                                                        This battery grip is essential for any photographer. It allows you the additional battery life to not get caught with a dead battery taking the best picture. Fits well on my camera (D40x). Def recommend!

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