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Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i

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  • Works with Canon EOS T4i, T3i and T2i Digital Cameras

The Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i is a battery grip designed for use specifically with the Canon EOS T4i, T3i and T2i digital SLR cameras. It accepts up to 2 LP-E8 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-C5 offers an alternate shutter release button, aperture/exposure compensation button, AF point selection/magnify button, AE lock/FE lock/Index/reduce button, and main dial to facilitate shooting in a vertical orientation.

Note! Batteries sold separately.

Works with the Canon T4i, T3i and T2i digital SLR cameras
Accepts up to 2 LP-E8 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, aperture/exposure compensation button, AF point selection/magnify button, AE lock/FE lock/Index/reduce button, and main dial are provided to facilitate shooting in a vertical orientation
Power Source 1-2 x LP-E8 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) 5.2 x 4.3 x 3.1" (132 x 108 x 80mm)
Weight 8.1 oz (230g) (Without Holder and Batteries)
Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i
  • AA Battery Holder
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VelloBG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i
     
    4.7

    (based on 188 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (132)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (51)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good value (159)
    • Easy to install (156)
    • Reliable (92)
    • Lightweight (74)
    • Long-lasting (64)

    Cons

    • Too bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Primary battery (113)
    • Professional cameras (74)
    • Travel (72)
    • Back-up (55)
    • Portraits (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (67), Semi-pro photographer (64), Casual photographer (31), Pro photographer (14), Photography student (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (163), Yes (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It's just all I need in my vacation.

    It was just a great friend during my visit to NYC. It let me keep shooting video clips and pictures without worrying about camera lock up due to a low battery midway through a...Read complete review

    It was just a great friend during my visit to NYC. It let me keep shooting video clips and pictures without worrying about camera lock up due to a low battery midway through a shot.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Did not work as well as I had hoped.

    The battery indicator on the camera does not change properly once the grip is inserted making you think you have more battery life than you really do. I don't know who's fault that is,...Read complete review

    The battery indicator on the camera does not change properly once the grip is inserted making you think you have more battery life than you really do. I don't know who's fault that is, Canon or Vello.

    I used the AA battery adapter once and it worked. The second time I tried to use it it wouldn't work.

    Other than those two things it's great. It fits snugly against my T3i and the LP-E8 battery holder fits snugly as well.

    Reviewed by 188 customers

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and agai

    By Carasco

    from Ballwin, MO

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

          You must use this product

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          4.0

          Nice for the Price

          By Photo by RJ

          from Bartlett, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Back-Up
            • Primary Battery
            • Travel

            Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

            Just purchased this for my Rebel T2i. As for fit and finish, five stars. So far, works great. The shutter release button is a little less smooth than the Canon's but by no means a deal breaker. Only thing I noticed is when using this while shooting vertically, the dial for changing shutter speed must be turned slower than the one on camera or it will not change the shutter speed. Other than that, works great.

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            5.0

            Does exactly what it should

            By Bruce

            from Charleston, SC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Charges Quickly
            • Easy To Install
            • Good Value
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back-Up
              • Primary Battery
              • Professional Cameras
              • Travel

              Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

              Very happy with this! I plan on shooting surf videography so the added battery life helps a lot, along with the weight helping with stabilization.

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              5.0

              More for the buck than Expected

              By Keith - KC Photography

              from Oxnard, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Good Value
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Primary Battery
                • Professional Cameras
                • Travel

                Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                I have been using Canon gear since I was 13 (57 now). I was a strong believer that accessory item had to have the Canon logo attached to it. First I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy the Vello grip, it was a new name that I didn't know of. I inspected it before attaching it to my Canon T4i, it was sturdy, had a comfortable feeling to it. The batteries fit with no problem. I then took out my Canon 7D and it's battery grip for compasrison purposes.

                Both units looked and felt almost exactly the same. The buttons and switches are the same colors, do the same functions. Some people made mention that the Vello unit did not allow the camera to show battery strength. After reading the manufacturers guide, I made note that the battery grip has to be turned on after the camera has been turned on first. I have had no problems with this unit at all. The only thing that I noticed is that the battery lock door doesn't seem as sturdy as the Canon version, but it is not weak by any means so please don't that wrong.

                I would recommend this battery grip to anybody that needs dependable longer lasting power, novice or pro. B&H once again has the best price for this item, and have been great to buy from over a twenty five year period.

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                5.0

                A Useful Accessory

                By Jeff

                from Macungie, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value
                • Provides Comfort Holding

                Cons

                • Adds weight to camera

                Best Uses

                • Extended shooting
                • Primary Battery
                • Primary Camera

                Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                I was looking for a grip that would allow me to use 2 batteries for more shooting capacity for my Canon T3I. I was originally skeptical because of the low price, but thought I should give it a try. I was impressed with the overall build and quality of this battery grip.

                Install - you need to take the camera's battery compartment lid off, but there is a place to store it in the grip so that you don't lose it - what a great idea!
                The grip simply screws into the tripod socket of the camera, and supplies a replacement on its bottom.

                There is a switch which turns on/off the push buttons on the grip. That's something I was worried about. I did not want to have those extra buttons active when I was not using them. When the camera is being held for portrait shots, there's an additional button for focus/shutter release - right where you need it. There's also new buttons for Aperture/Exposure Comp., AF Point/Magnify, AE Lock/FE Lock/Index/Reduce, and of course, a Main Dial -- all just where they need to be when holding the camera by the grip.

                I have not had a chance to try the AA battery holder. I am so happy with this battery grip that I am going to buy a second one (different model) for my Canon XSi.

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                4.0

                Great VaIlue

                By nannerbell

                from steamboat springs

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Charges Quickly
                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                    Great if you also shoot a lot of verticals. Adds that extra room you need if you have a smaller camera body like I do (Canon T4i).

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                    4.0

                    A Great Alternative to the Canon Grip

                    By TK421

                    from Charlottesville, VA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Good Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Primary Battery
                      • Stability
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                      I'm sure the Canon grip is a high quality product, but for half the price Vello gives you a great piece of hardware as well. It doesn't quite match the material on my T3i but it's a small price to pay. The only downside to the Vello grip is that the shutter release button is a little "soft". On the camera itself the button clicks and you can really feel it when you press down, but on the grip it's a bit hard to tell if you've depressed the button fully.Overall, the grip is great for long shoots, portraits and giving your camera a bit more stability. Definitely recommended. Oh and if you're looking for a good shoulder strap to go with this, check out the OP/TECH Utility Strap Sling. With a bit of adjusting it's become my favorite strap to use with the battery grip. A lot of other sling straps use the tripod mount to screw the strap into the camera, but if you're using the battery grip for portraits, that gets in the way. The OP/TECH strap has two connections. One for the camera body and one specifically for battery grips. Right out of the box, and depending on your body size, the strap might be a bit cumbersome with the grip attached, but with a bit of adjusting it works really well. Check it out.

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                      5.0

                      Why spend more than you have to?

                      By Sizzle

                      from New London, CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Good Value
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Primary Battery
                        • Professional Cameras

                        Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                        This product has worked great for me thus far; it was easy to hook up and has added much longer life to the battery of my camera. Why spend the extra money to get the brand name grip when this one works just fine ( I use a T3i by the ways).

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                        4.0

                        UPDATE ON MY PREVIOUS REVIEW on 12/16/12

                        By Sporty Kids' Mom

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                            I previously reviewed this product as 5 stars. As I have used this battery grip a lot more since I orginally bought it, I have an update and change of stars. It is still a great product for the money and I use it all the time, however, the battery indicator on the camera doesn't display battery ussage with this product attached to the camera. It always reads a full battery, when indeed that is not the case. Several times I have left to go to a competition to take pictures of my kids, checked the indicator which tells me full battery, got to the event, clicked two pictures and get a "change battery" message on the screen. I have been caught several times now. In the future I will charge my batteries regardless if I know I am going to an important event. I still recommend this product, just beware that the battery indicator does not always work. I am taking away one star for this.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent product. A must buy!

                            By amac

                            from new orleans, la

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Good Value

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Primary Battery
                              • Professional Cameras

                              Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                              Recently purchased the Vello battery grip for my T3i. Immediately brought it to my local shop to compare to the more expensive Canon version. I definitely made the right decision. The look, feel and functionality are near identical. The Vello matches up perfectly, locks up tight and all function buttons work seamlessly with my T3i. This battery grip definitely makes the smaller Rebel body appear like the larger bodied Canon. Also, when mounted with a larger lens, the battery grip definitely provides better balance. Do your self a favor, and purchase the grip. You'll thank me later! : )

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                              4.0

                              Happy to have saved money

                              By Hertz

                              from Indianapolis, IN

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Good Value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                  The only real downside to this so far has been the navigation wheel. There is too much play in it before it starts to respond. Other than that, I love it.

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                                  5.0

                                  No reason to buy the Canon version

                                  By Another camera guy

                                  from Youngstown, OH

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Good Value

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                      Love it. No issues at all.

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                                      5.0

                                      Very Pleased. Works as Advertised.

                                      By none

                                      from California

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                          Easy to follow instructions. Installed easy with no problems.

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                                          5.0

                                          Don't be a Skeptic of Vello - BUY IT!

                                          By Deanozaur

                                          from New Jersey

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Good Value
                                          • Long-Lasting
                                          • Reliable
                                          • Twice the battery life

                                          Cons

                                          • Too Bulky

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Back-Up
                                          • Primary Battery

                                          Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                          This product is truly superb. When purchasing the battery grip for my Canon T4i, I had a moral dilemma. I could either A: Save money and go with a third party, less reliable battery grip (The BG-C5 Batter Grip); or B: Spend twice the money on a Canon certified battery grip. The main difference was that the Canon battery grip would be more trusted, and would be less likely to cause harm to my camera, since it was made by the company that makes my camera in the first place.

                                          Anyways, eventually, I chose to save money and buy the Vello battery grip. When it arrived at my doorstep, I must be honest, I wasn't exactly thrilled, because I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to be disappointed with the quality of the product, considering that it was considerably cheaper than the Canon branded battery grip.

                                          I was pleasantly surprised. After taking the battery grip out of the box, I was shocked at how sturdy the grip was. The battery grip was stiff, sturdy, and superb overall in build quality in feel. I've already dropped it a couple times by accident (shhhh don't tell anyone) and the grip doesn't even bare a scratch to show for it. It's pretty light, but you can definitely feel the weight when you attach it to your camera.

                                          Other than that, it does exactly what it's supposed to do. It doubles your battery life, and when you run out of one cartridge of regular LP-E8 batteries, you can slide in the second cartridge that holds six (6) double AA batteries.

                                          Definitely buy this if you find that the battery life of your camera just isn't long enough for your needs!

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                                          4.0

                                          Definitely worth the price

                                          By Tracy

                                          from Honolulu

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Good Value

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                              I was very pleased on the quality, price, and how quick and easy it was to attached to the camera. Only problem for me was the battery indicator didn't work, hence the four stars. For the price, can't go wrong

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                                              5.0

                                              "A must buy"

                                              By Chris The Photographer

                                              from New Jersey

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Charges Quickly
                                              • Easy To Install
                                              • Good Value
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Long-Lasting
                                              • Reliable
                                              • Strong

                                              Cons

                                              • None

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Back-Up
                                              • Primary Battery
                                              • Professional Cameras
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                              I wanted to buy a battery grip for my new T3I and i was looking for a reliable,sturdy and affordable battery grip. This met my standards and I havent looked back since buying it. Has been through all types of weather and still holds up to the Canon version!

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Purchase

                                              By jmalls

                                              from Ohio

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Install
                                              • Good Value
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Primary Battery
                                                • Professional Cameras

                                                Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                                Awesome alternative to the pricey Canon brand grip. I didn't really care what others said about the battery meter being wrong since I bought this to use with AA batteries and keep an extra set in my bag. I would purchase this again and recomend to anyone looking for a battery grip.

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                                                4.0

                                                Great Product, Just what I needed

                                                By kxxy

                                                from Marietta, GA

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Install
                                                • Good Value
                                                • Long-Lasting

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Primary Battery
                                                  • Professional Cameras
                                                  • Travel

                                                  Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                                  This Battery Grip is just what I was looking for, at a good price.
                                                  with my Canon t3i, the grip feels good and sturdy. Adds some weight to the camera, but it does not make much of a difference when shooting.
                                                  the twin battery holder's are a must for long camera use, and when I shoot weddings. I plan on using it on my next wedding
                                                  shoot, in fact, I just leave it on all the time.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Product

                                                  By Phil

                                                  from North east Illinois

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Accepts Cabled Power Back
                                                  • Easy To Install
                                                  • Feels Great In Your Hand
                                                  • Good Value
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Securely Mounts On Tripod

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Back-Up
                                                    • Primary Battery
                                                    • Professional Cameras

                                                    Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                                    Fits the camera very well, comfortable in your hand, the camera feels really secure and it looks great, I like being able to carry more than one battery around with me without stuffing them in your pocket, I haven't used the grip yet for portrait work I'm sure I will in the upcoming weeks,

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Good Value and solid build.

                                                    By New to Photography

                                                    from Alabama

                                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Install
                                                    • Good Value

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Back-Up
                                                      • Primary Battery
                                                      • Travel

                                                      Comments about Vello BG-C5 Battery Grip for Canon EOS T4i, T3i & T2i:

                                                      Have not seen the Canon grip but this grip fits tightly and appears to be an extension of the camera. Seems well made but have not completely used all the functions. Batteries fit like expected and power the camera. I attached the grip and tightened and locked the set screw wheel. The camera and grip are now one with no separation, spaces or looseness. Having the extra AAA battery holder is a bonus in case both camera batteries die. Would buy again, assuming all buttons work as expected and no issues arise with further use.

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