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Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Fits Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera
  • Comfort & Control in Vertical Position
  • Vertical Position Shutter Release Button
  • Holds Up to Two NP-FM500H Batteries
  • Alternate Multi-Function Controller
  • Numerous Secondary Control Buttons
  • Internal Slot for Camera Battery Door
  • Strap Lug for Attaching Hand Strap
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You Pay: $84.90

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The BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony Alpha SLT-A77 & A77 II Digital Camera from Vello is a battery grip designed for use specifically with the Sony SLT-A77 and A77 II digital cameras, and accepts one or two NP-FM500H Lithium-ion batteries. With two batteries installed, your shooting time is effectively doubled. Moreover, when one battery is drained, it can be removed and recharged while you continue shooting with the other battery.

The design of a battery grip offers a comfortable and secure way in which to hold your DSLR, especially in the vertical position. It will reduce wrist and hand fatigue when shooting vertically for extended periods of time. The BG-S1 has an alternate shutter release button designed for ergonomic access when shooting vertically and anti-slip rubber gripping to further improve handling. In addition, the BG-S1 has an alternate AF start button, smart teleconverter/focus magnifier, Fn/image rotation button, AEL/slow sync/image index button, AF/MF/enlarge button, exposure compensation buttons, a Multi selector and a main dial. It also features a tripod socket, a strap lug for attaching a hand strap to the camera and a convenient internal slot to fit the camera's battery door when the grip is attached. A battery tray is included to house the NP-FM500H batteries within the grip.

Note: Batteries Sold Separately

Compatible with Sony Alpha SLT-A77 & A77 II DSLR Cameras
Comfortable and secure handling when shooting in the vertical position, including a secondary shutter release button, AF start button, smart teleconverter/focus magnifier, Fn/image rotation button, AEL/slow sync/image index, AF/MF/enlarge button, and exposure compensation buttons, a Multi selector, and a main dial.
Accepts up to 2 NP-FM500H Lithium-ion batteries to effectively double the camera's battery life
Anti-slip rubber gripping and a securely locking battery chamber door
Internal slot to fit the camera's battery chamber door when the grip is mounted
Metal strap lug to attach a hand strap to camera
Tripod screw mount socket
UPC: 847628560079
Power Source One or two NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
Operating Temperature 32-104ºF (0-40ºC)
Dimensions 5.6 x 5.0 x 3.5" (142.2 x 127 x 89 mm)
Weight 9.4 oz (266 g) excluding battery tray and batteries
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 5.8 x 3.6"
Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera
  • Battery Tray
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    VelloBG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Durable (8)
    • Compact (3)
    • Price (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (15)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Sports/action (11)
    • Wildlife photos (11)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24), Yes (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works great

    Adds the extra battery power I needed as the A77 can go through the batteries fairly quickly when doing some extended work. This product works well and appears as OEM minus the name tag....Read complete review

    Adds the extra battery power I needed as the A77 can go through the batteries fairly quickly when doing some extended work. This product works well and appears as OEM minus the name tag. Does not have the gasket to help weather seal though so if your going to be shooting in bad weather you should go with the Sony model. All other aspects such as fit, finish, and function are great. Although this was a gift I had planned to make this purchase myself and am glad to own this product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Clicks

    This is light and easy to work with. But it feels too plastic, Ctrl dial clicks loudly and doesn't feel sturdy. But for the price it's worth it!

    This is light and easy to work with. But it feels too plastic, Ctrl dial clicks loudly and doesn't feel sturdy. But for the price it's worth it!

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    4.0

    Adequate, but not Sony

    By Sonny

    from Falmouth, Maine

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

      Light construction,but at the price of the Sony, this will do.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Works as expected

      By AZJeff2

      from Tucson

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

        the battery grip is easy to install and I haven't had any problems with it. The LCD shows the number "2" next to the battery icon went installed just be sure to turn on the grip prior to turning on the camera

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Grip

        By Jimmy G

        from Toledo, Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Price
        • Quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

        Had to wait a while because of it being back ordered, but worth it because of the price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Mike

        from Little Rock, Ar

        Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

        I was pleasantly surprised at the fit and finish of this grip, all functions work perfect, fit and finish is on same level as my Sony A 77 2. You could pay a whole lot more and and end up with nearly the same thing. Just buy it.

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        5.0

        AWESOME PRODUCT!

        By Gabriel

        from Virginia Beach, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

        Fits into my A77II great! All buttons work accordingly. The Vello grip feels good in my hand and is well built. Also, this product is available for just a fraction of its OEM counterpart. Just think of all the extra accessories you can buy with all that saved money! Filters, a tripod, cases, bags, etc.! Another awesome product from B&H. Bravo, Vello!

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        • No

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        4.0

        For A77 MII

        By MIMO

        from New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

        It works pretty well in my A77 II. For a 1/4 of the price of the Original Sony I think it is a good investment.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome battery grip

        By Evalano

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

          This is exactly like the battery grip made by Sony but well under the price. Gives you twice the power, portrait-oriented photography easier, and makes you look 3x more professional (honestly worth some bones.) There's a little on and off switch though that I have forgotten to switch off a couple times. Careful of this as it will drain your batteries pretty quickly.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Handy accessory

          By Alvin

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

            For the price in relation to the 'official' Sony branded battery grip it turned out excellent. I wonder of the same manufacturer makes both grips? I feel it is just as sturdy. I use it mainly for the extra battery capacity as the A77 eats battery power.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Vello battery grip

            By Monica

            from Maryland

            Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

            Works well for the Intended purpose.... Would I recommend to a friend absolutely YES!

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            4.0

            3:2 ratio

            By Dino de Leon

            from New York City

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Ergonomic
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

            The product works as it should. If you do a lot of portrait shots this is very helpful to you and also good for architecture vertical shots at 3:2 ratio.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Bag Addition!

            By Cor

            from North Carolina

            Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

            Love the grip. It functions just fine, looks like it belongs on the Sony, and feels normal. The extra juice from having two batteries doesn't hurt either! I can't see spending the $ for the branded version when this one works so well.

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            4.0

            Works as expected

            By Rizenphoenix

            from BenLomond, Ca

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Extension Of Grip

            Cons

            • Loose Mount

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

            The grip helps balance large lenses, fits the camera well and works as expected. Only one small complaint, it is slightly loose and could break if used carelessly.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Same functionality, at 1/3 the cost!

            By Mark with a camera dude.

            from Corvallis, Oregon

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

              Almost identical to the Sony model but at far less than Sony's price tag. Good fit, finish, and quality. I definitely recommend this product for anyone adding a battery grip to their a77! All buttons and dials work perfectly and it greatly enhances your shooting experience, especially in portrait mode.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Deal!

              By dpyancy

              from Pennsylvania, USA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                Great for portraits!
                Very economical compared to the Sony grip!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent value!

                By Filesix

                from Upstate NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Does Add Some Bulk

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                This is much less expensive than the Sony version, and functions exactly the same. It is lighter than Sony's, it looks great on the camera, and functions perfectly. I love having two batteries, so I don't have to worry about changing in the middle of a shoot.

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                • No

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                4.0

                So far, So good.

                By JKSde

                from Middletown, de.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                  I do a lot of wildlife photography. I have just received my battery grip. It fits the camera well, and looks part of the camera design, and was easy to install. I will give an update in a few weeks after I have had some time to use it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Get a Grip

                  By Robert

                  from Sarver, PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                    I was a bit unsure about this grip, but I love it! Works really well.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Seems Great!

                    By JLS

                    from Graves County, KY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • None Really

                    Best Uses

                    • Everything

                    Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                    This was bought for my Sony a77 as a Christmas present. Ease of battery placement and fitting on the camera was great. I was happy to have a built-in protector for the lid to the camera battery compartment! All the buttons & controls seem to work just fine and the fit/feel in the hand is better than I dreamed!!
                    Quality seemed ok....only question will be long-term durability.

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Works great

                    By Patrick

                    from Westminster Co.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great value

                    Cons

                    • Not Weather Sealed

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                    Adds the extra battery power I needed as the A77 can go through the batteries fairly quickly when doing some extended work. This product works well and appears as OEM minus the name tag. Does not have the gasket to help weather seal though so if your going to be shooting in bad weather you should go with the Sony model. All other aspects such as fit, finish, and function are great. Although this was a gift I had planned to make this purchase myself and am glad to own this product.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    It's functional

                    By TFlor

                    from St Louis

                    Comments about Vello BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera:

                    Well I knew going in it this wasn't the Sony. I had the Minolta vertical grip on my Konica Minolta DSLR and loved it. Having said that, I love the capability of having two batteries, and shooting vertically. It works well but it just does not feel like the manufacturers, but for a third of the price it's a great deal!

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                    Batteries & Power

                    Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your grip.

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                    • You Pay: $42.95
                     
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                    • You Pay: $19.99
                     

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