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Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s

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Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s

Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s Back View Battery Holder AA Battery Holder On Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible w/ Nikon D300/300s Cameras
  • Fits EN-EL3e, EN-EL4, EN-EL4a Batteries
  • Also Works with 8 AA Batteries
  • Comfort and Control in Vertical Position
  • Vertical Position Shutter Release Button
  • Vertical Position AF-ON Button
  • Vertical Position Multi-selector
  • Vertical Position Main & Secondary Dials
  • Contact Cover Holder
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Price: $52.95

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The Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon D300/300s is designed specifically for the Nikon D300 and 300s DSLR cameras and accepts one EN-EL3e, EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a battery in addition to the battery in the camera body. With two batteries installed, your shooting time is effectively doubled. More so, when one battery is drained, it can be removed and recharged while you continue shooting with the other battery. Utilizing the included battery holder, it can also function with 8 AA batteries installed. 

The design of a battery grip offers a comfortable and secure way in which to hold your DSLR, especially in the vertical position. And the BG-N8 comes with an alternate shutter release button, AF-ON button, multi-selector and main and sub-command dials to facilitate shooting when the camera is held vertically. In addition, the BG-N8 is designed with anti-slip rubber grip to further improve handling, a tripod socket to mount your camera directly to a tripod and a wonderful touch: a holder for the camera's contact cover so as not to lose it when it has been removed to install the battery grip. 

Holds one EN-EL3e, EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a batteries, doubling the battery life for the Nikon D300 and D300s DSLRs. Or, utilizing the battery holder, can operate with 8 AA batteries. 1
Provides comfortable and secure handling when shooting in the vertical position, including a secondary shutter release button, AF-ON button, multi selector and main and sub-command dials.
Features anti-slip rubber gripping and a securely locking battery chamber door.
Camera contact cover holder included to prevent loss when grip is mounted.
Batteries 1x EN-EL3e, EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a Rechargeable Li-ion battery
8x LR6 Alkaline, HR6 Ni-MH, FR6 Lithium or ZR6 Nickel-Manganese AA batteries
Operating Temperature 32-104º F (0-40º C)
Dimensions Approximately 5.9 x 2 x 3" (150.5 x 52 x 75.5mm)
Weight Approximately 10.2 oz (290g), with battery holder but excluding batteries
Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s
  • BC-N1 Battery Chamber Cover
  • EN-EL3e Battery Holder
  • AA Battery Holder
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    VelloBG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s
     
    4.5

    (based on 43 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good value (19)
    • Easy to install (18)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Durable (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (11)
      • Professional cameras (10)
      • Weddings (10)
      • Travel (9)
      • Back-up (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (40)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works great on D700 as well.

      I bought this grip to use it on my D700 with the 70-200 lens. It worked like a charm. I use it mainly for the verticle gripping position while taking action shots....Read complete review

      I bought this grip to use it on my D700 with the 70-200 lens. It worked like a charm. I use it mainly for the verticle gripping position while taking action shots. The extra 3 FPS feature with AA batteries is just the added bonus.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not quite good enough...

      While there is no arguing with the money saved over the Nikon grip, the quality is a bit lacking. If you bought your D300/s for the stout body you will be disappointed by...Read complete review

      While there is no arguing with the money saved over the Nikon grip, the quality is a bit lacking. If you bought your D300/s for the stout body you will be disappointed by the Vello grip as it just does not feel as well designed or manufactured. Toleranecs and materials both suffer to meet a price point.
      On a separate note, it may just be the unit I received but, the command dial rotated opposite to the camera body to achieve the same setting adjustment (the Nikon worked as expected).

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      4.0

      So happy

      By Javier

      from BA, Argentina

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

        A very good decision!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Couldn't recommend to a Pro

        By LFJ2

        from Lower Michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

            This was purchased for my backup camera. I'm using the Nikon Battery Grip on my main camera. The good thing about this item is the price, but I'm having a little problem in getting used to the shutter release which is MUCH stiffer than the Nikon grip. Going back and forth between the two at a sporting event is causing some problems. If you were just using the Vello grip this probably wouldn't be as much of a problem.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great product for the price

            By rainclicker

            from Pittsburgh,PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                I have both the Nikon version and the Vello product.
                They both perform well but the tolerences are not as tight as the Nikon and interchanging of battery componets are a little touchy.

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                • No

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                5.0

                battery grip

                By John Cliff

                from Monterey, California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                  This grip is not only not heavy, but actually improves the grip of the camera. The controls are easy to use and accessible, and the extended battery life is a must if you are going to be actively engaged in shooting for a long time. When I finally do upgrade my camera, I'll be buying another battery grip for sure!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great grip for the price!

                  By Jonny Miller

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                    I use this grip for my recently purchased D300 and it's an affordable and smart alternative to the Nikon version for a fraction of the price. The construction is solid, it's user-friendly, it fits extremely well and it extends the life of one EN-EL3 battery for upwards of 1500 actuations. It also gives me a quality eight FPS as opposed to the already impressive seven FPS of the D300 body. Overall a great purchase and a quality product for a stellar price.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Surprisingly good bargain.

                    By Butch_M

                    from Lock Haven, PA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                      I did not have high hopes for a third party option to be very durable. I purchased this unit for a backup camera. Surprisingly, it functions just as well as the Nikon unit with one exception. The fit on the AA battery tray could be better. Overall, very impressed and pleased with the ROI for this product.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Feels nice and solid

                      By Erf

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Manual

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                        Haven't had it out in the field yet, but fits the camera very well and feels solid. Allows AA, EN-EL3, EN-EL4 or EN-EL4a batteries (provides holders for all). Has an amazingly thorough and helpful manual, which is rare these days.

                        Using it requires removing the contact cap from the bottom of the camera, but as a place to store it in the grip... a nice feature. The controls on the grip are well within reach and very natural to use. Feels very sturdy.

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                        5.0

                        Great grip

                        By William

                        from Nj

                        Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                        Half the price of nikons grip and it well made for the money highly recommend if you want a grip for d300 don't waste your money on the nikon

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                        5.0

                        Save your $$$$$

                        By William

                        from Nj

                        Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                        The vello grip does the same thing nikons grip does for two thirds less

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                        5.0

                        Serious look!

                        By pacmelo

                        from Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Useful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                          Very useful for series of photos. Sport activity, portraits...

                          You can easily change format with all the buttons and achievements of the camera.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great value

                          By refurb

                          from SoCal

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                            Pleasantly surprised with the quality and fit. Maybe I wasn't expecting much but it's a great product.

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                            5.0

                            Great Value

                            By Jack of the trade

                            from New York

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                              Nice addition to my D300. Great price compare to the Nikon battery grip. Just as good quality.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              good quality for low price

                              By Rafal

                              from New York

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                  Perfect for portraits.Adds balance to your camera.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great accessory!

                                  By Velophoto

                                  from Milwaukee, WI

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Design
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited Weather Sealing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                  I finally broke down and bought a battery grip for my D300 after a long debate. I couldn't justify the Nikon version but Vello price was hard to resist. The function and the feel of the grip are excellent and it makes the camera much more comfortable shooting portraits. I can't complain about the build quality, though it would have earned 5 stars if it had some form of weather sealing between the grip and the body.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  For what it is worth.

                                  By Nikon556

                                  from Morristown, Tn.

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                        For what it is worth. It is money well spent the grip will not come off my D300. The rubber is really similar to the Nikons.Only downside i can see is the switch to turn on the grip is a little flimsy. No lag on shutter release and Af works just fine.

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                                        • Yes

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                                        5.0

                                        Battery Grip BG-N8

                                        By Clarkie

                                        from Sanbornville NH.

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                          Fits great and works wonderful, don't let it get wet that's why I had to replace it with this one on my D300.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          So far so good

                                          By Terry

                                          from Catskill, NY

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                            Have only used the BF-N8 a few times. However, it has performed as advertised.

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                                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            I would buy it again and I recommend it.

                                            By John

                                            from Cypress, Texas

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Use

                                            Cons

                                            • The Release On The Batter

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                            It made handling the camera easy.

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                                            • No

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                                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Great product

                                            By curt the shooter

                                            from canada

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy to Use

                                            Cons

                                            • Bulky

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                            This accessory is always on my camera. It is great during long hikes when extra power is very useful. It does add a bit of weight but it is worth it.

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                                            • No

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            3.0

                                            Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip

                                            By MAJ

                                            from Frederick, Md

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy to Use

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

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

                                              Comments about Vello BG-N8 Battery Grip for Nikon 300/300s:

                                              I bought this grip (which also works well) for use on my Nikon D700. This unit would not initially work with the second En-El3e battery adapter but worked fine with the 8 AA rechargeable NMHD adapter. When After insuring that both En-El3e batteries were fully charged, I installed the En-El3e adapter, switched the camera on,and all I would get was a low battery indicator. This I felt meant that the second battery was not making proper contact. I unassembled and looked inside the Vello unit. The connecter prongs didn't all appear to be at the same height. I slightly adjusted the prongs to what I thought was an equal level and reinstalled the En-E13e adapter (magic screwdriver). After making the adjustment it works as it should. I would have given it five stars if it worked correctly out of the box. Other than the connection issue, the grip appears to be solid enough and works as advertised. Certainly beats the Nikon grip price.

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