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

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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

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
     
    4.6

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good value (19)
    • Easy to install (18)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Durable (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional cameras (10)
      • Sports/action (10)
      • Weddings (9)
      • Back-up (8)
      • Primary battery (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (36)

      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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      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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        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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          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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              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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                      4.0

                      For what it is worth.

                      By Nikon556

                      from Morristown, Tn.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        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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                              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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                                • No

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                                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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                                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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                                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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                                  5.0

                                  Great, so far.

                                  By t_stang

                                  from Haddam, Ct

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Good Value
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Back-Up

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

                                    Die hard Nikon brand buyer. Just couldn't see spending [$]for a battery holder. I'm thrilled with the Vello. Fit, function and appearance are great. We'll see how it is a year from now>

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Like it alot

                                    By Girl photographer

                                    from Austin, tx

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Primary Battery
                                      • Professional Cameras
                                      • Travel

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

                                      The battery grip took me a little bit to understand. It is very different than the one I have for my F100. The battery grip is awesome. It gives me the power I need. The only drawback that it only works with The gray EL EN 3 or the EL EN four batteries. I have 3 Black high-capacity batteries. I can only use this with the F100 Battery pack. They fit but they are not recognized.

                                      Other than that the speed is great, the power is great, I really like using this battery pack grip and it's a lot cheaper than a Nikon grip. I would recommend this script to anyone

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                                      5.0

                                      Helpful

                                      By Hump7

                                      from Newburyport

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Good Value
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Primary Battery

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

                                        Very handy when shooting a lot.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Product

                                        By fotofan

                                        from Oklahoma

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Back-Up
                                          • Primary Battery
                                          • Professional Cameras

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

                                          This product worked great on my Nikon D700. I used it with the 8 AA batteries. The 8 AA battery pack lasted for almost an entire wedding of constant shooting. When the battery pack went dead the power switched over to my camera battery. It was easy and less than 1 minute to remove the holder with the AA batteries and replace them with fresh batteries. Product feels very close to feel of the D700. Would recommend this product.

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