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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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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 44 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 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 (16)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Durable (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (12)
      • Professional cameras (10)
      • Weddings (10)
      • Travel (9)
      • Back-up (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (41)

      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

      Trying again

      By HockeyLover

      from Summerville, SC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I tried this product about a year ago and was well pleased except the lock ring broke and was stuck on my camera. I got it off and B&H refunded. I'm giving it another try.The grip feels really good in the hand and on the camera. Crossing my fingers this time I wont have the same problems.

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        • No

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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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                      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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                          • No

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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

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                                      Cons

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                                          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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                                              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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