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SonyVertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Weddings (8)
  • Travel (7)
  • Family photos (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

A professionals "Must Have"

By Egill Bjarki

from Hong Kong

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

    If you rely on any of the A7 cameras in professional context, you need that extended battery life. I bought one grip for either my A7R or A7S depending on the conditions. A7S for lowlight and video, A7R for everything else.

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    5.0

    Perfect Fit

    By @MrMendez20

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

      The battery grip just simply fits perfect. There's no give to it, nice an secure. Also makes holding the camera much better, especially with a bigger lens. A must have if you shoot often.

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      4.0

      One Major Flaw

      By JoeH

      from Hawaii

      Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

      Sony's vertical grip works great, long life for my night sky and star trail shots. The one thing, and only thing, wrong is to charge the dual batteries the grip must be removed and a single battery must be installed into the camera body to charge. The camera uses the dual batteries one at a time so it should be able to charge them the same way. There must be an external charger Sony is selling - I will have to check.

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      4.0

      Perfect match for my Sony a7!

      By the cruzer

      from simi valley, ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Battery Doesn't Charge

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

        This is my 3rd DLSR camera and my 3rd battery grip. I don't use camera neck straps so when it comes down to holding my camera in my hand I want the feeling that it will not slip out. Using this grip accomplishes exactly that. It gives me a secure hold on my Sony a7 and lets me shoot with confidence. Of course having a second battery on board is great also.

        The only downside to this grip is that the batteries can't be charged while in the grip.

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        5.0

        A Must have

        By meguyonbike

        from Joplin, MO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

          I own the Sony A7s and the battery grip is a must have! I love how it feels in my hand and I have not had any problems with it so far. GREAT design

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          4.0

          Great Fit

          By Johnnyc

          from Huntington Beach

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

            This battery grip is great for my A7.
            it has a really nice feel and really balances the camera for me since I switched from a Canon 5D MK II. the A7 felt a little too small and light at first without the grip and as soon as I put it on the A7 felt just right.
            also, having double batteries for lengthening the power useage is a great option.
            one awesome feature with this grip is it has a place to put your camera battery flap on the grip so you will never misplace it. the camera battery door/flap is alway with the grip so you can change it back and forth and not worry where the flap is.

            only reason I gave it 4 stars is I wish it could except AA rechargeable for emergency power.
            even with 2 Sony batteries you only have about 700 shots.
            I love the grip.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Needed Accessory

            By Jim

            from Bucks Co, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

              Required with a7 and probably a7r. Extends camera use to my requirements.

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              • No

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              4.0

              perfect!

              By Dmitry Fisher

              from Russia

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

              gut!

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              4.0

              Nice Grip for the Sony A7r

              By Joel

              from San Diego

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Not Too Rugged

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

              It gives you a bit more to hold onto as well as the extra battery for longer shooting sessions. It isn't the most rugged grip, but it seems to work so far.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great product

              By Adys

              from Israel

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                  I love it, its good and comfortable.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love this product

                  By Tekkie

                  from Tustin, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Ergonomic
                  • Stability

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                    Although it defeats A7(R)'s size benefit but it fits well, enhances camera vertical handholding with convenient buttons, adds longer term battery usage. Also love the fact it allows to store the camera's battery door (well designed).

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                    4.0

                    Get a grip

                    By Speed of Light Photography

                    from Peoria, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                        The A7's can be tough to hold steady in some instances. This grip helps keep it steady on long shoots.
                        People are used to full sized or gripped DSLR on shoots but not many non-photographers are familiar with mirrorless cameras used professionally. Their small size can be a benefit to photographers but the addition of the battery grip gives the A7r a more substantial and familiar look to clients.
                        The grip's quality is top notch and even includes a handy stow away place for the battery door on the bottom of the camera. It has a solid metal feel with a rubbery coating that works very nicely. Some after market grips can flex and don't fit flush with the bottom of the camera. That is not an issue with this Sony grip. There is no perceptible gap between the body and grip and the connection is solid and confident.
                        A minor gripe is that the vertical shutter button can get under the outer edge of your palm if you have fairly large hands and activate the auto focus or fire a shot. It's only happened to me a couple of times and I've adjusted my grip to keep some clearance. The only other con I can come up with is the high price, but you do get what you pay for.

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                        5.0

                        Great Fit

                        By AcroAv8r

                        from Plano, TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great construction
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                        The Sony A7r has a pretty small profile in my big gorilla hands. This unit adds much needed grip (for me, at least). Not to mention, the second battery makes it convenient to extend the shooting life. Great hand fit, works well.

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                        4.0

                        Great design, but awkward for A7

                        By jcphotog

                        from Evanston, IL

                        Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                        The grip is nicely designed and adds great functionality for portrait orientation. However, when it is attached it does alter the sleek, pared down size of the A7. The allure or the A7, at least for me, is that I finally can have a full frame camera in a small package that I will actually carry with me wherever I go. Not sure I would do that with this grip attached. It is good for studio work if this is your thing.

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                        5.0

                        Valuable addition to Sony A7 or A7r

                        By Nikonnex

                        from Houston, Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                          The obvious and well facilitated uses for this product are 1) to more easily hold and operate the camera in portrait orientation, and 2) to effectively double the number of shots available without changing batteries (since two batteries fit in this grip instead of just one in the body). The grip is nicely designed to fit comfortably in the hand and with the duplicated shutter button and other controls including front/back control dials, C1 option button and Auto Exposure Lock, it is a pleasure to use.

                          I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to my eyes, the vertical grip makes a handsome addition to the A7/A7r, which is a good thing, since it is staying on mine full time now. There is also a nicely designed storage cavity in the plug that inserts into the camera's battery chamber which holds the camera body battery door, thus securely storing it while the grip is in use on the camera.

                          The only downside in operation is if you are making adjustments in landscape mode (such as assisted manual focus) and accidently press your hand against the extra shutter button, which in this orientation will be on the side right about where the heel of your hand rests -- at that point, the mode will likely change back to an unexpected condition or could even trigger a shot prematurely. Fortunately, the extra controls can easily be toggled all on (operational) and all off (clicking a control has no effect) with an external on/off switch provided on the grip.

                          The other downside is that the batteries do not charge in the grip so an external battery charger is a must-buy (and should have come with the camera in the first place). Otherwise you have to remove the grip and charge the batteries in the camera.

                          Of course to use two batteries with this grip, you need to buy the second battery since the camera only comes with one. It doesn't hurt to have a couple more charged up and in your camera bag for really lengthy shoots.

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                          4.0

                          Good grip but a bit too large

                          By IceManofMystery

                          from Switzerland

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Bulky
                            • Flimsy Construction

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                              For my rather big hands, this allows for a good grip of the camera. Works as advertised but is not of the same quality as the camera.

                              Things to be aware of:
                              1) it takes two batteries (none included), but you can't charge them in the grip. You need to remove them from the grip and charge them in-camera ... stupid design.
                              2) the wheel to screw the grip on the camera is very thin and tightening it hurts the fingers and can't be done with gloves on. Silly design
                              3) Camera + grip gets huge. I don't understand why it has to be soo big.
                              4) Flimsy design of battery cover. It will break at some point.

                              Except for that, it works.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Perfect companion for the A7r

                              By Dressage Queen

                              from New England

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable

                              Cons

                              • Switches Too Small

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                              I purchased this after renting an A7r for a few days and was astonished at the poor battery life and knew I would need the ability to have two on board. Although I purchased it for battery life, I really like the way it enhances the camera ergonomics. It provides excellent balance and grip and I like the way it handles.

                              The small switch for "on-off" is a bit difficult to turn as is the battery compartment open/close switch and might be difficult for guys with larger hands/fingers.

                              Overall, it is on my camera 100% of the time.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Definitely get one!

                              By Gav

                              from NZ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                  Really helps the A7 form factor when in the hand and doubles your battery life. Mine is on permanently.

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                                  5.0

                                  Valuable accessory

                                  By Art-physics

                                  from Ladysmith BC Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha a7/a7R/a7S Digital Camera (Black):

                                    A great addition to make the A7/A7R larger for bigger lenses when desired and for more comfort when shooting vertical images.

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                                    • No

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