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VelloBG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D
 
4.6

(based on 230 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (197)
  • Easy to install (187)
  • Reliable (107)
  • Lightweight (69)
  • Long-lasting (53)

Cons

  • Too bulky (11)
  • Unreliable contacts (7)
  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Primary battery (112)
  • Professional cameras (110)
  • Travel (59)
  • Back-up (51)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (97), Photo enthusiast (71), Pro photographer (36), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (209), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

felt lost without it

My old one took a bath in the Dead River and the camera just didnt feel right without the grip, and the knowledge of not having to worry about running out of power.

My old one took a bath in the Dead River and the camera just didnt feel right without the grip, and the knowledge of not having to worry about running out of power.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good grip for the money

The grip is really nice for events, and sports photography. The construction is a little flimsy and doesn't feel completely secure. The battery door doesn't like to open for me. The other issue...Read complete review

The grip is really nice for events, and sports photography. The construction is a little flimsy and doesn't feel completely secure. The battery door doesn't like to open for me. The other issue I have had with the Vello battery grips I have is the wheel to change the shutter speed (when in manual mode) doesnt tend to work on occasion which gets frustrating during events. This issue has happened 5 times in the last month, so Ive stopped using the grip. When it did work consistently it was really nice. But the inability for me not to use the shutter speed dial is the reason i gave this grip 3 stars.

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4.0

Awesome piece of equipment

By Wendy M 57

from Manchester, NH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

Its nice to have the extended grip for the 7D. It helps deal with the weight of the camera and lens. Always nice to have the extra battery available, too!

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3.0

Works, but could be better

By Jane

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

I wasn't super thrilled to find that the grip can't communicate with the camera to show how much battery power is left. I remember seeing some other reviews about it, but I didn't take it to mind until I had to use it for a day long film shoot and would have liked to see how much battery was left. Also the controls get a bit confusing because the click/scroll controls go to the buttons on the grip and not on your camera. I was confused when I first started using it. It worked alright for me, but I wish it were better.

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2.0

You get what you pay for

By Bill

from Orange County, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cheap

Cons

  • Loses Charge Over Time
  • Unreliable Contacts

Best Uses

  • Back-Up

Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

I was excited to get this grip see as it was about 1/3 of what the canon version cost. I put it on my 7D and it worked great. I then went to shoot a game 2 days later and found that my batteries were almost dead. I thought I did not charge them enough. I recharged them and shot another event and a few days later same thing happened. Batteries were dead. I talked with a few of my friend and they said they have the same problem with this grip. I also noticed that some times when I first pull it out to shoot, it will not turn on. I then have to take out the batteries and put them back in. Everything else works fine with the Battery Grip. For the price it works if you take your batteries out after your done shooting and reset the batteries when you first turn it on. Like I said if you keep in mind that its 1/3 less and don't mind the above quirks, then it is worth saving the money. If you can afford the canon, then I would get it. I am returning this and getting the canon one.

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  • No

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3.0

Good Battery Grip for a fair cost.

By Ron

from Greenland, NH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Value

Cons

  • Too Bulky

Best Uses

  • Back-Up

Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

I guess I was just not certain if I needed this grip or not. Honestly...I do not. It is fine...comes as advertised...but the advantages for me personally just do not outweigh the disadvantages. Makes my 7D much to "bulky" for everyday use...harder for me to handle...heavier...you know. I can carry a 2nd battery in my pocket all day if necessary. I take a lot of pics (photo enthusiast) and like being able to handle camera comfortably. If I were shooting in a vertical camera position a lot...yes maybe then it would be more advantageous with the control layout on the grip. I never return anything like this...but I believe I will be sending this back unfortunately. Nothing wrong with the grip, please...just my opinion.

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  • No

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4.0

Excellent

By gustavosolano.

from Odessa

Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

Nice product 100% satisfaction

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5.0

Very Reliable

By Louisiana Man

from Baton Rouge, LA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Long-Lasting
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Primary Battery

    Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

    I've been using this grip for over 2 years and have had NO problems whatsoever. I may just buy another one for my backup 7D as well.
    Additionally, I have always had good experiences with Vello products.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    NOT FOR EOS 7Dmk2

    By SPEEDORMS

    from MILAN, MI.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Mechanically Wont Fit
    • Not For 7dmk2

    Best Uses

    • Professional Cameras

    Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

    rated on quality of other vello grips i have. however this will not mechanically match the Mk2. anxiously awaiting the one for the 70Dmk2. i hope vello is moving fast on this one with the Mk2 selling like hotcakes.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Battery Grip

    By Joe in Cleveland

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Charges Quickly
    • Easy To Install
    • Good Value
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-Up
      • Travel

      Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

      Great price, significaantly lower than the first one I bought and it wasn't plastic.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Last Longer

      By Tre

      from Erlanger, Ky

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back-Up
        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras
        • Travel

        Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

        I got this battery grip for my Canon 7D and it's definitely worth the purchase for all of us out here filming or taking photos and don't want to run out of battery life. What I like about this battery is that is nice and rugged and fits perfect with my Canon 7D.

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        • No

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        3.0

        nice grip

        By Moshe

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Good Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Primary Battery
          • Professional Cameras

          Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

          Nice grip , still not original canon quality

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          • No

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          4.0

          Ok for the $

          By LaneTexas

          from Texas

          Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

          Kinda feels cheap with the door that doesn't fit snug but then it was half the price of the OEM.

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          5.0

          great product at a reasonable price

          By wildlifebyfred

          from Halifax,Pa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Good Value
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Cameras

            Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

            Always quick service from B&H

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Not bad

            By Nate

            from Ca

            Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

            Overall not bad. A bit flimsy for the internal components.

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            5.0

            Generic is best

            By K Dubbs13

            from Central Illinois

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back-Up
              • Primary Battery
              • Professional Cameras
              • Travel

              Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

              Not all situations can you go generic. This one is one of them. Good product

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              • No

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              5.0

              Half the Cost

              By Brapoza

              from Dartmouth, MA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Good Value
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back-Up
                • Primary Battery
                • Professional Cameras

                Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

                Was on sale, never had a problem with a Vello Grip

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Solid construction

                By Ron

                from Mustang, OK

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Primary Battery

                  Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

                  I like the feel of this grip and the way that the batteries load into it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I would recommend this grip to anyone

                  By pfone1847

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

                      I love this grip. Excellent camera options on the grip. Super easy to install and use. Very fast shipping too.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Pretty Solid for the price

                      By Rocklebee

                      from New York

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

                          Looks and feels pretty much like the Canon model. Only issue is if you're using a flash bracket mounted on the left it will be underneath when you turn to take a portrait shot and the bracket will be in the way of the shutter release if you mount it on the right.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          BG -C4 Battery grip

                          By ,a111111111111111111

                          from ,a111111111111111111

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Primary Battery

                            Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

                            So far I am very pleased with the Vello BG-C4 vertical grip for the Canon 7D. At less than half the price of the Canon grip and the very good build quality you can't go wrong with Vello

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good Price Full Featured

                            By Artisans of the Valley

                            from Pennington, NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Charges Quickly
                            • Easy To Install
                            • Good Value
                            • Long-Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Cameras

                              Comments about Vello BG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D:

                              Very happy, full featured and less than half the price of the full Canon name brand. Worked will for several projects in the past few weeks. Definately doubles the perceived batterly life without having to change out. Been on two batteries doing two video projects and a buch of stills the whole time.

                              All the extra controls are very handy.

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                              • No

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