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VelloBG-C4 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 7D
 
4.6

(based on 214 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (148)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (187)
  • Easy to install (180)
  • Reliable (100)
  • Lightweight (66)
  • Long-lasting (49)

Cons

  • Too bulky (10)
  • Unreliable contacts (6)
  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Primary battery (106)
  • Professional cameras (104)
  • Travel (56)
  • Back-up (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (96), Photo enthusiast (65), Pro photographer (33), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (198), 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

 

It works... mostly

I am a pro concert and event photographer. I shoot fast-moving action with the need to change settings and angle very quickly, moving from horizontal to vertical and back again. Overall, this battery...Read complete review

I am a pro concert and event photographer. I shoot fast-moving action with the need to change settings and angle very quickly, moving from horizontal to vertical and back again. Overall, this battery grip works, with a few exceptions that can be frustrating in a quick-change environment.

When the battery grip is turned on and used to adjust settings, I have experienced a few instances where - returning to horizontal and using the on-camera buttons (i.e. focal point, etc.), the on-camera changes are locked out and I have to turn the battery grip off.

I have also noticed that the grip doesn't seat completely to the camera body, instead leaving about a 1mm gap at places.

Overall, it's a good grip for someone who doesn't need to make quick changes, but I wish I had purchased the Canon grip instead.

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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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              4.0

              Love it

              By M. Dumas

              from Quebec, CAN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Primary Battery

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

                Excellent for the price

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good compromise

                By fbarr

                from Akron, Ohio

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Cameras

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

                  I really liek the fact that the brand name is on the bottom. I am a 'brand name' guy. I like to have the brand name the same. In this case I did not see the reason in buying the official grip at a higher price. It blends in well and it built sturdy.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Good grip for the money

                  By Ben

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Too Bulky
                  • Unreliable Contacts

                  Best Uses

                  • Back-Up
                  • Professional Cameras

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

                  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

                    Great add on !!

                    By Maria Doughnut

                    from Aiken, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Too Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Back-Up
                    • Travel

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

                    Love it ! adding life battery to the camera. This has been a great buy! It also contains shutter button and zoom button that are useful for when one turns the camera on its side to take pictures, this way now the shutter button from the battery grip will be on top and it makes for a much easier grab and shoot.

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    AS Advertized

                    By sayheyphotography

                    from Northern California

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Primary Battery

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

                        Aside from a slightly different texture finnish than the camera body, this grip is a good after market product. Installs flawlessly, and all functions,i.e. shutter release,and AF work very well.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Awesome accessory for the price

                        By Tom

                        from Toccoa, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Good Value
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Cameras
                          • Travel

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

                          I have found longer shooting time with it and like the feel of the grip. It feels really solid.

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                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          Worth it!

                          By PJ Smith

                          from Mission Viejo, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Good Value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Solidly built and fits tight. Although it's not as robust as the Canon it is well built overall. It has a nice weight to it and feel. The only downside is the rubber is not quite the same as the camera. Also be aware older third party batteries won't communicate with the camera, however you can still use them to power it, but it won't show info or remaining power. For the price it can't be beat.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              BG-C4 Grip for 7D

                              By Colonel H

                              from Boise, Idaho

                              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:

                                Adds significant weight but also seems to add balance when I have the larger lens (70-200mm F2.8L II) and 2x extender on the body. I have small hands and worried that it would be too bulky but have learned to handle the setup quite well. For reference: If I spread my hand as wide as possible, it measures 8.5 inches from the tip of my little finger to the tip of my thumb. No, I can't palm a basketball either!

                                I have had good luck with a vello tripod mount ring in the past so I thought I'd try this grip and am completely satisfied with it so far. I hope this helps in making your decision.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great alternative to OEM

                                By Jim

                                from Plano, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Good Value
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Back-Up
                                  • Primary Battery
                                  • Travel

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

                                  Great alternative for less than half the price. Quality construction, and functions the same as OEM grip would.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Value

                                  By Dave

                                  from Pasadena, CA

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

                                  This grip is a great alternative to the Canon item. I typically try to stay with OEM accessories, but at $100 less, I couldn't resist this. And, so far, it's been a very good decision. I don't detect any issues with the battery door, as mentioned at times. The only difference is that the shutter trigger does have a slightly different feel than the camera shutter button, but no way would I pay an extra $100 for the Canon option, assuming it felt exactly the same as the original shutter trigger.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Happy!

                                  By Jred

                                  from Pilesgrove, NJ

                                  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:

                                    Could not be happier, especially for the money, a very good deal. Fits well and works as good as my Canon brand grip.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Works well!

                                    By preacherperch

                                    from Enid, Oklahoma

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Good Value
                                    • Nice Alternative To Canon
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Battery Registers Differe

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Primary Battery
                                    • Professional Cameras

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

                                    Fits like it was factory and connects easily to my 7D! Functions as it should. One note is that the battery info is not given in percentages as on the camera, but buy bars on the battery! Nice to know I can use AA batteries in a pinch!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Speedy Delivery

                                    By Ed

                                    from Wichita, KS

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • 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 use this almost daily with my Canon 7D. Having two batteries plus the added buttons has proved invaluable.

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                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      So far is great!

                                      By Worldsmith Photography

                                      from Western Massachusetts

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Good Value

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Back-Up
                                        • Primary Battery
                                        • Professional Cameras

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

                                        I've had this for a month and I haven't taken it off. I'm using its AA-battery tray, and haven't had to change them out yet.

                                        The external buttons work great, it all works just as well as the built-in buttons on the camera.

                                        The one thing I was worried about was the physical connection to hold the grip to the camera. It's done by a twisting screw, and while there isn't a latch to ensure it doesn't unscrew, it thus far is sufficient and hasn't required re-tightening.

                                        The AA-battery tray is a very nice and convenient alternative/backup to having two Canon batteries. It works great.

                                        The only odd thing about this is that the on/off button on the battery pack doesn't seem to do anything - it doesn't affect performance either way.

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                                        4.0

                                        Good deal for the price

                                        By Jackaruthu

                                        from TX

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Good Value

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Primary Battery
                                          • Professional Cameras
                                          • Travel

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

                                          Provides extra juice for long shoots, and not have to worry about running out power. Also offers good comfort for vertical shooting. Its has similar feel and texture as the camera body.

                                          Good value, and

                                          Minor cons: the shutter button has a different feel from the camera, especially the "half-press." It works but requires a "adaptation" period.

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                                          • No

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                                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great product!

                                          By Saxman

                                          from PA

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Primary Battery

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

                                            I love it. That's all I can say.

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                                            • No

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