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VelloBG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D
 
4.6

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (80)
  • Durable (62)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Compact (15)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (11)
  • Flimsy construction (6)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (48)
  • Sports/action (43)
  • Family photos (39)
  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Travel (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (52), Photo enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (97), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better balance and more lasting power.

I always buy a power grip because camera have better balance special with long lenses. I choose the Vello for the price. I have had a small issue with the AAA battery holder-not perfect...Read complete review

I always buy a power grip because camera have better balance special with long lenses. I choose the Vello for the price. I have had a small issue with the AAA battery holder-not perfect contact - but the manufacturer replaced in a timely manner, they are very courteous and now I have no complains about it. I saved some money for other accessories.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst purchase ever!

Like too many others, I looked at the price and thought how much of a difference can there be?The 6D was my first camera and I really didn't quite fully appreciate the importance...Read complete review

Like too many others, I looked at the price and thought how much of a difference can there be?The 6D was my first camera and I really didn't quite fully appreciate the importance of sticking with Canon only accessories. I have long lost track of how many times the entire battery tray would literally fall out of the camera grip! How embarrassing! I mostly shoot concerts and other fun activities, I've been very lucky to have not lost any batteries yet.The rubber material on the grip has long ago started delaminating and eventually will fall off too.I clearly didn't save any money on this purchase, just wasted $ on junk and the unpleasant experience of this lesion.

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5.0

Good battery grip

By Camlov

from Los Angeles

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Great battery grip for the price!

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4.0

I would buy it again....

By Fish chris

from Fairfield ca

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Better Balance
    • Double Battery Life
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Pro Look
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

    For less than half the price of OEM, it's totally worth it. Fit and finish is fine. There seems to be a tiny bit of flex between the grip and body, when on a tripod, but I have heard the same thing about other brands, and even the Canon OEM grip.
    The spin lock did loosen up by itself twice, but maybe I hadn't cranked it on tight enough to begin with ?
    Can't speak for the secondary controls, as I never use them.
    My battery door has never opened on its own. In fact, it feels quite precision.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Very comparable to my Canon BG-E3

    By Huffy

    from Upper Darby, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Well Made Good Ergonomic

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

    This is my 3rd battery grip for a Canon DSLR. The Vello is well made and compares nicely to the Canon BG-E3 on my 350D. It is much better made than the Meike battery grip on my 60D. The grip functions flawlessly. The only minor issue is that one has to be more careful when attaching the grip, as mine needs to be more precisely aligned when tightening the attachemnt screw as do the other grips. This may be due to the 6D's tighter tolerances than the 60D or the 350D, or it may just be me. I'd buy it again without a second thought.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Better balance and more lasting power.

    By cid

    from Sterling, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

      I always buy a power grip because camera have better balance special with long lenses. I choose the Vello for the price. I have had a small issue with the AAA battery holder-not perfect contact - but the manufacturer replaced in a timely manner, they are very courteous and now I have no complains about it. I saved some money for other accessories.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good alternative to name brand

      By Will

      from Tennessee

      Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

      This grip met my expectations in all ways but one. It is way bigger than I expected it to be. Probably my fault, my previous battery grip was for a canon rebel T2i, and it fit in my hand much more comfortably. But, I think I could get used to the size of this one. I mainly use it for the ability to shoot more easily in portrait orientation, the battery life of my 6D batteries is more than sufficient for photos.

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      1.0

      Poor quality

      By CID

      from Sterling, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Cheap

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

        The only good thing is cheap.
        The bad is the poor finish of AA battery holder - didn't keep sturdy contact and go on and off. If you shoot video the file will be corrupted. The dial who tide up the grip to camera didn't fit properly. So… as they say: you get what you pay for!

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        • No

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        5.0

        No different than the Canon version.

        By Lee

        from Gilbert, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

          I have been using Canon DSLR cameras since the 10D, and I have continually upgraded to the latest. I always use a battery grip and for years exclusively the Canon grip. Up to several years ago I purchased the Vello grip for a 7D, Mark III and a 6D. I was hesitant at first but having the Vello for a good 3 plus years now, there is no difference. The build is the same and feels solid and secure like Canon but half the price. With this brand I see no reason to spend double for the essentially the same thing. I never buy third party equipment but this is one is an exception.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Good Quality for the Price

          By Rob S.

          from Northern New Jersey

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Extra Battery
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

          This grip works great with the Canon 6D. It is cheaper than the Canon grip and does almost exactly the same job. It is very convenient that there is a AA Battery tray that you can substitute for the 2 Canon battery tray. If you ever are in a pinch and you cannot wait for the Canon batteries to charge you can throw some AA batteries in the grip, which is great. The one down side is that the build quality is slightly lower than Canon's, but you get what you pay for. Excellent product +

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          5.0

          Excellent!

          By Green Monocle

          from Des Moines IA

          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

          Good build except for the battery latch. However, I owned a previous model for my aps-c camera and it held up great for over five years! Solid, great grip, and matches the camera body! Just buy it already!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Better stick with Canon grip

          By Johnny

          from Allentown, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Economical

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

              I've used this Vello grip for my 6D for over 2 years, and while it costs less than half the cost of the Canon grip, it is not very reliable. When it works it is great, but many times I can't change aperture while the ISO and speed adjustments are fine. Once I turn the camera off and back on, it works again. Without the grip, all adjustments work just fine. I'm ordering a Canon grip since I can't afford to shoot and have the aperture frozen on me.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Works awesome

              By Inspiredphotog

              from Fla

              Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

              Took it on a two week vacation thru the smokey mountians. Worked perfectly even with the rainy weather. Paired it with 1 canon and 1 energizer battery. Read both batteries with no problems. Dual batteries came in handy while traveling.

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              5.0

              No complaints

              By YCI

              from California

              Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

              I've never had a Canon brand grip so it's hard to compare but this one has done it's job so far. Great product for the price.

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              4.0

              So much power

              By Foto

              from N.J.

              Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

              Best battery grip I have ever used.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Diego

              from Sugar Land, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                It has all of the benefits of the Canon battery grip without the exorbitant cost. I've been using it for the past week, and it's great. All the battery info pops into the 6d menu. All functionality is there, and it looks and feels just like the camera body.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great product!

                By SnapRat

                from Santa Monica, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                    Having extra battery capacity is a real plus. And you can even insert AA's in a pinch. Once attached on my Canon 6D, it feels like it's part of the camera, which is great. Definitely a must-have for portrait shots.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By Lauren

                    from Fuquay Varina, NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Solid

                    Cons

                    • Adds Weight

                    Best Uses

                    • Doubles Battery Time
                    • Gives A Better Grip

                    Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                    I purchased the BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D by Vello because I was so happy with the Vello grip for my Canon T5i, and I was not disappointed. Works perfectly, as expected. In fact, a friend of mine who actually owns the Canon BG-C8 for the 6D had to use tape to keep it from moving when attached to the camera. With the Vello, there is no need to anything like that, since it stays on the camera firmly without any wiggle room, once locked down in place. I highly recommend this product, and it will save you a lot of money. It does add weight to the camera, though.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Its a great, confortable grip...

                    By J

                    from Orlando, Florida

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                      Like that the battery life is much longer due to 2 batteries.

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                      • No

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                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Worst purchase ever!

                      By bobgood67

                      from La Crosse, WI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Batteries Fall Out
                        • Falls Apart
                        • Flimsy Construction
                        • Waste of Money

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                          Like too many others, I looked at the price and thought how much of a difference can there be?The 6D was my first camera and I really didn't quite fully appreciate the importance of sticking with Canon only accessories. I have long lost track of how many times the entire battery tray would literally fall out of the camera grip! How embarrassing! I mostly shoot concerts and other fun activities, I've been very lucky to have not lost any batteries yet.The rubber material on the grip has long ago started delaminating and eventually will fall off too.I clearly didn't save any money on this purchase, just wasted $ on junk and the unpleasant experience of this lesion.

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                          • No

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                          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Do not cheap out, you will regret it!

                          By Antonio Castillo

                          from Los Angeles

                          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                          Please... PLEASE do not cheap out on something like this. Yes i admit it out of the box brand new it will get the job done for a fraction of the canon version.

                          Issue down the road...
                          Tonight as i was getting my gear ready to attend Comic Con in San Diego as i was putting the finishing touches and locking it to my camera, half way the dial lock broke. The screw inside ended up getting stuck half way so i was not able to unscrew or screw all the way in. I thought i was screwed, i was away from home, it was late at night (midnight) and i had no tools to try and take the grip off. The way i ended up taking it off was carefully hammering it away without harming my camera body. If it wasn't for the wrench that comes with cars to jack up the car i don't know how would i have taken this grip off. Now imaging YOU being in this situation about to head to a paid gig or on a paid gig and now your camera has no connection to the battery and wont turn on. Pay the extra $$$ and get the Canon Version. Specially since now its more reasonable priced at less than $200.

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                          5.0

                          So far, so good

                          By greginphoenix

                          from Phoenix, AZ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

                            Seems substantial. Nice to be able to shoot in portrait without having to contort my arms anymore. That is my favorite thing about this.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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