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VelloBG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera
 
4.2

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (55)
  • Easy to install (41)
  • Good value (31)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Reliable (23)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (6)
  • Pricey (5)
  • Unreliable contacts (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (37)
  • Primary battery (26)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Family photos (13)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (11), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great help on extended shooting

I purchased this product to extend the time between battery changes on a recent cruise to Alaska from Seattle and back. It worked very well and I shot over 1500 exposures. The only criticism...Read complete review

I purchased this product to extend the time between battery changes on a recent cruise to Alaska from Seattle and back. It worked very well and I shot over 1500 exposures. The only criticism I would offer is on the small connector from the battery holder to the GPS outlet to enable you to use the shutter release button in Portrait position (vertical). I could not keep it plugged in at the same time I had my external mic plugged in for videos. It wasn't a real problem since I take most of my videos in horizontal position, just a minor inconvenience when shifting from videos to stills.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent grip with issues

That there is a grip for the D5100 is great since Nikon doesn't think photographers need or want a vertical grip. For me, it's a must as it improves handling of the camera so...Read complete review

That there is a grip for the D5100 is great since Nikon doesn't think photographers need or want a vertical grip. For me, it's a must as it improves handling of the camera so much. I accept that there has to be an external cable to trigger the shutter since Nikon didn't design the D5100 to have a grip. Given that it feels good and improves the handling of the camera, I have a several quibbles:

1. The cable to trigger the shutter is not designed well (actually, I'd say little thought went into it). It creates quite a bit of leverage on the side of the camera when plugged in, so it must be unplugged each time you put the camera away as there can be damage done to the plug. A wider-based plug that doesn't stick out so far would be much better - the flatness would keep it from becoming a lever and add stability to the plug.

2. It's designed to take 2 batteries, but whenever I put 2 batteries in it the camera says that an incorrect battery is installed (altough both batteries are original Nikon batteries). The only way to get rid of the error is to pop them both out with the camera turned on and pop them back in again - but the error can come up again almost immediately. The only solution that seems to work is to only have one battery inserted at a time, which reduces the benefit of having 2 battery bays.

3. The hooks that hold the batteries in don't do their job - the battery door must be closed to keep the battery in the case.

4. Because of #3 above, the battery door comes flying open frequently (especially when mounted on a tripod).

These issues provide quite some frustration, but not enough to do without the grip. So I bang my head, curse the Vello designers, and keep on using it. I would buy it again, but it makes the price feel a bit high for the issues that you have to take with it.

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4.0

Good product but not a perfect fit for D5200

By FreddyS

from Mexico city

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

  • Primary Battery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

I got this one to extend the battery life on my Nikon D5200, it works/feels fine and improves the camera grip a lot, but as other buyers are saying, the fit is not perfect.

There's a small gap on the left side of the grip and if you look closely the top part of the grip bends a little bit when the thumb knob is tightened, may be a point of failure after some time.

I saw a youtube video where the guy files away some of the top of the grip to improve the fit, so I'll attempt to fix it like that too.

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  • No

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3.0

Almost...

By Val

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

    I am a photo enthusiast who takes photographs as a hobby. I purchased the grip to double the battery capacity for my Nikon D5200. The grip also provides better hand grip for stability to a dslr that is smaller than older Nikons. I think the grip was originally designed for the Nikon D5100 because it does not quite fit to the bottom of the D5200. There is a small gap on one side creating an uneven contact. Also, I hope the manufacturer improves or eliminates completely the need for an external cable in order to activate shutter button on the grip. Everything else works and if any of the issues mentioned above does not bother you then it is a decent product to purchase.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Just as I had hoped

    By Bouncer0225

    from San Diego

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        I am a beginner photographer and the battery grip came quick and just as discribed!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great battery grip.

        By bigH

        from Hazlet, NJ

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        Love the Vello battery grip looks like it's part of the camera. Makes handling the camera much easier. Really pleased with the quality and look of this product.

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        5.0

        so sick

        By Nevyn

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        Such a sick product, definitely worth it if you have that type of Nikon DSLR and need something to last a long time. Maybe a tad more grip on the sides, but otherwise super cool item!

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        5.0

        Battery Grip

        By Betsy

        from Middlesboro KY

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        Love it. Very easy to install on my camera and attach the tripod and monopod .
        I highly recommend this for your Nikon 5200

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        5.0

        Good product and fast shipping

        By UT

        from Great Valley, NY

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        Very happy with my purchase from B&H. Good products and fast shipping.

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        3.0

        Nice w/ a slight issue

        By BBAX

        from New Mexico

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        Nice addition to my D5200, but the thumb knob is in the way of the grip. A little uncomfortable on the fingers.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Rob

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

          This was even more than I expected. The product performed exactly as it was supposed to and I have maintained a high level of excitement over it since I received it. I plan to use your company again and again whenever I need other photographic materials.You have truly won a customer!Robert Haynes

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          • No

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Looking more Professiona;

          By Rick

          from Hershey, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

            I love how this grip makes you appear to be more professional. Nice!

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            • No

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            5.0

            bg-n6 battery grip for D5200

            By guido

            from hesperia, california

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

              good quality

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              • No

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              3.0

              Very nice

              By ptc57guo

              from East Brunswick, NJ

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                Very nicely built and feels great but I found that I can easily get to the shutter release without the grip, I don't really need an extra battery and I don't like the cable connection to the to the camera for shutter activation.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Does not work with the D5300

                By Eric

                from South Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                  I'm giving this 4 stars because the product seems to be well built and the feel was good. It does feel a little light because of the plastic construction but it felt solid. It does not, however, work with a D5300.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  excellent product

                  By PhotoDan

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                    Great for shooting any kind of event. Gives you double the battery power. gives camera a little more weight and stablity

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice grip for the money!

                    By FujiKoi

                    from Sacramento CA

                    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                    Works well and provided the extra battery. I did not use the cable for the grip since I can shoot on vertical position without it. Good quality and looks good.

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                    4.0

                    Vello Batt. grip for D5100

                    By ed

                    from florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                    It does what it's designed for, It doesn't have a robust construction and I don't for the external connection between the grip and the camera.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Decent grip with issues

                    By Andy Pics

                    from Acton, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Useful

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction
                    • Poor design

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                    That there is a grip for the D5100 is great since Nikon doesn't think photographers need or want a vertical grip. For me, it's a must as it improves handling of the camera so much. I accept that there has to be an external cable to trigger the shutter since Nikon didn't design the D5100 to have a grip. Given that it feels good and improves the handling of the camera, I have a several quibbles:

                    1. The cable to trigger the shutter is not designed well (actually, I'd say little thought went into it). It creates quite a bit of leverage on the side of the camera when plugged in, so it must be unplugged each time you put the camera away as there can be damage done to the plug. A wider-based plug that doesn't stick out so far would be much better - the flatness would keep it from becoming a lever and add stability to the plug.

                    2. It's designed to take 2 batteries, but whenever I put 2 batteries in it the camera says that an incorrect battery is installed (altough both batteries are original Nikon batteries). The only way to get rid of the error is to pop them both out with the camera turned on and pop them back in again - but the error can come up again almost immediately. The only solution that seems to work is to only have one battery inserted at a time, which reduces the benefit of having 2 battery bays.

                    3. The hooks that hold the batteries in don't do their job - the battery door must be closed to keep the battery in the case.

                    4. Because of #3 above, the battery door comes flying open frequently (especially when mounted on a tripod).

                    These issues provide quite some frustration, but not enough to do without the grip. So I bang my head, curse the Vello designers, and keep on using it. I would buy it again, but it makes the price feel a bit high for the issues that you have to take with it.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    nice grip for price

                    By Ron

                    from Grinnell,Iowa

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                          Nice grip for the price

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A great product from a great company!

                          By debradoobie

                          from az

                          Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                          Quality product! Fast shipping! A pleasure doing business!

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                          5.0

                          Great item for full day shoots

                          By BILOXI BOB

                          from Gulf Coast

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                            This is not a cheap item that would fall apart in no time ..Well made and a perfect fit

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                            • No

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