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VelloBG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera
 
4.1

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (54)
  • Easy to install (41)
  • Good value (31)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Reliable (23)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (35)
  • Primary battery (25)
  • Sports/action (16)
  • Weddings (13)
  • Back-up (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72), 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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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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    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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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                      3.0

                      Inexpensive Alternative

                      By adventurehouse

                      from Silver Spring, MD

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Inexpensive

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy Construction

                      Best Uses

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

                        I bought this product because I use my Nikon D5200 as a video camera for High School productions. The single battery wouldn't last a complete dance recital, so I thought this would solve that problem. Which it does. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars at this time because it feels very flimsy. But what more do you want for the money? Only used it a couple of times so far, so I can't comment too much in regards to it's ability to survive more than standard use.

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                        3.0

                        Good enough

                        By CarsonEisenbeisz

                        from South Dakota

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • High Quality

                        Cons

                        • Cord Doesn't Always Work
                        • Cord Inhibits Lcd Motion

                        Best Uses

                        • Extend Battery Life
                        • Vertical Shutter Button

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

                        Before buying this product, I looked at several cheaper alternatives on [@]. In the end, i decided to go with this one assuming it would be of better quality than the $30 ones on [@]. Overall, I'm satisfied with this product. There are a few important things to note, however, that may not work for everyone. The main drag with this battery grip is the cable that must run from the grip to the camera in order for the vertical shutter button to work. It's not too large, but it gets in the way of the LCD on the D5100 so you must remove the cable to flip the screen around. Also, the vertical shutter button doesn't always work for me. I think there's a disconnect of some kind in the cord. Because when I wiggle it around it usually starts working again. One other thing, there are no additional buttons other than the shutter button. That's the only one. Those three quirks aside, the grip feels sturdy in the hand. And the main plus for me is doubling the battery life. I used two Nikon brand batteries, so I didn't experience any of the compatibility problems some people are talking about. The bottom line for me, I think you may be better off going with a cheaper model unless price isn't a big deal. It will work, but if you're picky like me, it probably won't satisfy your expectations for what you pay.

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                        4.0

                        Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5200

                        By Boyet

                        from Goodyear,Arizona

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction

                        Best Uses

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

                          pros: makes the camera easier to hold
                          works well for intended use
                          camera looks better
                          cons: had to remove camera door (but I blame
                          Nikon for this)
                          battery door on unit could be better built
                          higher grade resin/plastic would be nice

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Good

                          By Dr bastian

                          from San Juan PR

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

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

                            Good price

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            I would buy this product again and again

                            By Martin

                            from Quito, Ecuador

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Good Value
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Primary Battery
                              • Travel

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

                              I bought this grip for my D5200 after I had bought it for my d5100 one year ago. Works great and gives the camera a better appearance.

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                              5.0

                              Comfortable and useful

                              By Big B

                              from Amarillo Texas

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Pricey

                              Best Uses

                              • Primary Battery
                              • Travel

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

                              I Bought the hand grip to use 2 battries while on my trip. the batterys last all day i dont have to fret with switching out batteries. the things i like most about the grip is that 1. it holds 2 batteries at once. 2. it matches the camera body. 3. has a nice rubber finger grip. and 4. i like the fact it has a button so i can take side pictures without having to hold my hand in a wierd position. there is 2 complaints i have 1. the wheel you spin to screw it to the bottom is very large. 2. for this model for the Nikon D5100 it has to have a cable that runs from the grip to the camera to use the side button option. (however this is not the fault of the manufacture of this grip it has to do with Nikon not putting in a connection in the camera for it to be controlled by the grip therefor the cable is required.) Over all i recomend this product its nice sleek and seems durable i will be useing it for many years to come.

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                              4.0

                              Nice grip

                              By Stratmeister

                              from Ft Lauderdale

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install

                              Cons

                              • Need External Cable

                              Best Uses

                              • Primary Battery

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

                              I like the size and feel of this grip on my Nikon 5200. Works great, uses 2 batteries. ... I only wish it didn't need the little cable to use the handle mounted shutter release button.

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