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

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (51)
  • Easy to install (41)
  • Good value (31)
  • Reliable (23)
  • Easy to use (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (33)
  • Primary battery (25)
  • Sports/action (13)
  • Back-up (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (31), Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), 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

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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    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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              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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                  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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                      2.0

                      Not what I hoped.

                      By Captain Stereo

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I knew the cable was necessary for portrait shooting. That's not a big deal. What is a big deal is the big wheel! The locking wheel is absurdly large. When holding your camera in portrait mode with this attached, the giant wheel digs into your hand. Ergonomics just awful. I'm sending it back and I've already got another grip with a very compact locking wheel. Not B&H's fault, but they would do well to find an alternative grip to offer for the D5200/5100.

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                            2.0

                            DOES NOT FIT D5200!

                            By scottd800

                            from fresno, ca

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Does Not Seat On 5200

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

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

                            This grip does not actually fit on the d5200. It fits on the d5100 great, but becasue the base curves up too soon (see product photo) the grip will not fit without grinding this part wider. Once grinded, it functions fine, but stinks that the item is listed as compatible with a camera it is not. The base of the d5200 and d5100 are not the same.

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                            5.0

                            A Great Buy!

                            By Nik

                            from Knoxville,TN

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Pricey

                            Best Uses

                            • Primary Battery

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

                            This battery has been the buy I have made in a long time. I can shoot for hours and as before I could only shoot for about an hour and a half.

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                            5.0

                            Great Addition to My New D5100

                            By OldGuy

                            from MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Primary Battery
                              • Travel

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

                              My son had just bought the exact same camera I had just purchased and he showed up with the camera and let me use it (before I got mine). I noticed the battery grip attachment and it looked like a really great addition so I bought this one. It adds a lot to the stability of holding the camera steady and the ability to use two batteries instead of one means I almost never run out of a battery charge. It has worked flawlessly. It's a solid must-have accessory in my opinion.

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                              5.0

                              Extra Package for those long trips

                              By Kev

                              from Bronx, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I use the product everyday, why ? Because you never know what you will see that you would like to take a photo or video of! The fact that it holds 2 batteries is a great things for individuals who go on long trips. Especially if your a tourist ! This product comes in handy. I had to shoot a baby shower and I had to constantly turn off and on my camera because I was do afraid of it dying, that's would of been embarrassing! Sometimes I like to go to the city to take photos and every where I go I see people will the same product !

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