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VelloBG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810
 
4.2

(based on 178 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (102)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (76)
  • Durable (49)
  • Lightweight (32)
  • Compact (19)
  • Price (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (6)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (46)
  • Family photos (42)
  • Sports/action (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (36)
  • Travel (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (133), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vello Got It Right!

I was concerned that this grip would turn out to be flimsy and cheap in construction and function. Most of these "off brands" are, however I was delighted to discover the...Read complete review

I was concerned that this grip would turn out to be flimsy and cheap in construction and function. Most of these "off brands" are, however I was delighted to discover the quality built into this product. Right out of the box it looked and felt good and subsequent installation proved my observation correct. An additional concern, would I need to disassemble the grip in order to access both batteries and a routine basis, but the default setting initiates the grip bound battery as the first to be used and the onboard battery as secondary - sweet.The layout of controls is excellent as is the additional multi-selector built into the grip - nice engineering. Of concern is the occasional blink of the green light on the body - don't know why it occurs - no big deal but a little disconcerting - manual says that's normal.I can heartily recommend this product - rest assured, you'll love it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a direct replacement for nikon

Do not buy this thinking it a direct replacement for the Nikon unit. It is NOT. This unit fit nicely. It did work in that it does run the camera as advertised. It...Read complete review

Do not buy this thinking it a direct replacement for the Nikon unit. It is NOT. This unit fit nicely. It did work in that it does run the camera as advertised. It is also larger in every dimension than the nikon. Not a little bit, around a quarter inch bigger. What this means is that no "L" bracket from any of the major makers can work with this item! The battery tray can thus not be removed without actually taking the bracket off. The door cannot be opened to connect cables as the additional height means it mis-aligns the brackets. Had this been a true clone of the nikon size it would be quite nice. For most professional uses I do not recommend it. Should a purchaser never intend to mount this to a tripod it is a fair buy.

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1.0

Terrible Product!!!

By Jack

from Weston, FL

Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

This is the worst product that I have ever bought from B&H (Vello). The grip drains the battery, it is not a sturdy product. When attached to the camera it wiggles. I do not recommend this product. Going forward I will only use Nikon products.

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1.0

Problem

By Edward

from Denver Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

This particular battery grip is defective. With charged batteries in both the camera and the BG-N7 grip, the camera will not power up. The grip IS attached properly as the green light demonstrates. Likewise, the camera does not turn on with a battery in the grip and no battery in the camera. Oddly though, the paired unit does function properly when there is a battery in the camera but no battery in the grip.

I've been using vertical battery grips with all my Nikon cameras during the past 13 years with no problems.

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4.0

met my expectations

By Chris

from Atlanta Ga

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

    I like it much better than the version they make for the D750. Seems well made and fits the body with a solid connection.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Can't beat the price

    By Chris

    from Atlanta Ga

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

    Doesn't have the same feel as the Nikon, but at a third of the price, you can't beat it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Fantastic Battery Grip- Wish It Was Like Canon

    By JCO

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

        It does what is supposed to do. Very good quality. I also have a Canon camera and the battery grip has both batteries on the grip. On this model for Nikon, one battery remains inside the camera and the other one inside the grip, which is a pain, because you have to remove the grip to recharge the battery. On my Canon camera with also a Bello grip, both batteries come out easily without the need to remove the grip. I still gave it 5 stars because is not Bello's fault. It is a Nikon design problem.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Grip for D800

        By Fisher Images

        from Michigan

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

          Great Grip for D800 , Works perfectly, build quality is good too,
          Its plastic, but its built well, I would not pay the $$$$ for Nikon brand when you can get this for less than 1/3rd of Nikon brand one,

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          • No

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          3.0

          IT IS REPLACEMENT OF THE ORIGINAL, SINCE IT COULD NOT GET TH

          By CEPE

          from GUANAJUATO, GTO

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction
          • Poor Video Quality

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

          WHAT I WILL USE IN MY WORK

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          5.0

          I would buy it again

          By CD

          from Henderson, Ky

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fits Nice On The Camera

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

          Works perfect on my Nikon D810. Does exactly what I want it to do at a very reasonable price.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice product !!!

          By @51ck80y

          from Guayaquil, Ecuador

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

            this "generic" battery grip fits and works perfectly on my new D810 camera.
            Nikon Battery Grips are too expensive
            This works OK, i am so satisfied

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            • No

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            4.0

            Don't let your batteries run out

            By Michael P

            from Roselle Park, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

              Works great with the Nikon D800 and holds an additional battery to extend your ability to take many shots. I photograph whales and wildlife and take many action shots and I can use up a battery in a hurry. This attachment gives me an extra battery and automatically switches to the second when the first runs out.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great value for the money

              By Marcelogf

              from Argentina

              Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

              I recently added my new Vello grip and I could not be happier with it. Great look, ergonomics and quality bellow 100 dollars.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It is OK

              By GL Photo

              from MD

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

              I have BH to replace it after used it for about a week because it would not turn on after it sat for a couple of days. I needed to get it off from the camera and put it back on, then, it would work again. I am still waiting for the replacement. It worked fine when it was on. Only I could smell strong plastic from it. But it is good price and BH services dept is very good to exchange it.

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              • No

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              4.0

              great product

              By none

              from Apex, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                as good as the Nikon product for less than half the price

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Disappointing

                By jdpwash

                from Ft Pierce, Fl

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                    I have used this product for over a year and it worked as a charm until recently. The AF-ON button doesn't react anymore which means all the advantages of "comfortable and secure handling when shooting in the vertical position" are cancelled out. I didn't apply for replacement/repair as the unit is out of warranty and any repair would probably exceed the price of new.

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Vello Battery Grip

                    By Henry

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                      Beware of all the fake battery grip came from China.
                      I bought 3 different one Vello , Hanehn.... They just simply does not work.
                      It work with lithium battery for a short time play dead later even battery is full of charge.
                      Worst It never works right with regular battery.
                      Finally I have to buy an original one. It is expensive and cut throat. However you get what you paid for.

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                      • No

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                      1.0

                      Worthless.

                      By Matthew

                      from Sunnyvale, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction
                        • Overall Poor Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Paperweight

                        Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                        I shoot a lot of headshot portraiture so I was very happy to find an inexpensive battery grip option. However, what I thought was saving me $[$]ending up wasting $[$].Shortly after purchasing this grip it stopped working. Vello replaced it under warranty, but the replacement eventually stopped working as well; nothing works and when it is connected with a full battery in it the camera says the battery is exhausted and won't operate.You'll see reviews that say it works great, but read the reviews that mention long term use; this product does not last.

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                        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Follow up review

                        By Trip

                        from Charleston SC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Does Not Work With Durace
                          • Flimsy Construction
                          • Poor Customer Service

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                            After trying this with Duracell and it not working I contacted Vello and was told that it does not work with Duracell Batteries and "that information is everywhere". I looked, it is not. I spoke to the awesome staff at B&H and they were not aware of the problem despite the customer service at Vello saying that they were "made aware". I do not trust Vello for many reasons now from feeling a sense of distrust as well as the fact that you do not get emails signed with a person's name, only "Vello". This came free with my camera but regret not getting the Nikon Grip. Their parent company did tell me that they would like to look into it after I went back and fourth between B&H and Vello and they want me to send it back to them so they can "research it". My question is why since according to them the problem is with all of them... Just pull one off the shelf! I do trust B&H and in no way hold them accountable for this problem.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            B&H gets it right for a low cost D810 battery grip?

                            By Fstop2010

                            from Indianapolis, lN

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                              The Vello BN-N7 battery grip feels and fits like a glove on my D810! As a Retired Pro I know when a design works! My D810 saw the battery grip right off when attached and has been working great ever since! I purchased my grip from B&H around May 5th 2015 and glad I did saving over half the cost of OEM. So far so good but I expect BN-N7 battery grip due to it's stout construction to hold up well under my use of it!

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Vello explained to me that it does not work with Duracell!

                              By Trey

                              from Charleston, SC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Doesn't Work With Duracel
                                • Poor Customer Service

                                Best Uses

                                • Paper weight

                                Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                                I bought this when I purchased my D810 and when they arrived I decided to start with 8 fresh Duracell batteries which did not work. When I charged the camera battery completely it showed a charge which was apparently nothing more than the camera's... When I contacted the company by email I received one line emails in return that were vague and required another question from me. After multiple emails the person who signed it "Vello" I finally was told that it does not work with Duracell, when I asked why they said it was "something internal with the battery"... I asked for a manager to call me and someone did, not sure who but they informed me that this information is made clear in all advertisements and they don't plan on doing anything about it... Thanks Vello!

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                                • No

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                                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Do Not Buy! Damaged my D810!

                                By Kelly C

                                from Chalfont, PA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Destructive

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Vello BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810:

                                    If I could give this product 0 stars I would. The very first day I received this grip, I brought it along to use on a newborn shoot. After about 45 minutes or so of use, the camera just died on me. I anxiously changed out batteries several times and unscrewed the grip and still nothing. I stopped using the grip immediately and sent the camera into Nikon for repair. They had to replace the Power PCB and repair a battery drain. The D810 was only 5 months old and working perfectly before attaching this grip. If the camera wasn't still under warranty it would have been a very costly repair. Never again. I learned my lesson and will only buy Nikon from now on. B&H should stop selling this product immediately.

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                                    • No

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