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VelloBG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810
 
4.3

(based on 160 reviews)

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    (36)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (68)
  • Durable (44)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Compact (16)
  • Price (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (42)
  • Family photos (37)
  • Sports/action (33)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Wildlife photos (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (121), Yes (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (50), Pro photographer (29), Photo enthusiast (19)

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

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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    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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        2.0

        Not worth it

        By Michelle D

        from Reno, NV

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

              I purchased this battery grip for my D810 and although I initially gave it a good review, i have since changed my opinion on this product. Initially it worked well, but after using mine a few months now, it seems to have a problem maintaining a connection. Both in the battery compartment and the connection between it and the camera. It gets pretty frustrating seeing the green light light up everytime the camera is moved. Indicating to me that the connectors are shorting out. The short also prevented the camera from transferring power when the grip's battery was removed. So, if you have money to burn, I recommend the OEM version instead of this.

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              5.0

              Great grip for a great price

              By None

              from Toronto Ontario

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Living in Canada I have always found camera equipment to be heavy on price but by shopping around carefully at home I could usually find what I was looking for at a price I was willing to pay. When I started looking for a battery grip I could not believe the prices at home. I'll give you just one example; $ Canadian. I've been retired now for five years and have enjoyed searching for rare books on the Internet so I started looking for my battery grip and found your company. The price could not possibly be beat. I ordered the grip right away. I received it by Purolator about five days later. The quality of the product is everything it was suppose to be. Great grip, great service, great price !!!

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                5.0

                Great deal

                By Jay

                from PA

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I shoot pro and these grips tend to last me about a year of constant use before needing replacement. Much less expensive than buying Nikon.

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                  1.0

                  Poor quality

                  By Costa Gromov

                  from Melbourne, Australia.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Build Quality

                    Best Uses

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

                      1st unit received, died very shortly. B&H very kindly replaced it with no probs.
                      After just over a year, the 2nd unit started playing up. the focus points joystick, AA batteries tray both stopped working.
                      Bottom line, it's a very low quality product.
                      If you really need a battery grip, spend the extra $$$ and buy the genuine Nikon one.

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                      2.0

                      Didn't Last

                      By KnoxForensics

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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

                            I purchased the Vello battery grip as part of a package with a Nikon D800. While the grip looks and feels solidly constructed, it didn't last. After about 10 months of use, it started having connection problems that eventually resulted in the camera not recognizing the battery and allowing only the shutter release to work, not any of the other controls.

                            I'm meticulous with caring for my gear, and the grip and camera connections always got covered whenever the grip was removed from the camera. Based on my research, the connection issues seem to be common to the Vello grip.

                            While Vello was responsive to my warranty inquiry, I couldn't wait four to six weeks for repair, so I bought the Nikon MB-D12.

                            If it were not for the connection issues, I would have been quite happy with this grip. But, if the camera doesn't even recognize the battery, the grip isn't of much use.

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                            5.0

                            Better than expected

                            By ChazRaz

                            from Chicago, llinois

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Solid As A Rock

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I love Nikon, but sometimes I feel they really rip me off. Having received a new 810, I wanted the feel of my D3 so I looked into the battery grips from Nikon. The $ price tag stunned me, so I looked around, found this one, read the reviews and made a decision to try it. B&H had it here in a few days, but, darn, it didn't work. I called them the same day and they walked me through the routine and emailed me a return slip and side they would replace it. When I received the second one a few days later, I realized I was the idiot that didn't set the controls correctly and the other unit may have been a solid functioning battery pack. Well, here is the bottom line on this unit.It is solid, feels solid and looks solid. It attaches easily and after attaching, feels like part of the camera. The tripod port is built well too. I wondered how strong it was. No more wondering. I'm am confident in this build quality. This may turn out to be the best $ I have spent in a long time. I am having fun with this unit, and each time I use it I become more and more confident. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. This is a gift to Nikon owners of 810's. Hope this helps a bit. I'm not going to look back - I really like this thing. Nuff said.

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                              5.0

                              Great low cost alternative to Nikon's

                              By Zap-Photo

                              from Bloomfield, NJ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Fast
                              • Good Grip Material

                              Cons

                              • Slow Changing Aa Bats
                              • Slow To Change Aa
                              • Too Slow Changing Aas
                              • Too Slow To Change Aa Bat

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              This feels great, works great and didn't cost over $.I tried another off brand version and had to return it, so was reluctant to try this but previous reviews were good, so I took the chance and am happy I did. No reason to buy Nikon when this works just as well.

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                              4.0

                              So far, so good

                              By AJ

                              from Little Rock, AR

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Snugly
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio

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

                                I was a little afraid to order an off-brand product that I consider this important. However, after attaching it and using it through one session, I'm impressed. It's snug, lighter-than-expected, and seems to work as advertised. And this is very important, and I only know one way to put it: thankfully, it doesn't feel cheap. That was a big fear with something a tiny fraction of the price of Nikon's. Not so, feels good to use.

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                                1.0

                                Poor quality

                                By Jay reckord

                                from Texas

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

                                I read the reviews before purchasing the BG-N7 grip and noticed some folks were very unhappy with this product. I still went ahead and purchase it because of the low price when compared to Nikon version. Bad choice. Don't be lured by the low price unless you don't mind the aggravation. Within weeks the grip started to malfunction. It would not recognize the battery in the grip and and only the shutter button would function. I tried resetting the camera and removing and reinstalling the grip. I called the manufacturer and they told me to return it for repair. I am really surprise a top notch company like B&H continue to offer this product despite the poor reviews. I have the Nikon grip on order as I have lost confidence in the BG-N7. I want a grip that will spend time on camera instead of in the repair shop. If you own a high performance car don't buy discount tires. That's my advice.

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                                5.0

                                Very good grip

                                By Bob

                                from Maine

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Fits well
                                • Good Balance
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  I ma very pleased with the build quality and functionality of the BG-17. Everything works as it should. And it takes abuse, I am not easy on equipment. Fits good, feels good. It does not take the battery pack of D4 as the Nikon grip does.

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                                  4.0

                                  Pretty good item, especially for the price

                                  By ACon

                                  from Massachusetts

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • It works

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      This grips works pretty well on the Nikon D810. My camera recognized it right away and displayed the remaining charge of both batteries (in camera body and the one in the grip). I mainly use a spare EN-EL15 in the grip as it is lighter than the 8 AA batteries. As far as increasing FPS on the D810, it behaves just as the Nikon grip is reported to...

                                      the grip produced 6 fps with the EN-EL15 in 1.2X mode

                                      the grip produced 6 fps with the EN-EL15 in 1.5x DX mode

                                      the grip produced 6 fps with AA in 1.2X mode

                                      The grip produced 7 fps with AA in 1.5X DX mode

                                      Overall, the grip is pretty decent. I am sure that the Nikon grip feels a little sturdier when connected to the D810 body, but for this price and the few times that I will use it, the Vello is fine.

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                                      1.0

                                      Great Price But D.O.A.

                                      By Zo on Film

                                      from Virginia Beach Virginia

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                                        The shipping was quick and the box was of good quality.
                                        BUT, the device was DOA. I didn't catch it in time utilize the 30 day return policy but Vello has a 1 year warranty and I am waiting for a callback

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                                        5.0

                                        Vello battery grip for Nikon D810

                                        By Norman Tam

                                        from Yellowknife.NT. Canada

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

                                        Fit and finishing was perfect . Works great too why Nikon cost few hundreds more?

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                                        4.0

                                        Great for the price

                                        By Barb

                                        from Overland Park, KS

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                                          I wanted to add a grip since I do a lot of portraits and it makes my life easier. Couldn't justify the more expensive Nikon grip so I went with this. So far, so good! Attaches easily, good battery life, & I haven't had some of the issues related to size of the grip that others have posted, but I rarely use my bracket. The only negative thing is that the multi-selector has trouble moving past center to the top (right) of the frame. If I have a second I can keep trying, but usually I just use the camera's selector. An annoyance, but overall I am happy I bought it. Being slightly annoyed is worth the price difference!

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Product

                                          By LRPeckPhotography

                                          from Reno, NV

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Extra Battery Power

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

                                            The Vello BG-N7 does a great job. Good quality!Cannot tnink of anything negative about the product.

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                                            5.0

                                            Go for it - Vello's BG-N7

                                            By Rw

                                            from West of Nashville

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

                                            Works as advertised. Some people have had an issue with the multi-selector. I didn't find that to be a difficulty at all. The use is really focused tword making portrait mode easier, but I find the d810 such a massive power hound that I like using the battery grip so I can double up on the batteries. My Nikon d300s could go for days between fill ups, but no so the d810. Don't getting me wrong, I reall do love this camera. Oh and by the way do some workout with weights, the camera is considerably heavier with the battery grip on. (Both Vello's and Nikon's battery grip weigh nearly the same) Finally $[$](Vello's Battery Grip vs. $430 (Nikon's MB-D12) won me over hands down. Hope this is useful.Once again, B&H delivered flawlessly.

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                                            2.0

                                            It's really not needed

                                            By Tim

                                            from River Falls, WI

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Bulky

                                              Best Uses

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

                                                I bought this for my 800, but it only made it heavier and a bit clumbsy to handle the camera. With two batteries providing the power, or if using the double AA eight (8) battery holder, it is too heavy for outdoor work, at least for me. Have to make sure your tripod can handle the weight. Can be difficult to put on camera if you are not around a table, or some sought of resting place for the camera. All equates to the weight and balance.

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                                                5.0

                                                Feels Great

                                                By J Lock

                                                from Denver, CO

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy to Use

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Family Photos
                                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                                  • Travel

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

                                                  I use the product in every day to day shooting. The extended life saves me time and effort when shooting. This model feels like the Nikon product and molds securely to my camera. So far I have no complaints.

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