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VelloBG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E & D810
 
4.4

(based on 111 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (41)
  • Durable (30)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Compact (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (27)
    • Family photos (25)
    • Sports/action (24)
    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Wildlife photos (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (84), Yes (4)

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    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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    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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    4.0

    Nice to have a Battery Grip

    By Anand Arts

    from Hackensack NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Being a Wedding photographer I have to shoot continuously so I need a extra battery which I need not to change in between. And also one more good option vertical position comfortable controls.

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        5.0

        Better than expected!

        By James

        from Austin TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

              I didn't expect this grip to be as nice as it is. I have not had any issues with it, fit & finish is really good, and it works great. Battery grips from the OEM are ridiculously priced, and this is a great alternative.

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              5.0

              simply devine

              By avi

              from new jersey

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                this grip is perfect at a fraction of the cost to the nikon grip but it still provides all of the same features. my only gripe is the grips shutter release is set back a little far on the grip for small hands to press.

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                4.0

                Hard to distinguish from the Nikon MB-12

                By MJR

                from Huntington Beach, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                      There was a time I wouldn't even consider anything other than original Nikon accessories until I replaced the Nikon LCD cover with the Vello snap on. Much better in every way.
                      I have the Nikon MB-D12 which was originally on My D800e. When I got the D810 I put the MB-D12 on it. When trying the D800e without a grip especially with the AFS 500mm F4 on a tripod, I discovered I needed a grip on it also rather than doing the chicken wing on portrait orientation. After receiving the Vello grip I examined the Nikon and Vello side by side both off and on the camera. I was very surprised by the quality of build, fit and finish of the Vello especially considering the huge price disparity between the two. The Battery trays are not interchangeable. The Vello also comes with an AA Battery tray. To nitpick the toggle switch on the Nikon does feel a little more robust and the battery tray lock on the Nikon is a little smoother. That said the Vello toggle switch and tray lock do work as intended and would not deter me from going with the Vello or recommending it.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent quality for the Price

                      By John

                      from Coastal North Carolina

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I shoot a lot of rural landscapes, beach scenes and wildlife and I use the vertical format a lot so I was in the market for study grip for my D800E. My first look was at the Nikon version of this grip. No question it is well built and if you want to spend the money, go for it. I decided to save 300 bucks and try the vello. I have a Nikon Grip on my D600 so it's easy to compare. If I have to nitpick I'd say the color may be off a tiny bit. It is sturdy, perhaps a bit larger than the Nikon grip. I've been shooting with it for a week now on and off tripods and have no complaints. Everything works. It does what it says it does. I gave it five stars.

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                        5.0

                        Grreat product at a fair price

                        By Joe

                        from Marco Island FL,

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Fit like a glove on my D 800E. Came with extra battery holder for AA batteries. Works like the factory original but at a much better price.

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                          5.0

                          Great add-on

                          By Eclipse

                          from Gaithersburg, MD

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Great product and easy installation without bulky wires sticking out the side to link the grip to the base electronically.

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                            5.0

                            7 frames/second!

                            By DocE

                            from Mount Shasta Ca

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

                            I shoot bitds preferably in motion. A battery grip with AA batteries increases the continuous high frame rate in Dx mode to 7/fps. Fits perfectly D810. Frame rate 7fps. Cost 1/5 of Nikons MB-D12. Will see how it holds up.

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                            3.0

                            Inexpensive but not fantastic

                            By Michael

                            from Bangor, Maine

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Inexpensive

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy Construction
                            • Vello - Poor Cust Serv

                            Best Uses

                            • Temporary

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

                            I've used this product regularly on a D800 for the past year producing around 60,000 images. Plain and simple: it's falling apart.

                            The first thing to go ( after about two months of use ) was the little multi selector cover. The first couple of times it fell off, I was able to find it and put it back on. It would come off very easily if the back of the camera rubbed against my body while moving around.

                            I then started to have connectivity issues. The battery in the camera would drain before the battery in the grip and/or the multi selector wouldn't work. Cleaning the contacts seemed to help but only temporarily leading me to believe that success had more to do with the act of removing and reattaching the grip.

                            Most recently the connector dial/screw locked up which necessitated disassembling the grip, realigning the mechanics of the connector dial/screw, and reassembling. Now the grip needs constant tightening and only occasionally will make good electrical contact with the camera.

                            This camera is used almost daily and, in all honesty, I didn't expect much for such an inexpensive add-on. Had this been the OEM grip, I would have rated it one star.

                            My experience with Vello products in general has not been a great one. They seem to make products that are short lived and aimed toward casual users.

                            This grip is bound for the trash. Lesson (re)learned.

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                            4.0

                            Why buy the original and pay $ plus

                            By Mike

                            from Melbourne, Australia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video

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

                              This product is excellent, why buy the original Nikon and pay +$ when this one does a perfect job. Excellent quality, fits OK, does the job.

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                              5.0

                              Good product

                              By Al

                              from AZ

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

                              I bought this for my wife and she absolutely loves the vertical grip. It fits well and tightens down great. All the buttons work well and dials too. The one thing that she finds annoying is that with the bigger profile the camera strap gets in between her eye and the viewfinder. I'm thinking about getting her a better strap that won't have that issue.

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                              5.0

                              Better alternative

                              By Fotofix

                              from Long Island

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

                              $ vs $ no brainer been using these for years never an issue.

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                              3.0

                              Vello battery grip

                              By FG

                              from ME

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

                              Does the job!

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                              3.0

                              Almost perfect, but....

                              By Jim

                              from SE TN

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Fit and finish is excellent. All functions work fine on D800 and D810. Tiny bit of flex on the D800 seems to be gone on the D810. Release, lock, AF button and thumbpad have excellent, firm, positive feel, much better than the competing clone sold at the other big NYC online retailer. Have not tried an L bracket to see if it works. I attached a RRS plate from a 1d and although it doesn't fit perfectly, it works perfectly. Here's the only drawback to this grip- it uses it's own proprietary battery trays and will NOT accept the Nikon EN-EL18 battery or clones. The contacts are in a different location from the MB-12. This really handicaps this otherwise excellent product. I gave it 3 stars because it's such a good grip, the failure to design it with the ability to accept the EN-EL18 is a huge disappointment. I hate that I'm going to have to part with it to find another grip as good as this one that will accept the EN-EL18. If that's not a concern for you, I rate it 5 stars.

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                                  3.0

                                  Good value but not Nikon quality

                                  By PBH

                                  from Vancouver Island

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good value

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Connection Screw

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  The Vello grip is a good quality product, just not quite Nikon quality. The worst problem I have found so far is the connection screw, it doesn't feel very strong when you tighten it and it doesn't inspire confidence to tighten it a bit more. It actually feels a bit springy as though it is at the end of it's movement and the next bit of pressure would cause something to break.
                                  Using the camera all day with various lenses and often with an SB800 flash, I soon became aware of the grip coming loose, so then I had to keep checking it for tightness. This was a bit worrying and didn't inspire confidence.
                                  Everything else on the grip worked as expected and compares reasonably well to my MB-D10 on D700.
                                  I will buy the Nikon MB-D12 as soon as I have a little spare cash, but this will help in the meantime.
                                  If you do buy one of these, just remember to check the connection screw regularly, otherwise it's fine.

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                                  5.0

                                  BG-N7 Grip for Nikon D810

                                  By Mick

                                  from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile High Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    The grip is well made and does everything it is advertised to do. It may be slightly larger than the Nikon version. I have heard that but I do not know that for sure. Otherwise, in my experience, it is a perfect fit and match with my new Nikon D-810. Nikon appears to be trying to recover huge profits from their version of the same grip. Thanks to BH for providing this option.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great battery grip for the money!

                                    By srobart

                                    from Missouri, USA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        I purchased this battery grip from B&H about a month ago and I've had it on my camera every second since then. It's actually more sturdy than I thought it was going to be. I bought an off-brand grip for my D7100 (not Vello) and I was constantly having problems with it...it didn't fit properly, I had to bend one of the locking mechanism pins to make it work and it was generally junk. That almost sent me to the Nikon-brand this time, but I looked over other reviews of the Vello grips and people seemed to be very happy with them.

                                        The tripod mount on the Vello is metal and very solid. Battery tray fits well with no jiggles, wobbles or other inconsistencies, in fact, it fits absolutely perfectly into the grip. It comes with a AA battery holder as well, which is a nice bonus. I am having no connection issues between the body and the grip, which is a problem I had with my last off-brand grip, so this was a major relief. The rubber on the bottom and on the grip area (below the camera's hand grip) feel nice in the hand and I don't worry about my hand slipping off when I hold the camera with one hand. Taking the grip off the camera is easy, as is putting it back on. There is also a holder for the flap that covers the electronics on the bottom of your camera, so you don't have to worry about losing it.

                                        The buttons in vertical mode work fine. I can map the grip's AF-ON button to all the same functions that I can in the camera (but I tend to keep it as AF-ON most of the time). The shutter button is responsive, but feels a bit more like a D5200's shutter button, as it's kind of squishy instead of very responsive like the D800, but there's a definite delineation between the half-press and the full-press, for those of you who focus with your shutter button, so I don't see it as a problem. I've used it in both orientations and find that it's both easy and comfortable to switch. The placement isn't identical when held in vertical mode, as it is on the camera itself, but it's not so far off that it feels alien, either. However, the on-off switch does feel a bit flimsy, although I don't think it's so flimsy that it will break if used frequently.

                                        Overall, I would definitely recommend this battery grip. Being able to hold an additional battery doubles the number of shots I can get without charging. I'm getting an average of 600-650 shots per charge with the battery in the grip and another 650 or so with the battery in the camera. I've started just leaving the battery in the camera and charging the battery in the grip when it gets low, that way I know I will always have at least one battery fully charged if I need the camera and don't have time for a proper charge. The ability to use AA batteries is nice too.

                                        I think the only thing I would ask for is a way to use the EN-EL18 battery from the D4/D4S in the grip for the additional battery power. I've read that you can use the battery tray from the Nikon grip in the Vello, but I haven't tried it myself. It would definitely be nice to have that monster battery, but I'm really not running out of juice very often anyway and I do shoot quite a bit. I try to go out every morning and take some photographs, as it's quite therapeutic for me.

                                        I dropped my camera with this battery grip on there (the strap broke), the camera landed squarely on the battery grip, where the shutter button is. I've never dropped a camera before, so when it happened, I had that sinking feeling in my chest like I'd just heard some REALLY bad news. Thankfully, it was dropped on the grass and not concrete, but it did have a large 70-200mm lens on it. No damage to the camera or lens, thankfully (talk about a HUGE RELIEF...phew). The drop was from about 4 feet high, so if the Vello can withstand THAT, it should be fine taking a few bumps in a bag or the occasional bounce off of a wall without an issue. This isn't a grip you have to "baby". I thought for sure that the camera was going to have to be sent in for repairs, or that I damaged the grip or mount, but all was fine, there wasn't even any scratches on the grip, but there was a tiny bit of dirt that got in the crack of the plastic, which was easily removed with a pocket knife. I really wouldn't wish that feeling on any photographer, when they drop an expensive camera, haha.

                                        Considering the difference in price between this and the Nikon version, this is really a steal. Perhaps the Nikon version has some magnesium on it which matches the camera or something and that makes it worth 3x the price, or maybe it's just REALLY expensive to print "NIKON" on some plastic, I don't know. Either way, I'm very happy with this Vello grip and I would recommend it to anyone else who would rather spend money on glass or accessories than a grip.

                                        Some have said that the grip doesn't "match" the camera, I guess they mean the difference between the magnesium and the plastic/rubber, but unless I sat there and stared at it, I don't think I'd be able to tell the difference. They're both black and have that crinkle finish to them. To me, this isn't an issue, as this isn't a fashion show, it's all about the functionality and the Vello functions precisely as it should. I guess some people value form over function, but I am not one of those people.

                                        So, stop worrying about whether this grip will do the job. It will. You will be happy with it and you'll have some extra money in your pocket for flashes, glass or other accessories. And of course you can never go wrong when buying from B&H, either.

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                                        5.0

                                        Cheaper than Nikon

                                        By Randyman712

                                        from Long Beach, CA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • None

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Weddings/Events

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

                                        Seems very sturdy and tons cheaper than the Nikon. Has nice feel also.

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                                        5.0

                                        Good Buy Good Quality

                                        By Ali

                                        from Magnolia, AR

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                                              I normally buy genuine Nikon accessories, but this time decided to take a chance and am happy I did. Surperizing the built quality is excellent considering the cost differtial to Nikon part. Operation is very smooth. Provides extra grip which is nice to balance the camera and the 70-200 lens load. price is also great. I have shot about 1000 pics and so far it has been great. I highly recommend it.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Grip

                                              By CDPHOTOGRAPHY

                                              from Troy, Al

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy to Use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

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

                                                  Vello does a great job making after-market grips. I have one for my D600 and the one for my D800. They both work great!

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