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

(based on 170 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (73)
  • Durable (47)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Compact (17)
  • Price (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (43)
  • Family photos (40)
  • Sports/action (35)
  • Landscape/scenery (33)
  • Travel (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (128), Yes (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (22)

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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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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      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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        2.0

        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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              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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                (3 of 5 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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                      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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                        (7 of 7 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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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Not worth it

                            By Michelle D

                            from Reno, NV

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            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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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great deal

                              By Jay

                              from PA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              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 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Poor quality

                                By Costa Gromov

                                from Melbourne, Australia.

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                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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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Didn't Last

                                    By KnoxForensics

                                    from Jacksonville, FL

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    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

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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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