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

(based on 174 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (102)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (76)
  • Durable (48)
  • Lightweight (32)
  • Compact (19)
  • Price (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (45)
  • Family photos (42)
  • Landscape/scenery (36)
  • Sports/action (36)
  • Travel (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (36), Photo enthusiast (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (131), 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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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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      (4 of 6 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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                              (9 of 9 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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                                  (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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                                    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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