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

(based on 123 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (26)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (48)
  • Durable (33)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Compact (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (33)
    • Family photos (29)
    • Sports/action (27)
    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Wildlife photos (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (38), Pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94), Yes (4)

    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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    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

    Excellant

    By jhh

    from florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Price And It Works

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

      Perfect fit, matches camera, nice non slip finish, controls maybe 10% less smooth than OEM. GREAT price.

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      5.0

      An Excellent Substitute

      By Michelle D

      from Reno, NV

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comparable To Nikon
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great price
      • Value For Dollar
      • Well built

      Cons

      • Flimsy Latch

      Best Uses

      • Event photography
      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Street photography
      • Travel

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

      This Battery Grip is well built. Probably comparable to the more expensive Nikon version. My only complaint is that the Battery compartment latch does not remain tight to the body and may be subject to being sheered off. I don't know if that is a design problem, but with careful use that should not pose a problem. My experience with Battery Grips includes the Nikon version for the D7100 and another for the D200. I wish I had been more informed about the Vello product line then...

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      • No

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      4.0

      very good battery grip for the price

      By Al nyc

      from ny,ny

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

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

        for a better grip on camera and to shoot horizontal images easier

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        3.0

        Not so great

        By Brendan

        from Los Angeles

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

        My main complaint is when I mounted it to the camera it wobbled a bit, making a not so firm feel and tripod use with suffered greatly. I have the MB-D10 for my D700 and it mounts and becomes an extension of the camera, there is no play or wobbling at all. I returned it and am ordering the nikon MB-D12.

        Also the multi selector felt very sensitive and easy to hit, I like the firmer feel of the nikon.

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        5.0

        Excellent Vertical Grip

        By Mr. B

        from Downtown Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Well built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fashion
          • Sports
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I've only had this for a week, but it feels solid and makes the D810 feel better for handheld photography. The second battery provides more frames per sec. I may end up leaving it on at all times for convenience. It is the next best thing to the rigidity of a camera with an integral grip.

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          4.0

          Good value!

          By jtang2

          from Novi, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Makes shooting verticals a snap! Fit and finish appear to be good; a good match to the Nikon body.Long-term durability is unknown; I hope it will provide a service life of 3-5 years.

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            5.0

            Awesome price for a great piece!

            By hpeff

            from Louisiana

            About Me Semi-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:

              Very well made and easy to connect to the camera. You really can't beat the price! used it for a wedding last week and it was fantastic.

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              5.0

              Fits like a glove.

              By Chinook

              from Blaine WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Feels solid
              • Fits Nicely
              • Great For Portraits

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

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

                This is my second grip from this company. The first one fit and works great on my D600. This one also fits and works great on my new D810.I shoot a lot of people at our yacht club events. This grip makes shooting portraits a lot more convenient.I also shoot birds in flight. I am looking forward to the extra speed with the addition of a second battery.

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                5.0

                excellent very good.

                By irinandres

                from Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  excellent very good.

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                  5.0

                  Great battery grip for 1/3 of the price

                  By danafernandezphotography

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    This is my third time buying a Vello battery grip for my cameras! They always perform well and I would highly recommend over the Nikon branded one! You could buy three for the price of one!

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                    5.0

                    Expectations pleasantly exceeded

                    By OzarkImageWorks

                    from NW Arkansas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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

                          The Vello BG-N7 is doing exactly the job I hired it to do: pack some extra power, and bulk up the camera body to conform to a comfortable fit for somebody with very large hands. It mates up neatly with the D810, plays nicely with the D810 firmware, is a good cosmetic match for the D810 body, and was very attractively priced in comparison to the "official" MB-D12 battery pack.

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                          4.0

                          Nice to have a Battery Grip

                          By Anand Arts

                          from Hackensack NJ

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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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                                      3.0

                                      "L" Bracket does not fit Grip

                                      By Jim from Coral Springs Fla

                                      from Coral Springs Fla

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Price And Build

                                      Cons

                                      • Fit

                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                      Purchased to use with Nikon D810 and "L" Bracket. When a Kirk "L" Bracket installed the battery compartment cannot be removed. But, without bracket, this is a very well made grip that works as described and a 75% savings from the Nikon Grip.

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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

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                        Cons

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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

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              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

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                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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