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

(based on 148 reviews)

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    (35)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (63)
  • Durable (40)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Compact (16)
  • Price (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (37)
  • Family photos (34)
  • Sports/action (31)
  • Landscape/scenery (29)
  • Travel (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (47), Pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (110), 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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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

Pretty good item, especially for the price

By ACon

from Massachusetts

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • It works

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

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

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

      the grip produced 6 fps with AA in 1.2X mode

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

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

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      1.0

      Great Price But D.O.A.

      By Zo on Film

      from Virginia Beach Virginia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Vello battery grip for Nikon D810

        By Norman Tam

        from Yellowknife.NT. Canada

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

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

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By Barb

        from Overland Park, KS

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Wildlife Photos

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

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

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By LRPeckPhotography

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Extra Battery Power

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

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

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            • No

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            5.0

            Go for it - Vello's BG-N7

            By Rw

            from West of Nashville

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

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

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            2.0

            It's really not needed

            By Tim

            from River Falls, WI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

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

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

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                5.0

                Feels Great

                By J Lock

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

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

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

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                  5.0

                  Good piece for the price

                  By Chip Troiano

                  from Stannard Vermont

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

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

                    I purchased this grip for my Nikon D 800 it was easy to install, the materials were good everything worked well. It makes shooting in vertical mode much more comfortable. Most important it did not add too much weight to the camera. I am very satisfied with the product for the price. I had a vertical grip on another of my cameras and it added more weight to the camera. I was very pleased with B & H, when I found the grip went on sale a week after i purchased it and I sent an email to B&H and they reimbursed the difference. I was very pleased with that.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Bang Bang BANG for the Buck!

                    By DBI Danny

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I've only had mine for 2/3 weeks now (used on my D800E), but I tend to really "use" things when I use them. If something doesn't break on me almost immediately, it'll be months or years until it starts giving me headaches!. I always find the build quality of off-brand stuff to be inferior, but tbh we accept that a product is 60%-85% as useful as the product costing 3/4+ times more. I feel. The connection is reasonably tight, and I don't doubt the connection between grip & camera. Although a couple others here have mentioned erratic function of their toggle key on the grip, particularly when used for focus-point selection, I found it to be perfectly usable. Then again, I remember when my "working/best camera" was a D90, and the off-brand grip onb that had the weirdest focus-point selection system! 2 Years of uber-hard use though, and I sold it with the camera & got top-dollar because everything was still working great. I suspect people may be accidentally flipping the toggle pad lock-select, on either the grip or camera itself.

                      This grip is *more than worth the cost. I don't believe the BL-% is compatible with it, which is my only gripe (since I also own a D4). But, for a savings of nearly $400.....I'm not complaining!!

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                      5.0

                      A great grip for the money

                      By Stephen

                      from Fair Lawn NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • High Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Extended Battery Life
                        • People With Large Hands

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

                        This is a great grip, feels high quality, parts all open and close nicely, the battery doest rattle inside, the texture feels like the rest of the camera and fits tightly. the obscenly priced Nikon grip is ridiculous, I simply refuse to invest that much money on a low tech grip.
                        FYI this grip works fine with my tripod I have no clue why the others here say it doesn't.

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                        4.0

                        Great buy

                        By Michael

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Money Saving

                        Cons

                        • Joystick A Little Flimsy

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        Works very very well for the money, happy I bought it, only complaint I have is the joystick control doesnt seem to work smoothly all the time

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Better than expected

                        By Bryan Shoe

                        from Plano, Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Astrophotography
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Time Lapse

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

                        I use this on my Nikon D810. This extends the battery life for the camera. I had expected lower quality for this price and was pleasantly surprised with this item.

                        This gives me extended battery I need for night time-lapse series.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Conforto para foto em formato "retrato"

                        By Bluesman

                        from Guarulhos, SP, Brasil

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

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

                        Produto imprescindível para longas sessões de fotos, em que se alterna formato "retrato" e "paisagem".Facilita muito!!!

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                        5.0

                        Value for the buck

                        By runningman1958

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              After reviewing other posts regarding the Vello Grip I decided to purchase it and and am glad I did. It fits well to the D810 and has a great feel to it. Glad I did not spend the extra $$ for the Nikon grip.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Vello products

                              By Mon20t

                              from New York, NY

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

                              These products may not look expensive as the original nikon grips but it works the same. I always use vello for all my cameras. Nikon D810, D7000, Canon T2i & 5D Mark 2. All
                              Of it has no issue whatsoever. I recommend these items not only to a friend but to anyone looking for a cheaper alternative. This is it.

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                              5.0

                              i would buy again

                              By bob

                              from monterey, ca

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

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

                                Easy to install and use

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Veloso D810 Grip

                                By L-Boogie

                                from Glendale

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

                                Great product with all the necessary features!

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                                4.0

                                It's been a solid grip

                                By Thomas

                                from Florence, AL

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Price

                                Cons

                                • Build Quality
                                • Flimsy Construction

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                If you asked me a few months ago would I ever buy a 3rd party battery grip for my $3K+ camera body, I'd tell you no way in hell, but I really had no choice at the time I purchased my D810. I have unusually large monkey hands and always attach a batter grip to every body I've owned. I was coming up empty-handed when I was in pursuit of a Nikon branded grip a few weeks ago; so I bit the bullet and purchased this one. So far, I'm quite impressed with it. There's a few things that let me know that it's not top notch quality; such as the bit of wiggle that comes from the locking door and the time the camera battery secure pieces came loose (which was an easy fix and is handled a lot more careful now). There's also the small thumb stick that has the intention of always thinking it's pressed in when attempting to maneuver my focusing point, but that has since been remedied with a bit more finesse in control operations. There's also the obvious difference in material when it comes to the rubber grip of the camera body vs the grip, which I don't pay much attention to but for all you sticklers out there... there is quite the difference.

                                I will still be on the lookout for a first party grip but until then I'll be satisfied with the use that I've got out of this one for the price I paid.

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                                5.0

                                BG-N7 Battery Grip for Nikon D800, D800E

                                By Arnie

                                from Sandy, Utah (Salt Lake area)

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  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:

                                  Used mainly for events or shoots where I need to shoot without interruption. Also, without a tri-pod. My experience with a battery & control attachment is invaluable when needed.

                                  I have been using Nikon for at least 16 years and would not be without such an accessory in my bag of accessories.

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