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VelloBG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610
 
4.6

(based on 116 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (70)
  • Durable (50)
  • Lightweight (29)
  • Compact (9)
  • Price (6)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (54)
  • Family photos (46)
  • Sports/action (46)
  • Travel (33)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (35), Pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid alternative to the Nikon grip

I love Nikon, but the Vello is a solid alternative when you just can't part with the money.
I am comparing this grip to the Nikon grip I have for my...Read complete review

I love Nikon, but the Vello is a solid alternative when you just can't part with the money.
I am comparing this grip to the Nikon grip I have for my D7000:
- it fits - no wiggle, space, or play between the body and grip.
- buttons are responsive - I use the AE/AF for bbf, and there is no lag; shutter button has good feel, and directional buttons work fine.
- Command dials work
- battery tray - battery will not seat as easily in the tray as the Nikon grip, however, once it's in, you're fine. Tray slides in smoothly, and fits perfectly in grip.
- Love the extra battery tray for back-up use with AA batteries.
- The feel is solid and grip surfaces are identical to the Nikon.
- Camera recognizes the grip/battery

I am happy with the performance, and very happy to have saved the extra money for other gear on my wish list.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's not perfect, but good enough for me

I have a Nikon D600 and a 24-70mm f2.8 lens. The lens is fairly heavy, so the battery grip provides better balance.

The main reason I wanted a battery...Read complete review

I have a Nikon D600 and a 24-70mm f2.8 lens. The lens is fairly heavy, so the battery grip provides better balance.

The main reason I wanted a battery grip was so I could shoot verticals without having my right elbow wrenched up in the air to reach the shutter button. The battery grip provides a shutter release for vertical orientation shots.

I examined the grip Promaster makes, and it seemed a little junky in construction. I also examined the Phottix grip, and it didn't look any better. I've heard from more than one source that Nikon's grip looks junky. I read reviews for battery grips, and the general consensus seemed to be that Vello has one of the better made grips. Upon receiving mine from B&H, I agreed that the Vello grip appeared to be more solidly constructed.

I like the grip, and it makes my camera more enjoyable to handle. Having said that, the multi-selector is very squirrely. It cannot be depended on to take me to the focusing sensor that I'm trying to select, but it's possible to reach the multi-selector on the camera, so I'm OK with the multi-selector being undependable.

Also, for purposes of image playback, the multi-selector is pretty much useless, because if I want to zoom in on an image in the monitor and navigate the box that selects the portion of the image that will appear magnified in the monitor screen, then one touch of the squirrely multi-selector will entirely undo all the zooming that has been done, because it thinks I'm trying to press the OK button in the center of the multi-selector.

The grip also has a command dial and a sub-command dial. These work fairly well, but they cannot be 100% depended on to be accurate. For example, when changing f-stops in succession, the dial might go from f2.8, f4, f5.6, f4, f5.6, f8, f11, f16, f11, f16, f22. The dial for the shutter speeds also skips around like this.

I can live with these problems by using the camera's controls. The main thing I'm concerned about it the shutter release, and it has a good, solid feel, and it works well.

I'm not going to return the grip, because I suspect the problems with the one I have are typical, and if I exchange it, there will be more of the same. I'm glad to have a grip that is far less expensive than the Nikon version. I can live with the grip's shortcomings.

It's possible that with use, the command dials will begin to work better. I say this because when I first attached the grip to the camera and tried to turn the camera on, nothing happened. But when I removed the battery holder and then put it back into the grip, the camera turned on just fine, and I haven't had any more problems with the camera not powering up. Evidently, there was a problem caused by the contacts having never been used before, and removing the battery holder and reinserting it into the grip cleaned the contacts.

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5.0

Great and cheap battery grip

By Chuckrom

from Mexico City

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

    I've been using it for two weeks and no problem at all, everything works fine and for the price I wouldn't even dare buying the nikon grip.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great battery grip

    By Gizmo

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wedding

      Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

      I really like this grip. It worked very well with my D600. I mainly bought it for the comfort factor as I am a wedding photographer and have sore wrists after hours of shooting. It definitely suits my needs and preferred not to buy the expensive Nikon grip. I'd rather use the savings on other gear!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Worth the price tag

      By Caleb the photog

      from Oklahoma City, OK

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

            I gave this product 4 stars because of the significant price difference vs. the name brand version, but the Nikon version is pricey for a reason.

            This grip doesn't feel as solid as my Nikon-brand grip for a D300s. The buttons seem a little loose, but I haven't had any big issues.

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            5.0

            Excellent quality

            By Yerv

            from Rhode Island

            Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

            Works as advertised. Fit and finish was terrific. Nothing to complain about.

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            5.0

            Extra Life

            By Jim

            from Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

              Gives me extra battery life, which I need because I am bad about charging mine.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Extra Life

              By Jim

              from Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                I like the batter grip! I'm bad about checking my batteries and charging them. This grip gives me a grace period.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great product to buy...

                By Art

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Feels Good

                Cons

                • I Don't Find Any

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                Shootings wedding takes a lot of time and a lot of batteries...The Velo vertical grip is a great addition to my gear. I love it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice device

                By brm

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                      I've only used it for a few snaps, but it does exactly what it's advertised to do. It syncs perfectly with the camera, and gives double the battery power. It's built like most of these units: nothing to complain about, but I have no idea as to longevity. A nice touch is the storage compartment for the little rubber protective cap that comes off the bottom of the camera, and is otherwise inevitably lost.

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                      3.0

                      Ok with one big exception

                      By Dennis

                      from Duluth, GA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • Issue With Zacuto Vf

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                      The unit works fine. Just as advertised. Seems pretty well made and does what it is advertised to do BUT; it will not work with the V2 of the Zacuto viewfinder. I bought the 3.2" extended frame to accommodate the added height of the BG-N10 but, because the tripod mounting hole is more forward (toward the lens) than the one in the D610 base it is not possible to get a good seal around the lcd screen. I found that if I used the V! Gorilla plate (which I just happen to have) along with the V2 tripod plate it will work.

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                      5.0

                      Vello Brand Nikon D610 Battery Grip

                      By ZKat2

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Equivalent To Oem

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                        I've had Nikon battery grips before and was afraid to try an aftermarket brand until I got my new D610. For a savings of $[$]. over the Nikon part I took a chance on the Vello unit. I have an electronic shutter trigger by them and it's a great piece so I thought it worth the risk. I'm glad I did. It seems equal to the Nikon product in every way!! Give it a try....you'll be glad you did.

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                        3.0

                        Caveat

                        By Dennis

                        from Duluth, GA

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                            Works as billed and seems to be of good quality but with an issue;this unit will not work with the latest model Zacuto viewfinder with V2 gorilla plate. The tripod mounting hole is too far forward (toward lens) to allow a flush fit of the Zacuto to the camera LCD screen. Fortunately I had a V1 baseplate which I think will work when I get the [$] screw I had to order.

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                            3.0

                            Works Well

                            By Benjamin Root

                            from Iowa, USA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                              Works as it should. Fairly well made, but the front command dial does skip settings around sometimes.
                              I bought this as a cheaper alternative to Nikon's grip and it does the job I expected

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                              5.0

                              So far so good!

                              By RPat

                              from Seattle

                              Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                              I bought this because in the middle of my last wedding my battery died. This causes me to have to switch back to my D90 for the rest of the wedding. It works well, is well designed and feels great. My only nit is there is a little flex in it with a 70-200 attached to it. Other than that totally worth the money

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                              5.0

                              Great alternative to genuine Nikon

                              By Weardale

                              from Co. Durham, UK

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Functional
                              • Good quality
                              • Good value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                Tried both this and the genuine Nikon product in the store. It was hard to tell the difference. This one fits and works just fine. All the command dials and controls work with a nice touch. Intended to buy the genuine product but having tested this one, I changed my mind, saved some money and don't regret it.

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                                4.0

                                Excellent product for half the price.

                                By Leon

                                from Dallas, TX

                                About Me Casual Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                  Will not turn the camera power on but will function like the it's more expensive counterparts.

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                                  4.0

                                  Battery Grip

                                  By Jorge

                                  from San Diego

                                  Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                  Looks and feels good.

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                                  5.0

                                  A great product. Looks just like the pic

                                  By ayeletno

                                  from tlv, israel

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                      Very easy to use. Very similar to the original. Feels very high quality.

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                                      5.0

                                      Nothing fancy - just works.

                                      By Bleak Manor Photography

                                      from Calgary, Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Works as advertised

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action

                                        Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                        Other reviewers commented on the flimsy construction. I would disagree. I have the Nikon battery pack for the D700, and don't see any appreciable difference. The command wheels work fine and "feels" just the same as the Nikon branded product. You would almost think they were made by the same company...

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                                        4.0

                                        I highly recommend this Grip*

                                        By Boston Bob

                                        from Rochester, MA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                            For the price, this is a great alternative compared to the Nikon grip. Good feel and works fine on my D610 .

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                                            5.0

                                            Works Great!

                                            By DL

                                            from San Antonio, TX

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Use

                                            Cons

                                            • None

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Vello BG-N10 Battery Grip for Nikon D600 & D610:

                                            Works great and provides better balance for heavier lens.

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