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VelloBG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200
 
4.5

(based on 120 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (68)
  • Durable (42)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Compact (14)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (41)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Family photos (30)
  • Wildlife photos (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (43), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well balanced product.

I found this battery grip to be the perfect balance between quality and price. It's not as cheap as others but it's seem to be fairly well built, not as well as the Nikon...Read complete review

I found this battery grip to be the perfect balance between quality and price. It's not as cheap as others but it's seem to be fairly well built, not as well as the Nikon grip but it's a lot more affordable. The only complaint I have about it is that the command dials are a tiny bit funny but they still do the job. This is definately a great alternative to the Nikon battery grip.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not study for regular use / tripod mount

I picked up one of these in December 2013. By June 2014 it was pretty much worn out and it will never again go back on my camera. I normally kept it mounted to...Read complete review

I picked up one of these in December 2013. By June 2014 it was pretty much worn out and it will never again go back on my camera. I normally kept it mounted to my D7100, except when it was time for a battery change. Initially I loved this grip because it seemed to work well and with the extra battery you can often shoot for days without needed to change batteries and rotating to shoot in portrait mode is comfortable and steady. I probably use a tripod about 25% of the time and this may be part of the reason my unit became unreliable. I believe that the weight of the camera and lens on the tripod eventually stressed the mostly plastic base to the point where the control connector got fatigued and began to fail.

What actually went wrong is that the connector to the camera body started becoming intermittent. Sometimes the second battery would be show up and sometimes it wouldn't. Similarly, the auxiliary controls would work sometimes fail. If I removed and reattached the grip it sometimes would work for a while and other times it would not. Sometimes if I pushed the based firmly to the camera body it would work. And, as another reviewer indicated, the connection inheritance would cause the camera to activate when being handled and drain the batteries more quickly. Eventually it became so temperamental that I just gave up.

The bottom line is that this Vello grip is flimsy and quickly wore out. If you want one of these for light duty use it may be suitable but if you are serious about getting a quality product or frequently use a tripod then consider buying the Nikon unit at 3x the price. I'm going to make the investment now like I should have in the first place. I guess I will consider my purchase of the Vello grip a six month rental.

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5.0

double the Battery

By BryanK67

from London

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ae-laf-l Button
  • Build quality
  • Double The Shooting Time
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Main Sub Command Dials
  • Matches Camera Finish
  • Multi Selector
  • Shutter Release Button

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

I bought this battery Grip in fact to increase the grip on my new Nikon D7100. initially I was apprehensive of using this with my shoulder strap which connects by screwing into the tripod mount. which I was nervous of because I wasn't sure of the build quality. after comparing this with the OEM Nikon battery grip at almost 3 times the price. I needn't have worried whilst it isn't made of magnesium like the nikon. it is made of very solidly built plastic with a steel plate right through the base for the tripod mount. i used this walking through the streets of New York on holiday for 2 weeks and didn't have to charge a battery until the last day of my holiday.it makes using your D7100 very easy in potrait or landscape due to the extra shutter release button other controls.this also makes the camera feel more balanced when using lenses with extra reach therefore feeling much less fatigued at the end of a busy day shooting on your holidays or even if you maybe a seasoned pro. the grips finish mimics the Nikons finish pretty much the same.I actually can't find anything to say negative about this Grip it feels and is very solidly built doesn't feel at all cheap. I have no problem having my $ worth of Nikon hanging by the tripod mount although I always recommend using a tether strap when using any camera mounted this way. no one wants to see their prided nikon kiss the floor.

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5.0

Great Price, Great Value

By PA DAVE

from Lancaster PA

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

      Flat out I think if you are looking for a battery grip this is a no brainer. I, like you, read and base my purchase on the reviews. Well, I bought this, used it on 1000 pictures and am very happy I purchased it. I would buy another Vello grip tomorrow if i needed one.

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      5.0

      perfect

      By levis

      from Quebec Canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

          photos

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          4.0

          Feels great in your hand

          By Bbuonomo

          from Long Island, NY

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Feels Great
          • Works great

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

            I have not used the Nikon version, but the vello feels great in your hand. Easy and quick to attaché or remove. The directional button feels inexpensive, but works flawlessly. I find it hard to hold the ca,era without the handle now. Feels great.

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            5.0

            Significant Value

            By Gator

            from Florida

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

              An "aftermarket brand" that does all that the brand name does for considerably less cost.

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              5.0

              Perfect!

              By yomattyj

              from CT

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                  I never even considered the Nikon as the price was prohibitive. This grip is excellent and works perfectly.

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                  5.0

                  Veru good for the price

                  By ak-pics

                  from Québec

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                  I`m pretty happy for the construction. Look like very solide, nice grip and more button.

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                  4.0

                  Great Value

                  By CJW

                  from Rome GA

                  Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                  Great fit and functions perfectly. Very good value compared to the OEM grip.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect on my D7200

                  By StreetVisionLA

                  from Los Angeles, CA.

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                    I will be replacing the cheap Vivitar I have on my D7100 with this very same Vello. I also have a D7000 with the Nikon grip and I see no difference in quality. I am sold on Vello

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                    5.0

                    I am now buying one for my DD7100

                    By STREETVISIONLA

                    from Los Angeles, Ca

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Audio Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                        I own a D7000 with the Nikon Grip, D7100 with a Vivitar grip and I just purchased a D7200 with the Vello Grip. The Vello grip is every bit as good as the Nikon grip is on my D7K. The Vivitar grip on my D71K is total junk. It fits very loose and the D71K does not not allow the use of battery selection. The Vivitar grip on my D72K does not see the second battery at all. In fact nothing works. So right after I post the review, I will be ordering a second Vello grip for my D71K.

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                        5.0

                        Equal To Nikon MB-D15

                        By Spoda

                        from KOKC

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                              Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                              Don't waste your money on the Nikon MB-D15. Fit and finish is spot on match to D7200. Camera reads BG-N1 with no issues.

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                              5.0

                              Flawless on the D7200

                              By Jerry

                              from Athens, GA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                    Some of the 3rd party battery grips that are advertised elsewhere as being compatible with the D7200 are in fact not compatible. This grip, however, works perfectly with the D7200 when coupled with the Nikon EN-EL15 battery. There is no need to purchase the [overpriced] Nikon grip - save yourself some money and get this one.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product - Less Price

                                    By Sluggo

                                    from MI

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                    Awesome to have the extra battery life on board. B&H is the best at delivery too.

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                                    2.0

                                    needs work

                                    By Mark

                                    from Baltimore

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                        There were two removable trays and the one is useless since it does not utilize the camera batteries. Also the camera battery has to be installed that if the battery gets low the battery grip has to be removed.

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                                        • Yes

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                                        5.0

                                        Worth the Buy

                                        By NITIN JOSHI

                                        from India

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                              The product usage at this price is luxurious. I was a little skeptical of using the generic version of the additional battery grip, as they do cause problem of loose fitting, battery disconnection causing camera shut down at wrong time. So far am happy with the performance, which is as good as the original Nikon additional battery.

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                                              4.0

                                              Works great so far

                                              By Hopeful in Houston

                                              from Houdton TX

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Reasonale Price

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Family Photos
                                                • Travel

                                                Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                                The grip fits my D7200 well is I put plenty of effort on the mounting wheel. It fits the look of the camera and all controls seem to work properlu. I wish it was weather resistant, but this shouldnt be a huge proglem.

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                                                5.0

                                                my d300s vs my d7200

                                                By Tarheelgirl54

                                                from Hillsborough, N C

                                                Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                                I have found that this battery holder (grip) for the d7200 works as well as my Nikon grip for the d300s. It even has more functions

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                                                5.0

                                                Works perfect for me.

                                                By 93airstream

                                                from Northeast PA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to Use

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

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

                                                  Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                                  No complaints. Big savings compared to Nikon brand.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Good quality Battery Grip for the Nikon

                                                  By Barry

                                                  from Altoona, PA

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy to Use
                                                  • Good fit and finish
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Family Photos
                                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                                    • Sports/Action
                                                    • Travel

                                                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                                    I purchased this grip after having trouble with another brand. Before I even mounted on my D7100, I knew the Vello grip was a better quality product. The fit is better, with no gaps and a good feel to the grippy surfaces. The Vello works as advertised and fully integrates with the Nikon electronics; I am very pleased with it. The only reason I didn't give it a five-star rating is that I reserved that for the genuine Nikon model. Highly recommended and worth every penny.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Does The Job!!!

                                                    By Dr. Moto

                                                    from Hilton Head, SC

                                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy to Use

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Bulky

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Studio Use In Vertical

                                                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                                                    This battery grip is perfect for my use in my studio when I mount on a tripod. It can be positioned perfectly and balance better. The grip is make my DSLR too large for my small hands to use in the field. A great value for the $$$$ spent.

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