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VelloBG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200
 
4.6

(based on 148 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (87)
  • Durable (53)
  • Lightweight (34)
  • Compact (16)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (54)
  • Weddings (44)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Family photos (39)
  • Travel (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (106)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best third party grip.

I had another "off" brand, non Nikon, and it was alright but nothing like the Vello. The control dials on the Vello feel very smooth and of high quality,...Read complete review

I had another "off" brand, non Nikon, and it was alright but nothing like the Vello. The control dials on the Vello feel very smooth and of high quality, as good as on the camera body. The shutter button, too, much more like the camera body. The fit is excellent. I detect no movement or rocking. Everything works as it should in all functions, shooting, playback, etc. The secondary battery holder that holds 6 AA's also works just fine. I like this one so much better that I am getting one for my D750 too. I'd suggest spending a bit more for this than trying to go to a fringe brand on Am----..... B&H doesn't sell low quality stuff and it is why they only sell the Nikon and Vello battery grip. Save yourself the headache and get either the Vello or the Nikon and get it from B&H.

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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

Works Great

By Mike L

from CT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • High Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

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

    So far so good. Attached snuggly and secure, high quality materials; using the dials and controls exceeded my expectations. Cannot beat the price. Outstanding value!

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    • No

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    5.0

    The best third party grip.

    By cdub1855

    from Ocean Park, Wa.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Works Like Oem

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I had another "off" brand, non Nikon, and it was alright but nothing like the Vello. The control dials on the Vello feel very smooth and of high quality, as good as on the camera body. The shutter button, too, much more like the camera body. The fit is excellent. I detect no movement or rocking. Everything works as it should in all functions, shooting, playback, etc. The secondary battery holder that holds 6 AA's also works just fine. I like this one so much better that I am getting one for my D750 too. I'd suggest spending a bit more for this than trying to go to a fringe brand on Am----..... B&H doesn't sell low quality stuff and it is why they only sell the Nikon and Vello battery grip. Save yourself the headache and get either the Vello or the Nikon and get it from B&H.

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      • No

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      5.0

      New versitilitt

      By Frank X

      from Philadelphia

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

      This item gives the camera new versitilitt when shooting vertically. Great product

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      5.0

      BG-N11 Battery Grip for D7200

      By Mike

      from Vancouver, BC, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Audio Quality
      • Lightweight

      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:

        Use the product to add extra surface grip, balance and additional battery time for video capture. Easy install, turn dial is smooth and the connection is solid.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Good non-OEM Battery

        By Andy

        from Mississippi

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

        Capacity is similar to OEM. Would buy again.

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        5.0

        As good as the brand name

        By Joe the concert photographer

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I was very pleased with this grip after receiving it in the mail. It was more firm and steady after connected to my camera than I expected. I am glad that I made the decision to purchase this brand than the Nikon brand and also saved me some money.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Best bang for the buck!

          By JT

          from Chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Works as well as the Nikon brand for a lot less money!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Value!

            By Shuter

            from Miami Fl

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

            This is my third Vello Grip,I have never had a malfunction with any.I always buy the grip because of my larger than average hands and ease of use in switching to portrait orientation.It's easy to program all of the buttons especially my favorite for back button focus.All in all can't see why I should buy the Manufacturers grip.I don't think you can go wrong.

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            5.0

            Excellent battery grip

            By Pap Poo

            from Fall Branch, Tn

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

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

            I bought two, one for my 7100 and one for my 7200. They both work flawlessly and are well made. A MUCH cheaper alternative and I don't feel like I gave up anything !!

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            5.0

            Works perfectly with A Nikon D7200

            By Robin Khoury

            from Beirut, Lebanon

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This battery grip does the job pretty well.
                The fit is very good, and the jiggling is barely noticeable if present at all.
                All the buttons are fully functional on a D7200.
                The added weight and extra grip comes in really handy both in landscape and portrait hand held shooting, making the hand gripping of the camera much more stable and pleasant.
                If handled with care, I don't see why it cannot be a long lasting grip.
                For the price, it is definitely a good bargain.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Feels very sturdy

                By Jean-Luc

                from Clermont-Ferrand, France

                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-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                  This may sound weird yet it is my 3rd one. I have have two failed on me (the locking between the camera and the grip) and what I liked is that it never went loose and I had to put it into parts. And there is a lot of metal. I give it 3* because even if I use a BlackRapid strap so holding the camera through the grip itself, I wish they last more than 6 monts

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                  5.0

                  I changed my own opinion with Common Sense!

                  By tab Nikon

                  from MS

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I've read great and bad posts about this Vello Battery Grip. I purchased mine in Dec. 2015 and never really needed until this weekend. The batteries in my 7100 died and the Vello didn't kick in... very upset trying to shoot a Volleyball Tournament I took the grip off my camera and switched the batteries and finished my day. Here is where I started thinking about the only flaw with the grip. It was slightly loose, a small wobble, enough to loose contact with the camera base. Two simple solutions. 1) Don't put the the Camera Contact Cover in the storage slot on the top of Vello (the depth of the storage area for the contact cover is slightly too shallow, maybe). 2) Look at the Camera Contact Cover, there are notches around the edge. Look at the Vello storage slot, there is rim/ridge for the notches to hang on to. Work the rubber Contact Cover back and forth, side to side to fit into the storage slot of the Vello grip and attach the battery grip to your camers. Test your Vello with no batteries in the camera just in the grip. Either way it should work just fine, mine did. I, myself, may choose to put the Camera Contact Cover in a baggie in my camera case just because the Vello seem to be more secure and stable to the camera itself without he rubber Contact Cover in the Vello. Don't send this battery pack back if you think it's loose, just try what I suggested and I hope it will work for you. This Vello camera grip works great... it just needs tweeking! I hope this post makes sense.

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                    5.0

                    Great Value for the Money

                    By Carwriter1

                    from Hawthorne, NJ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

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

                      At roughly a third of the price of Nikon's battery pack, this is a great buy! It performs the same, near as I can tell, so why wouldn't you buy this one? I mean, let's face it - it's just a battery holder.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By Kumar

                      from Edison NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Works perfectly

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Fits and works on my d7100 perfectly!

                          By Hilke

                          from Chatham, NJ

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

                          So much more comfortable to shoot with battery pack! This one is sturdy, fits solidly and functions perfectly. And at 30% less than the Nikon--it's a real value.

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                          5.0

                          Great Addition for D7100

                          By TheBrandChef

                          from Des Moines, IA, USA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I liked the abaility to have the battery / grip contain rechargable batteries as well as the Nikon battery. It gave us the flexibility to shoot for hours without the concern of changing power or charging additional batteries.

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                            5.0

                            I add one of these to all of my camera's

                            By Larryzplace

                            from Chicago suburb

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              Having larger hands I find this battery grip to be the perfect addition to my camera's... I like to go out for a full day of photography and this grip makes sure that I will not have to bother carrying extra batteries... It also gives the camera better balance when using longer lens's that I frequently use

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Works great!!!

                              By Ffcyee23

                              from Maryland

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

                              Love this product!!! Fits great on my Nikon D7200 and I've had no issues with the construction of the product. Love having access to an additional battery and it has made taking vertical photos a lot easier!

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                              4.0

                              Great grip for the money

                              By Darrel

                              from Huntley, IL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

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

                                Does exactly what it should and for far less.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome Grip

                                By Mike

                                from Manassas, VA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

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

                                I tried a couple of different grips from different manufaturers and they all either didn't work with my D7200 or they were flimsy and didn't feel solid. Put this grip on and it locked in solidly with no play!! And, I like the fact that the alignment posts are metal instead of plastic. Very well made and I expect it will hold up well.

                                Overall, very pleased with the purchase!

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                                • No

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