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VelloBG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200
 
4.5

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (60)
  • Durable (36)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Compact (13)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (37)
  • Weddings (32)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Family photos (27)
  • Wildlife photos (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76)

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

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

Verified Buyer

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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    • No

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    4.0

    Good quality Battery Grip for the Nikon

    By Barry

    from Altoona, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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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      5.0

      Cheap but good

      By Ethanal

      from Bowling Green KY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          It looks no any different with original. Battery also work ok.

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          4.0

          Great Grip for the price!

          By Jason M.

          from Moscow, ID

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good quality
          • Sturdy When Attached
          • Very Tacky Grip

          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:

            Man, i wasn't expecting too much with this grip but this thing is actually spot on. I was worried about the stability of the grip when attached to the camera body(D7100.) The grip is very sturdy when attached and doesn't really wiggle at all which is good if you use a strap like me(Black Rapid) which attaches to the tripod mount. All buttons feel great and work great, rubber is nice and tacky, feels great, battery works great and dislpays fine. Love getting this value at 1/3 of the price.

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            4.0

            Good quality and price

            By Mike

            from Mexico

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                I live in Mexico and went into NY and to B&H store to buy this battery grip. I received the support comparing two options (Nikon and Vello) and decided that Vello has also a good quality and a better price. Normally I buy Nikon accessories for my camera but this way I didn't see a difference.

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                5.0

                Get a Grip!

                By Frank Mari Photography

                from Carmel, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Head shots
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Vertical Shots

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

                  Love this thing!
                  I do a lot of vertical head shots and this grip makes it so much easier on the right hand. Also, the adjustment wheels make it convenient to change aperture and shutter speed. Feels good in the hand and you get extra shoot time with the additional (user-supplied) battery. You can use the Nikon EL15 or AAs. Holders included.

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                  5.0

                  Great grip with one flaw.

                  By FlyCastInRI

                  from Rhode Island

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I really like having a grip on my cameras however in this case, I personally don't gain any battery capacity. The build quality is great, but there is one flaw.

                      Because of the new design of grips for newer Nikon cameras, it is a pain to swap out batteries. With my previous camera/grip setups, the grips terminals slid up in to battery compartment on the camera body and the grip itself held two batteries.

                      With this new design, the terminals are on the bottom of the camera and the grip only holds a single battery. This means the grip needs to be removed to swap the battery in the camera body. I would rather just use one in the grip and swap as needed. Maybe if I was shooting a wedding I may start with two and just swap out the one if needed.

                      I am still going to give 5 stars because the build quality is excellent and it feels great. I would buy again without hesitation.

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                      5.0

                      Works the same for much less

                      By Big D

                      from Minnesota

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

                      This grip works just as well as the nikon for much less money.

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                      3.0

                      Works well for a while.

                      By JP European Traveler

                      from Europe

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy Construction

                      Best Uses

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

                        I work for the government and live overseas. I travel a lot and enjoy taking pictures. My camera goes just about everywhere. I take care of all my equipment, but do to traveling and being active, the camera and accessories can take a little beating.

                        I purchased the BG-N11 Battery grip for my Nikon D7100 about two years ago. I typically stay with name brand items, but the cost difference and good reviews drove me to purchase it.

                        When walking around I carry my D7100 on a Black Rapid Strap that attaches to the bottom of the grip. Recently I've started to receive an error on my camera and the 2nd battery would not show. If I took the grip off and reattached it would work again for awhile. I've also noticed the access light comes on from time to time, but can't say I've seen a difference in battery life. The way I carry my camera while using it may have effected the grip, but I have a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon battery grip, that I use the same way and I've had for longer. I use it less often now, but never had a problem with it. Unfortunately I will be purchasing the Nikon battery grip soon.

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                        4.0

                        Love it

                        By Shboal

                        from Grand Terrace, Ca.

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

                        Works exactly like I was looking for

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                        4.0

                        An other winning product from Vello.

                        By Kenny the Matzo Man.

                        from Lower East Side Manhattan,NYC,NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Crafted To Fit Perfectly
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action

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

                          After using the Vello BG-N11 battery grip & also owning original Nikon grips on my D800's I can find no difference in ease of use between them.The Vello grip works perfectly.The camera reads the Vello battery with ease.The Vello battery grip makes the camera easy to hold onto with gloves during this very cold winter.

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                          5.0

                          Works great

                          By Scott

                          from Arizona

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

                          Using on D71100. Works just as well as well as the Nikon grip I have on my D90

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                          5.0

                          As nice as name brand.........

                          By Steveo

                          from Indiana

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Got this economical battery grip for my Nikon D7100 and it is one nice grip. The texture and color match the Nikon body to a tee. Extremely pleased with this Vello product.

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                          4.0

                          Good product...overpriced

                          By Andy

                          from Elk Grove Village,IL

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Price

                          Cons

                          • Aa Battery Holder
                          • Battery Aa Holder
                          • Battery Holder

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

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

                          The construction quality is quite good. Take some effort to pull out and insert AA Battery holder.. Also, the rubberized finish is slightly different from the camera body. Seemed to be overpriced but... swallowed it when checked the price on original Nikon grip.

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                          5.0

                          For the price not bad at all

                          By B&H friend

                          from Eastern Shore, MD

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Build and fit is better than expected. Nice to have the extra battery when shooting.

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                                3.0

                                Decent alternative to spending $250

                                By Ryan

                                from Whittier, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Skippy Dials

                                Best Uses

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

                                  While not the quality of the Nikon brand, this is definitely one of the better alternatives. There's an issue with the dials however. If turned too quickly, the exposure values don't always change. Therefore, it's required you are somewhat slow and deliberate. Other than that, the grips are nice and the plastic is solid enough.

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                                  5.0

                                  As good as Nikon!

                                  By Stedo

                                  from New Jersy

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

                                  Bought the Vello BG-N11 and couldn't be more pleased. Have used Nikon battery grips before and they all broke long before I wore the camera out. So far so good with the Vello.

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                                  4.0

                                  Affordable and useful

                                  By Satyaa

                                  from Worcester, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    This is a good product, well built and affordable compared to Nikon's own product.The only thing you will miss if you're a pro, and the reason I didn't give 5 stars, is that it doesn't seem as strong and weather-sealed as the D7100 itself. However, that is not required for all users and if you need it you may prefer the Nikon model.It works as intended, very simple operation and can use AA batteries if required.

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