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VelloBG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100
 
4.5

(based on 79 reviews)

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    (24)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (47)
  • Durable (31)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (4)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (28)
  • Weddings (27)
  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Family photos (20)
  • Wildlife photos (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best bang for the buck

Save me couple hundred dollars. Look and feel just like the authentic Nikon.

Save me couple hundred dollars. Look and feel just like the authentic Nikon.

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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 Fine

By DaeSea

from Canada

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

      I couldn't tell the difference much from the Nikon one I have for the D610. Works fine on our new D7100 and way cheaper!

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      5.0

      Comfortable and solid in your hand.

      By Photometry

      from New Haven, IN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Fits Like A Glove

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

        I saved myself a couple hundred bucks and went with this grip for my D7100. It's very solidly built and feels great in my hand. I'm glad there are 3rd party companies out there making solid products for us semi-pros that don't have the extra cash to buy name brand. Awesome !!

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        5.0

        Great grip!!

        By Nick

        from Buffalo

        Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

        I was hiking in the White Mountain National Forest presidential range for a couple days and this battery pack was everything I need and more. It really helped with the battery life, is pretty light and easy to work. I definitely give it two thumbs up.

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        5.0

        Abolutely a must have for the 7100

        By Skipper

        from Scranton, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

          This is absolutely a must have add on! It is like a whole new camera with it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Ótimo custo benefício

          By Henrique

          from Brazil

          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

          O produto possui boa qualidade a um preço acessível. Recomendo.

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          5.0

          LOVE IT!

          By Jordan

          from North Carolina

          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

          I have had this grip for a couple weeks now and I'm in love! It gives me more support and room for my hand! It works beautifully on my camera for a fraction of the cost of the nikon brand! It's sturdy with a metal body!

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          5.0

          Very pleased !

          By Emtmike

          from Minnesota

          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

          What a perfect addition to my equipment . Battery power should not be an issue any more. And so many more pluses that I wasn't even expecting. Functional and useful , and it doesn't look bad either.

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          5.0

          Works great

          By Tony T

          from NYC

          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

          Looks great on the camera and works just as good.

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          5.0

          Works Great.

          By Del

          from Winter Haven, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                Adds some ounces but worth it if you need to be sure you have power to cover extended shooting.

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                4.0

                A worthy product!

                By Pipkin Photography and Image Editing

                from Pinellas County, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Build quality
                • Customizable D7100 Menu
                • Customizable Nikon Menu
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • None At This Point

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                This grip feels sturdy and has the features I needed for my D7100. I utilize back button AF and I was able to assign this to the grip (D7100 Custom Settings menu) when needed. Controls feel good and not cheap. Shooting panos (with a ball head of course)is alot easier with a grip and Vello has done a top notch job. I would defintely purchase this again if need be.

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                1.0

                Not study for regular use / tripod mount

                By JJacobs

                from Oak Ridge, TN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Extended Shooting Time
                • Steady For Portrait Shots
                • Supports 6x Aa Batteries

                Cons

                • Failed After 6 Months
                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                  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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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good value for the money

                  By racer Pete

                  from Athens, Ga.

                  About Me Semi-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:

                    The grip works as it should, fits very well on the body and stays tight with use. Looks like it was made with the camera all flows with the body lines. Also it feels very well built not cheep. All around go value for the dollar spent.

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                    4.0

                    Affordable alternative to Nikon

                    By Jason

                    from South Texas

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Isolated Qa Oversight

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                    Love everything about it, there is a thumb-pad to change the focus point. I have the other version by Vello fot my D610. I returned mine for an exchange because the latch would not stay down after locking the battery into the grip.

                    Small defect, no big issues. I just didn't want it to snag and snap. Probably just a QA oversight.

                    Other than that isolated problem, I have had no issues with the grip. My wrist love vertical grips.

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                    3.0

                    Bang for the Buck

                    By JPO

                    from New England

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Inexpensive
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction
                    • Plastic

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                    Purchased with a D7100. Yes it is less expensive than the Nikon version, and it shows in some ways and not in others.

                    I am 6'3" at 250 with big hands. Carrying and extra few ounces is not a problem. Having a camera that disappears in my hand is, and this solves that and provides the vertical controls.

                    The latch on the battery slide on my copy was loose on both the EN-EL15 tray and the AA tray. just tilting the camera to 90 degrees would cause the lever to extend out from the recess. I had to be creative and put a dab of epoxy on the catch in just the right spot to make it 'cam' lock when closed.

                    The 1/4-20 tripod socket is not on the lens center line. I don't use it as a direct tripod mounting point and the arca swiss mounts which easily adjust but still.???

                    The body is plastic with a small bit of metal plate in the bottom under the battery tray to hold the female thread insert. I have worked a lot in machine shops and as a mechanic and can tell when a screw is tight. When mounting this to a tripod it doesn't lock right away like the Nikon and I can 'feel' it distorting the plastic.

                    This is not a problem for me because I have my FX body for landscape and tripod work while this DX body and grip are for telephoto and action.

                    The last negative is that it did not fit the rectangular grip connector cover very well. it stuck up a bit and makes the grip rock fore and aft a little.

                    The controls are great and compare with the Nikon grip I have for my D600. Smooth and precise.

                    For me it was the right choice for the purposes described. If you need to have this mounted to a tripod and will be taking it on and off the camera then go with the Nikon.

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                    4.0

                    Does the job

                    By Serkan TX

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                      Well built quality. Its fits in your hands very nicely. Actually, it's a very good product for the money. It became an excellent addition to my D-7100.

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                      5.0

                      Great battery grip!

                      By Steve

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                          I first bought a much cheaper battery grip from another online store for about $ dollars less and it was fine except for it being fairly loose on my D7100. I decided to spend the extra money and get this Vello grip and the build quality is about the same as the cheaper grip but it is much tighter attached to the camera. There is only slight play on one side of it if you really pull on it, my other grip was looser all around and I was nervous having it attached to my D7100. Overall this is worth the extra money over the cheaper brands.

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                          5.0

                          Good product, Great price

                          By Birder Jim

                          from San Angelo, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                            Bought the Vello BG-N11 grip for the Nikon D7100 to increase the physical size of the camera. I've got big hands and learned from past experiences that cameras are getting smaller. Yes, having the second battery is a major plus, along with the vertical controls. Everything works as advertised, and the grip has made the D7100 much more comfortable. Would buy it again!

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                            5.0

                            Good buy for less money

                            By Chris Lingam

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                              Its fits in to your arms very nicely. The grip is good and I love the click button at the side.

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                              5.0

                              Recommended

                              By Romero

                              from North Bergen, NJ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                                Spectacular!!!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Gripping Review

                                By jonron54

                                from LitchfieldPark Az.

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Vello BG-N11 Battery Grip For Nikon D7100:

                                  Easy to use and fits perfectly!

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