Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip

Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip

Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip

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Product Highlights

  • For Alpha a9, a7 III & a7R III Cameras
  • Holds Two NP-FZ100 Batteries
  • Extended Grip for Vertical Shooting
  • Second Shutter Button and Multi Selector
  • USB Charging via Camera Body
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Design
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Sony VG-C3EM Overview

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Dedicated to the Sony Alpha a9, a7 III, and a7R III mirrorless cameras, the VG-C3EM Vertical Grip offers both extended battery and a more comfortable grip when shooting in the vertical orientation. The grip accepts two NP-FZ100 batteries to effectively double the battery life for long shooting sessions, and the batteries can be charged in the grip while attached to the camera via the body's USB port. The grip's design maintains the same layout as the camera body itself, and includes a secondary shutter button and Multi Selector for intuitive use. Also, the grip is built from magnesium alloy and is dust- and moisture-resistant to match the weather sealing of the camera itself.

Compatible Cameras
Alpha a9
Alpha a7 III
Alpha a7R III
UPC: 027242903272

Sony VG-C3EM Specs

Dimensions 5.0 x 4.2 x 2.4" / 126.9 x 107.9 x 61.8 mm
Weight 9.6 oz / 272 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 5.0 x 3.6"

Sony VG-C3EM Reviews

VG-C3EM Vertical Grip is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Serves its purpose, but could be better When you hold the camera up you can see light coming through between the body and the grip.? For the price, it could fit better.? I don't like the location of the shutter release.? When I grip the camera the bottom of my hand presses the shutter release on the grip.? I never had that happen with a grip before.? Sony obviously knows it a problem so they have a shutter lock switch on the grip, but I find this to be a poor fix.? When changing orientation while shooting I have to stop and unlock the shutter release and you shouldn't have to do that on a camera and grip at this price point.? As much as I love the technology and performance of the A9, the build quality and ergonomics of the camera and grip are still not on the same level as many lower priced options.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome grip for the a9 = I bought this to give more battery life and handle on my Sony Alpha a9 for portraits. This thing feels like quality grip. It's very useful and the battery tray is very easy to open & close (not on accident) to make swaps. I really enjoy the fact that it is not too heavy, even with both batteries, and provides a nice balance when using heavier/longer lenses. I switched over recently from Canon and I was worried that I would be thrown off ergonomically by the aesthetics, but the Sony Alpha a9 feels very much like a DSLR and this grip tops it off for me! The a9 battery already lasts very long (especially compared to the Sony NP-FW50 batteries), so with this grip, I'm always confident about having enough battery on long shoots. =
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seamless operation and better grip for large lenses. I purchased Sony's vertical grip mainly to improve my grip on the smallish a9 camera body, particularly when used with Canon's super telephoto lenses. In that application, it does improve the grip, giving the pinky a chance to participate in supporting the big lenses, when I'm hand holding them. I subsequently ordered Sony's FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens, which is capable of 20-frames per second, when mounted on the a9. I thought that I'd be more economical with my shots, but I find it hard to resist action that only lasts a second, but translates into 20+ shots. Also, I shoot birds and wildlife, so I keep the camera awake, so that I don't miss a shot during the second+ that it takes for the a9 to wake up. I can go through a battery in around 3-hours. It's nice to have the second battery in the camera, so that the switch to the new battery is seamless. I only not that there was a battery switch, after the fact.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Accessory I waited to buy this grip because I wasn't sure I'd want or need it. I come from a D3S, which has the 2nd shutter for vertical shooting. This grip really helps for those of us with large hands. Without it, my pinky and ring finger weren't helping to stablize the camera and the grip helps me more confidently hold it. I love the 2nd shutter with the C1/C2 buttons. I never had issues with shooting on 1 battery, but having the redundancy in camera of 2 batteries and 2 cards is awesome. I know it will last an intense full day of shooting.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It does its job well, but has some flaws. First off, let me say that this grip definitely makes the A7III much more comfortable to shoot sports with. ?It replicates most of the buttons in generally the same location, so it’s easy to swap from vertical to horizontal shooting. ?It’s compact, but gives the A7III a nice bit of extra grip area without making it too big. ?Take that FWIW since my last 3 cameras have been a 1D3, 5D3 + grip, and 7D2 + grip, but I will note that the body of the A7III with and without the grip is almost identical in size to my OMD E-M1 Mk II... so stuffing a full frame sensor in the same size body/grip is impressive. ?Since it’s small, before you get used to it you might hit the vertical shooting button with the bottom of your palm. ?I only had this happen a couple of times during the first softball tournament I shot with it. ?Since then I’ve had no issues. ?If it bugs you, then you have the option to turn the grip on/off just like on the Canons. ? Overall it works really well, so why only 3 stars??? ?First off, it’s expensive for what you get. ?Build quality, first of all. ?It’s the same price as the 5D Mk IV grip, and 20% more than the E-M1 II grip, while not being up to the build quality of either. ?It’s not built particularly bad, but there are a few things that could definitely be improved. ?FIrst, there’s a gap between the body and grip when it’s attached. You can see light through it on both sides of where it screws together. ?It doesn’t feel loose at all, and it’s on there tight... it just wasn’t built to hug the bodies like any of the 4 different grips for Canon bodies I’ve owned. ?Second, I highly doubt this grip has decent weather sealing like my Canon/Olympus grips after reading about tear downs of the A7M/R III bodies. ?This is an area Sony could definitely improve in. ?Finally, the latch for the battery tray is VERY thin plastic. ?I can see it snapping off at some point in the future. I’ve never even given the quality of the latch a second thought on my other bodies. ?Just silly IMO to put this flimsy of a latch on a grip intended for pro use with the A9. ?Finally, I’ve had this grip for about 3 weeks and shot two softball tournaments and probably 3 additional games with it.. and the edge of the rubbery material where your pinky would go in horizontal orientation feels “squishy” and slightly moves like the adhesive isn’t dry. ?Again, not exactly inspiring confidence that this is built to last. Final verdict: It works really well and I definitely like the feel of having it on the A7III, however I don’t have a lot of confidence in its build quality or how well it’ll hold up in the future. ?I don’t abuse my bodies on purpose, but they do get used since they’re tools. ?Would I buy it again? ?Yes, most likely, but I might take a look at third party grips a bit more closely or wait until they go on sale, find a gently used one, etc. since I think this is overpriced for the quality. ?Drop it by 30% and it’d be about right, based on the quality of offerings from other manufacturers.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Accessory Holding my a9 with the grip is so comfortable. I love being able to shoot in portrait orientation and have convenient, comfortable buttons. I no longer have to struggle to press custom buttons. I previously had a grip for a a7ii camera, and this new grip has a new design for removing the batteries. The new design with a flip out latch, is so easy to open. The grip will not be coming off my camera.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Improves handling with Big Lenses, Could be Smarter, Slimmer I had this for my A7R2 and automatically got one for my A7R3 - and it certainly improves handling with the bigger lenses - however the battery is much less of a concern now with the new battery.? The grip does add considersble bulk to the camera, so I wonder if it could have been more compact. I also wish it came with the intervalometer and other features we see in non-oem products.? I also have a RRS base plate which also improves handing and tripod mounting - and I'm still on the fence as to which should stay on the camera all the time.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have If you're going to shoot with the Alpha series cameras and use any of the G master lenses this is a must have in my opinion. The other nice feature is that you can use two batteries for extended shooting
Date published: 2017-12-18
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