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VelloBG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D
 
4.6

(based on 141 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (103)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (80)
  • Durable (62)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Compact (15)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (11)
  • Flimsy construction (6)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (48)
  • Sports/action (43)
  • Family photos (39)
  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Travel (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (52), Photo enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (97), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent product

I purchased the BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D by Vello because I was so happy with the Vello grip for my Canon T5i, and I was not disappointed. Works perfectly, as...Read complete review

I purchased the BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D by Vello because I was so happy with the Vello grip for my Canon T5i, and I was not disappointed. Works perfectly, as expected. In fact, a friend of mine who actually owns the Canon BG-C8 for the 6D had to use tape to keep it from moving when attached to the camera. With the Vello, there is no need to anything like that, since it stays on the camera firmly without any wiggle room, once locked down in place. I highly recommend this product, and it will save you a lot of money. It does add weight to the camera, though.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't get this if you are shooting video

I am a wedding videographer, I bought this grip for my canon 6d. I was trying to save money so I bought the Vello grip instead of the cannon original.
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I am a wedding videographer, I bought this grip for my canon 6d. I was trying to save money so I bought the Vello grip instead of the cannon original.

This grip is loose (It just doesn't fit that well with the camera), and sometimes when I am filming a wedding, the power would shut off, it kills my camera and corrupts the footage/clip that I was filming at the moment.

It is very devastating, I tried to use a software to recover our footage, but it was not the same.

I have now switched to the Canon Power Grip.

I usually don't write reviews for products, but if you are reading this, you have been warned. Choose the Canon Grip instead of this one.

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5.0

Meets the need and then some!

By Mike O'B.

from New York state - Finger Lakes region

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Saved about $90 buying this one vs the Canon unit. The fit of this grip to the camera is excellent and the battery door works the same as I'm used to with other Canons that I've had. The batteries fit is quite snugly but are easily removed. Great buy, great bargain. Thanks B&H.

 
4.0

Awesome! But.......

By Carmine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Product works as advertised! Works great built solid. I have only two things to note. 1. Its very heavy, sturdy and solid but heavy. 2. If you use it with my setup: 70-200mm with Vello tripod collar, the tripod bracket will not fit because the battery grip handle sticks out too much. I thought it was ironic considering that both products are the same. Other than that the product works great.

 
5.0

Fits like a glove.

By Antonio

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Works very well and is well made.

 
5.0

A good buy

By Naterade

from chicago, il

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Works perfectly with my 6D. Lightweight and reliable thus far. I have only had the product for a few shoots now, but I think it's a great product.

 
3.0

it came broken

By Darcy

from Undisclosed

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Site Member

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

the grip came broken, not working at all. then I realize it's the contact got bent. if I return and buy it again, it will take 1 week at least, so I spend 1 hour to disassemble the contact part and fix it. now it works. not bad for the money since you save half the money and works as original. just get your finger crossed when you place the order.

 
4.0

Great deal!

By Carl

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Equal to the Canon grip for a lot less $$$. Love it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

works perfectly

By Bux

from Montreal

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

I didn't by it for it's ability to hold the camera sideways, but for the ability of running 2 batteries in series.
a necessary accessory if you plan to record events/concerts that need long battery life!
Can also run on more available AA batteries if you are stuck without (charged) Canon type batteries,
but I didn't try this yet.

 
5.0

BG-C8 Battery Grip

By Daniel

from Undisclosed

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Works excellent. Great bang for your buck!!

 
5.0

Works for me!

By JaimeChanPhoto

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

• I use this battery grip with my Canon EOS 6D body when I am trying to shoot more portrait-oriented pictures. It allows me to get a more ergonomically correct handle and balance during use and to extend the life of my usage being able to utilize two batteries at once.

• What I like about this battery grip is that it works just like the OEM would for me. I haven't had any problems with it so far in terms of functionality, so I'm happy to have saved quite a bit. My Canon EOS 6D is my backup/portable set up anyways, so I don't have too high of an expectation for it.

• I will be honest and say that the build/feel is not quite as identical to Canon. I can tell Canon uses a more sturdier, heavy duty set of materials, hence the quality you pay for. I've had experiences in the past where the joystick from my Vello grip have fallen off, but so far so good with this one. I usually wait until my warranties are over to review, so I know it's been tested through plenty of use.

• Overall, it's a safe bet in my honest opinion. I hate the feeling of buying something only to regret it later and I think this was a good call. =]

 
5.0

Good battery grip

By Camlov

from Los Angeles

Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

Great battery grip for the price!

 
4.0

I would buy it again....

By Fish chris

from Fairfield ca

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Better Balance
    • Double Battery Life
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Pro Look
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

    For less than half the price of OEM, it's totally worth it. Fit and finish is fine. There seems to be a tiny bit of flex between the grip and body, when on a tripod, but I have heard the same thing about other brands, and even the Canon OEM grip.
    The spin lock did loosen up by itself twice, but maybe I hadn't cranked it on tight enough to begin with ?
    Can't speak for the secondary controls, as I never use them.
    My battery door has never opened on its own. In fact, it feels quite precision.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Very comparable to my Canon BG-E3

    By Huffy

    from Upper Darby, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Well Made Good Ergonomic

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

    This is my 3rd battery grip for a Canon DSLR. The Vello is well made and compares nicely to the Canon BG-E3 on my 350D. It is much better made than the Meike battery grip on my 60D. The grip functions flawlessly. The only minor issue is that one has to be more careful when attaching the grip, as mine needs to be more precisely aligned when tightening the attachemnt screw as do the other grips. This may be due to the 6D's tighter tolerances than the 60D or the 350D, or it may just be me. I'd buy it again without a second thought.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better balance and more lasting power.

    By cid

    from Sterling, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

      I always buy a power grip because camera have better balance special with long lenses. I choose the Vello for the price. I have had a small issue with the AAA battery holder-not perfect contact - but the manufacturer replaced in a timely manner, they are very courteous and now I have no complains about it. I saved some money for other accessories.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Good alternative to name brand

      By Will

      from Tennessee

      Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

      This grip met my expectations in all ways but one. It is way bigger than I expected it to be. Probably my fault, my previous battery grip was for a canon rebel T2i, and it fit in my hand much more comfortably. But, I think I could get used to the size of this one. I mainly use it for the ability to shoot more easily in portrait orientation, the battery life of my 6D batteries is more than sufficient for photos.

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Poor quality

      By CID

      from Sterling, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Cheap

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

        The only good thing is cheap.
        The bad is the poor finish of AA battery holder - didn't keep sturdy contact and go on and off. If you shoot video the file will be corrupted. The dial who tide up the grip to camera didn't fit properly. So… as they say: you get what you pay for!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No different than the Canon version.

        By Lee

        from Gilbert, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

          I have been using Canon DSLR cameras since the 10D, and I have continually upgraded to the latest. I always use a battery grip and for years exclusively the Canon grip. Up to several years ago I purchased the Vello grip for a 7D, Mark III and a 6D. I was hesitant at first but having the Vello for a good 3 plus years now, there is no difference. The build is the same and feels solid and secure like Canon but half the price. With this brand I see no reason to spend double for the essentially the same thing. I never buy third party equipment but this is one is an exception.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Quality for the Price

          By Rob S.

          from Northern New Jersey

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Extra Battery
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

          This grip works great with the Canon 6D. It is cheaper than the Canon grip and does almost exactly the same job. It is very convenient that there is a AA Battery tray that you can substitute for the 2 Canon battery tray. If you ever are in a pinch and you cannot wait for the Canon batteries to charge you can throw some AA batteries in the grip, which is great. The one down side is that the build quality is slightly lower than Canon's, but you get what you pay for. Excellent product +

           
          5.0

          Excellent!

          By Green Monocle

          from Des Moines IA

          Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

          Good build except for the battery latch. However, I owned a previous model for my aps-c camera and it held up great for over five years! Solid, great grip, and matches the camera body! Just buy it already!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Better stick with Canon grip

          By Johnny

          from Allentown, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Economical

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

              I've used this Vello grip for my 6D for over 2 years, and while it costs less than half the cost of the Canon grip, it is not very reliable. When it works it is great, but many times I can't change aperture while the ISO and speed adjustments are fine. Once I turn the camera off and back on, it works again. Without the grip, all adjustments work just fine. I'm ordering a Canon grip since I can't afford to shoot and have the aperture frozen on me.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works awesome

              By Inspiredphotog

              from Fla

              Comments about Vello BG-C8 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D:

              Took it on a two week vacation thru the smokey mountians. Worked perfectly even with the rainy weather. Paired it with 1 canon and 1 energizer battery. Read both batteries with no problems. Dual batteries came in handy while traveling.

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