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VelloBG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras
 
4.8

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (73)
  • Durable (54)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Compact (13)
  • Good audio quality (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Flimsy construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (49)
  • Travel (47)
  • Weddings (42)
  • Landscape/scenery (40)
  • Wildlife photos (39)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (7), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (80)

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5.0

AWESOME!

By Shannon S

from Riesel, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Makes changing batteries EASY!

Cons

  • A LITTLE Awkward placement of dial but still OK

Best Uses

  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

This is an EXCELLENT product. I LOVE it!! Everything works just as promised! Best part: You do not have to remove your camera from a tripod (or better yet!) a Glidecam (no re-balancing!); you simply slide the battery compartment out from the SIDE of the Grip & it's all so easy!
I wish I would've bought it the day I got my camera! You have no idea how much you were missing out without it, nor will you comprehend how you lived without it. Makes my camera so much better!

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4.0

Excellent Alternative

By Nathaniel

from Redding, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

I bought the Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip an alternative to the extremely expensive Canon Battery Grip for my Canon Rebel T3i. I plan on using this product as I spend the summer taking pictures for slideshows at a nearby camp.

This particular grip is very versatile as it includes a battery tray that contains 2 LP-E8 batteries and another that can contain up to 6 AA batteries which can prove to be extremely convenient. The grip handles off-brand batteries very well also.

The only criticisms that I have for this product is that it seems slightly bulkier than necessary and the controls don't feel quite the same as the camera's, however this is to be expected when buying alternative products.

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5.0

Solid Build

By KeruFromPeru

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

      I usually don't buy generic brands because they break easily or has a shorter wear and tear life span but this Battery grip is almost the same as the original canon battery grip. The grip, built and design is great and it also has a AA battery case option. I use this for my Canon T3i and T5i.

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      4.0

      Great for additional battery life and studio shooting

      By PeteM

      from Orcutt, CA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

      Great fit and finish, almost duplicates existing camera body finish. Works exactly as intended.

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      5.0

      Solid feel and works as advertised

      By Chris

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

      The added size makes carrying the camera feel more secure in my hands. The additional battery power makes a difference in shooting time.

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      5.0

      Canon T4i Battery Grip

      By JB

      from TX

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

          I was quite surprised at how nice this battery grip actually is. Yes, it does feel plasticy, but the cameras are made out of some sort of plastic too. After receiving the battery grip I did a couple of tests to see how long the camera would record continuously with and without the battery grip. So, here are the results:

          Canon T4i video test with Battery Grip vs. non Battery Grip
          Note: Camera lens was a manual focus lens with no Image stabilization

          POWWER 2000mAh
          With Battery Grip (Two Batteries)
          3 hrs. 6 mins. 8 sec. (Average of each battery 1 hr. 33 mins. 04 secs.)
          Without Battery Grip (One Battery)
          1 hr. 45 mins. 28 secs.

          Photive 1700mAh
          With Battery Grip (Two Batteries)
          2 hrs. 57 mins. 42 sec. (Average of each battery 1 hr. 28 mins. 51 secs.)
          Without Battery Grip (One Battery)
          1 hr. 56 mins. 01 secs.

          So, from the results you can see that with the battery grip I can continuously record video for about three hours, although without the battery grip I could get more out of each battery. Overall, I'm satisfied with the results and plan to keep it for filming long interviews.

          I looked into buying the Canon version, but I didn't see much difference between the Canon and generic versions. From the reviews this one seemed to be the best of the generic battery grips.

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          5.0

          Well designed

          By Miqui

          from Tampa, FL

          Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

          Awesome product. Easy to use makes it look professional.

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          5.0

          Awesome find!

          By Ned the traveler

          from Fredericksburg, Va

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

            The grip is perfect for stability.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great tool and easy to use.

            By Nedbee

            from Fredericksburg, Va

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

              Enjoy the feel, adds a little more stability when you need a steady hand.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Get a Great Grip!

              By Broadway

              from Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                I use this on a T5i secondary Camera. It fits great and functions well. All the same features as the name brand. Functions flawlessly and seems to be built to last.

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                4.0

                Great way to enhance performance without extra cost!

                By Avid photographer

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                  Just got the Vello BG-C5.2 battery grip for T5i and very pleased with it. It gives added shooting performance without adding massive cost. Improves shooting ability, adds heft to camera and helps balance out weight from longer telephoto lens when shooting sports or wildlife. Don't need to change batteries as often and has good functionality. All in all, very happy with it. Just in time for the holidays and those big family gatherings!

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                  5.0

                  Nice

                  By Rooftop

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                    This gives me more time shooting video with the 6AA batteries. The cost was not much more then a new Canon battery.

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                    5.0

                    Good value grip for the price

                    By Eric Saperstein

                    from Pennington, NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                      No complaints, I have two of these and have had no issues on both T5i's ... doubles the useable life of the camera without changing. Easy to change batteries, etc. I don't use the controls often but they are very handy when I do use them.

                      Only issue I have is the bump in the back pushes some things like a viewfinder mount a little out of align but I managed to compensate with some adjustments.

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                      5.0

                      Feels good

                      By Steve

                      from Ca

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                        Feels good easy to install

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                        4.0

                        Great Alternative to the OEM Grip

                        By Kevin

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                          The Vello battery grip for the Canon EOS Rebel line is a great alternative to the more expensive Canon grip with the same feature set. The battery life extension is particularly useful for longer shoots or trips, and the ability to use the grip with only one battery while you charge the other is a nice touch. The vertical shutter release, wheel, and exposure lock and adjustments are great if you shoot a lot of portrait photos, though I would have liked to see some of the White Balance and other controls duplicated on the grip as well.

                          The grip itself is a slightly different color and texture than your Canon camera body, so if that kind of thing bothers you, definitely shell out the extra money for the Canon grip. Speaking as a shooter with larger hands, this grip makes holding your EOS Rebel much more comfortable, even though it does add a little bit of weight.

                          I'm happy with the grip overall and looking forward to doing some more shooting with it. I am particularly interested to see how comfortable I am mounting the grip to my tripod and doing some vertical shooting as that will place the most strain on both the grip-to-camera connection and the grip-to-tripod connection. I'll update my review if anything catastrophic happens.

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                          5.0

                          BG-C5.2 Battery Grip

                          By Stephen

                          from Atlanta, Ga

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                            Work like a charm! Doubles my battery life as well as gives me the more accessible shutter button for vertical shots.
                            Locking mechanism locks onto the camera body well and instructions are easy to read.
                            The grip goes well with my Canon T3i and really adds counter weight when a larger lens is mounted.

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                            5.0

                            Quality Battery Grip

                            By Josh

                            from Indianapolis, IN

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            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-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                              The product operates exactly as it should. While the grip portion is substantially larger than the camera, but it's very usable. I would easily point others to this grip.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              It was recommended to me and I would recommend it to others.

                              By Roger

                              from North East Ohio

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video

                                Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                                It's a good balance for the lens and greatly extended the battery life. Very comfortable to hold with a good solid feel and fits the body as if it was part of the camera.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome Item

                                By Robert

                                from Newark, NJ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                                Doubles battery life and make shooting portraits more comfortable. It adds some weight but the benefits out weigh the cons. I love it.

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                                5.0

                                Maybe as good as Canon

                                By Light Flasher

                                from NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Affordable
                                • Durable
                                • High Quality
                                • Solid

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Vello BG-C5.2 Battery Grip for Canon EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i Cameras:

                                    Scoured the Internet for information on this battery grip, and it's clear that a few companies dominated the off-brand grip market. Several folks had indicated that the sales staff at B&H recommended this grip over the Canon for value alone. An occasional video review of the grips for the Canon 5D suggest that over time you may run into a power issue with the knock-offs. My experience has only been good. The grip feels solid, matches the camera, looks pro, adds tons of battery life. The buttons are rugged, the battery tray feels as durable as any other, and the operation has been dependable. The Canon prices have been dropping recently, making the gap between the two less significant, but for a compact sensor camera, a smaller investment with equal performance works for me.

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