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VelloBG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200
 
4.5

(based on 180 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (116)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (88)
  • Durable (53)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Compact (16)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (54)
  • Weddings (44)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Family photos (39)
  • Travel (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (108)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best third party grip.

I had another "off" brand, non Nikon, and it was alright but nothing like the Vello. The control dials on the Vello feel very smooth and of high quality,...Read complete review

I had another "off" brand, non Nikon, and it was alright but nothing like the Vello. The control dials on the Vello feel very smooth and of high quality, as good as on the camera body. The shutter button, too, much more like the camera body. The fit is excellent. I detect no movement or rocking. Everything works as it should in all functions, shooting, playback, etc. The secondary battery holder that holds 6 AA's also works just fine. I like this one so much better that I am getting one for my D750 too. I'd suggest spending a bit more for this than trying to go to a fringe brand on Am----..... B&H doesn't sell low quality stuff and it is why they only sell the Nikon and Vello battery grip. Save yourself the headache and get either the Vello or the Nikon and get it from B&H.

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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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4.0

I would buy this Battery grip again

By Moosemuzzle

from Jerome, Idaho

Verified Buyer

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

I fits well and easy to use.

 
5.0

Does what it supposed to do

By Tyler

from Lynchburg, VA

Verified Buyer

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

This grip does exactly what it is supposed to do. It does lack some of the feel of the Nikon version but for the price it performs well and does what it is supposed to do.

 
4.0

Works for this amature

By Matt

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm an casual photographer and purchased this product for a D7100. I purchased this primarily to have a second battery (EN-EL15) to extending shooting time. The unit improves the ability to hold the camera in both a horizontal and vertical position. As other reviewers noted, the sequence of adding the grip to the body and inserting the batteries is important. Also, sometimes the camera can't read the information for the battery in the grip. I've taken about 1K photos with the grip now, and it performs as advertised. I can't compare it against the Nikon grip, but for my purpose, I couldn't justify the Nikon price tag. Four stars for the quirky attachment sequence and battery level reading.

 
5.0

It's and essential for how I shoot

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this grip for everything on my D7200. Looks great, feels great, functions with my back button feature and focusing selection nicely. I should have bought this two years ago...

 
5.0

good product

By wes

from detroit suburb

Verified Buyer

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

works just like the nikon grip. I just wish it would hold 2 batteries so you could remove battery from camera. Nikon use to do this in previous D cameras. I am a retired Detroit News photographer. The D-7200 is my back-up camera. Also own Nikon D-810. Both of these cameras I would have loved to have when I was on the job because of the low light function. You guys don,t realize how easy you have it today. Enjoy and keep shooting.

 
5.0

Why didn't I buy one of these sooner!

By CaptainSerious

from Mid-michigan

Verified Buyer

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

Wow - saves elbow and shoulder pain... side grip with control dials... awesome!

 
5.0

Great Addition!

By Courtney

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great Addition to my D7200!

 
5.0

Yes, I would buy this again!

By Rich

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works great! This is the third grip I have bought. I have one on each of my Nikons. Each one has lasted and still work perfectly.

 
5.0

buen producto

By Alberto

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

carga completa para una fiesta vaquera

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Follow the included Instructions

By Patrick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works great if you follow the included instructions. It mentions that anytime you remove the grip to make sure no source of power is running to it. I recommend only using a battery in the grip, not the camera and grip. That way if you have to remove the grip no current is running to it. Reason is the grip makes a connection to your camera's access port on the bottom. In this port are copper connections to mate up to the camera and screwing the grip to the camera with power can cause one of these connections to get misaligned. This misalignment could cause a short in the battery grip and fry the circuitry. To keep it simple; make sure there is no power running to the camera and grip before separating the two.

 
5.0

Good Quality Battery Grip.

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this for my wife's D7100. It work's great and has been very reliable for her. The build quality is very good and the unit installs tight and secure against the base of the camera. I am pleased with my purchase and my wife is as well. Who could ask for more!

 
5.0

A must for steady Shots

By Thomas

from undisclosed

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

Great fit to my D7200

 
5.0

Great value

By Don

from Stanton, MI

Verified Buyer

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

This is the third grip I have purchased during the past ten years and am very satisfied with the dollar value. It makes my camera a "complete" unit with extra battery life.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Save up for the Nikon brand!

By John

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I am returning my second one, because neither one worked properly on my D7200.  On the first one, the shutter and aperture dials only worked if I put excessive pressure on the grip to make the contacts tight. On the second one, the shutter and aperture dials worked. However, the first time I attached it to my camera, I noticed that as I would increase the shutter speed by rotating the dial the shutter speed would actually occasionally decrease. So once again, I am returning the grip. On both grips, the shutter release and the back button auto focus seemed to work fine. Also, it is a rather large grip. I knew that when I bought it based upon some reviews I had read, but it was actually a bit awkward even with bigger hands. I was really hoping this grip would work. I had a 3rd party grip for my D300, and it worked flawlessly. I guess Nikon will be getting more of my money.

 
5.0

Excellent value

By Tom

from Vienna, WV

Verified Buyer

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

The fit is solid. Very comfortable in my large hands. If using AA batteries in the grip it makes the camera a little heavy and not as balanced. But with a Nikon battery the extra weight is barely noticeable, and a much better balanced feel.

 
5.0

Get this and save your money...

By Oshman

from Medford, OR.

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

I was going to buy the Nikon grip for my D7100...but I figured I would try this first. It feels solid, and the connection is tight on my camera body. I have rather large hands, which is the main reason I bought it. My camera feels much more secure now with the grip, and fits in my hand perfectly.

 
5.0

Grip

By Stella

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

More time to shot less time changing batteries.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Battery Not Being Used

By Kelly

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Battery doesn't show a value in battery "meter" in menu. When I shoot, shots come off the battery mounted in the camera. Very poor.

 
5.0

I bought this and you should too.

By Milai

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Unfortunately I only have a crop sensor camera right now but I really needed the underbody. For the price it works great. I've had no issues with it at all and with high pace events it has kept up.

 
4.0

Good grip

By Mariano

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This si a good product, and your Price This is a better.

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