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VelloBG-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200
 
4.5

(based on 156 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

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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5.0

Works perfectly

By SteveReid

from Saint Cloud Florida

Verified Buyer

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

I go to Camp Old Glory in the Everglades a few times a year and take thousands of pictures. Now I can do that without having to worry about battery power. I take my Airboat and find the birds so now I can shoot from the hip, lol​

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4.0

Hard to beat for the price

By James

from Corpus Christi, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

So all in all, well built and worth the price. Overall good fit and finish and the grip does what it is supposed to - that is provide a vertical release and extend shooting time with extra batteries. It came packaged with everything that it was supposed to have. I also own the Nikon version of this grip and can make side by side comparisons. Overall, the Nikon is built and finished better than the Vello. This grip goes on my backup camera body so it won't see a lot of use and I think for the price, it suits it's purpose just fine.

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4.0

Why pay more!

By Rocky42

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

My initial reaction after reading the reviews was positive. And for $100+ less, why not. So far so good!

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4.0

I love it

By Frankie

from Suffolk county NY

Verified Buyer

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

I recieved this as a bday gift and I dont know why I didn't get it sooner. I love it extra battery life and the easy to use buttons the only reason I didn't give it 5stars is because of the added weight to my Nikon D7100 but it's worth it

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4.0

A great bargain

By dougmatt

from Austin, tx

Verified Buyer

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

I use the battery grip on the D7200. It fits snugly and does the job just as you expect it to. No fuss no muss. There is no downside. Follow the directions, and it'll work perfectly.

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3.0

Good product

By Fotojoe

from Saratoga Springs NY

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Vello battery grips are a bargain, but beware, I had the battery chamber lock tab break off on one for my D700.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Decent grip

      By Tnikon

      from Boulder, co

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

      Works ok, only time will tell if the build quality will hold up. I honestly use it without the battery in on my D7200, so I just get better grip.(wish it had same grip at D750)

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      3.0

      A little quirky

      By Dan C.

      from Valley Falls, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Quirky battery issues

        Best Uses

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

          I also own the Vello BG-N2 for my D90 and I was very pleased to see that this version for the D7200 includes a 4-way selector right on the grip.

          Unfortunately, the grip (or possibly the D7200) has an annoying quirk. Unlike the D90/BG-N2 combo which uses both batteries simultaneously, the D7200/BG-N11 uses them sequentially (you can pick which is used first in the D7200 menu). HOWEVER, if you remove the battery from the BG-N11 to charge it and continue to use the camera, when you put the grip battery back in, the camera no longer recognizes the battery, nor grip functions (other than shutter). To correct this I had to remove the grip and swap the grip and body battery.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works Great

          By Mike L

          from CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • High Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

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

            So far so good. Attached snuggly and secure, high quality materials; using the dials and controls exceeded my expectations. Cannot beat the price. Outstanding value!

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            • No

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best third party grip.

            By cdub1855

            from Ocean Park, Wa.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Works Like Oem

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              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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              • No

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              5.0

              New versitilitt

              By Frank X

              from Philadelphia

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

              This item gives the camera new versitilitt when shooting vertically. Great product

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              5.0

              BG-N11 Battery Grip for D7200

              By Mike

              from Vancouver, BC, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Audio Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Use the product to add extra surface grip, balance and additional battery time for video capture. Easy install, turn dial is smooth and the connection is solid.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Good non-OEM Battery

                By Andy

                from Mississippi

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

                Capacity is similar to OEM. Would buy again.

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                5.0

                As good as the brand name

                By Joe the concert photographer

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I was very pleased with this grip after receiving it in the mail. It was more firm and steady after connected to my camera than I expected. I am glad that I made the decision to purchase this brand than the Nikon brand and also saved me some money.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Best bang for the buck!

                  By JT

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Works as well as the Nikon brand for a lot less money!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Value!

                    By Shuter

                    from Miami Fl

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

                    This is my third Vello Grip,I have never had a malfunction with any.I always buy the grip because of my larger than average hands and ease of use in switching to portrait orientation.It's easy to program all of the buttons especially my favorite for back button focus.All in all can't see why I should buy the Manufacturers grip.I don't think you can go wrong.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent battery grip

                    By Pap Poo

                    from Fall Branch, Tn

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    I bought two, one for my 7100 and one for my 7200. They both work flawlessly and are well made. A MUCH cheaper alternative and I don't feel like I gave up anything !!

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                    5.0

                    Works perfectly with A Nikon D7200

                    By Robin Khoury

                    from Beirut, Lebanon

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This battery grip does the job pretty well.
                        The fit is very good, and the jiggling is barely noticeable if present at all.
                        All the buttons are fully functional on a D7200.
                        The added weight and extra grip comes in really handy both in landscape and portrait hand held shooting, making the hand gripping of the camera much more stable and pleasant.
                        If handled with care, I don't see why it cannot be a long lasting grip.
                        For the price, it is definitely a good bargain.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Feels very sturdy

                        By Jean-Luc

                        from Clermont-Ferrand, France

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        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-N11 Battery Grip for Nikon D7100 & D7200:

                          This may sound weird yet it is my 3rd one. I have have two failed on me (the locking between the camera and the grip) and what I liked is that it never went loose and I had to put it into parts. And there is a lot of metal. I give it 3* because even if I use a BlackRapid strap so holding the camera through the grip itself, I wish they last more than 6 monts

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                          • No

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I changed my own opinion with Common Sense!

                          By tab Nikon

                          from MS

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I've read great and bad posts about this Vello Battery Grip. I purchased mine in Dec. 2015 and never really needed until this weekend. The batteries in my 7100 died and the Vello didn't kick in... very upset trying to shoot a Volleyball Tournament I took the grip off my camera and switched the batteries and finished my day. Here is where I started thinking about the only flaw with the grip. It was slightly loose, a small wobble, enough to loose contact with the camera base. Two simple solutions. 1) Don't put the the Camera Contact Cover in the storage slot on the top of Vello (the depth of the storage area for the contact cover is slightly too shallow, maybe). 2) Look at the Camera Contact Cover, there are notches around the edge. Look at the Vello storage slot, there is rim/ridge for the notches to hang on to. Work the rubber Contact Cover back and forth, side to side to fit into the storage slot of the Vello grip and attach the battery grip to your camers. Test your Vello with no batteries in the camera just in the grip. Either way it should work just fine, mine did. I, myself, may choose to put the Camera Contact Cover in a baggie in my camera case just because the Vello seem to be more secure and stable to the camera itself without he rubber Contact Cover in the Vello. Don't send this battery pack back if you think it's loose, just try what I suggested and I hope it will work for you. This Vello camera grip works great... it just needs tweeking! I hope this post makes sense.

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