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Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?

Pete K

Canton, MI, US
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Pete K Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2011
Mon 23-Jan-12 01:24 AM | edited Mon 23-Jan-12 03:06 AM by Pete K

B&H Photo appears to be the exclusive distributor for this particular grip. In the reviews several users mention that the dials are not reversed as they appear to be on several third party grips. Any comments, or anyone with one of these care to comment on the quality of this grip?........Thanks

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ScottsFJ40

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#1. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 0

ScottsFJ40 Registered since 11th Sep 2007
Mon 23-Jan-12 08:56 PM

I'm less concerned with the rotation of the dials, having it reversed on the 3rd party one I bought wasn't that big of a thing to get used to, but I would love to know how the battery latch holds up. Not much use if it breaks as easily as the other 3rd party ones.

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Pete K

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#2. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 1

Pete K Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2011
Tue 24-Jan-12 03:22 PM

That would be a concern also....I guess there is not much information available about that item....hmmm?

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billr814

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#3. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 2

billr814 Registered since 04th Dec 2011
Tue 24-Jan-12 11:09 PM | edited Tue 24-Jan-12 11:11 PM by billr814

well if its anything like bower...i would stay away..i ckd for a vello website...can't find it...almost same scenario with bower..they do have a website...but the phone nos just ring and go dead...no voicemail,,i tried emailing..no luck..i bought a bower grip thru b and h...never really ckd out whether it really worked,opened it after the 30 day return(my fault) came and went...found the electrical connecter was cracked so the camera wouldnt recognize the grip,i have a nikon d7k,...so i called b and h they said to call bower...and here i sit out ...$94.00...i saw the vello grip but couldnt find any co info..google just shows b and h only...proceed with caution..i am a little ticked off at b and h kind of letting me hang out to dry..i have seen other forums ,with same problem getting a hold of anyone at bower...i have to say b and h must be aware of this...they said before the 30 days, that they would do an exchange...then im on my own

billr814

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#4. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 3

billr814 Registered since 04th Dec 2011
Tue 24-Jan-12 11:24 PM

i also wanted to put out there this is just my opinion and nothing against anyone with bower or vello equipment or any dealings with b and h...thanks

TheDraftsman

middlesex, US
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#5. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 4

TheDraftsman Registered since 20th Jan 2011
Wed 25-Jan-12 12:25 AM | edited Wed 25-Jan-12 12:29 AM by TheDraftsman

I just ordered the Vello tonight for my D7000 and my Zeikos will be a back up. I can say one thing about the Vello on my D90 and that is, it is the closest in quality to OEM. I will give an update when I get my grip in two days.

Also, Vello is not only distributed by B&H, it is a B&H product.

Pete K

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#6. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 5

Pete K Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2011
Thu 26-Jan-12 10:23 AM

Thank you for the replies...I will be looking for your update.

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tekneektom

Kohler, US
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#7. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 0

tekneektom Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011
Thu 26-Jan-12 01:35 PM

I haven't got the Vello, I purchased a Zeikos via Amazon. To date my grip has been just fine. However, after reading all the strings re: non-Nikon grips I must admit that I treat it well and don't do such things as use a Black Rapid strap that would allow the grip and D7000 to dangle from the tripod socket. I'll bet that if you get the Vello grip and don't manhandle it, you'll be quite happy.

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ScottsFJ40

Olympia, US
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#8. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 7

ScottsFJ40 Registered since 11th Sep 2007
Tue 31-Jan-12 03:10 PM

Hey Draftsman, any updates on the grip?

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swannking

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#9. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 0

swannking Registered since 13th Nov 2012
Sat 01-Dec-12 03:00 PM

I bought the Vello for my D7000. Overall, I am happy with it because of the price. I thought I stripped the gear of the lockdown mechanism to the tripod mount when I was testing the tightness of the fit. So I took it apart. To my pleasant surprise, the gears are made of metal and are quite sturdy. There is a weak link however at the bottom of the plastic mold where the plastic locking wheel sits. The wheel has a metal axis and gear fitted in the center but the metal axis is resting on this plastic hole which is quite shallow. I could see that some of the plastic had gotten "shaved" off when the metal axis tried to move out of alignment. My remdy to this problem is to use 2 fingers to tighten the wheel from the front and the back of the grip so that the wheel doesn't pivot too much which will eventually strip the plastic recess for the metal axis.

The second issue that I encountered is that with the Pearstone battery in the grip. When I first put it in and got it connected to the camera, it recognised it without problem. I turned off the camera and turn it back on awhile later and noticed that the camera read low battery in the grip and the shutter is locked just like if your camera battery is too low. I thougth the grip drained my battery but it was not the case. I had to remove the tray in the grip and reinserted it and it was good again. I think it is the battery rather than the grip because I didn't have that problem when I swapped out the batteries and have the Nikon one in the grip and the Pearstone in the camera. Now, here is the other issue. Why didn't the power management switch the power source from the grip+pearstone combo to the camera battery when I got the message of low battery in the grip and locked up the shutter and I was left with no choice but to unplug the battery tray from the grip. Eventhough it might be due to a third party battery, I hope that it is not the grip itself not being able to switch the power over even when I am not using the 3rd party battery.

swannking

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#10. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 9

swannking Registered since 13th Nov 2012
Thu 06-Dec-12 02:48 PM

Well, I am going to return this grip after all. I have the nikon battery in the grip currently but I noticed something strange every now and then with the camera. Last night, I turned the camera on and found the camera using the battery in the body rather than the grip and the grip battery meter did not even show up. I had 2 -3 bars left in the grip battery since last use. I thought the battery grip drained the battery like other mentioned with a different 3rd party grip. I fiddled with it in the menu setup under battery info and nothing showed up under the MB-D11. I played around with the battery grip settings and then the grip battery showed up again with 2 bars. I think I am going to get the Nikon grip instead.

swannking

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#11. "RE: Vello BG-N4 Battery Grip for the D7K....Any info or comments?" | In response to Reply # 10

swannking Registered since 13th Nov 2012
Wed 12-Dec-12 11:51 PM

So, I returned the vello and bought the Nikon one. The Nikon one doesn't have any of the issues that I had with the vello.

1) with the vello, I could not change the battery order between the camera and the grip without turning it off and back on again. With the Nikon, I can.

2) I don't have the occ. grip battery disappearing act that I had with the vello.

3) I don't have the problem with the 3rd party battery in the grip as stated before with vello.

I am a happier camper.

G