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Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip for Pentax K-7 Digital SLR (Retail Packaging)

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Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip for Pentax K-7 Digital SLR (Retail Packaging) + Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Pentax D-LI90 and Pentax 645D, K-01, K-3, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-7
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.5 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002CGRR9C
  • Item model number: D-BG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

PENTAX 39846 BATTERY GRIP D-BG4 FOR K7EXTENDS SHOOTING TIMES BY PROVIDING ADDITION POWER VIA A 2ND LI-ION BATTERY OR AA BATTERIES;INCLUDES A TRAY FOR EITHER BATTERY OPTION;FEATURES VERTICAL RELEASEBUTTON, DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW SWITCH, FRONT & REAR E-DIALS & BUTTONS FOR EXPOSURE LOCK, GREEN, ISO& AUTO FOCUS;WEATHER SEALED

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The build quality is top notch.
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For those of us with larger than average hands, the small size of the K-7 makes it a bit less comfortable than the larger K20 despite the great ergonomics of the K-7.
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Like the K-7, it is weather sealed.
Raymond T. Badgett

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Raymond T. Badgett on December 27, 2009
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The D-BG4 battery grip features high quality build and allows you to use either a D-LI90 or AA batteries. Grip is fitted with controls for shutter release, depth of field preview, e-dails, exposure lock, green button and ISO. Very convenient accessory to have if you have large hands or are a composing vertical shot. Like the K-7, it is weather sealed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Petkus on January 26, 2011
When I purchased the Pentax K7, I agonized over which battery grip I should purchase - the Pentax BG4 or the Chinese knock-off available here and on the auction site. I went with the imitation and, never having used the real Pentax, it seemed adequate. But I had issues - the silkscreened button labels rubbed off, the rubber veneer began to peel back, and the wheel and buttons were wobbly and cheap feeling.

After purchasing the Pentax K5, I decided to get this grip - the real Pentax BG4. What a pleasure it was to take this out of the box and wheel it onto my camera. The fit and finish are impeccable and the button/wheel action mirrors the camera's own. It's also worth noting that the rubberized sections have a nicer look and texture. I believe this product will last a long time.

For those on the fence regarding either the genuine or counterfeit grip I recommend the genuine artifact. I sympathize with you regarding the high cost but, then again, you did purchase a $1500 camera.

Final notes:
- The grip is plastic, not magnesium alloy but is tough, well-balanced and feels like the latter.
- The grip is waterproof whereas the imitations are not
- The tripod mount thread is off-center as it is on the imitation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. VANDALEN on October 8, 2009
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For those of us with larger than average hands, the small size of the K-7 makes it a bit less comfortable than the larger K20 despite the great ergonomics of the K-7. The answer is this battery grip. It is an essential addition to the K-7, greatly improving handling, comfort and ease for portrait-oriented shots. It is built with the same solid feel of construction and weather sealing as the camera. I especially like the dual battery tray option for standard K-7 battery or six AA batteries. Unfortunately, after returning two K-7 cameras, I have an excellent battery grip sitting around waiting for another K-7.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clifford H. Copass on May 9, 2010
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I mainly purchased this so I could continue using the camera even if the normal (special) batteries became hard to get, since it can handle either AA or the special batteries. So far it has worked well. The extra controls are very handy when using the vertical orientation, but the extra switch will not turn on the camera, it only enables the extra set of controls. The total bulk is a bit bigger, but the handling is still good. I have only had a few longer shooting sessions so far, but there has been no sign of running out of "juice" when using both battery sets. Unlike several other brands, this one does not displace the normal camera battery when attached. That makes changing the normal camera battery a bit more involved (but still not hard) but reduces the extra bulk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Faxanadu on June 3, 2012
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This is a great battery grip. It adds a decent amount of bulk to the K-5 (which is small to begin with) but does wonders for portrait photography.

A couple of things to note:

*The grip is weather sealed, but is made of touch plastic, not magnesium alloy like the camera
*The grip comes with a AA battery holder and a Li-Ion holder - the Li-Ion holder can also hold a spare SD card. This model does not allow you to store the mini remote like for previous Pentax cameras
*I always tell people that Pentax is geared for the photographer and thinks of the little things. For example, the grip can store the protective nub for the contacts of the grip and the rubber contact cover off the camera! This way you don't' lose anything. I know of no other manufacturer that pays attention to that level of detail.

Is is a bit much for what it is - sure. However, it is well worth it. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Jackson on December 5, 2012
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I bought this Pentax grip to replace a Chinese knockoff 3rd party grip that I originally had with my K5. The knockoff looked identical in almost every way to the Pentax. However the buttons and wheels on the Pentax feel much more like the quality hardware on the K5, and the battery door tab is thick and solid as it is on the K5. The knockoff battery door tabs were very flimsy and I had to take care that I not twist too hard lest they break. The knockoff literature said it was weather sealed, but there was absolutely no weather sealing on the battery door, whereas its obvious on the Pentax grip. The knockoff constantly gave me problems. Fist the buttons were not working most of the time. I fixed that by adjusting the connections to the shutter button inside the grip. It was working fine for a while then my camera would not even recognize the grip when installed, unless it was on very loosely. In trying to diagnose the connectivity problems I wound up inadvertently frying the electronics in it somewhere. I was now left with a choice to buy another knockoff for around $30-$50 or buy the genuine Pentax for $200. Though I was not happy to depart with $200, the Pentax grip has proved to be worth every penny, and I expect it to last the life of my K5 if not longer.

Take my word on this. Where it can be very tempting to buy a far less expensive grip, my experience as well as countless other reviewers who tried the 3rd party grips, prove that you'd be wasting your money on the knockoff brands and are better off forking over the $$ for the genuine Pentax grip. You won't be sorry.
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