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Sony VG-B30AM Vertical Grip for Sony Alpha Digital SLRs

3.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Compatible with select Sony digital SLR cameras, including the DSLR-A200, DSLR-A300, and DSLRA350
  • Vertical camera grip with storage for two NP-FM500H batteries (not included)
  • Built-in camera control buttons for easy vertical shooting
  • Displays remaining power on camera's LCD display
  • 5-1/4 x 4-5/8 x 3-1/4 inches
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Product Description

Photographers exploring the possibilities of the α (alpha) DSLR series will enjoy the creative flexibility added by the high-quality VG-B30AM Vertical Grip. It not only helps steady your hand with the camera in both vertical and horizontal positions, it also provides a stable platform for shooting portraits, still-life shots and other subjects requiring vertical format. For added convenience, the shutter button and other important controls are easy to use and located at your fingertips. It also holds two NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM batteries (sold separately) for up to 1,500 shots, with automatic power switching to backup battery power for uninterrupted shooting.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.4 x 5.6 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 11.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0012DADCO
Item model number VG-B30AM
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3.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,941 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Digital Camera Accessories > Accessory Kits
#5,780 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Batteries & Chargers > Batteries
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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Although mostly plastic, this is a very nicely made grip that attaches solidly to the body. There's also a nice storage place for the battery cover of the camera (which you must remove to use the grip).

The grip has three prime values:

First, you can double up your batteries, using two at a time. Considering how long the Sony battery lasts, I think this will be of little value to most.

Second, held in the traditional horizontal manner, it makes the grip longer. This is not only nice for larger hands, but for anyone using a longer, heavier lens. Additionally, it allows you to use an optional hand strap. However, my preference has always been to us this with a traditional shoulder strap attached to the side. This way, it places the strap to the side while holding the camera or tripod mounted horizontally (my most common orientation), and about as out of the way as possible.

Last, the vertical orientation is very nice with this grip, as far as the button locations and feel in general. This is particularly nice for people with hand or wrist problems.

So, what keeps this from being 5-stars? Price. Although I like everything about the grip, it doesn't give me anything unique, and is at a considerably higher price than most competitors of equal quality.
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I couldn't wait to get the vertical grip for my Alpha 300; I had one on my old Olympus E-10 and loved it. This one is even better. With a smart storage spot for the camera's battery door on-board the grip, you will never lose it.

It provides even better grip than the camera body alone, which is partly why I bought it (I have large hands), and makes vertical photography a cinch. With two infolitium batteries on board, I spent an entire week in Toronto visiting family and taking over a thousand shots; and still had 98% left on the second battery. It's amazing what the grip does to your battery capacity.

I only wish it came with the vertical grip hand strap; which is an extra $50 and also worth the money.

I highly recommend this grip, and am very happy I finally purchased it.
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I'm new to the DSLR prosumer products and picked this up at the same time I bought my first DSLR.
Since buying the camera and accessories in September 2008 I've taken over 5,000 shots of sporting events, outdoors activites, animals, and lots of interior activities. This vertical grip allows you great control of the camera in either horizontal or vertical usage.
Having the two batteries internal means you can shoot all day long without ever worrying about a dead battery, and the change up from a single battery to adding this is a 60 second operation.
The Vertical Grip also comes with mounting screws for tripod/monopod with I have used on both vertical and horizontal sides, for both types of pods.
For my taking the sporting event shots, this has been a great asset to me in allowing me to control the camera and get some wonderful pictures. I highly recommend this for anyone who may be doing extended shooting.
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I have very large hands with long, slender fingers. I bought my A300 years ago because it fit my hands nicely but never felt great holding it sideways because of my banana hands. I've wanted this grip ever since I got my camera but wasn't willing to pay almost as much for the grip as I did my camera that I got on sale. I got a great deal on my purchase here with extras thrown in, like a battery and hand strap. The one I got is a legit Sony model and not a clone.

The grip does add some bulk to the camera (duh) but that's what I really enjoy about it. It feels more solid now and I want to take more shots vertically now since I can hold it better. It's great that it basically doubles the battery life and still has a mount so I don't have to take off the grip to mount it on a tripod. It feels nice and solid in my hands and my 8 year old daughter loves being able to rotate the camera and not have to hunt down the shutter button since it's always where her right hand goes.

Great investment if you have an older Alpha.
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I bought this while I was oversease because I wanted to use it as soon as I get home. I used it love it, it pretty much last atleast 16-18 hours of taking shots after shots. it may last less on video I don't know because I haven't use it all day long for video
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This is a good quality grip but over-priced for what it is. The fact that it holds two batteries sounds nice, but a single battery lasts so long that it is hard to imagine cases where you would need an extra in-camera battery; carrying that extra battery everywhere just adds a little more weight to what you carry. I bought the grip in hopes that it would alleviate some shoulder issues I have by letting me keep my arms positioned the same way for vertical as for horizontal shots. However, the trade-off is that you have to carry a significantly larger and heavier camera body, in addition to your lenses. For my shoulders, the disadvantages of the extra size and weight out-weighed the advantage of easier vertical shot handling. Also, I use a Black Rapid R-strap, whose fastener digs into your hand when holding this grip for vertical shots. In sum, the disadvantages for me were greater than the advantages.
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