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Sony VG-B30AM Vertical Grip for Sony Alpha Digital SLRs
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this by accident. I was searching for a grip for my alpha a580 and this appeared and without notice it, I purshased this... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Victor M. Colon
The product that got delivered to my door was some cheap Chinese imitation of Sony's official grip. The Chinese grip is made of plastic and feels cheap. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by T. Y. To
The ad shows the actual Sony VG-B30AM Vertical Grip. What you get is a Vertical Grip (designed) for the alpha series that is made in China with a remote plus you get 4 batteries. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by andrewsfinal
I ordered this vertical grip for my Sony a300 DSLR and it came today. I was very excited to get it because Sony doesn't make them anymore but you can still find some online. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by hambyth
The grip I received is not at all like the grip shown in the product photos, not even close. There is no control dial, no AE Lock button and no Exposure Compensation button all of... Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by Dennis Atwell
I've always had very good luck with Sony Handycams and camers and at the time I purchased this unit I had a Sony A350 and Amazon was having an excellent sale. Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Richard Hughes
I bought this just so I did not have to change battery in the middle of a trip. The two batterys allow you to always have a back up on hand. The extra grip is nice. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by uglyluggage
This addition to a Sony DSLR is very helpful and a good product. The additional capability of having the shutter, wheel, and AV and AEL capabilites while the camera is fantastic... Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Russell Stephenson