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Vello Grip for Nikon D850 is $300 Less Than Nikon’s Own Battery Grip | In Stock Now

By Kishore Sawh on February 7th 2018

About two weeks ago we reported on the availability status of the Nikon D850 MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Grip because for the longest time it had been unavailable to North American customers. Two weeks on it is still available for pre-order only, but now there’s competition in the form of a grip from Vello, but here’s why that’s important.

The D850’s headline-grabbing specs of the 9FPS and 5000 shots come at a caveat, and a costly one. Those numbers are only attainable via use of the battery grip, and more than that, requires a different kind of battery, and a grip adapter when that specific battery is used.

So to clarify, you’ll need the grip, a second battery type, a second charger for that battery, and a cover adapter for the grip which is needed to use that other battery. Just buying the grip will not deliver the goods. By the time you get the grip ($400), the new battery and charger for that battery (which is different than that of D850 body), the cost for all of that is just shy of $1,000. That’s on top of the $3,300 just spent to buy the D850. Vello, however, has come out with an option that’s much more wallet friendly.

[REWIND: Nikon D850 Battery Grip Now In Stock in The US | Adds $1,000 Cost To D850 & Inconvenience]

It’s called the Vello BG-N19 Battery Grip for Nikon D850 and it will save you $300 since it comes in at just $99, and it is still capable of delivering the boost to 9fps of the official Nikon grip. And if you don’t need the 9fps, then your’e paying 1/4 the price of the Nikon grip for what you need.

Yes, you’ll have to still buy the other type of battery (EN-EL18b) and the BL-5 cover kit to adapt it but that’s still a significant saving. Find below the main product highlights and links to the required pieces of kit you’ll need to get the full 9FPS.

Kit Pieces For 9FPS

Battery Grips
Vello BG-N19 Battery Grip for Nikon D850 ($99)
Nikon MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack ($396)

Grip Accessories (used for either Vello or Nikon grips)
Nikon EN-EL18b Rechargeable Battery and BL-5 Cover Kit ($174)
Nikon MH-26aAK Charger Kit ($369)
or
Nikon MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack with EN-EL18b Battery Kit (which includes Nikon Grip, battery, charger, BL-5 adapter cover) ($940)

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Extended Grip for Vertical Composition
  • Extends Shooting Time
  • Holds One EN-EL15a Battery
  • Also Works with Eight AA Batteries
  • Holds EN-EL18b Battery with BL-5 Cover
  • Supports EP-5B + EH-5c AC Adapter
  • Shutter Release Button with Control Lock
  • Two Command Dials, AF-ON and Fn Buttons
  • Slot for Holding Rubber Contact Cover
  • 1/4″-20 Threaded Slot for Tripod Use
About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Motti Bembaron

    From what I understand if you just want an extended shooting time (and the comfort of a grip) with the Velo grip you only need to buy a regular EN-EL15 battery for around $40. Nikon should NOT advertise the camera as a 9fps, it is a gross deception.

    I have a Velo grip for my old D300s and a Meike grip for the D750. Both simply work and work well. The Meike grip came with 2(!!) batteries and a wireless remote for $99CDN. What an amazing value. 

    I tested the batteries that came with the Meike grip and did not expect much, was I wrong. They allow around 50 shots less than the “original” Nikon batteries. Considering that I paid so little for them it is quite amazing. The remote is truly excellent and I use it every time I photograph young children.

    Saying that Nikon accessories are overpriced would be an understatement. My hats off to all those Chinese manufacturers that work hard to give us excellent and affordable alternatives.

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