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Nov 19, 2020 09:14:26   #
StLouie1970
 
I'm looking to purchase a battery grip for my Nikon 7500. There seems to be quite a few random brands on Amazon with mixed reviews. Anyone have a reccomendation?

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Nov 19, 2020 09:15:15   #
KLambar Loc: New Jersey
 
I have used Meike.

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Nov 19, 2020 09:16:32   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
I have a Vello for my Canon and really like it.

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Nov 19, 2020 09:17:04   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
StLouie1970 wrote:
I'm looking to purchase a battery grip for my Nikon 7500. There seems to be quite a few random brands on Amazon with mixed reviews. Anyone have a reccomendation?


Buy a real Nikon one. You plan to put junk batteries in your new Nikon as well? You paid for a D7500, support the thing.

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Nov 19, 2020 09:19:35   #
mymike Loc: Tucson, AZ
 
I bought a used Nikon grip from KEH for $132 for my D750.

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Nov 19, 2020 09:34:45   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Buy a real Nikon one. You plan to put junk batteries in your new Nikon as well? You paid for a D7500, support the thing.


I have five "junk" batteries in addition to the one "brand" battery.
No problems in ten years. Granted, not all batteries are ten years old.

I don't buy OEM wiper blades, air filters, tires, batteries, light bulbs, ... for my cars either.

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Nov 19, 2020 09:35:32   #
leftj Loc: Texas
 
StLouie1970 wrote:
I'm looking to purchase a battery grip for my Nikon 7500. There seems to be quite a few random brands on Amazon with mixed reviews. Anyone have a reccomendation?


Yes - Don't get anything other than the battery Grip Nikon sells for your specific camera.

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Nov 19, 2020 09:35:47   #
jeep_daddy Loc: Prescott AZ
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Buy a real Nikon one. You plan to put junk batteries in your new Nikon as well? You paid for a D7500, support the thing.


I agree. I bought a Vello once to try it. Lasted about 2 months and died. I've bought a few aftermarket batteries when I got my first digital camera and none of them stacked up to an OEM battery. I have some OEM batteries from 6-8 years ago that still work. The aftermarket batteries are all in the trash. Some wouldn't even take a charge after just a few times using.

Now I buy nothing but OEM.

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Nov 19, 2020 10:29:57   #
KLambar Loc: New Jersey
 
I have used Meike on my D7100, D810 and D500 without no problems.

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Nov 19, 2020 10:35:30   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Buy a real Nikon one. You plan to put junk batteries in your new Nikon as well? You paid for a D7500, support the thing.


I never buy Nikon brand accessories for my Nikons, including my D850. Thy are obscenely expensive. Never had any problems with non-OEM. Including battery grips for all of them. Even if I do have a problem I can buy another one and still have less money invested.

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Nov 19, 2020 10:46:51   #
leftj Loc: Texas
 
Retired CPO wrote:
I never buy Nikon brand accessories for my Nikons, including my D850. Thy are obscenely expensive. Never had any problems with non-OEM. Including battery grips for all of them. Even if I do have a problem I can buy another one and still have less money invested.


And yet you bought the expensive D850

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Nov 19, 2020 11:33:11   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
leftj wrote:
And yet you bought the expensive D850

Aren't accessories slightly different than the camera?

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Nov 19, 2020 11:42:27   #
leftj Loc: Texas
 
Longshadow wrote:
Aren't accessories slightly different than the camera?


You should be able answer that one for yourself.

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Nov 19, 2020 11:51:34   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
leftj wrote:
You should be able answer that one for yourself.

I did, that's why I asked you to see if your opinion was different than mine.

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Nov 19, 2020 12:21:26   #
larryepage Loc: North Texas
 
StLouie1970 wrote:
I'm looking to purchase a battery grip for my Nikon 7500. There seems to be quite a few random brands on Amazon with mixed reviews. Anyone have a reccomendation?


Battery grips are deeply integrated with the electronic systems of the camera. Camera companies do not provide design details to the aftermarket folks. I had two aftermarket grips for an earlier camera. One worked fine unless I tried to use some of the advanced functions, like the joystick, which was completely non-functional. The other caused multiple camera functions to stop working, even when I was not accessing them from the grip. Bought a used Nikon grip and everything worked flawlessly. I've never bought another non-branded grip since.

Camera makers do not provide design information to folks who want to make peripherals for their cameras, so the makers have to guess and do their designs by trial and error. Usually they will get close. Sometimes they get really close but miss on some key things. I don't find the misses worth the savings. I also have found that the materials and profiles of the ersatz grips don't fully measure up...they just don't "feel" as good in use.

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