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Sony VG-C99AM

Vertical grip for use with Sony Alpha A99 DSLR

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Item #: 158VGC99AM
 
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by Woody Sherman
Sony

This custom-contoured vertical grip for the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 allows you to easily hold and operate the camera in a vertical (portrait) orientation. Ergonomically designed essential control buttons are placed for easy manipulation in a vertical posture. Additionally, the grip holds two NP-FM500H batteries, and in concert with the camera's NP-FM500H battery, provides extended shooting time when using the 'A99 for a multi-hour event. Batteries are utilized one at a time and automatically switch over when drained of power. All buttons, covers and connections are securely sealed for weather resistance.

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Highlights:

  • lets you comfortably hold camera upright for portraits
  • ideal for photographers with larger hands and those shooting with heavier, professional or telephoto lenses
  • compatible with Sony Alpha SLT-A99V camera
  • camera grip holds two optional NP-FM500H rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
  • triple battery operation: uses one NP-FM500H in the camera and two in the grip
  • batteries automatically switch over when power is exhausted from the one with the lowest power available
  • built-in AF/MF button, AE/L button, vertical shutter release button, front and rear command dials, and joystick control
  • 5-5/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 3-1/2"D
  • 11.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Vertical camera grip for Alpha A99 D-SLR camera (with plastic terminal cover)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Sheet (US)
  • Warranty Sheet (Canada)

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Features

Overview: The VG-C99AM Vertical Grip is designed for the Sony Alpha a99 digital SLR camera. It comes with a battery magazine, which can hold one or two NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion batteries. No batteries are included with the Vertical Grip. When installed, the grip adds approximately 2-3/8" to the overall height, and approximately 11.5 ounces to the overall weight of the camera (not including batteries).

Controls: The Vertical Grip is equipped with several controls, conveniently placed for use when the camera is in the vertical (portrait orientation) position. The controls include a shutter button, front control dial, rear control dial, AF/MF button, AE Lock/Slow Sync button, a multi-selector, Exposure Compensation +/- button, Function button, Smart Teleconverter, and a Grip Control On/Off button. In the viewing mode, some of the above buttons can control Image Index, Enlarge Image, and Image Rotation.

Installation: The VG-C99AM Vertical Grip fastens to the bottom of the a99 and interfaces with the camera via the multi-pin camera connector. It is held firmly in place by a screw through the camera's tripod socket.

Auto Switching Power: With the Vertical Grip, you can use three NP-FM500H batteries at one time: two in the grip and one in the camera. The camera automatically switches to another battery when the power runs out of the current battery. The batteries in the grip are used first, with the one in the camera being used last to maximize shooting time. You can even change batteries in the grip without turning the camera off. Remaining battery power in all three batteries is shown graphically in the camera's LCD monitor, with the power of the current battery expressed in percentages.

Optional Grip Belt: The Vertical Grip has a strap hole for easily attaching the optional STP-GB1AM Grip belt.

 
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