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Sony VG-C1EM

Vertical grip for use with Alpha A7 and A7R cameras

Item # 158VGC1EM

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Sony VG-C1EM



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If you shoot with a Sony Alpha A7 or A7R camera, the VG-C1EM grip is a must-have accessory. The grip makes long shooting days a breeze by adding controls and a handhold for vertical shooting, and it lets you pack two more batteries in so you can work longer without running out of juice.

Product Highlights:

  • add-on camera grip allows for comfort and convenience while shooting with Sony A7 or A7R in vertical position
  • can hold two additional NP-FW50 batteries to extend shooting time
  • buttons, dials, battery cover and connecting terminal are securely sealed for dust and moisture protection
  • 5-1/8"W x 2"H x 2-1/8"D
  • weight: 8.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • VG-C1EM Vertical Grip for Sony a7 and a7R cameras
  • Battery tray (installed)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet (US)
  • Warranty sheet (Canada)
  • Battery tray instructions
  • Battery door illustration

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Overview: The VG-C1EM is a vertical grip, designed for use with Sony Alpha-series a7 (ILCE-7/B and ILCE-7K/B) and a7R (ILCE-7R/B) Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras. The grip fits onto the bottom of the camera and attaches via the camera's tripod thread. When the Vertical Grip is installed, it adds approximately 2" to the overall height of the camera, and nearly 9 ounces to the camera's overall weight (not including batteries).

Dual Battery Compartment: The Vertical Grip's battery compartment can accommodate one or two NP-FW50 InfoLithium rechargeable batteries. Using two batteries doubles the battery life of the camera. The batteries fit into a removable battery tray. The batteries should be charged before they are inserted into the battery compartment, as there is no provision for charging them internally. When using two batteries in the Vertical Grip, the camera's LCD panel will indicate the remaining battery life (as a percentage) for each individual battery. The battery with the lowest remaining power will be used first, before switching to the spare battery.

Note: Installing the Vertical Grip requires removing the camera's battery compartment door. It can be relocated on the inside of the battery grip for safe storage.

Vertical Shooting: When the VG-C1EM is installed, you can rotate the camera 90° to shoot vertical images (portrait orientation). The Vertical Grip has controls that can be used when the camera is in the vertical orientation, including a shutter button, front dial, rear dial, AF-MF/AEL button, and a C1 (Custom 1) button. The operations of the grip's dials and buttons are the same as those on the camera. An On/Off rotary switch lets you turn the controls on and off. The camera's buttons are always active, regardless of the position of the grip's On/Off switch. The camera's power cannot be turned off with any of the grip's buttons.

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