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Vertical grip for Sony Alpha a9 mirrorless cameras

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Extend your shooting time

This vertical grip for the Sony Alpha a9 lets you hold and operate the camera in vertical and horizontal positions with ease and comfort. Load up two NP-FZ100 batteries, and you won't have to worry about running out of juice during extended shooting sessions. This grip is sturdy and weather-sealed, just like the a9, so you can use it anywhere.

Product Highlights:

  • multi-battery grip for Sony Alpha a9
  • holds two NP-FZ100 batteries
  • lets you comfortably hold the camera in a vertical position
  • dust- and moisture-resistant design for shooting in harsh conditions
  • USB power charging through camera body
  • 5"W x 4-1/4"H x 2-1/2"D
  • weight: 9.6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Vertical grip
  • Battery tray (installed)
  • Operating Instructions (5 copies in various languages)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • European Guarantee Information Document

Solid well layed out vertical grip. A must have if you are taking portraits for a long day. The only issue is a small gap between the grip and the A7iii body. Not sure if this is a design flaw but I will check with Sony on this. Over all it has a great fit and feel.

Brian, Wausau, WI


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Overview: The VG-C3EM Vertical Grip is designed for the Sony α9 (ILCE-9) and α7RIII (ILCE-7RM3) digital SLR cameras. It comes with a battery magazine, which can hold one or two NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion batteries. No batteries are included with the Vertical Grip. When installed, the VG-C3EM adds approximately 2" to the overall height, and approximately 9.6 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, Control (C1 and C2) buttons, AF On (shooting)/Zoom In (playback) button, AE Lock (shooting)/List (playback) button, a multi-selector, and a Grip Control Lock switch.

Installation: The VG-C3EM Vertical Grip fastens to the bottom of the α9 and α7RIII. After removing the camera's battery cover (and attaching it to the grip for safe keeping), the guide bar slides into the camera's battery compartment, and the attachment screw threads into the camera's tripod socket. The grip has its own tripod receptacle for mounting the camera to a tripod in vertical orientation. The electrical contacts on the grip and camera interface with each other to provide full functionality for the controls and battery power from the grip to the camera.

Battery Life: You can use one or two NP-FZ100 batteries in the VG-C3EM Vertical Grip. When two batteries are used, the remaining level of both battery packs is displayed graphically (segmented battery icon) in the LCD monitor, while the remaining power in the battery in use will be shown as a percentage. The battery with the least amount of remaining power will be used first. When exhausted, the unit will automatically switch to the next battery pack.

Battery Charging: You can charge the battery pack(s) while the Vertical Grip is attached, using the AC adapter and USB cable supplied with the camera. When charging two battery packs, the one with less power is charged first. Charging time for fully exhausted batteries is 4 hours 55 minutes for one battery, and 9 hours 50 minutes for two batteries. You can also charge the batteries with a computer (via USB), however, charging time will be longer.

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because i owe the sony a7rIII and i need more power and vertical shooting [ JAMES  Feb 10, 2018 ]
To augment my new Sony a7r iii, particularly when using longer lenses. [ JAY  Feb 04, 2018 ]
With this battery grip, I have no worries during an extended nature shoot of running out of power. The grip also allows more ease when shooting verticals. [ GARY  Jan 21, 2018 ]
Because this is the only choice of vertical grips for Sony A7R III today. It is overpriced and I have no idea how it works, but I need it for my work and buying it. [ HARRY  Jan 13, 2018 ]