Vivitar PG-7D Deluxe Power Grip for Canon EOS 7D Digital Camera

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About Vivitar PG-7D

The Vivitar Deluxe Power Grip provides the power you need for the Canon EOS 7D SLR digital camera. It adds to the power by using 2 LP-E6 rechargeable, high-capacity batteries or uses 6 AA batteries. In addition, the battery pack provides a vertical shutter release, which makes holding the camera in the vertical orientation as easy and secure as in the horizontal position.

The versatility of using the Battery Grip is three fold. Two LP-E6 rechargeable batteries will allow you many hours of uninterrupted shooting. In an emergency rechargeable or alkaline AA batteries can be used. Plus the vertical shutter release will make vertical shooting as comfortable as the horizontal format.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Vivitar PG-7D Features

  • Provides extended shooting time
  • Improves stability
  • Vertical grip shutter release button to enable shooting in the same frame as a horizontal grip

Vivitar PG-7D Specifications

Compatibility
Canon EOS 7D SLR digital camera
Dimensions
6.8 x 3 x 5" (173 x 76 x 127mm)
Weight
1 lb (0.5kg)

Vivitar PG-7D Reviews

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4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Glad I saved over $100

I was torn between getting a genuine Canon Grip or one of the many third party grips available. After reading many reviews, both here and on several other sites, I concluded that, if I was going to get a third party grip, the Vivitar was probably the best third party choice. Besides I have had other Vivitar products and never had any issues with them. I usually like to get genuine Canon equipment, but for the battery grip, I decided to save over $100 and buy the Vivitar. I have not had it for...

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I was torn between getting a genuine Canon Grip or one of the many third party grips available. After reading many reviews, both here and on several other sites, I concluded that, if I was going to get a third party grip, the Vivitar was probably the best third party choice. Besides I have had other Vivitar products and never had any issues with them. I usually like to get genuine Canon equipment, but for the battery grip, I decided to save over $100 and buy the Vivitar. I have not had it for very long so I can't comment on the issue of durability, but my impression is this is a well-built unit. The grip material is very similar to the grip on my 7D. The unit feels good in my hand when shooting portrait mode and all the buttons seem to have the same firmness and "click-ability" as the 7D itself. The M-fn wheel on the grip works well, but it is maybe a little softer with the "clicks" at different positions not being quite a defined as the equivalent wheel on the 7D. Not a big deal, but it is one minor difference I noticed. I took this unit out to a fund raising event this past Saturday and shot over 1000 pictures in RAW + High-Res JPG. Of course the grip adds a little weight to the Camera, but any grip would do that - even the Canon grip. The unit worked great all day and I really felt like I had a professional Camera set up. I love having two batteries. I was able to shoot all day long and not even think about having to swap out a battery! The unit also shows up with info for both batteries in the Battery Info section of the 7D menu (4th item down in the "Star" menu). In other words, the grip seems to be fully compatible with the Canon's menu system. Keep in mind that, while so far I am happy with this grip, I haven't really used it much yet. If I have any issues with this Vivitar Grip over time, I will try to update this review. Durability of the buttons and the durability of the connectors, etc., remains to be seen. The unit seems well built, but time will tell if the "internal" components hold up well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Junk

Received this item and it worked great for two days. Then it would drain both batteries within a few minutes, even with camera turned off.....

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

1 Year Update

By

from Albuquerque  -  Photo Enthusiast

I reviewed this battery grip a month or two after I bought it last year (2014). (You can find my review here under my name "Cy.") Now that I've had it for nearly a year, I thought I'd write an addendum. After a year of fairly heavy use, I am still very impressed and happy that I saved over $100 compared to the OEM grip. In addition to my Canon 7D I also now have the new Canon 7D Mark II. I am anxiously awaiting the release of a Vivitar BG for this new camera. If the price point is similar to what it was for the 7D BG, I will definitely buy one! Hoping a Vivitar BG for the 7D Mark II is available soon.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Junk

By

from Northern Mariana Islands  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Received this item and it worked great for two days. Then it would drain both batteries within a few minutes, even with camera turned off.....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Glad I saved over $100

By

from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was torn between getting a genuine Canon Grip or one of the many third party grips available. After reading many reviews, both here and on several other sites, I concluded that, if I was going to get a third party grip, the Vivitar was probably the best third party choice. Besides I have had other Vivitar products and never had any issues with them. I usually like to get genuine Canon equipment, but for the battery grip, I decided to save over $100 and buy the Vivitar. I have not had it for very long so I can't comment on the issue of durability, but my impression is this is a well-built unit. The grip material is very similar to the grip on my 7D. The unit feels good in my hand when shooting portrait mode and all the buttons seem to have the same firmness and "click-ability" as the 7D itself. The M-fn wheel on the grip works well, but it is maybe a little softer with the "clicks" at different positions not being quite a defined as the equivalent wheel on the 7D. Not a big deal, but it is one minor difference I noticed. I took this unit out to a fund raising event this past Saturday and shot over 1000 pictures in RAW + High-Res JPG. Of course the grip adds a little weight to the Camera, but any grip would do that - even the Canon grip. The unit worked great all day and I really felt like I had a professional Camera set up. I love having two batteries. I was able to shoot all day long and not even think about having to swap out a battery! The unit also shows up with info for both batteries in the Battery Info section of the 7D menu (4th item down in the "Star" menu). In other words, the grip seems to be fully compatible with the Canon's menu system. Keep in mind that, while so far I am happy with this grip, I haven't really used it much yet. If I have any issues with this Vivitar Grip over time, I will try to update this review. Durability of the buttons and the durability of the connectors, etc., remains to be seen. The unit seems well built, but time will tell if the "internal" components hold up well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional...Vivitar PG-7D Deluxe Rocks

By

from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this vertical grip to be used on my Canon 7D at the suggestion of someone I know. I can tell you he was right. I compared with my sister's original Canon grip for the 7D and they are identical, right down to the shutter sensitivity on the VG. The Canon's is very sensitive, but the Vivitar is a bit less, which is perfect, since everyone complains that the Canon is very sensitive. Also, the fit and finish of the Vivitar is better than Meike, Zeikos, and others I have seen. It even has the grip material on the battery door cover. Great all around grip, no rattles, no bubbles on the grip material, and a great camera battery door storage unit, not loose. All around a very professional accessory, without the OEM price. The tripod plate at the bottom is secure and not wobbly, even with a 24-105L in front at full extension. I have other original Canon grips for other camera bodies, but decided to put the extra money towards better glass. I have all L-lenses and would like the 85mm 1.2L. We'll see... Best of luck to all of you considering this. I believe you will NOT be dissapointed.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The ONLY Aftermarket BG I'll Buy

By

from Orlando, FL  -  Professional

I've owned Canon BG's (still have two) and tried other brands, which have all been returned for poor design or build quality. I've now got two Vivitar BG's and can honestly say they work every bit as well as the Canon ones. As long as Vivitar makes a BG for my model camera, I'll buy it over a Canon or any of the other 3rd party brands.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gives that added dimension to my came...

By

from Los Angeles  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Allows me to be in control as I adjust to the action

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Elise A  Can you use grip with a tripod?
MICHAEL K  Yes. I use it with a variety of tripod, monopod, and slider combinations.
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