Vertical Grip for Alpha a77
Solid grip with a serious drawback
I like the grip and the professional feel that it gives my A77. I did think it was over priced, but it was part of the package that I purchased. The A77 goes through batteries faster than the Konica Minolta DSLR that I had before. I was looking forward to using the grip mostly because of the having the 2 batteries loaded at once, BUT the A77 / grip let me down today. I was working on outside family pictures today and I kept getting an "Incompatible battery" message even though I have bought nothing but Sony batteries for this camera. I looked up the error when I got home and tons of people are having the same problem with batteries in this grip. It is unacceptable to sell a camera and grip at this price and have the camera tell you that the battery is not compatible; especially when I did not go cheap on 3rd party batteries. Buyer beware.
January 18, 2014
I recently purchased this grip to aid in balancing my SAL70200g lens for nature photography, which it does quite well. I was pleasantly surprised with all the other advantages this attachment brings to the system. My a77, which has considerable weight in the first place, has become much more comfortable and easier to hold and use for longer periods of time. The controls are well placed and easy to use after a few usages. The second battery is quite welcome when spending a few hours in the field. I am quite happy with this purchase
November 12, 2013
Very well built...
The VG-C77AM is built like a tank. As other reviewers said the controls are where they should be to quickly "snap" pictures. It is very tight fitting to the a77 as it should be. Great feature not having to remove the battery cover, great engineering. Grip is also great for horizontal photo's also, feels natural in your hands and keeps your hand off the lens if that's what you need to keep the camera steadier. Duel batteries are a great feature as the a77 sucks power. Only complaint is they should have made it possible to charge "both" batteries in the camera with the optional power cord, cord is not needed unless you use the a77 in a studio or similar surroundings.
September 2, 2013
I finally received my grip today! This was part of the bundle, which was an awesome deal, that I had purchased back in July. The grip is an awesome addition. The camera is a little heavy when attached but feels great when handling. The one feature I really like is not having to take off the battery cover like other brands. This grip will come in handy when I travel overseas!
August 27, 2013