sony vertical grip for A7, A7r and A7s

Sony vertical grip for A7, A7r and A7s


Testing the new Sony A77II made me realise a few things:

  1. There is no beating the image quality of the A7r
  2. It is sometimes useful to have a solid grip like VG-C1EM Sony vertical grip.


  • It easier to stabilise heavier manual lenses like the ZY Optics 50mm F/0.95
  • you can shoot longer with the two battery system
  • a second shutter button, ideal for portrait mode
  • As I have the C1 button configured to focus zoom, it’s right next to the shutter on the Sony vertical grip

VG-C1EM, sony vertical grip


In use

What I also like about this modular system is that you can pick and choose the parts you need for your intended purpose.

  • Do you need a light and portable setup for travel or street photography?  Just take the camera body and one of the FE lenses
  • Is quality and battery life important? Just add the grip with 2 NP-FW50 batteries, the LA-EA4 and a better quality Zeiss A-mount lens

The Sony vertical grip has some other smart features:

  • the remaining battery power is displayed as a percentage on the screen
  • batteries can be replaced without turning off the camera
  • front/back control dials and Auto Exposure Lock button
  • A strap hole allows you to attach a grip belt or a tripod
  • just like the Sony A7 body, it is sealed for dust and moisture protection

VG-C1EM, sony vertical grip


The VG-C1EM Sony vertical grip for the A7, A7r and A7s turned out to be more useful than I thought. Build quality is excellent and although it does add some weight to the system, this is kept down to a minimum.

VG-C1EM, sony vertical grip

wim arys

Wim Arys is a photographer from Belgium Europe with a passion for mirrorless cameras.

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