Through some talk on this forum about the Meike grip for the A7 I went looking for its price. What? Only 75 euros? Ordered one right away with a German seller via Amazon and got it today, 2 business days later, which is about as fast as it gets for shipments from Germany to The Netherlands. To cut to the chase: I'm positively surprised. I bought it to avoid a tired right hand when handling longer lenses and all the rest I essentially consider a bonus. I'm not even sure if I'm going to use the extra release button in vertical use; long ago I have developed the habit to have the camera's release button down under and operate it with my thumb. The height of the camera and grip is even a bit uncomfortable then. I'll have to find out what's the best way to do it, but at least there's the option of a second release button as well as a C1 button and the AF/MF/AEL button (but not the surrounding switch). Also the front and rear wheels are duplicated. Nice! Even nicer, all the buttons work as expected and when you don't want to use the buttons you can set the grip's switch to OFF which disables the buttons but still provides power to the camera from both batteries. Funny detail: the camera now shows 2 batteries in its display. Obviously Meike has done a good job in the interface with the camera. The wheels' detents are not very stiff, it's too easy to accidentally change a setting, I noticed that by inadvertently changing the shutter speed in horizontal position. The corners of the grip are rounded and rubber-clad for a part which is a lot easier on the hands than the sharp bottom edge of the A7 itself. A strap eyelet and a tripod socket aligned with the lens' optical axis complete the package. I've seen someone complain about how difficult it is to insert or unload the first battery. I've had no trouble with that, the manual even shows how to do it the right way. Manuals of Chinese knock-offs can be atrocious but this one is alright actually, it shows how to mount the grip in quite some detail. When mounting the grip on the camera the battery door has to be removed from the camera and placed in the grip; the door's fit in the grip is tight, too tight to my taste, so I grabbed a sharp knife and cut away a little plastic from the grip's door holders so that the battery door is fitted more easily with less chance of breaking it. The icing on the cake is the wireless remote control unit. It offers a release button, a bulb release function (not yet figured that one out) and an interval timer. I took an iPhone picture of the manual's page explaining the interval timer, not a chance in the world I could decipher that with my regular glasses, but it works and that's what counts. The thing takes 2 common AAA batteries, none of these expensive little Lithium batteries. The manual claims it has a 100m range, I guess that's for line-of-sight communication, it'll be less in a building or in the woods. For me a few meters are OK and there's no need to point it in a certain direction as needed with infrared remotes. Can't say now how this grip will hold up over time but my first impressions after a few hours of playing around with it are definitely positive. In my opinion it's well made considering its price, everything seems to work just fine and to me it's excellent value for money.