I had been doing some time lapse sequences on my trip this year to the Glen Canyon and I had it set up down by the river during the afternoon as the clouds were spectacular. A whirlwind whipped through and tilted over my camera. The rocks took out the lens hood, broke the filter ring and the focus ring is now locked up at infinity. There's a chip in the glass, too. I had it taking a shot every 10 seconds and after about 30 minutes I noticed the tripod was no longer standing. I'm so glad that the camera did not fall into the river. Later I realized my battery in the grip was not being utilized. but the shutter and AE AF buttons worked correctly. I thought the grip was a casualty now as well.
Since it's out of warranty I decided to do some open heart surgery and see what I could find. After some poking around and testing I saw that the two contacts on either side of the connector were not getting pushed in all the way when the grip was attached even though I had it tightened down all the way. I saw then that the plate where the locking wheel drives the screw into the camera body tripod socket had been bent during the fall. I took it apart and flattened it back out, reassembled and now it works as good as new.
I'm sure if I had the plastic version something would have snapped from the force of the fall but with the metal version I was able to do some quick repair work and get back to shooting.
I know it is not quite as stable with the grip attached when on a tripod but I needed the extra battery capacity for some of the long night shot sequences.
#2. " Glad I got the Nikon MB-D11 Grip" In response to Reply # 1
Los Angeles, US
A sad story, Dean. My MB-D11 grip is one month old and a joy.
About the same time I got it, I was in a quite large camera store in Hollywood and I asked one of the sales guys a question about upgrading my 1980-vintage Gitzo tripod. It weighs about 16 lbs. The store guy told me my unit was more stable and less likely to blow over in the wind than something lighter.
"Just don't climb any mountains with it", he added. So true. Movie people know that heavy clunker tripods are preferable.