Thank you for all the responses - much appreciated. It is good to know that my problem is not unique.@ Tom: The battery is properly fitted and locked with the tab. The camera works perfectly with only a battery in the grip.@ George: This is effectively what the salesperson suggested to me yesterday and is thus what I will do as a fix. It is definitely a genuine Nikon product and not a lookalike knockoff.It thus seems to me that this is a classic quality control issue with variable plastic mould tolerances at the manufacturing end in China...
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