#55. "RE: Why Get a Battery Pack? MBD11" In response to In response to 54 Sat 26-Jan-13 03:56 AM by gfinlayson
You can't see from the attached pictures the extent of the alloy chassis on the MB-D11 as the plastic cover plate obscures it. In the top photo, the alloy casting wraps around the top of the grip from the left hand edge of the grip up to the left hand edge of the multi-selector switch. If you remove the battery cover and look inside, you can see where the seam is in the top and feel along inside to where it becomes plastic. It becomes very clear where the alloy stops if you remove the six screws which retain the top plastic cover plate and look underneath.
Maybe I'll take mine off again, take a few pictures and post them up.
Incidentally, am I the only one who uses a grip without a battery in the camera body? I got fed up of having to remove the grip to change the body battery and was also concerned about longer-term wear on the electrical contacts. I always carry at least one spare battery, so battery life is never an issue. I preferred the grip design they used on the older models like the MB-D80, where you removed the body battery door, the grip extended inside the battery compartment and both batteries went inside the grip. It also had the capability to use AAs, so I can't fathom why they changed the design in later models. My primary reason for the grip is my size 10˝ hands need something more to grab onto and I really like having the controls in portrait orientation.