utopist Winston-Salem, US Nikonian since 01st Nov 2006
Mon 02-Nov-09 12:51 PM
"Zeikos ZE-NBG300 Battery Power Grip for Nikon D300 & D700"
I purchased it about 3 or 4 months ago brand new from amazon. Works flawlessly but I just don't think I use it enough to keep it. It is in mint condition and includes original box and all accessories.
I have sold on these forums before.
It is actually a very nice sturdy grip and can seemingly shoot forever with Enloop AA's (not included)
Details as from Amazon.
* Professional high quality battery grip for Nikon D300 * Effectively doubling your shooting time * Holds 2 EN-EL3E Li-Ion rechargeable Batteries * Complete with holder for 6 AA Batteries * Vertical firing release with lock
#7. "RE: Zeikos ZE-NBG300 Battery Power Grip for Nikon D300 & D700" In response to Reply # 6 Mon 30-Nov-09 03:55 PM by Alx
I know it is gone now. But I have a question for anyone who has or has had one of these.
There are two conpletely different versions named the same ZE-NBG300. The one on their website shows a unit made essentially a copy of the Nikon version for the D300 D700 D300s. It has control wheels, and a slide-out tray, and does not mention an infrared remote. But it does have the holder for 6 (six) AA batteries, not 8 like the Nikon branded version.
But what I have in my hand here is also a Zeikos ZE-NBG300 grip, made like the Nikon brand MB-D80 grip, only without the dummy battery dickey part sticking up into the camera. It goes onto the D300 etc. like the Nikon brand version, and holds TWO more batteries in the grip, which load in thru a drop-down door in the back, like the MB-D80 and the Nikon grips for the D200 and D100. So this thing I have actually provides THREE (3) EN-EL3e batteries, one in the camera and two more in the grip, at the same time. IT also has an infrared remote receiver built in, with a switch on the front and a light and the infrared eye, and came with a transmitter, little remote like the one you use with a D90, 80, 70.
I want to get a holder for AA batteries for this unit, but it was "never made with one." That is pretty lame.
Their website shows an entirely different ZE-NBG300 than the one I have.
I called the rep on the phone, at Zeikos and they are pretty lame too. He told me that they discontinued that earlier production lke mine, and came out with the new current version. One reason (he said) was because they could not make the old unit work with an AA battery tray. I told him that the Nikon versions made like this for D90, D200, and D100 families could use the AA tray, but he said the D300 had different electronics or some such excuse. Note that the Nikon brand and the new Zeikos can use AA batteries. Basically he just B.S. me, and had no good reaon to give, except that it never was produced that way. (I checked the unit by slipping an AA battery in there, and found plenty of room for 6 of them, and a holder.) He offered to swap me out, but I actually prefer the one I have, especially with the remote feature. To bad they dropped the ball and never made a tray for AA batts. .... OR DID THEY ?
When I asked him why they use the same designation for an entirely new unit, he said it was an upgrade of the same unit. Same name, different unit. Like Nikon putting out its next new camera, totally different body and guts, and still calling it a D700. That is pretty lame of Zeikos (and their customer service rep's explanation) as well. Just a FYI.