Now that my D80 is on the way, I'm looking for the battery grip. I've ordered one through Robertsimaging (best price I've seen at $139)and their website doesn't say anything about backorders or pre-orders. I'm assuming it's in stock but I haven't heard anything more since today is a holiday. However, other locations like Adorama and B&H have it listed as backordered or preordered.
What's the word? Is the MB-D80 available yet? If so, has anyone tried it out? I'm curious to hear how 6 AAs perform/compare to two EL-EN3e batteries.
I pre-ordered online from Vistek in Toronto the day after the D80 was announced. The site has an extensive list of suggested optional accessories, but curiously the MB-D80 wasn't one of them (and still isn't). This left me with the impression it wasn't available to order right away, but I found it when I searched specifically for the the MB-D80. I called to find out if adding one to the order could possibly delay shipment of the D80 but nobody seemed to know. To me the only sense it would make to these front and centre for D80 buyers is the fear that encouraging too many orders could cause a shortage. (I also haven't heard when they're shipping the D80 itself... anybody know about availability in Canada yet?)
As for battery life with AA's, there is another thread in this forum where a D200 user discusses how he made out using NiMH's with the D200 ( http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID236/135.html ) It certainly sounds like an attractive way to go compared with the EN-EL3e's
It's Sep 5, 1355 hrs here in the midwest. I just called Roberts, and spoke with a saleman. They don't know if they have any MB-D80's in stock, or ever received them for that matter. Seems the warehouse and the sales folks have a communications problem. I'll wait and make sure someone has it on the shelf 1st. Ritz is supposedly shipping my D80 later today......
Oh, the Energizer AA NiMH 2500 mah work better than the Nikon en-el3e's, at least they do in my D200....you give up that "battery status display", but it's not all that informative anyway.