I've reviewed the threads regarding this subject but there are a few questions that I did not find answers to. I have a D70s and want to purchase one of these vertical grips but have the following questions.
1. I understand that the vertical release button (on the 3rd party grips such as Hoodman/Opteka, etc...) do not allow for a half-way press and recompose. So how do you focus, recompose and also use exposure lock? 2. I also understand that these require you to enable the Infrared. I cannot seem to find the option to turn this on.
The question I have is why you need the vertical grip ?
If you need it to shoot vertical a lot, I would dare to say... get a D80 or D200 with their grips.
I have not been impressed with the "workaround" grip using infrared for a D70. I do not have it, nor will I get it. The standard battery of my D70 is enough.... and having a vertical grip that really isnt one does not have my preference.
Just a thought.... i do not have one.
EDIT: whoops, does the D70s have infrared ? (i have a D70)
Thanks for your feedback. I only want it to help balance the feel. And since the vertical release button is too much of a hassle and I don't see vertical all that often, I think it will be OK. So now I'm left with just one question.
Since I want/need this for more of a balanced feel, should I get the Opteka which is considerably less than the Hoodman?
>EDIT: whoops, does the D70s have infrared ? (i have a D70)
Yes, but I'd want to use the wired remote port. The D70s has both.
But I also want control wheels (both) and the AE-L/AF-L button on the accessory grip, so my hand would end up at the regular shutter button anyway.
I'm glad Nikon came to thier senses with the D80, and offered the MB-D80. I'd have loved an MB-D70s. I nearly chose the D100 over the D70s over the vertical grip issue. I mean, come on, even the lowly dRebels had them! It's still a tempting reason to upgrade to the D200, but I'll wait and see what the next couple of generations of Nikon dSLR have to offer. Overall, this is a minor nit, and I'm still very happy with my D70s.
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