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tlcolen Registered since 08th Jan 2008Sun 23-Dec-07 03:53 PM
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"D40 Battery Grip"


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I got a D40 as an early Christmas present and so far I really like everything about it. My question is regarding the Non-OEM battery grips that are available on the auction sites. I have fairly large hands and I think it would make the camera easier to hold if I attached a grip. Does anyone have any experience with these grips? Some of them have built-in, non-replaceable batteries and some use either 2 EN-EL9s or 6 AA batteries. Do you have to remove the camera battery door to attach one of these? If so, I'll stay away from them because I don't want to alter my camera. Thanks in advance for any information.

  

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timkoo
23rd Dec 2007
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23rd Dec 2007
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24th Dec 2007
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24th Dec 2007
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Darko V
09th Jan 2008
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10th Jan 2008
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18th Jan 2008
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11th Jan 2008
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11th Jan 2008
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12th Jan 2008
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14th Jan 2008
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timkoo Registered since 09th Oct 2007Sun 23-Dec-07 07:48 PM
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#1. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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Urbana, US
          

I have a grip for the D50, but I'm guessing it's similar. You do have to remove the battery door, but it's a simple pull off that can easily be replaced. I love the grip on my D50 and would recommend it for the D40 if you find the D40 too small.

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K1W1 Registered since 19th Nov 2005Sun 23-Dec-07 11:42 PM
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Melbourne, AU
          

The only really consistent feature of the non genuine battery grips is that they add more size to the camera which some people like because of large hands or large lenses.
Many make questionable claims about increased battery life and any claim should be treated with suspicion. Often even though they have two batteries they do not get anything like twice the life of the standard batteries.

  

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abaron Registered since 18th Jul 2007Mon 24-Dec-07 02:06 AM
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Vancouver, CA
          

It should also be noted that even the ones that include a vertical trigger don't have a real vertical trigger, rather it has to operate via IR the same way as the remote release. There's no grip that communicates directly with the camera for the D40.


André Baron
A Vancouver Nikonian

  

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Darko V Registered since 28th Nov 2007Mon 24-Dec-07 08:16 AM
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#4. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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CA
          

I bought one of these grips, but then sold the camera before the grip showed up.

I ended up buying another D40 , but haven't got it yet(hopefully later this week). I'll post how it works soon.

  

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Darko V Registered since 28th Nov 2007Wed 09-Jan-08 03:50 PM
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#5. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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CA
          

I've had the chance to try the grip for a bit.

Overall it seems to be working OK, and it does give the camera more mass. My only gripe is that with the grip I got, I can't use burst mode with the vertical shutter.

My grip is branded YXTM ND40S

As far as the finish is concerned, it matches the camera very closely as far as sheen & texture are concerned.

For my $60.00 investment, I'm happy with it.

  

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benlawton Registered since 11th Dec 2007Thu 10-Jan-08 11:51 PM
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#6. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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Stafford, UK
          

Intersting, I have been considering a grip myself as I hav masive hands and a tiny tiny D40 too. $60 seems reasonable!

Ben

  

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joeirene Registered since 18th Jan 2008Fri 18-Jan-08 01:23 PM
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#14. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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UK
          

Hi all, I'm new to this forum and have recently bought a D40/18-55 along with the YXTM grip from HK.

I find the grip perfect for my hands. Makes the D40 extremely comfortable to hold.

Slight disadvantages are:
- have to set camera to IR remote mode when taking pictures with the shutter release on the grip
- don't get half-button press facility on shutter button
- need to remember to slide out the small IR emitter from the grip

Other than that, the grip is fantastic to use and looks great on the D40.

  

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Vasco_da_Gama Registered since 02nd Aug 2007Fri 11-Jan-08 12:56 AM
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#7. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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Kuala Lumpur, MY
          

Check it out!!!


http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1175183669.html

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Battery-Vertical-extended-Batteries/dp/B000YGO8S0/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_k2a_2_img?pf_rd_p=304485601&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-2&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000ZHEQVC&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1X5W648KNV1RFRTDZ9DG

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Battery-Vertical-Shutter-Release/dp/B000YGIPR0/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_k2a_1_img?pf_rd_p=304485601&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-2&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000ZHEQVC&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1X5W648KNV1RFRTDZ9DG


  

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GJoe Registered since 27th Sep 2007Fri 11-Jan-08 09:03 AM
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#8. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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MK
          

Very good links!

Although i cannot make my mind for either of them. The Ansmann looks perfect but the fact that comes without the vertical shutter release for the D40/D40X makes it hardly attractive. The Opteka on the other hand has this, but the design is rather annoying because as i can see it hardly matches the body of the camera and is quite rude for my taste.

I hope that someone will soon combine this two attributes together.

  

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tlcolen Registered since 08th Jan 2008Sat 12-Jan-08 05:03 PM
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#9. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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First of all, thanks to everyone for all the helpful information. I ordered one of the grips that will hold 2 EN-EL9 batteries. Should receive it any day now. The particular grip that I ordered comes with a AA battery adapter that holds 6 AA batteries. The original EN-EL9 battery is 7.4 volts. AA rechargeable batteries are 1.2 volts, so 6 would give a total of 7.2 volts. However, alkaline and lithium AA batteries are 1.5 volts each, so 6 would give a combined voltage of 9 volts. I wonder what effect the additional voltage would have on the D40's electronics.

  

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Darko V Registered since 28th Nov 2007Mon 14-Jan-08 03:16 AM
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#10. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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CA
          

Here's a link to the one I got.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Battery-Vertical-Grip-for-Nikon-D40-D40x-Body_W0QQitemZ200188882433QQihZ010QQcategoryZ15215QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

I'm in Canada, and I recieved it from Hong Kong in less than two weeks.

  

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quick5pnt0 Registered since 13th Nov 2007Mon 14-Jan-08 10:16 PM
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#11. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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Dingmans Ferry, US
          

>Here's a link to the one I got.
>
>http://cgi.ebay.com/Battery-Vertical-Grip-for-Nikon-D40-D40x-Body_W0QQitemZ200188882433QQihZ010QQcategoryZ15215QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
>
>I'm in Canada, and I recieved it from Hong Kong in less than
>two weeks.

How do you like it? How is the fit and finish? How well does it stay on the camera? How is the battery life with the two packs it comes with compared to the one kit battery? How well does the infrared shutter release button work?

Mike
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Darko V Registered since 28th Nov 2007Tue 15-Jan-08 06:54 AM
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#12. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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CA
          

As far as battery ife is concerned, I haven't really paid attention, as even with the kit battery I haven't had an issue with battery life. I got the grip mainly to give the D40 more "oomph"

As far as the finish, it matches the camera very well. I'd give it a 9.6 out of 10.

The shutter release is very good, but it's only single shot, at least as my experience



As for attatchment, it screws into the tripod hole

  

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GJoe Registered since 27th Sep 2007Thu 17-Jan-08 04:43 PM
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#13. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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MK
          

This grip looks really good. I'm not sure what you mean by 'only single shot' though.
Is this that it can't be used in burst mode i.e. continuos shooting ?

  

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Darko V Registered since 28th Nov 2007Fri 18-Jan-08 05:31 PM
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#15. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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CA
          

>This grip looks really good. I'm not sure what you mean by
>'only single shot' though.
>Is this that it can't be used in burst mode i.e. continuos
>shooting ?

That's correct.
To use the shutter button, you have to set the camera to remote shutter. Like using the remote trigger, except it's not remote
For me it's not a big deal, as I tend to use the shutter button on the camera itself. I got the grip mainly to give the camera a bit more mass, and extra battery life.

  

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GJoe Registered since 27th Sep 2007Sat 19-Jan-08 11:15 AM
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#16. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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MK
          

Oh, now i see. Well, sounds like a fairly minimal disadvantage, just few clicks in the menu.
I'll sure get myself one of these soon, as i find it decently useful.
Thanks for the review, Darko.

  

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tlcolen Registered since 08th Jan 2008Fri 25-Jan-08 03:23 AM
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#17. "RE: D40 Battery Grip"
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US
          

I got my grip 2 days ago and I really like it. I ordered it on eBay from Hong Kong and received it 17 days later. It fits the camera nicely and really makes it easier for me to hold. The infrared vertical shutter release button works as advertised. I'm currently using it with AA rechargeable batteries just to see how long they last compared to the EN-EL9 battery supplied with the camera.

  

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