#3. "RE: MB-D11 prices" In response to Reply # 2 Sat 25-Sep-10 09:39 AM by km6xz
St Petersburg, RU
I am sure that with such a mass appeal camera, 3rd party grips will be out very soon. Zeikos makes great, low cost grips for the D90 and I believe they also have one for the D300 so surely they will have one, under $100 for the D7k With >1000 shot rating for the internal battery, the grip's least important feature is extended battery life. The great improvement in handling probably benefits D90/7k size bodies more than any other size. I do not know of anyone who would take theirs off even for a minute after feeling the difference. By comparison the D300 feels sort of average and the D3s feels similar to the gripped D90/7k but better. Shooting at slower shutter speeds, without a tripod, with lenses like the 70-200vr, every shot is just better. Although I like the larger heavier bodies, the gripped D90 is a better balance and perfect size for a DSLR, but a little too small without it. Stan St Petersburg Russia
To me, the main advantage is the additional shutter release and controls in portrait mode. A lot of my sports shooting is in that orientation, and I'm addicted to having having those controls conveniently placed.
Given how well the zeikos performs on my d90, I don't see how NIkon sells any of their grips. I love the balance and feel the ziekos grip adds, flawless performance, and battery life.
I must admit, just like my truck with a huge gas tank, it's actually easier to run out, because its soooo darn long in between fill ups, you forget to keep track. Same with the battery grip. They last so long, its easy to lose track. I've made it part of my mindless routine to always do a battery check when I dig my camera out of its bag for that reason. (and carry a few extra batts)
Dave F Franklin, Pa
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