"Review of Real vs. Fake D800 Grip" Fri 20-Jul-12 11:39 AM by ericbowles
FStoppers has published a good review comparing the real Nikon MBD12 grip to a knockoff version costing just $100. They make several good suggestions and have some comments that are useful in evaluating knock-off grips in general. The punchline is they recommend the low cost knock off over the real version from a value perspective, but you can tell a difference in workmanship and quality.
One worry I would have that is not mentioned is the ability to use an L-bracket with the fake grip since the shape is different from the real grip. My guess is the grip will work with an L-Bracket that has a slot for the screw that attaches it to the camera so it can be adjusted to the side if needed.
Note that there is one review of the fake grip at Amazon. It is available from a couple of different sellers. The one review rated the grip high - but it had a faulty shutter release and AF button and is being replaced. The FStoppers review did not have much of a field test, so durability is unknown.
I have the real grip. Other than price, there are no issues and it works as it should.
#1. "RE: Review of Real vs. Fake D800 Grip" In response to Reply # 0
My Pixel came in 2 days ago. Fit is good. Quality seems to be up to par and tight. Operation is great, no issues. Exterior is a perfect match. I have a RRS L plate that I bought used from a guy in Japan. It should be here middle of next week. I'll update on compatability and fit. .