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Frames per second with MBD-10

iunlock

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iunlock Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Jan 2012
Thu 31-Jan-13 05:32 PM

I just received my MBD-10 and was anxious to try it out, however, with the battery grip I still am only getting 5FPS. In all of my manuals and even "Mastering the Nikon D700" it clearly states that I should be getting 8FPS.
What am I doing wrong?

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espeto68

Oeiras, PT
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#1. "RE: Frames per second with MBD-10" | In response to Reply # 0

espeto68 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Aug 2010
Thu 31-Jan-13 04:36 PM | edited Thu 31-Jan-13 04:49 PM by espeto68

You will need to use the EN-EL4a battery on the grip to achieve the 8fps.

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avm247

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#2. "RE: Frames per second with MBD-10" | In response to Reply # 1

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Thu 31-Jan-13 05:02 PM

I need to double check but I think you can also get 8fps with Lithuim AA batteries...Rechargeable AAs like the Sanyo Eneloops might also get you 8 fps.

(Using the standard EN-EL3e will in will not increase your fps; the camera can function with a battery in the MB-D10 only or in the camera body only, or both.)


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JosephK

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#3. "RE: Frames per second with MB-D10" | In response to Reply # 2

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Thu 31-Jan-13 06:28 PM

You are correct. The frame rate increases only with the large EN-EL4a or AA batteries, not with the EN-EL3e.

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iunlock

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#4. "RE: Frames per second with MB-D10" | In response to Reply # 3

iunlock Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Jan 2012
Thu 31-Jan-13 06:46 PM

Thanks guys. I'm not sure that the extra 3 frames per second is worth the extra investment, but I am loving the added grip on the camera.

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JosephK

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#5. "RE: Frames per second with MB-D10" | In response to Reply # 4

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Thu 31-Jan-13 06:50 PM

If you just want the use of the portrait-mode buttons, the grip works fine with no batteries in it for the weight savings. (Or battery in the grip and not in the camera.)

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

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JPJ

Toronto, CA
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#6. "RE: Frames per second with MB-D10" | In response to Reply # 4

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Fri 01-Feb-13 06:51 PM | edited Fri 01-Feb-13 06:52 PM by JPJ

I picked up a slightly used EN-EL4a and a MH-21 charger from Adorama for about $150.00 (and a new Bl-3) - but the combo costs upwards of $300.00 new which practically doubles the cost of the grip. Based on a recommendation here, I am going to try shooting without the battery in the camera to offset the weight as the EN-EL4a is noticeably bigger and heavier than the EN-EL3e. In addition to the FPS increase you can also shoot a substantially more on one charge with the EN-EL4a so it does save you from having to pack a second battery if you are going to be shooting lots of photos.

Jason

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MEMcD

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#7. "RE: Frames per second with MB-D10" | In response to Reply # 6

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 01-Feb-13 09:37 PM

Hi Jason,

With an EN-EL4a in the MB-D10 you won't need an EN-EL3e in the camera body.
I usually get at least 4500 images per charge and often significantly more.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

JPJ

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#8. "RE: Frames per second with MB-D10" | In response to Reply # 7

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Sat 02-Feb-13 12:18 AM

Thanks Marty, every gram counts on long hauls!!

4500, wow I thought it was great when I was getting 900+ from the EN-EL15 in my d7k!

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