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Extra Grip for D7000

Clarktmc

Killeen, US
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Clarktmc Gold Member Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008
Sat 25-Dec-10 06:49 PM

Has anyone found a good extra grip. Not the $245.00 Nikon version. Could you please send the link. Does htis grip also have the 2nd button.

Do you have one and how does it feel on the D7000?

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RRRoger

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#1. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sun 26-Dec-10 12:30 PM

Seems to be nothing in sight.

I am hoping for an aftermarket grip that can use two EN-EL15 or one D3 battery.

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Rbchound

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#2. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 1

Rbchound Registered since 11th Dec 2010
Thu 30-Dec-10 12:13 PM | edited Thu 30-Dec-10 12:14 PM by Rbchound

I to am looking for a 3rd party grip for my D7000. However, since the camera was recently released I think it will be some time before other manufacturers provide an option. From what I have read the Nikon grip adds a great deal more comfort, handling, and balance. The only thing I don't like about the Nikon grip is that it only holds one battery. Perhaps someone will make one that holds two?

Happy New Year!

RRRoger

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#3. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 2

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Thu 30-Dec-10 12:55 PM

I sent an inquiry to many aftermarket grip makers:, Zeikos,, Opteka, Targus, Vivitar, Meike, Aputure, etc.

This is what I got so far:
Hello:

Yes, we are planning to have this grip next year. Thanks for the suggestion, I will forward that to our engineers.

Regards,
Phottix Support
Jaroslaw Levin


2010/12/29 Roger Martin

Comment: Are you working on a battery grip for the D7000?

Will it be different than the MB-D11?

I would like it to have capacity for two D7000 batteries
or
one D3 battery.

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Nocanrun

Lancaster, US
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#4. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 3

Nocanrun Registered since 15th Jul 2008
Thu 17-Mar-11 02:46 PM

Anyone have an update on this? I phoned Zeikos and they asked that I check back at the end of March 2011. I'm hoping as I really don't want to spend $250 for a one battery grip.

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Pokol

Sydney, AU
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#5. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 4

Pokol Registered since 08th Mar 2011
Sat 19-Mar-11 09:05 AM

The MB-D11 houses one EN-EL15 or the MS-D11 AA battery holder (which holds 6 AA's I believe), aswell as the battery that is loaded in the camera body.

So that's 2 batteries at a time, however, you have to remove the grip to recharge the battery housed in the camera. (which could be seen as a pain to some).

Apparently you can prioritise the order the batteries are used in,so using the battery in the grip first would make it easier to swap in/out.

I ordered my grip from eBay for just over $200 delivered to Australia, which to me, is a fair price for the ergonomic advantage and battery life increase. Although I'm yet to speak from experience, I think I can tolerate the hassle of removing the grip to charge one of the batteries.

mholka

Brownstown Twp, US
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#6. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 5

mholka Registered since 04th Jan 2011
Sun 20-Mar-11 12:02 AM

I always buy the Nikon grip with my cameras.

D80, D90, D300s and now my new D7000 (less than a week now). I would never do without them. The time and not worrying about battery life over multiple days is awesome.

Yes it is a bit awkward with the D300s and the D7000 with one battery in the camera and one in the grip. They should allow the USB connection and Nikon software the ability to charge the batteries while still in the camera instead of having to removing them from the camera. It would be nice to just plug the camera in every night en walk away. But then Nikon wouldn't get extra money from buying a second charger base.

But the D7000 grip MB-D11 is easier to remove and replace than previous grips.

My only complain is that when you do remove the grip, you need 2 separate covers for the contact points on the D300s and 1 for the D7000. The problem is these tiny covers are small, easy to misplace and you would not want to go out shooting without them.

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RRRoger

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#7. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 6

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sun 20-Mar-11 01:09 AM

Why mess with the grip at all?
It is easy to just flip my wrist to shoot vertical.
I don't need the extra bulk, weight, or hassle
when it is so easy to carry and switch to a spare battery.

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briantilley

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#8. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 7

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Sun 20-Mar-11 07:32 AM

>Why mess with the grip at all?

Why...? Here's one reason - many people find that a camera balances and fits their hand better with a grip attached.

Brian
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mholka

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#9. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 8

mholka Registered since 04th Jan 2011
Sun 20-Mar-11 11:14 AM

Brian,

I agree with you. When I shoot I shoot for long periods of time. JV and Varsity games, etc. The grip gives it a little extra weight that helps to dampen the hand holding and when switching from vertical to horizontal the Grip release and multi-selector helps tremendously.

For sports and wild life it also increases the FPS for some. Certainly for sports I will take all I can get.

But that is all personal preference.

Just like firearm long distance shooting and competitive long range shooting, the heavier the weapon system (to a degree)the more stable the platform.

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RRRoger

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#10. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 9

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sun 20-Mar-11 11:32 AM

I appreciate the use of ballast to stabilize something.
The D3 with 70-200 or 80-400 is rock steady.

I wanted a D3100 so badly just for trips and hikes.
But, I got rid of it just because I could not hold it + a little DX lens steady enough.


I am an EVENT Photographer and I often hand hold a camera for up to 8 hours during a day while taking thousands of pictures.
One HillClimb started at 7 AM and finished close to 8 PM.
See how long you can hold and empty hand out in front of you.

I find the D7000 + 28-300 lens just the right size, weight, and grip for me without adding the extra battery pack.

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KnightPhoto

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#11. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 9

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sun 20-Mar-11 12:45 PM

Martin,

Just to follow-up on this comment of yours:
- "My only complaint is that when you do remove the grip, you need 2 separate covers for the contact points on the D300s and 1 for the D7000. The problem is these tiny covers are small, easy to misplace and you would not want to go out shooting without them."

- for the longest time I never knew till I was out with a buddy, but within the MB-D10 grip itself, there is a place to store the little rubber L-shaped D300 camera contacts cover. So that cover can be held on the D300 camera body itself or within the grip, so you always know where it is!
- I don't know if the D7000 grip has a similar holder.

Best regards, SteveK

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Pokol

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#12. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

Pokol Registered since 08th Mar 2011
Mon 21-Mar-11 08:27 AM

I received my MB-D11 today and I must say I'm very pleased. It makes the camera feel solid, comfortable and centered without adding too much weight, yet just enough.

RRRoger - I can understand where you're coming from, in regards to what you're comfortable with, and that's your personal preference, rightfully. The camera with the grip is much easier to hold for me. I no longer feel like I'm pinching the camera with my right hand fingers, fighting to level the camera body because it is left/front heavy, weary to move my fingers/thumb to access buttons. With the grip the camera sits in my whole hand, feeling more centre balanced, whichever orientation it's in. The heaviest lens I have at this time is my 105mm F/2.8 and handheld it holds up very well with the grip, even though I will mainly shoot this lens from my tripod. (when it's delivered!)

The grip is very simple and quick to remove so I can't see it being an inconvenience when charging is required.

KnightPhoto - The MB-D11 has a recess to store the D7000 contact cover, however there is no storage for the MB-D11 contact cover.

I'm very happy with the changes the grip makes to my camera, it will will rarely be unattached.

mholka

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#13. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 11

mholka Registered since 04th Jan 2011
Mon 21-Mar-11 12:56 PM

I'll be darned! never knew that little slot was there before for the D300. Thanks.

Now I will go see if the D7000/MB-D11 has one too.

How clever and Yes I feel like a dolt!

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18 - 105 F3.5-5.6 VR, 18 - 135 F3.5-5.6,
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billD80

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#14. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 12

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Mon 21-Mar-11 01:40 PM

>The grip is very simple and quick to remove so I can't see it
>being an inconvenience when charging is required.


I've been using the grip for months now... never removed. The battery in the camera still doesn't need a charge... It's at 89%.

I like the grip for it's enhancement of handling (for me), but with the D7000 battery life, having an extra on hand isn't nearly as critical as it was when I used a D200.

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cammills

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cammills Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sun 27-Mar-11 12:44 AM | edited Sun 27-Mar-11 06:11 AM by briantilley

Steve,

Where is this slot on the grip you speak of? I have misplaced my cover and wonder if I found it upon first attaching my grip and used it. There might be a chance my tiny cover is waiting to be discovered in my MB-D11 at this moment. Would be like a surprise Christmas present to myself. If however I have lost it do you know where I could get a replacement? I would occasionally like to take grip off and shoot but dare not without the cover.

Cam

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Biker Bill

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#16. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 15

Biker Bill Registered since 01st Nov 2009
Sun 27-Mar-11 08:58 AM

The cover fits into an indentation that is on the top side of the grip. This puts it safely between the camera body and the grip when mounted.

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Temba

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#17. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 14

Temba Registered since 28th Sep 2008
Sun 27-Mar-11 12:53 PM

Can you use it with just 1 battery in the grip & just remove that one for charging? Or does it require alteast 1 battery in the camera?
James

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briantilley

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briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Sun 27-Mar-11 12:56 PM

No, it's not necessary to have a battery in the camera - everything will work normally with just a battery in the MB-D11

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RockyIII

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#19. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Sun 27-Mar-11 03:27 PM

I prefer smaller and lighter, so I like the D7000 without a grip. I can certainly understand why some people like the grips though, especially for vertical shooting. Different strokes for different folks.

Rocky

RRRoger

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#20. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 19

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sun 27-Mar-11 05:44 PM

>I prefer smaller and lighter, so I like the D7000 without a
>grip. I can certainly understand why some people like the
>grips though, especially for vertical shooting. Different
>strokes for different folks.
>
>Rocky

I too like the size and weight of the D7000 without grip.
D40 and D3100 are to light; D300 and D700 with grip, and the D3 are to heavy for me now.

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#21. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 20

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sun 27-Mar-11 06:29 PM

Might as well chime in... likewise I like the D7K without grip, it is my small camera within my kit and I am considering a couple small lenses to go with.

It is also my "telephoto camera" so I mount some huge lenses on it also, but that is a different story.

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#22. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 21

Pocobear Registered since 09th Apr 2011
Sun 10-Apr-11 09:16 PM

Everyone talks about the MB-D11's weight, OK, what does it weight with EL battery? Nikon doesn't even give out that info. I am ordering the MB-D11 w/battery and I'm looking at a tripod also. The tripods and ball heads list a weight limit for the combo, and I wouldn't want to overload it, so it would be nice to know how much the MB-D11 would add to my largest lens/camera combined weight.

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#23. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 22

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sun 10-Apr-11 09:35 PM

You will be very sorry if you get a tripod and head that is barely rated high enough for your camera-lens+ accessories.
It will be unstable and that defeats the whole purpose of the tripod.

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#24. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

cammills Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sun 10-Apr-11 09:57 PM

For those using the MB-D11, has anyone noticed a very slight movement in the way the camera and the grip fit together? My MB-D11 and D7000 don't fit as perfectly tight as I would like them to. I have the locking screw tightened as tight as possible and yet there is about a mm of play between the grip and the camera. So far it hasn't become an issue I guess I'm just wondering if this is normal, if anyone else has had this issue?

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rlecocq

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#25. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 24

rlecocq Registered since 14th Jan 2008
Sun 10-Apr-11 11:20 PM

I have heard of others indicating a slight rock in the fit. I do not have the problem.
Check the rubber piece that you have to relocate to the grip from the camera, and be sure it is seated flush and level on the grip.That is all I can think of that can cause the problem.

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#26. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 22

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Mon 11-Apr-11 12:30 PM

Good question. Maybe somebody here who owns one will post the weight. The battery weighs about 3 ounces, and since the MB-D11 is made of metal my guess is that it weighs about a pound.

Rocky

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cammills Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Mon 11-Apr-11 03:58 PM

Thanks! And that is the best way to describe it, a slight rock in the fit. Your solution could be the fix since I have lost my little rubber cover piece after not realizing that there was that place for it in the grip. I actually need to buy a replacement for it. Do you or does anyone here know if those are easy to replace?

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#28. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 27

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Mon 11-Apr-11 04:24 PM

Precision Photo sells the D7000 bottom terminal cover.

http://www.bocaphoto.com/products/new/nikon/nikonparts.htm

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#29. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 24

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Mon 11-Apr-11 04:32 PM

>For those using the MB-D11, has anyone noticed a very slight
>movement in the way the camera and the grip fit together? My
>MB-D11 and D7000 don't fit as perfectly tight as I would like
>them to. I have the locking screw tightened as tight as
>possible and yet there is about a mm of play between the grip
>and the camera. So far it hasn't become an issue I guess I'm
>just wondering if this is normal, if anyone else has had this
>issue?

Yea, mine had a little rock to it. What I did was to cut 2 small strips of paper towel and place them strategically on the bottom of the camera. Then fit the grip. Now it feels bulletproof.

I have HUGE hands and I can't get comfortable at all without a grip on these small consumer bodies. My F4s was just right. The grip for the D7000 makes this camera feel almost as good. I am curious to see how the D2H/D2X feels in my hand. Waiting on the UPS truck any moment now...

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#30. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 26

gdhawkins Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2006
Mon 11-Apr-11 07:06 PM

I've just checked and mine including the battery weighs 11.8 oz.

Geoff

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#31. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 30

Pocobear Registered since 09th Apr 2011
Mon 11-Apr-11 07:28 PM

>I've just checked and mine including the battery weighs 11.8
>oz.
>
>Geoff

Thank you Geoff. Umpteen post later and I finally get the answer I needed. Now I will be able to add 12oz (always round up) to the camera and the largest lens I have, add about 50 to 100% to that and I will have a good ballpark figure, as to the tripod I will need, and have it be sturdy enough to hold it all and remain steady.

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#32. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 31

Pocobear Registered since 09th Apr 2011
Thu 14-Apr-11 01:27 PM

I received my MB-D11 yesterday and am very happy with it. I have a little tip for those that complain about the little white contact cover that comes with the MB-D11 getting lost. It will fit perfectly behind the battery in the MS-D11EN holder for the EN-EL15 battery, it even has a tab to fit into a slot behind the battery. My D7000 weights 4.75lbs with the 24-120mm/f4 lens, MB-D11 w/batteries and Black Rapid Sport strap attached. I have not seen any movement or slack between the camera body and the MB-D11 with the rubber cover inserted in the slot provided. You can find the slot in the manual on the first page after you open the manual in diagram B.

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#33. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000 connector storage" | In response to Reply # 29

Pocobear Registered since 09th Apr 2011
Fri 15-Apr-11 01:36 PM

I received my MB-D11 yesterday and am very happy with it. I have a little tip for those that complain about the little white contact cover that comes with the MB-D11 getting lost. It will fit perfectly behind the battery in the MS-D11EN holder for the EN-EL15 battery, it even has a tab to fit into a slot behind the battery. My D7000 weights 4.75lbs with the 24-120mm/f4 lens, MB-D11 w/batteries and Black Rapid Sport strap attached. I have not seen any movement or slack between the camera body and the MB-D11 with the rubber cover inserted in the slot provided. You can find the slot in the manual on the first page after you open the manual in diagram B.

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#34. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000 connector storage" | In response to Reply # 33

me_two Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 31st Oct 2004
Sat 16-Apr-11 05:18 AM | edited Sat 16-Apr-11 05:19 AM by me_two

Thank You Pocobear for the tip.

Mark

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#35. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 28

cammills Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sat 16-Apr-11 11:33 AM

Thank you Rocky! I ordered my replacement cover yesterday.

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#36. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000 connector storage" | In response to Reply # 33

cammills Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sat 16-Apr-11 11:37 AM

Yes, thank you for your insight! Very helpful!

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#37. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 11

arizonadesertrat Registered since 18th Apr 2010
Sun 17-Apr-11 11:49 PM

The MB-D11 has the same.

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#38. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

adcam

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#39. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 38

adcam Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2007
Sat 23-Apr-11 09:04 PM

Now to patiently await the reviews with this 3rd party grip. Not bad for half the price of the real thing.

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#40. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 39

xpertkn Registered since 25th Apr 2011
Tue 26-Apr-11 02:16 PM | edited Tue 26-Apr-11 02:16 PM by xpertkn

I got my MB-D11 a month ago. For its price (at the time), I expected a higher build quality. The dials are a little too stiff and the navigation dial does not rotate accordingly. Holding the camera vertically, I expected the left arrow to go left, instead it goes up.

When I mounted a big lens on a ball-head tripod, I cannot find a sweetspot where I can keep the friction and at the same time make minor adjustment with the vertical grip. When I did that, I notice that the grip came *slightly* off the base. There should be a hook or something to make the grip attached more securely.

But I do like the 2A battery case. The Nikon battery is like $60.

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#41. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 40

arizonadesertrat Registered since 18th Apr 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 01:39 AM

That's weird. The dial works correctly on mine.

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#42. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 41

xpertkn Registered since 25th Apr 2011
Wed 27-Apr-11 01:43 PM

I went through the entire menu and the MB-D11 manual and made sure there is no configurable option to change the orientation of the directional button. When you hold the camera in vertical position, the arrow pointing towards the grip triggers the histogram display in playback mode. In that position, I expect that arrow to go right (show next image). But of course if you hit the info button and change the shooting options, the directional dial works correctly, because the screen does not rotate.

>That's weird. The dial works correctly on mine.

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#43. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Sat 20-Oct-12 09:59 AM | edited Sat 20-Oct-12 11:39 AM by PAStime

(this older thread is a very useful one so I've posted a follow-up to it)

I recently got a Meike D7000 grip for my D7000. Some views:

- looks good, feels solid, doesn't wiggle
- AA batteries confidently snap into their cradles
- joystick thing feels smaller and more sloppy than camera body
- (like the Nikon MDB-11) you have to remove the battery that is inside the camera to recharge it. Inconvenient.
- yeah, the tab to remove the battery pack looks flimsy. I have a modification in mind.
- there is an on/off-like switch on the grip but as I understand the instructions, it just unlocks/locks the controls. It doesn't switch power in any way. My guess is that there is no active electronics inside this grip, just some simple routing of signals.
- speaking of instructions, most of the Meike instruction booklet is a word-for-word, image-for-image theft of the Nikon MDB-11 instruction booklet (I am assuming Nikon didn't steal from Meike). The gall of those knock-off companies! The only difference is a bunch of sloppy errors during the copying/pasting.
- time will tell if this Meike has the green light flashing/battery drain issue reported by some
- Unlike what I thought I read elsewhere, the command dials are not reversed on the grip as compared to the camera body
- I am hesitant to attach my Markins plate to the bottom and then let this whole thing plus 70-200 VRII dangle on my BlackRapid RS-4 strap. I see in another post that Stan trusts this setup.

Cheers,
Peter



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#44. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

TheDraftsman Registered since 20th Jan 2011
Sat 20-Oct-12 06:38 PM | edited Sat 20-Oct-12 06:41 PM by TheDraftsman

I used both the Vellos and the Zeikos grip for the D7000. So far from
my own experience with both of these grips the aftermarket grips do
not talk with the body in relation to having both batteries installed.
(one in the grip and one in the body)

When you go into the D7000 menu and select which batt you want to use
first or let the camera decide the D7000 doesn’t recognize the batt
in the aftermarket grips AT ALL!!! ONLY!!!!! if you take the batt
out of the body then ONLY will the D7000 use the Batt in the grip.

Everything works perfectly with the Nikon grip.

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#45. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 44

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Sat 20-Oct-12 10:19 PM

>the D7000 doesn’t recognize
>the batt
> in the aftermarket grips AT ALL!!!

Hello,

Sorry to hear this isn't working.

I just confirmed that it is working OK with my D7000 with the Meike grip. I tried it with a Nikon battery in the camera body plus 6 AAs in the grip, and then again with a Nikon battery in the body plus another Nikon battery in the grip. In both cases I was able to select which battery to use first, and to confirm this battery was being used. I can see the confirmation in the Battery Info menu pick. A yellow box appears around the battery in use.

Perhaps you have a faulty grip. Hard to say.

Peter

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#46. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 8

gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Sun 21-Oct-12 10:39 AM

>>Why mess with the grip at all?
>
>Why...? Here's one reason - many people find that a camera
>balances and fits their hand better with a grip attached.

After selling my second MB-D11 I have decided I really don't need a grip. The battery in the camera lasts a long time, plus I have a spare. It adds weight and bulk to the camera. It is overpriced for what it does. No matter how tightly you have secured to the camera, there is still play. I think the only people who need this are those who shoot a lot and don't have time to change batteries, which really is quick and simple.

Nope, for me it is a needless and expensive device. That's just my opinion, but I speak from experience. Oh, and I had a Meike, and sold that as well. Just not as solid as the Nikon grip.

George

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#47. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 45

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 22-Oct-12 05:30 AM

The battery grips made by Zeikos and Meike both perform the same in regard to the battery change over, which is to say it is the same way as the Nikon. I use the Meiki on the D7000 and Zeikos on a D90 and a Pixel on the D800. All work the same, very well.

My comments in the past about having the grip support a 70-200 was that I used mine by attaching the Black Rapid RS-5 to the lens foot, not the camera/grip. For best tripod results I also suggest removing the grip, any grip, because the mounting of a grip is not as stable as the whole bottom of the camera. There is a locating pin, and a attachment screw as the only locking points for a grip.
My own experience with aftermarket grips has been excellent, no problems at all and gained a lot of benefits such as higher stability, lower shutter speeds possible with hand holding in the vertical orientation, changing a good handling body into a great handling body in either orientation, and as the least important on the battery miser D7000, additional battery life. The AF/AE L button changed to AF-On with each of the grips is in a better location and more sure in hitting than the AF-on buttom on the body. For those who use the AF-on for focusing, this is a welcome improvement over the placement of the button on the bodies.
I never support a heavy lens on the sling strap by the body, it is risky having a single attachment point, but the main reason is because the whole assembly hangs is really unbalanced. I leave the sling coupled to the heavy lens when changing lenses and use the hand strap alone for camera/smaller lens hand use. That is a very convenient way to deal with a prime and longer heavy lens at events, no bag, just a small belt pouch for the prime or mid zoom like 24-70, and when the 70-200 is not mounted, it hangs securely by my side until needed to be mounted. Even a light camera like the D7000 with a heavy lens and a SB900 and some modifier presents a total package that is heavy and a potential stress on any one attachment point, regardless of who makes the grip.
Good luck with the grip Peter, you will really like it if you shoot vertically as much as I do. Notice that being able to tuck your arms in tight to your chest means you can get a full stop lower in SS speed in vertical orientation compared to without the grip, using the overhand hold technique. It does, however make the whole package a little taller than a D3s and is hard to hide for stealth photography. Of course so is any good fast prime with its large front element that looks from a distance as a big eye looking at you which our brains are predisposed to notice instantly.
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#48. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 47

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Mon 22-Oct-12 10:10 AM | edited Mon 22-Oct-12 10:12 AM by PAStime

>My comments in the past about having the grip support a 70-200
>was that I used mine by attaching the Black Rapid RS-5 to the
>lens foot, not the camera/grip.

What was I thinking - of course that's the right way to attach it and the way I do it too (I have a Markins plate on my 70-200 VRII).

>For best tripod results I also
>suggest removing the grip, any grip, because the mounting of a
>grip is not as stable as the whole bottom of the camera.

Agreed. This is a bit of a pain as one has to remove the grip and then attach the plate, only then can one mount the camera to the tripod. So much for "quick release".

In any case, even if I wanted to, my Markins plate for my D7000 doesn't fit onto the bottom of the grip.

> The AF/AE L button changed to AF-On with each of the grips is

This is crucial for me as I use AF-On to focus.

One thing I've noticed is that when spinning the grip to vertical orientation, I have no instinctive idea as to where to place my eye. This will come with only a few days more use.

Peter

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#49. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 48

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 23-Oct-12 04:11 PM

The eye placement habit comes very fast because there are a complex feedback system of visual cues, muscle memory, tactile elements. 20 shots and it is imprinted. What took me the longest of all the control changes when switching quickly between D7000 and a D800 is the position differences of the review magnification button.
After getting used to AF-On was almost automatic, 10 minutes. I really like it but occasionally switch back to shutter release when using AF-S in dim light so the really good semi-IR SB900 AF assist light. On the D7000 it is done by simply switching to U2. I like the User memory better than the Banks.
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#50. "RE: Extra Grip for D7000" | In response to Reply # 49

DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010
Fri 26-Oct-12 09:31 PM

Respect all opinions on 3rd party; however, I feel, that the OEM grips, batteries, etc. are built for a reason....tested, warranty, etc.

Yes, they are always more $$$$...but, when you are dealing with a $1K+ body, $2K lenses, why save a few $$$$ on a grip ??? Yes, it's your hard earned cash...I respect it..but, for me, when I push a button, or hit the menu, I want it to work...even with OEM U have problems....

For me, I'm an OEM guy when it comes to accessories..I do own Sigma lenses, have been relatively satisified, but, considered selling them in the future as they tend to hunt....again, you get what you pay for....

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