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How I fixed my broken 3-party battery grip tab

four eighty sparky

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four eighty sparky Registered since 08th Apr 2011
Wed 23-Jan-13 11:53 PM

Well over a year ago, I ordered a cheap 3rd-party copy of the Nikon MB-D11 grip for the D7000. It served me well....... until last fall when I finally pulled off the latching tab. I made a fix by using two small patches of velcro, but I knew that would be a temporary solution.

So last night, I had an epiphany. I have the AA tray that came with the grip...... and I've never used it. So I wondered..... would the broken parts from the EN-EL15 tray be interchangeable with the AA tray?

Out to the van I went, and got my jewelers screwdrivers. Three tiny screws on both, pull the parts off the AA tray, and reassemble on the EN-EL15 tray.

Waa la!

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MEMcD

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#1. "RE: How I fixed my broken 3-party battery grip tab" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 30-Jan-13 06:00 PM

Hi Ken,

Glad to hear you figured out a way to fix it.
Thanks for sharing.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

jmesseder2

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#2. "RE: How I fixed my broken 3-party battery grip tab" | In response to Reply # 0

jmesseder2 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2011
Thu 31-Jan-13 06:01 PM

I'd never have thought of that in a million years, and I may just try it this evening.

But one thing I have discovered is the lok isn't difficult to turn just using a fingernail or pen tip on the metal hinge pin. Considering the D7k is pretty miserly with batteries, having one in camera and one in grip lasts long enough I don't really mind -- functionally -- that the lock tab broke within a week or so of new.

On the other hand, cosmetics are worth something, and duct tape is something should be reserved to announce how I've been using a device.


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