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What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?

NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Tue 23-Apr-13 01:39 AM

I'm almost ready to buy the genuine Nikon MB-D12 after reading many, many reviews here and elsewhere about off brand MB-D12's. I'm going to buy a Nikon. I'm having trouble deciding what battery or batteries to get. I only have the battery that came with the camera. Should I get a second EN-EL15 or buy 8 Eneloop batteries? What benefit does each battery type offer? What are you using?

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mwhals

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#1. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 0

mwhals Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2004
Tue 23-Apr-13 12:15 AM

I just bought my D800 yesterday at a local Best Buy. I ordered the MB-D12 from B&H Photo along with a Nikon EN-EL15 battery. I plan to just use the Nikon batteries.

Shoot nature with respect and don't trample it or startle its inhabitants. :)

NikonMark37814

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#2. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 1

NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Tue 23-Apr-13 12:32 PM

Other than extended battery life by using two batteries and the vertical shutter release and other controls, are there other benefits?

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Richcower

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#3. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 0

Richcower Registered since 22nd Jan 2013
Tue 23-Apr-13 01:11 PM

I use the Nikon El15 and the Enloop rechargeables in my Nikon grip.

tekneektom

Kohler, US
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#4. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 0

tekneektom Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011
Tue 23-Apr-13 01:34 PM

I have D800 with MB-D12 and have En-EL15s in both the body and the grip. Also have two spare En-EL15s.

Tom

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kodiak photo

Montréal, (Qc), CA
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#5. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 0

kodiak photo Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013
Tue 23-Apr-13 01:56 PM | edited Tue 23-Apr-13 07:32 PM by kodiak photo

Hi there,

MB-D12. Go for it, it improves the ergonomic greatly.
The Batteries. This decision I took last week and I know that I will never regret it.

The EN-EL15 is Mickey Mouse stuff. Granted. The proposed EN-EL18 is a far better choice until you look at the price: $220,00.
But things are getting worse when you have a look at the price of the charger: $458,96. Well, all is not too bad; you may buy the
compartment cover BL-5 for $33,50.

Guess what, I am using Eneloop batteries in all my SB-900's and I started using them in my new 800E. Good, very good decision!
You may buy an other EN-EL15, but then, you will have 2 Mickey "Mice" onboard!

The whole problem here is CAPACITY! The EN-EL15 is too weak. And getting a second one will not make you twice weaker but
twice unsatisfied. 1. No greater capacity and 2. poorer. For better power to cost ratio, go Eneloop.

I don't mind paying where it is necessary but I feel that sometimes some are pulling too hard on the rope…

Kodiak
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http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Batteries/27050/EN-EL18-Rechargeable-Li-ion-Battery.html
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Power-Chargers/27059/MH-26-Battery-Charger.htm
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Power-Chargers/27112/MH-26aAK-Adapter-Kit.html

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Batteries/27011/EN-EL15-Rechargeable-Li-ion-Battery.html
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Power-Chargers/27015/MH-25-Quick-Charger.html
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Battery-Chamber-Covers/27008/BL-5-Battery-Chamber-Cover.html






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Cowleystjames

UK
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#6. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 5

Cowleystjames Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013
Tue 23-Apr-13 05:14 PM

I use the EN-L15 in my MB D12 and have no complaints.
But do the AA batteries increase the fps as in a D7100?

liamtoh1ps

US
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#7. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 6

liamtoh1ps Registered since 17th Apr 2012
Tue 23-Apr-13 08:19 PM

>I use the EN-L15 in my MB D12 and have no complaints.
>But do the AA batteries increase the fps as in a D7100?

On Page 426 of the D800 manual, you can see that you will get increased fps based on the type of battery used and the image area.

With EN-EL15 batteries
Image area: FX/5 : 4
CL: 1–4 fps
CH: 4 fps
Image area: DX/1.2x
CL: 1–5 fps
CH: 5 fps

Other power sources
Image area: FX/5 : 4
CL: 1–4 fps
CH: 4 fps
Image area: 1.2×
CL: 1–5 fps
CH: 5 fps
Image area: DX
CL: 1–5 fps
CH: 6 fps

Pravin

mwhals

Winfield, US
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#8. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 2

mwhals Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2004
Tue 23-Apr-13 10:26 PM

>Other than extended battery life by using two batteries and
>the vertical shutter release and other controls, are there
>other benefits?

1. Better balance with heavier lenses such as the "pro" f:2.8 zooms.

2. Better ergonomics for portrait photos.

3. Better ergonomics for normal photos due to more camera to hold.

4. Ability to shoot with AA batteries in the MB-D12 if needed.

Shoot nature with respect and don't trample it or startle its inhabitants. :)

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#9. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 0

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Wed 24-Apr-13 12:10 AM | edited Wed 24-Apr-13 02:42 AM by KnightPhoto

Since I already have two EN-EL18 and the charger, I'll end up going that way someday (but if I didn't already have the EL-EL18 yowzer on the price per Kodiak Photo above!). But I'm waiting for the D400 to come out before I get my MB-D12 (could be a long wait ).

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KoM1565

Warren, US
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#10. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 2

KoM1565 Registered since 21st Mar 2007
Wed 24-Apr-13 07:01 PM | edited Wed 24-Apr-13 07:03 PM by KoM1565

>Other than extended battery life by using two batteries and
>the vertical shutter release and other controls, are there
>other benefits?

With EN-EL18 and the MD-12, you can get 2 extra frames per second in crop mode...

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Cowleystjames

UK
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#11. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 9

Cowleystjames Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013
Thu 25-Apr-13 08:35 AM | edited Thu 25-Apr-13 08:35 AM by Cowleystjames

So can I keep an EN-EL15 in the body and an EN-EL18 in the MB-D12?

Cowleystjames

UK
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#12. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 11

Cowleystjames Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013
Thu 25-Apr-13 08:52 AM

Further to my earlier post, how much difference does the EN-EL18 make over the EN-EL15, as the only spec difference that I can see between the two is the EN-EL15 is 1900mah and the EN-EL18 is 2000mah. Hardly a massive increase in spec.
Is this so called upgrade to shooting life smoke and mirrors or snake oil.
Tick whichever is applicable!

Thatguy Steve

Springfield, US
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#13. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 3

Thatguy Steve Registered since 13th Dec 2012
Thu 25-Apr-13 09:13 AM

>I use the Nikon El15 and the Enloop rechargeables in my Nikon
>grip.

Ditto .....











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MEMcD

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#14. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 11

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 26-Apr-13 11:31 AM

Hi Paul,

Yes!

Best Regards,
Marty

Cowleystjames

UK
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#15. "RE: What battery or batteries are you using in your MB-D12?" | In response to Reply # 14

Cowleystjames Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013
Sat 27-Apr-13 09:56 AM

Still not convinced of the value of the battery.
It seems that the only benefit is in constant shooting where you gain duration, but not if you like to keep a battery in the camera for a few shots here and there.

G