>Based on my minimal experience with plastic from the >semiconductor industry, different plastics may require >different tooling due to differences in expansion or >contraction.
That's why I said "necessarily", we really don't know. Since another Nikonian had said his looked like they were gray, I'm thinking perhaps a differnt material was feasible in this case.
>I also just purchased the Targus unit based on all the >negative feedback on the Nikon model.
This is sort of my point. The OP is probably buying a jobber as well. How much does this cost Nikon? What's a mold cost? Around $80,000 USD these days? In the 70s I figured around $40,000. At least that's what they cost for phonograph cartridge housings back then and they were a far more complicated part. I truly don't know, but maybe the break even is around 1500 to 2000 units?
>Note, my brother-in-law >bought the Nikon version for his new D300 & is extremely >pleased. At least they learned from their mistakes and applied >it to new products.
I hope so, I like the MB-D10 too, but I don't like removing it every time I want to charge up the camera's battery. I guess that's an argument for the EN-EL4...LOL.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member