If you have not bought a cheap and cheerful battery grip before, here is one for you, the Meike MK-D7000 for you to enjoy. I am another satisfied and happy customer from Amazon!
I expected a Neewer but got a Meike delivered, it is a bonus? Are they the same company?
It is an excellent, a very good, an awesome product for £27.21 (free delivery) and beyond all my expectations!
I placed an order on Saturday and received it on 27/3/2012. It arrived in perfect condition. The box was unopened and the grip wrapped in a bubble bag. The box and instructions all have the brand `Meike' instead of `Neewer', are they the same company?
The `joystick' is feather-like touch, sensitive, which adding a different kind of control to D7000. Should I have arthritis, it would be my main control/navigate . It can be pushed down for `Enter' function.
The rubber feels like seriously high quality product.
The AA cells are very tightly squeezed together, which is amazing. One must push each cell down vertically from top. Two are arranged at the bottom of the tray, that is why you only see four cells in the picture.
The hard plastic surface matches D7000 frosted random splash pattern. Well done! It looks like and feels like a quality product, just like a Japanese made. The Chinese is getting there now, very impressive. My D7000 now look and feels like a substantial serious piece of kit.
Inside the plastic grip, the bottom is a large piece of metal occupying the whole area of the base, design to support the camera with hefty lenses on a tripod. I mounted my camera and the battery grip on the tripod and did few hundred shots with my Tamron 70-300mm lens, old metal lenses with metal barrels, there was no problem, I am very satisfied with it.
It does not hold two EN-L15 batteries. It only holds one. The instructions does not recommend AA cells as main power source, but my intention is to use my stock of Ni-MH cells as cheaper power alternative.
I kept my EN-L15 batter in the camera, it worked fine, without draining it.
There is a very subtle ‘knocking’ feeling against the camera if you just hold the grip, which is unnoticeable if you busy focusing, checking exposure, choosing shutter speed, aperture, etc.
Also, I was puzzle by the occasion random flashing green light (SD card access) when the camera is switched off. It was apparently reading battery information from the MK-D7000 grip, that makes the green LED on the camera flashes. That is when the battery tray is rocking.
To solve the problem, I sandwiched a tiny piece of paper between the edge of housing and the edge of battery tray, it stops rocking and work fine. The green light has now stop flashing.
It weighs 234g when empty. The plastic feels thick and substantial enough. Feel very good when holding it. If I don't need to do anything, I would hold my camera attached to it as therapy.
There is a `parking space' for the rubber cover from D7000 electronic interface connector.
It is all beyond my expectations. If you are not after the Magnesium alloy construction of Nikon MB-D11, this Meike grip is ten times cheaper and I am very happy with it. Thumbs up, praise the Lord!