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Battery grip for D7100

doppler_fto

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"RE: Battery grip for D7100"

doppler_fto Registered since 23rd Mar 2013
Wed 24-Apr-13 10:37 AM

Short version: as someone else mentioned, you get what you pay for.


I had gotten a Zeikos brand MB-D10-like grip for my D300. I noticed that the fit and finish didn't feel great. I particularly noticed that the geartrain for the attachment screw felt poorly-damped (which meant that it wasn't well-lubricated or well-aligned). Lo and behold about 5 or 6 months in, teeth in that geartrain started chipping. At first I thought some dirt or sand might've gotten into it, but the problem gradually worsened as more and more gear teeth chipped off. I eventually ditched the grip at the point when it took me 15 minutes to get the grip off of my camera.

At that point, the grip was still in warranty, but it wasn't worth the time and hassle to replace it, especially since there's no way I'd have trusted the replacement. Moreover, the AF-ON button was in the wrong place, and the shutter and D-pad didn't have the same tactile qualities as the main ones — they felt unfamiliar after having used the D300 for ~5 years at that point.

I ended up getting a used genuine MB-D10 and the quality was heads and shoulders above the Zeikos unit. There was a greater reduction for the attachment screw (which meant more attachment torque with less hand force), and the unit just _felt_ better-built. I have had zero issues with it, even though it was already out of warranty when I got it.


So after picking up the D7100, I bought the genuine MB-D15 when it was announced. Fit and finish are superb. The shutter has a feel that's very similar to but not quite the same as the one on the main body. That said, I haven't once regretted going for the genuine Nikon version, especially as it costs _less_ than an MB-D10.

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