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Looking for a compatible grip

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sat 08-Dec-12 12:43 AM

Thank you Glenn, glad that you like it. I have been so used to using a grip that when I first got the D800 but was not about to spend the $590 that they were going for then, I shot with the bare camera for a while until several 3rd party grips came on the market about the same time. The Pixel unit was the most expensive but seemed to have the best mechanical stability. During that "naked" D800 use, I almost got used to the small grip area. But when mounting the new Pixel grip, I quickly remembered why it was an essential accessory for me and my way of shooting. It is possible to shoot one-handed when needed, with a SB900 and 70-200 mounted that could never be done without the grip. That is not the reason I like them, it is the added stability of shooting vertically with just as low of shutter speed as landscape orientation because both orientations allow pulling my arms tight against my chest giving much more stable a hold position than without a grip. Watch someone shooting a portrait without a grip, their right arm is away from the body, held high, overhand style, that is not stable, requiring higher shutter speed.
Another key reason to use a grip is less fatigue of the hands, which becomes a problem with a small grip area during a long shooting session or event. By having more fingers on the grip, each one can relax and keep the camers tightly held with less finger gripping tension. The D800 also benefits more than other current cameras by having a second battery in a grip since battery drain is higher and 2 batteries are needed to complete most events.
Stan
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