>For those with Dxxx type cameras with a grip (as I don't know >if anyone has gotten the D800 yet?)... why?
>I ask because I have never held a Dxxx camera with a grip (nor >a Dx camera without, which I gather is similar). But I've >seen so many posts lamenting the lack of D800 grips available >so far and/or their price.
Well, the grip is integral to a Dx camera so...
>I realize they provide more shots without battery change, I >realize they provide faster speed (in crop mode only on the >D800 though I think), and I realize they provide a different >feel to the camera.
Very different feel.
>But what is the thing(s) that make a difference to you. For >me the first two don't matter, and I have no clue about the >last until I can put one in my hand.
Well, if you don't have a compelling reason in your photography to add the weight and cost of a grip, then you really shouldn't be bothering with it. But for some of us, it's VERY important.
>Is it the feel? Or do you need the other features?
For me, it's both usually, though sometimes just the feel.
>What is it that makes it worth the rather large price? Am I >missing something? (Literal not rhetorical question).
Perhaps you are not missing anything. Or perhaps much. So I will offer this. Take whatever camera you have. Orient the camera into portrait mode. Take 10-20 shots a minute for 45 minutes without moving your hand from this position. Congratulations you have just shot one half of a soccer match.
Alternately, put your camera into the portrait position again, take 30 shots per minute, and a 30 second break each minute, for a total of 4 hours. Congratulations, you have just shot a basic fashion shoot.
Let me know how this works out for you, I'd be curious.