>$425 for a place to store your battery? Wow, Nikon is getting >really audacious with pricing. I thought that the FT1 Cx to Fx >lens adapter which consist of a ring and some electrical >contacts were excessive at $275, but a battery grip for $425? >
So, don't buy it.
For me, it's $425 to make my camera go from usable for 45 minutes, to usable for a full day's work. Paid for itself in 2 days.
And the FT1 took my V1 from toy to tool. Well worth the money.
If you have different priorities, then keep your money in your pocket. Best way to tell Nikon they are overcharging you.