Zeikos Battery Grip - Not bad!
I just received my Zeikos grip, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it has an IR receiver, which was not a feature I remember reading about. It comes with an IR remote, but it also works with my ML-L3 which I prefer using, but a backup remote never hurts to have on hand.
As others have mentioned it's not the same build quality of the MB-D10 but for $35 ($60 on Amazon.com, but someone gave me a $25 gift card) I decided to try it out. It is kinda "plastic-y" but the finish does come relatively close to my D300s.
It also comes with a car charger but I doubt I'll need it - discharging the battery hasn't been a problem for me in the last three years.
Trays for the EN-EL3 and Alkaline batteries are included.
I hope to have a chance to use it tonight if the kids don't get to me first.
#2. "RE: Zeikos Battery Grip - Not bad!" | In response to Reply # 1Mon 01-Nov-10 07:02 PM
It's supposed to, I'll be trying it out tonight when I get home. Assuming I can even distinguish between 7 and 8 FPS.
From what I understand, only with alkaline batteries does it get you that extra frame per second, same with the MB-D10. I'll report back later this evening.
#3. "RE: Zeikos Battery Grip - Not bad!" | In response to Reply # 2shutterpunk Registered since 04th Jul 2006Tue 02-Nov-10 02:15 PM
I believe it's either alkaline batteries or the EN-EL4 battery from a D3 if you want the extra frames. Keep in mind that that battery plus charger are $300+, plus you need a new battery door for the grip. If you need the extra FPS infrequently, alkaline might be the best way to go.
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#4. "RE: Zeikos Battery Grip - Not bad!" | In response to Reply # 1Thu 04-Nov-10 12:31 AM
> Does Zeikos speed up from 6 to 8 fps when attached?
Sorry for the late response.
While I didn't do any scientific comparison, it does seem to be snapping a bit faster with the alkalines in the grip.