After doing a lot of research, I need some direction as to whether to invest in a MB-10D battery pack for my D300s or not, and I really cannot find that much info. The question is: How many of you have and use the battery pack and what made you make your decision to obtain one?? I would be grateful for any ideas and advise. Thanks
I keep a fully charged back-up battery handy. I've never been in a position where I had to use it in five years. I shoot mostly grandkids and travel pictures. I may take as many as 200 pictures at a soccer game or birthday party. I find the batteries work very well even when using the built in flash.
I have borrowed a battery grip for my D200 on a few occasions and found that I do not care for the extra bulk and weight. I like the fact that I can keep shooting longer with the two batteries installed, and the fact that the burst rate is higher, but these benefits are not enough for me to be willing to put up with the extra weight and bulk that the grip also brings. Whether a photographer needs (or wants) the battery grip is largely a matter of shooting style and personal preferences. Many prefer the feel and handling of the camera with the battery grip and others do not. Many need the higher frame rate for certain kinds of shooting and others do not.
The battery pack does a bunch of stuff: - adds longer shooting time with a second battery - gives a second set of buttons in portrait orientation - increases the frame rate with the right batteries - makes the camera bigger - adds weight
The key part for me is the second set of buttons for portrait orientation. This makes life so much nicer. I did not have a grip for my D200 and longed for the extra buttons.
The extra battery life is nice if you are shooting all day events. If you want to save on weight, you can leave out the battery and the buttons on the grip still work.
I have big hands and like the bigger size when it is attached.
Renting one is a great way to see if the grip is something you will like or not.
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Add me to the list of happy MB-D10 users. I may shoot an entire day of games at a tournament, so the two batteries help. I like how the camera + grip feel in my hands in terms of balance with my go-to lens attached (80-200 1:2.8D). I also like the ease of shooting portrait orientation with the grip. And I agree with Mike re: cold temperature shooting. Cheers, Dave
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I also keep my MB-D10 on my camera. Not necessarily for the extra battery life, but for the faster burst speeds while shooting HDR as well as the feel for shooting portrait shots. I don't use a nikon battery in the MB-D10, but rather rechargeable AA's. With a set of charged AA's in the MB-D10, a charged regular battery in the camera, and 8 spare AA's in my bag I can shoot my brains out all day and not run out of power. Besides, I have fairly big hands and like the bulk.
Thanks to everyone for their ideas and comments. Some of the things mentioned I hadn't thought of. I appreciate it. Now I will know what to look for and maybe what I need to look at. All the comments have been very helpful. Thank you. Walli
Just my 2 pennys' worth. I have this same set up with an MB D10. I did once find that, using my Sigma 150-500 for a lot of shots, in a short time, ran the main battery down relatively fast (The OS is shifting large weights of glass, after all) - the grip shifted to the internal battery without any problem and surprisingly shifted back for a few shots, presumably because the grip battery had recovered slightly. I definitely like the extra size, having big hands I find the size, weight and shape fits me better than the bare camera.
I have had an MB-D10 on my D300 since I got it slightly over 5 years ago. It has only been off of the camera once, and that was when I was cleaning it. I use "fast glass" and the camera feels much more balanced in my hands with the MB-D10 on. The duel controls and ability to use an EN-EL4(a) is gravy (an added benefit). Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I bought the grip for my D300 some years ago, and have kept it for my present-day D700. While I don't use it all the time, I like being able to have it for the same reasons everyone here mentioned, most notably the second set of buttons and wheels in portrait orientation.
And I'd like to stress that I also had the grip on my previous camera, a D200: they are not in the same league, the MB-D10 feels much more solid than the MB-D200. It's a pity, because the second battery was a necessity on the D200, given its much more intense electric consumption!
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Just to let everyone know, after reading all the comments and suggestions, I went to the camera shop and physically looked at the MB-D10, tried it on a camera and really liked the feel, balance, and functionality, so guess what; One followed me home. I now have it installed on my camera and so far I really like the feel. Much better than the few minutes of handling in the store. Thanks again to everyone! Walli
I researched the MB-D10 and noted several users reporting difficulties using AA batteries in it. A less common 1.6v type of Nickel-Zinc battery seemed promising. Most people that try AAs seem to tire of them and give in to the price EN-EL4A, adapter and charger in the end.