Greets all.. was hoping to bounce my battery grip situation off the group in hopes that someone may have run across this before.
D200 (8-9k actuations) with MD-D200 grip and 2 genuine Nikon batteries.
If I "wobble" the grip, I don't quite lose contact but the camera won't turn on and batt indicator on top LCD shows dead battery. That blinking battery icon.
By "wobble" the grip I don't mean 100 lbs but if I have a heavier lens (like the 17-55) on a level tripod, the batteries show as dead. If I aim the lens "up".. about 20 degrees or so.. the grip/batteries work flawlessly.
Leads me to believe I have a poor contact somewhere, but I've given a close inspection to all the pins.. they all spring back just fine.. in the camera the contacts look good.
For good measure I "polished" everything with a small pencil eraser.. but it still acts up.
If I remember correctly (not a safe bet), this is one of the frequent problems with the MB-D200 grip. I don't remember enough of the details around the D200 grip, but at the time the complaints convinced me that the grip was not worth the hassle for the D200.
Nikon seemed to see the error of their ways as the grip for the D300/D700 was redesigned and works great.
You best bet probably is to do a search on this forum.
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Had a close inspection and in some places the rubber on the bottom of the D200 had shifted a bit out of its recess (heavy lenses, lots of pressure on tripod quick release plates, etc).. i massaged those edges back into the recess and the connection seems a *little* more reliable.
Not rock solid, but better.
The pins on the grip are like .. a mile long .. i'm surprised that just the slightest gap could cause such problems.
Have you thought about another MB-D200? KEH has them for $76 and they include a 6 month warranty and 14 day return period. If you get another grip and you have the same problem you could return it or have it fixed under warranty.
>Not rock solid, but better. > >The pins on the grip are like .. a mile long .. i'm >surprised >that just the slightest gap could cause such problems. > >(if that indeed is the problem). > >Thanks again.
I wonder about sensitivity to the slightest flex on mine also. Maybe some dirty internal contact?
You mention it is worse with heavy lenses on a tripod: do you attach the lens or the camera to the tripod?