Going to buy a battery grip for my D300, not sure which to buy. I had a Meike grip fitted to a D200 i used to own and found it very good however i don't like the large "thumb" cutout on the back of the D300 grip they supply. I see FOUR4DAY on ebay uk are selling what looks to be ideal and am wondering if anyone has had any experience with it ,or can suggest alternatives. I can't afford to pay high prices for the Nikon one. Thanks Dave
Hi, I have been thinking of the same issue, so I ordered a Pixel Vertax subsitute for my D300, I watched a fellow on YouTube demonstrate this brand and he thought it was an acceptable subsitiute. I found the item on eBay. After ordering I saw a couple of original Nikon brand versions also on eBay, used, for about $100. So I guess I'm going to find out if I made a good decsion or not. The battery grip has not arrived yet. Ron
I have an MB-D10 clone for 2 months and I am very happy with it. I know the original will be better and it is sealed, but is very expensive for me. I ve buyed the "DSTE MB-D10" on ebay. If you want look for "DSTE MB-D10" on ebay and there are a lot of options, with batts, without them, etc. I have bought for approx 50$. The model I have does not have the Infrared; the current model will be more useful because of this. The grip is not sealed and the wheel that adjusts the grip to the body, when the grip is fixed has a little movement, but the grip is hardly fixed. The other things about this grip are all good for me.
This subject comes up quite often in this forum. I was leaning towards the cheaper priced third party product. When a wise member told me I could be voiding my warranty by attaching something other than a Nikon product to my camera. I was trying to save a few dollars but was putting a $1,700 camera at risk. I purchased a Nikon grip and have never looked at anything other than Nikon from that point on.
Like Randy, I too looked at cheaper grips thinking that would be a worthwhile saving (when all is said and done, the Nikon one is a lot of money!) but eventually decided that if the thing damaged the body which cost a lot more then the saving would be wiped out and then some! I went Nikon and have not regretted it. I have heard of others who chose not to - and have!
I put a Meike grip on one of my D300's and the attachment wheel broke after a couple months. I had to cut the thing off the camera! It also malfunctioned once where the af-on button wouldn't work. My other D300 has had an original Nikon grip since day one-5 years ago and gets daily use with zero issues! For me, lesson learned!
Wish I'd known this earlier, iv'e now got the Meike grip. It feels bigger than the normal grip, I don't think I will be using it very often. In fact I might sell it and buy the Nikon grip ( used from eBay ) when funds permit.
If the dollar amount is around $100.00 just wait until you have the difference. Having the grip will not make you a better photographer or make your pictures better. It's not worth the risk of losing the warranty on your camera. To put it another way. Who among us would not purchase a warranty for the D300 if it only costs $100.00.
Our society has become fixated on getting it now no matter the risk or cost. Learn the enjoyment of saving up for something then purchasing it. There is a lot of joy in saving for an item and not going into debt or having to settle for something less. I have done this with each of my purchases of lenses and the D300 itself. I refuse to go into debt over having something right now vs saving up for it.
Here Here! I remember my childhood and the joy and anticipation of saving up for something I really, really wanted. More to the point, I think that you appreciate the "whatever" more and are more inclined to look after it than just "flashing the plastic" to "get it now"! The other aspect of waiting is that it gives the chance for reflection and reconsideration which "buying in haste" does not. One can explore different options and make informed choices rather than the "Got to Have It NOW!!" that may lead to regrets later! This forum helps with advice and helps make good choices (mostly)!
I have the Nikon MB-D10 and a Vello sold by B&H. They both work on either my D700 or D300s. The Vello is lighter and the control wheels aren't dampened like the Nikon but other than that it functions the same and the cost of the Vello is $52.95. I use it with a EN-EL3e battery, I don't need the 8fps of the EN-EL4a since I'm using it with the D300s. I'll also mention that the Vello is identical to the Nikon as far as appearance goes.
Don't take any notice of Nikon's list prices - or for that matter, 'new' store prices. I recently got a mint MB-D10 on auction for just over $100, and a second one, also in mint condition, at a camera swap for approximately the same amount (came attached to a D300). These cameras and accessories are not that new anymore, so you can easily find decent used examples around if you look.
(BTW, I bought a Meike grip for my D5100 (no equivalent available from Nikon) for $25 on Amazon, and never use it - thought it looked and felt like absolute junk.)