I received my MB-D100 today. The two reasons I bought it were so I could use AA batteries when necessary, and for the vertical shutter release.
While it looks like this will meet my intended need, I am not impressed with the construction. The entire unit feels like it's made of plastic, and I don't get a feeling of durability from it. The battery compartment door, in particular, seems especially vulnerable to damage. Maybe after using an F5 and D1 I'm jaded. I expected something a little better.
For anyone interested in the details, it does allow for clever storage of the D100's battery cover door and electrical interface cover. If you store these items as provided for you'll never lose them.
The unit comes with a tray for 6 AA batteries that occupies the bottom of the grip if you don't have one (or two) of the EN-EL3 batteries installed.
The unit allows for the use of one or two Li-ion batteries as mentioned above. I assume the batteries must be connected in parallel, as the Nikon documentation states it holds "Or two Li-ion rechargeable batteries for extended shooting capability". Based on my experience to date with this camera, installing two batteries should allow one to shoot an enormous number of pictures. The largest number of shots I've put on one charge so far is over 500, and the battery was still showing full charge.
The voice memo recorder works as advertised. I was quite surprised to see that the longest recording you can make, 20 seconds, only took up about 220 Kb. Voice memos are written to the storage device as .wav files, with a file name of "SND_" and the same sequential number as the shot it's associated with. The fidelity of the sound was surprisingly good when played back on my PC speakers. It was clear over the tiny speaker on the MB-D100.
There is also a typical 10-pin remote socket on the left side, and the tripod mounting hole is centered under the axis of the lens.
The AF/AE lock button can also be used in conjunction with the sub-command dial to move the active AF area, a clever trick.
In general this is seems to do everthing billed. I just think it could have been built sturdier.
#1. "RE: Just got an MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 08-Aug-02 02:31 AM
Sounds like it's built similarly to the MB-16 for the N80 (albeit with a lot more features). Since the D100 isn't built like a D1 series body, I wouldn't expect the grip to be made for pro-level duty either. What's the price for one of these?
#2. "RE: Just got an MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 0
Hey Victor, I'll trade you my bagel for it! But seriously, as much as I like the D100's price, the build quality is an issue for me as well. I am alsostil lwaiting to hear how Newsphotog likes his. Th paper he works for in Toronoto got two, so it will be interesting to see how it works for a PJ application. If I ever end up with the D100, I would have to have the opional verticle grip for the AA I still don' trust the LithIon battereis, both camercord and digital P&S always jump from 90min to low batt. in 15 minutes.
Aaron J. Heiner
Team Coast Guard Photographer
US Department of Homeland Security
#6. "RE: Just got an MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 2Newsphotog Basic MemberThu 08-Aug-02 04:03 PM
You might have me confused by someone else, but I did acquire my own D100 a week ago, and plan on getting the grip as well. Just waiting for some extra $$$.
I'm strictly a freelance so it's all on my own bill.
I'm installing NikonView 5 on my work system to be able to load some photos to view. I'll let ya see in a bit.
#4. "RE: Just got an MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 0
I completely agree with you. I bought this grip last week and I am very disappointed with the build quality, especially for the price!
One question, after you have tightened the grip as far as it will go, do you still get play around the D100 battery compartment?? Mine you could move it around a bit, which was quite worrying. This never happened when I used to put the grip on my old F/N90X.
Disappointing from Nikon..
#7. "RE: Just got an MB-D100" | In response to Reply # 4