An eBay seller in China now has a D50 battery grip with a vertical shutter release. I only mention this as I know several people have asked about them. It's far from ideal (it seems to me) as the vertical button needs the IR remote enabled. But, just for info. The seller is Link-Delight.
Just ordered it. I comes with two EN-EL3 batteries (aftermarket) with specifications as 7.4v and 1500 mah. THe seller gets good feedback and the pictures of the product are large and clear. The grip itself seems to be of good decent quality based on the photos. I will update this when I get the grip (7-10 days) and have a chance to try it out.
I have an Opteka version that was $50 from 47th st photo. No shutter release, just a battery holder. Its ok for only 50 bucks. I like the feel of the grip as it is a similar feel to my old 90x and MB10 grip.
Let us all know how you like the shuter release version of this D50 grip as I am very interested in your findings. If it works well I might have to order it. Ordering from China scares me abit but if the seller has good feedback it should be fine.
If the shutter release works via the IR signal, then wont you still have to half press the main shutter release to focus? The IR signal will only take the shot, no AF. I guess there may still be a use for it.
Dont quote me on it but I think the D50 will focus with the remote so this should work the same. I didnt think about that when I made the purchase yesterday. I will let everyone know when I get the grip. The reason I purchased this grip was not so much for the vertical release but rather its much more professional looking design then other after market grips. It looks like it will add some substantial size and weight to the D50 and allow for better handling. This will be welcome as the D50 was always a bit on the small side. As well with my 18-200VR double the battery capacity will help with the extra load from the VR hopefully allowing me to shoot longer before recharing. Not to mention the ability to use NiMh AAs in a pinch.
Heh your right. It does focus and takes the shot. I had the remote although dont use it very often and had thought it only took the shot and you had to make sure it was in focus before hand. Makes the grip seem like a good deal. Let us know how it performs once you get it. I will more than likely order one if it works well, and appears to be made well.
Just a note about the focusing. There is no half press with the IR. So it focuses and shoots all in one. Down side of that would just be that when using the button on the grip you couldnt just preview the shot by half pressing it, and not taking a pic. No big deal, I would still get one as long as they work and are built well.
Just an update. I placed the order and made the payment for the grip on Saturday around noon. By Monday I had not gotten any notice from the company that my grip had shipped or that they had got my payment. I figured I would give them a few more days to respond. This morning (wedensday) I checked my email and still nothing 4 days after ordering. I fired off an email asking the status of the transaction. Shortly after my message was returned stating that they did not have any d50 grips in stock until next weekend and would ship as soon as it came in. I quickly sent a reply back advising them that it was unsatisfactory that they didn't email me upon payment to advise me they had no grips in stock. I requested that in order to compensate for the further 1 week delay I expected they would be shipping my grip out express shipment with tracking ability as soon as the grip comes in this weekend. So far i am not impressed. I am even mildly alarmed that i may never see a grip or my money back. I will keep you all up to speed on the situation. standard shipping is three weeks. If they dont compensate for me and ship by express method It could be a month before I see a grip.
Please let us know how it works out. I have the Opteka and love it but it would be soooo much better with the vertical shutter release. If it turns out to be a good product I'll buy one. BTW, it looks and works just like the vertical grip for the D70/D70s. Mark D2H, D80, D50 ...digital and loving it!
Still waiting. They said three weeks and according to them they didn't have any in stock so that means an extra weeks wait. When i told them i wanted them to ship express to make up for the delay they stopped returning my mail. If I don't get it eventually I can always have my credit card company do a charge back.
Ok well i have not yet received mine I contacted another ebay user in italy who had got his and left good feedback. Here is what he told me.
Hi,I received item yesterday morning and I put it immediatly on my D50. I think the building is strong, and the plastic is very good. The assembly of this grip is very easy and with this, you have a very confortable D50. The vertical button is not like on a original MB-Nikon,dont has two positions when you push it. When you push vertical button, in one time you make focus and shot photogram. Sorry for my english but I am italian and I dont speak very well. The two battery and remote control are good. Bye Mick
With that little bit of information I am just a little bit more excited. Seems like the guy likes it. I will have a full review of the grip and batteries to post if i receive it before i leave for cancun next weekend.
I am really sorry it has been so long with no update. I got the grip weeks ago just 1 day before my trip to cancun mexico. I am sad to say the reason I didn't come back to update my findings was that I got dust inside my focusing screen on my trip and did major damage to my d50 trying to clean it out.I know better then to touch the inside of the mirror mechanisim or pentaprisim but it was driving me nuts and i ended up damaging the mirror itself (now locks up half way), wrecking the focusing screen, and getting dust on the sensor itself. I was so upset and sickened at myself with the prospect of a repair bill that cost more then the camera is worth or the thought of having to replace it all together.I didn't have the heart to even think about writing a review. Anyhow the camera is now with nikon canada for repair and so on with the review of the grip.
All I can say is the grip is great. By no means perfect but by no means poor. It fits the camera well. Its built strong with decent construction quality. The Battery door is spring loaded and latches tightly. The rubber hand grip on the front is glued on well. The two batteries supplied are well made and don't look as if they will leak or fail due to poor construction. They lock tightly into a caddy that is inserted into the grip. If fits well and does not rattle. The grip looks great on the camera. Adds significant bulk and has a texture that closely matches the camera itself. As far as how it functions all i can say is perfect. The only complaints i have about this are regarding its weight and its balance when placed down on a table. The grip as i mentioned has solid construction but is so feather light it seems at first to be very cheaply made. I can assure you this is not the case. I just like things to have a little heft to them. The upside is it doesn't add any weight to the camera for carrying around. The only other thing I didn't like was the fact that with my 18-200 VR lens attached, the grip was not designed to be well balanced and when placed down the camera falls forward onto the front element of the lens. Nothing really worth complaining about but would have been nice if the center of gravity was such that the camera would balance and sit flush on the grip when placed down. As well I should mention the vertical shutter release. It works well but as I expected is not really practical because 1. it focuses and fires the shutter in the same function 2. You have to keep reactivating the remote every 10 minutes. All in all I would say I am happy and would say if you want a grip go get it. you wont be dissapointed. Its the best solution on the market. Price is right. Quality is pretty good. Functions as it was intended to do. Now if only i had my camera back