I got a D40 as an early Christmas present and so far I really like everything about it. My question is regarding the Non-OEM battery grips that are available on the auction sites. I have fairly large hands and I think it would make the camera easier to hold if I attached a grip. Does anyone have any experience with these grips? Some of them have built-in, non-replaceable batteries and some use either 2 EN-EL9s or 6 AA batteries. Do you have to remove the camera battery door to attach one of these? If so, I'll stay away from them because I don't want to alter my camera. Thanks in advance for any information.
I have a grip for the D50, but I'm guessing it's similar. You do have to remove the battery door, but it's a simple pull off that can easily be replaced. I love the grip on my D50 and would recommend it for the D40 if you find the D40 too small.
The only really consistent feature of the non genuine battery grips is that they add more size to the camera which some people like because of large hands or large lenses. Many make questionable claims about increased battery life and any claim should be treated with suspicion. Often even though they have two batteries they do not get anything like twice the life of the standard batteries.
It should also be noted that even the ones that include a vertical trigger don't have a real vertical trigger, rather it has to operate via IR the same way as the remote release. There's no grip that communicates directly with the camera for the D40.
Hi all, I'm new to this forum and have recently bought a D40/18-55 along with the YXTM grip from HK.
I find the grip perfect for my hands. Makes the D40 extremely comfortable to hold.
Slight disadvantages are: - have to set camera to IR remote mode when taking pictures with the shutter release on the grip - don't get half-button press facility on shutter button - need to remember to slide out the small IR emitter from the grip
Other than that, the grip is fantastic to use and looks great on the D40.
Although i cannot make my mind for either of them. The Ansmann looks perfect but the fact that comes without the vertical shutter release for the D40/D40X makes it hardly attractive. The Opteka on the other hand has this, but the design is rather annoying because as i can see it hardly matches the body of the camera and is quite rude for my taste.
I hope that someone will soon combine this two attributes together.
First of all, thanks to everyone for all the helpful information. I ordered one of the grips that will hold 2 EN-EL9 batteries. Should receive it any day now. The particular grip that I ordered comes with a AA battery adapter that holds 6 AA batteries. The original EN-EL9 battery is 7.4 volts. AA rechargeable batteries are 1.2 volts, so 6 would give a total of 7.2 volts. However, alkaline and lithium AA batteries are 1.5 volts each, so 6 would give a combined voltage of 9 volts. I wonder what effect the additional voltage would have on the D40's electronics.
How do you like it? How is the fit and finish? How well does it stay on the camera? How is the battery life with the two packs it comes with compared to the one kit battery? How well does the infrared shutter release button work?
>This grip looks really good. I'm not sure what you mean by >'only single shot' though. >Is this that it can't be used in burst mode i.e. continuos >shooting ?
That's correct. To use the shutter button, you have to set the camera to remote shutter. Like using the remote trigger, except it's not remote For me it's not a big deal, as I tend to use the shutter button on the camera itself. I got the grip mainly to give the camera a bit more mass, and extra battery life.
I got my grip 2 days ago and I really like it. I ordered it on eBay from Hong Kong and received it 17 days later. It fits the camera nicely and really makes it easier for me to hold. The infrared vertical shutter release button works as advertised. I'm currently using it with AA rechargeable batteries just to see how long they last compared to the EN-EL9 battery supplied with the camera.