As the D70/D70s do not have a dedicated nikon grip i doubt very much nikon will ever bring one out for the D50. Even looking at the so called nikon D200 Grip? with its pins in a similar position to the pins in the D50 i would not get your hopes Up. I could be wrong. Unless in there wisdom when nikon designed the D50 Knowing the D200 was not to far behind they may have made one grip that fits both. But this is probably unlikly.
If like me you need a grip for better ballance with long lenses and extra battery power this will do fine. the portrait button for me personaly is not critical (It would have been a nice bonus).
Hanel's HN-D50 Grip (This is the Jenis model re-packaged) is actually fairly good value however i agrea that it would have been nice to just get the grip without the batteries for half the price. As jenis make a D70 grip with a vertical shutter button, i think they would have investigated weather the D50 could be adapted in the same way. As they have released this model without one i guess there is not. I have one of these grips on pre-order from my local store here in the UK. They told me they were not yet in the country but expexted stock anywere between 1 & 5 Weeks. 1 week gone so i will check back with the shop this week. I will post some info when i get hold off it.
I just ordered a battery grip that is actually supposed to have the vertical shutter.
I asked numerous questions about this, and was repeatedly told that it did, so we'll see... It should arrive on Monday or Tuesday, so I'll post a full report upon receipt. For now though, I won't disclose the name of the company, just in case they lied to me!
That sounds intresting but i have looked and looked on the net for d50 grips with vertical shuter release with no luck. There are grips out there that fit the d70/70s with shuter release but these will not work with the d50. What make, model is it? any web site with pics
>It was advertised as being for the D50, and having a >vertical shutter release. That's all I'm saying until I >receive said item, at which time, I'll give a full report! > >-Tim
I was lied to!!!
Not only is it strictly a battery holder, it's made of cheap plastic that could very easily be cracked or broken. The manufacturer is Merkury, and I've demanaded a full refund to include return shipping!
Hi I got a message from Hoodman regarding a products for the D50 (a protector and vertical battery grip)
Thank you for contacting Hoodman for information about a FlipUp Cap for the Nikon D50.
We will have a new FlipUp cap available for the Nikon D50 sometime after the middle of November. This new product will snap directly on to the back of the D50 and will provide screen protection as well as some glare reduction. The price for the H-D50 FlipUp will be $34.99 plus shipping and handling. Please check back on our website in the near future on the following page for updates:
If you wish to place a pre-order for this item you may do so by calling us on the number shown below. Your credit card would not be charged until the item was ready to ship. The cap for the Nikon D70 does not fit the D50.
We expect to have a PowerGrip available for this camera sometime in December and it is scheduled to be priced at $139.99 plus shipping and handling. We will show it on the website when it gets closer to the delivery time. The PowerGrip for the Nikon D70 that we currently have in stock will not work on the Nikon D50. At this time I don't have any specifications on this grip but it will be on the website in the future. You can call us to place a pre-order for this item and you would not be charged until the item was ready to ship. We will place your inquiry into our file of customers to notify when this new grip is available.
We hope this information is helpful to you. Please contact us again if you have additional questions about our products.
Charlene Gordon Hoodman Corp. Customer Service 20445 Gramercy Place, Ste. 201 Torrance, CA 90501 (800) 818-3946
Recived my Hanel grip this morning. No vertical grip (as expected)but even so it makes the camera more balanced, more comfortable and even though it does not have a second shuter release, taking portrait photo's is a lot more comfortable.