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adcam Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2007
Mon 06-Jul-09 03:09 AM

First off I am a weekend photographer so my camera usage is low. I bought my D700 in Oct '08 and I probably have less than 700 shots.

I recently bought the MB-10 grip and just used 1 EN-EL3 battery in the grip. It was working perfectly the few shots I used it on.

This 4th of July weekend was probably the first time I used it a lot. It was working erratically, for example, when I pressed the play (review) button the shutter would activate. Not all the time but it happened more than once even firing succession of 5 shots (I am in CL mode). Also pressing the AF-on button would activate the shutter, again, not all the time.

Good thing I was still able to take quality shots, however on the last day (today), it would intermittently die. The top LCD would go off as soon as I pressed the shutter and no picture was recorded. Then it was powerless and I could not turn on the camera. The battery still had 2 bars left before the camera died.

As soon as I reached home, I put in a fresh battery and it did the same thing. I presumed it was the grip so I removed it and the camera worked again. I left the battery in the camera and put back the grip with no battery in the grip and it still worked. So I just put another battery in the grip and let it be since it was still working fine.

Sorry for the long post. So do you think I should send my grip for repair or leave it as is with 2 batteries as described above. I hope it does not do the same thing again when I use it for a prolonged time. Anyone with a similar experience?

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