I am finally ready to pull the trigger and buy a D700. I would love a D3 but cannot get the $$$$. My cameras that I currently use are a D2hs and a D2x. I often use them in the vertical orientation and use the vertical shutter release. My question is this. Should I opt for the MB-D10? This will, of course, cost some $200+. I would appreciate opinions, pro and con.
The only thing the grip will give is a more natural feel when portrait shooting and a higher frame rate (which is overhyped) in my opinion. It will also extend your battery life which is already stellar on the D700.
I have never used my D700 or D300 without an MB-D10 attached. I mounted an MB-D10 on them the day each arrived and have never taken them off. With the MB-D10 attached, they feel very similar to to the D2X and D3. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I don't think there are any cons. The camera will feel much better in portrait with the MB-D10. You are more stable, and the added weight helps. It makes for an easier movement when switching between portrait and landscape.
Without it, I think you look a bit of an idiot with your right elbow stuck up in the air where birds might roost.
>I don't think there are any cons. The camera will feel much >better in portrait with the MB-D10. You are more stable, and >the added weight helps. It makes for an easier movement when >switching between portrait and landscape. > >Without it, I think you look a bit of an idiot with your right >elbow stuck up in the air where birds might roost. > >Ed T > That is how I got that close up Budgie shot with my second camera.
I realize that for most it is the price and not size or weight that attracts them to the D700 over the D3. I for one think the battery pack adds more weight than benefit. I find it very easy to just flop my wrist for the occasional vertical shot even with a D3. However, if you take more than 40% of your shots that way go ahead and get it and the optional EN-EL4 battery holder.
Another alternative is a good low mileage D3 used. The supply of used is increasing as the new D3 is out. You can get them on ebay for <$3K on average completed listings now. Plus you would still be using the pro battery.
I have both setups and the D3 is lighter and better balanced than the D300/700 with the MB-10 grip, especially if you use the AA batteries in the grip for maximum fps.
You would be used to that balance from your D2X. While I have the grip, I typically use the 700 without it, as a lighter weight walkaround camera.
Thanks guys for taking the time to respond. As of today, 12/31, I have not yet made a purchase. I would much prefer to buy a good used D3. But, K.J., I have not seen them for >$3K. I may yet wait and see what is happening at Nikon in the next few months or, wait until next fall and see what's up on the D3 used market.