I have the MB-10 battery grip as well as the BL-3 door that holds the EN-EL4 and EN-EL4a battery. I tried using the EN-EL4 battery that I use with my D2x, but I still do not get the 8fps with my D700. My D700's EN-EL3e battery and the MB-10's EN-EL4 batteries are fully charged.
Do I need to purchase the EN-EL4a battery to get the 8fps with my D700?
Welcome to Nikonians! Both the EN-EL4, EN-EL4a, and 8 AA batteries in the MB-D10 will provide 8 FPS. The problem is most likely the camera settings that you are using. What shutter speed, ISO, and AF mode are you using? To get 8 FPS you have to use a shutter speed of 1/250th sec. or faster, ISO is in Manual (Auto ISO provides a max. of 7.5 FPS) AF-C mode with Custom setting a1 set to Release(default) priority, have the Release mode dial set to CH (Continuous High). Make sure that Custom Setting d5 is set to something higher than 8, >set it at 100! Hi ISO Noise Reduction - OFF The batteries should be fully charged and be at room temperature. Using a single AF point or Dynamic Area AF with 9 points should also help with AF accuracy. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Glad you figured it out! I didn't think about the battery order because I have never placed a battery in the camera body of either my D300 or D700. I have just used the battery in the MB-D10. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks for the question. It made me re-think and re-test my set-up both with Active D lighting On and Off, Raw, and jpeg. During my test, I did not see a slower shutter actuation with D lighting "ON" using RAW. The biggest variable was the condition of the lens used. I was using my old Nikon 20-35mm f2.8D and it was slightly slower around 7 fps. Then I decided to try it with my other lenses which performed a lot faster like a machine gun around 8 fps. I used my 70-200mm VR1, 50mm f1.4D, 85mm f1.8D, including my 18-135mm f3.5 DX lens which performed just as fast since it is fairly new. My set-up consisted of 8-AA Ni-mh freshly charged Energizer rechargeable batteries. RAW did not appear to slow down the number of fps but was noticeably slower compared to Jpg when it comes to clearing the memory buffer as indicated by the green dot light at the back. I was using a Lexar Pro 300X CF card. My conclusion is that Active D lighting has negligible effect when trying to achieve higher fps.