Hello to all. I have found a very reasonably priced grip for the D700 made by Zeikos. I purchased it through e-Bay and new. I only paid $62.00 which included shipping! The construction quality is very good. The finish is great and matches the D700 perfectly. I have only had it for a month but am very impressed so far. It has a year warranty with it. Only a fraction of the cost of the Nikon MB-D10. Best I can tell, it is a clone of the Nikon grip.
Sun 05-Sep-10 03:37 PM | edited Sun 05-Sep-10 04:17 PM by Bart B
....seems to work fine. Tested a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AIs as well as Series E's at 28, 100 and 135mm. All these AIS lenses have worked on my D700 gripped by the ($25 on Craig's List, boxed new, unused) Zeikos. At least down to around 50% on the battery meter. That's when I recharge the EN-EL3e's as well as the AA NiMH ones used in the grip.
I'll check it again when some power source in the grip's down to 40, 30 and maybe 20 percent. Then post the results.
Should the D700 not switch to its internal battery when any battery in the Zeikos grip get down to 25%, I probably not get upset about the Zeikos grip. I'm used to checking my batteries regularly. When they're down to anywhere in the 40% range, they get recharged. I believe lithium ion and NiMH ones last longer when so charged. And I don't think these two battery types should be used when at or below about 20%
Mon 06-Sep-10 01:31 AM | edited Mon 06-Sep-10 01:33 AM by Bart B
Put an EN-EL3e battery in the Zeikos grip, then used a 50mm 1.8 AIs lens for pictures at 40, 30, 20 10, 5 and 2%. All shots worked fine. I happened to be looking at the battery meter when the one in the grip finally went to zero. At that instant, the yellow frame around the grip data shifted left to the camera battery.
Started with 3 bars on the battery grip's meters. AIs lens worked fine. Tested again at 2 bars then 1; lens worked good.
Just happened to be looking at the LCD display on top right after taking the second test picture with 1 bar showing when the "BP" symbol disappeared and all 5 bars lit up. The LCD on the back was showing the battery meters and the yellow outline around the grip meter showed 1 bar. When the grip's last bar disappeared, the yellow frame jumped left around the camera battery meter which was at 96%.
So, my Zeikos grip seems to work like the Nikon one. No problems observed.