I've always had an attached battery grip when available on my cameras (N80/MB-16; F100/MB-15; D700/MBD-700) along with RRS or Kirk L-brackets.
Lately, I've found that I don't want to be carrying all that extra weight and while I like the extra battery, the vertical controls (and the protection afforded by the L-bracket), I think I may take it off.
I've never really shot enough to run down a battery, but I always keep a spare, and carrying one in a pocket makes a lot of sense.
I know this is a personal preference thing. I can always add it back on. Anyone else who used to use the vertical grip take it off? How did you like it. I'm going to try it out for a while.
>I love the portrait mode buttons, so if I think they will get >some noticeable use, I leave the grip on. > >I will remove the grip if I am looking for a smaller size to >carry or attaching to a tripod. > >Since the grip's buttons work without any battery in it, you >can leave the battery out to save some weight while keeping >the buttons. > >Joseph K >Seattle, WA, USA
Another way is to 'remove' the battery from the body and only 'load' it into the grip… Makes replacing the battery quicker and keeps a nicely balanced weigh to the camera.
Ive just recently acquired a D700, (I also have a D300s with an MB-D10. I will share the grip between bodies now.)
I often remove the grip when traveling to save space & weight, but when I am home it usually goes right back on the camera. I also usually use a tripod, so the weight is not a big deal... I find it slows me down when its not there (... not that slowing down is always a bad thing.)
I used to use it all the time. My shooting style changed to smaller and lighter so I leave the grip off but keep it in my camera bag in case I want to add it. I also have a D800 and with that body I've never used a grip. I didn't want to pay the $400 Nikon wanted for the MB-D12 so I've always used it without it. Just checked and the price is actually $369 at Adorama.
Sun 06-Jul-14 01:27 AM | edited Sun 06-Jul-14 01:29 AM by Charlie M
I leave it on. I find the ergonomics to be much better with the grip on. I only take it off to change the battery in the camera. I find the grip helps to balance the camera better with large or heavy lenses. Both my D300 and D600 have their grips attached Charlie
I leave the battery grip and L-Bracket on at all times on all my cameras. I got used to the feel of pro bodies and cannot leave it. Although most of my images are shot in horizontal compositions, it is always very nice to have it when needed.
Right now, my grip is off, but that's because I used it for our last family get away. I usually keep it on unless we are traveling and I take it with us (depends on where we're going as I have a waterproof Canon Point-n-Shoot that goes with us too). I love the feel of the camera with the grip on... My first digital Nikon camera was the D2X, so I got used to feel... then I got a D300 and then moved to the D700. I liked the smaller body size for the traveling, but got a grip when I had the 300 and found I liked that better. So, the 700 has pretty much always had the grip with it (when I sold the 300, I kept the grip for the 700, so the grip is older but works great with the body). I have three batteries for the 700, but find I use the EN-EL4a battery in the grip only (no battery in the camera body) and it's just like my D2X - same charger, so no issues there. It is nice having the D700 and grip, because I do have the option... I almost traded it out for the D3, but with help from the forum, decided to keep the 700 (at least until it is possibly replaced at some point with the D3s or D4 down the road... maybe...).
I've never been fond of vertical/battery grips. I do have an L bracket on my D200 and it stayed there for years but now I take it when shooting equestrian/motorsports since I hand hold. I put it back on for landscape/tripod work. It isn't that hard.
But, I'm thinking about picking up a D700 and may change my mind about the battery grip. For one thing, you can get them cheap now. It will also give me a higher frame rate when I am most likely to want it on the anyway (when I'm using my Sigma 100-300).
I will have to think long and hard about whether to get an l-braket for the body alone or for the battery grip.
I got L-brackets for the the D700 alone and the D700/MB-D300. Glad I have them. Right now I still have the grip off and I enjoy the camera this way...but most of my shooting lately has been with the J3.
I did the same, thought about it and thought about it. I got the L Bracket for the Body + Grip thinking this is how I tend to use the body the most, I'd just keep it that way.
i do think I'll pull and Anthony here in the near future and get one of the Nikon 1 cameras for vacations and traveling around... that is the only time I typically take the grip off of my 700 is for traveling - then I would never take it off. We'd have a different camera for the traveling! (Been thinking about it for a little while Anthony, and then you pulled the trigger and did it - seems to be working for you from the pictures I've been seeing around the boards!) I think it is a great compromise.
Jack, what pushed me to buy the J3 was that it was a refurb from Groupon for half the cost of new (body, lens, cables, CD. I did buy a new 30-110. Not Groupon's fault but I did not get he battery charger, though it was supposed to be there. I ended up buying one on Amazon and Groupon credited me the price (sent them a PDF of the Amazon invoice). I was happy with the solution.
Now I want to buy the 70-300 CX lens (but I also need a 70-300VR or better for the FX kit...) NAS, you've hit me and you hit me hard.
I can't stand the vertical grip on the D200. It's unbalanced and feels weak. And since I already was using the D1x/H, I wanted something smaller but roughly equivalent when I bought the D200. So, the grip hardly ever got used.
Now, if I step up to a D700 on the other hand, I might use the grip since it's sturdier than the D200 grip, and the camera would essentially replace the D1H/x in use.
Then again, if I go with a D3, I won't have to make that decision, now will I?
Haven't got an L plate so cannot comment on that but I do have a grip and find it more of a hindrance than a benefit. I do a lot of ad hoc and travel shooting so the extra bulk is a pain plus I rarely flatten my batteries and carrying a spare just in case is not that much of a hardship. The grip is used less than 5% of the time and I don't miss it. Maybe if I had a professional assignment or did more studio work then it might be different but right now, the grip was a waste of money for me.
I've had grips on my cameras back to my Contax RTS motor drive. I think I'd be lost without one. When I purchased my first DSLR, a D7000, I felt list without a grip and immediately ordered one. I like the controls, balance and overall feel of a grip even though it's heavy - as a matter of fact, I like the heavy feel.
On my D800 I have a grip, L bracket. Cotton Carrier plate and Cotton Carrier hand strap. They never come off.
Tue 12-Aug-14 01:27 AM | edited Tue 12-Aug-14 01:58 AM by wwp512
I've had my D700 for years and only put the grips on for the fast fps.
Now that I've read so many of you are always have the grips on, I'll give it a shot. I have L-bracket for both body only or with grip.
It will be another reason to go play with my camera!
ETA: I tried the grips with the L-bracket, and I don't like the smooth slippery feeling of it during vertical shooting. It will take some getting used to with the vertical buttons so I will give that some time.
Definitely give it some time. I played with (no actual images were taken) the D700 with the grip on again. I really like it. Now that I have the smaller lighter J3, I don't mind the bigger heavier D700.
I'm with you Anthony... I don't think I'll take it off again (and in fact did add the Kirk 'L' bracket for the camera/grip combination and love it). We added a Nikon 1 camera for lighter too (it's really my wife's, but I'll be using it much of the time) - vacations, traveling and family outtings...
I really love the feel of the camera/grip combo! Weird that I don't have one on my F100 (and probably won't add one as I look at that camera as something else I guess...).