When I had my D40 as a back up camera to my D300, I was very happy with the 3rd party battery grip for that camera. It felt more natural for me to hold it. It should be the same fit to the D5000. Only thing you would lose is the ability to flip the screen around to the front for self portrait, although I think extra battery life would be better.
Sun 14-Jun-09 07:19 PM | edited Mon 15-Jun-09 07:39 PM by ennbr
I've already tested the Opteka Battery Grip originally build for the D60. Other than a slight cosmetic difference with rounded corners on the D5000 that don't exist on the D60 it worked just fine. The cost was $79 US dollars.
Now that's cool. Is there nothing that Walmart doesn't carry? I'm always amazed by them whenever we go to the U.S.
My only concern would be the pins on the top of the battery thingy (believe it or not, 'thingy' has recently been dubbed an actual technical term). They look a little scary. I don't recall seeing any kind of receptor for that in the battery compartment on the d5k.
Otherwise it looks doable.
The bliss of ignorance is not knowing what your limitations are.
I had the opteka and returned it. It functions, but I wouldn't say that it fits. It's obviously designed for a camera body other than the d5000. The grip is much larger than the camera around the corners and that's an unacceptable fit to me.
Is there a battery grip out there that was specifically designed to fit the body frame of the D5000?
I agree to some degree about the fit as I stated in my earlier post in this thread it was not a perfect fit but not quite as bad as your suggesting. Unless Nikon stops changing the body design of there cameras with each new model the after market suppliers will not provide products.
Recently I contacted both Really Right Stuff and Kirk about an L-bracket for the D5000. I was told that they don't have enough market to design custom parts for the lower end Nikon products. Eventually RSS came through and now has an L-bracket but initially they had serious concerns of selling enough product to break even.
YMMV, I'm just saying that in my experience, the opteka grip made for the D40 / D60 is not a good fit for the D5000, IMO. Yes is it does work. No, it doesn't match up to the body very well. Again , IMO.
I would really, really like a battery grip that was specifically designed for the D5000.
This is the only thing that I have purchased from this seller. The cable plugs in as easy as an usb cable. There's no lag and it works just like the normal shutter - press halfway to autofocus, etc. It does take a while to arrive since it's coming from Hong Kong.