If you have not bought a cheap and cheerful battery grip before, here is one for you, the Meike MK-D7000 for you to enjoy. I am another satisfied and happy customer from Amazon!
I expected a Neewer but got a Meike delivered, it is a bonus? Are they the same company?
It is an excellent, a very good, an awesome product for £27.21 (free delivery) and beyond all my expectations!
I placed an order on Saturday and received it on 27/3/2012. It arrived in perfect condition. The box was unopened and the grip wrapped in a bubble bag. The box and instructions all have the brand `Meike' instead of `Neewer', are they the same company?
The `joystick' is feather-like touch, sensitive, which adding a different kind of control to D7000. Should I have arthritis, it would be my main control/navigate . It can be pushed down for `Enter' function.
The rubber feels like seriously high quality product.
The AA cells are very tightly squeezed together, which is amazing. One must push each cell down vertically from top. Two are arranged at the bottom of the tray, that is why you only see four cells in the picture.
The hard plastic surface matches D7000 frosted random splash pattern. Well done! It looks like and feels like a quality product, just like a Japanese made. The Chinese is getting there now, very impressive. My D7000 now look and feels like a substantial serious piece of kit.
Inside the plastic grip, the bottom is a large piece of metal occupying the whole area of the base, design to support the camera with hefty lenses on a tripod. I mounted my camera and the battery grip on the tripod and did few hundred shots with my Tamron 70-300mm lens, old metal lenses with metal barrels, there was no problem, I am very satisfied with it.
It does not hold two EN-L15 batteries. It only holds one. The instructions does not recommend AA cells as main power source, but my intention is to use my stock of Ni-MH cells as cheaper power alternative.
I kept my EN-L15 batter in the camera, it worked fine, without draining it.
There is a very subtle ‘knocking’ feeling against the camera if you just hold the grip, which is unnoticeable if you busy focusing, checking exposure, choosing shutter speed, aperture, etc.
Also, I was puzzle by the occasion random flashing green light (SD card access) when the camera is switched off. It was apparently reading battery information from the MK-D7000 grip, that makes the green LED on the camera flashes. That is when the battery tray is rocking.
To solve the problem, I sandwiched a tiny piece of paper between the edge of housing and the edge of battery tray, it stops rocking and work fine. The green light has now stop flashing.
It weighs 234g when empty. The plastic feels thick and substantial enough. Feel very good when holding it. If I don't need to do anything, I would hold my camera attached to it as therapy.
There is a `parking space' for the rubber cover from D7000 electronic interface connector.
It is all beyond my expectations. If you are not after the Magnesium alloy construction of Nikon MB-D11, this Meike grip is ten times cheaper and I am very happy with it. Thumbs up, praise the Lord!
That is the one I have and it does not come off the camera and has suffered a lot of abuse but still looks and performs as new. I have the Zeikos on the D90 and it is great also but a lot of people are not happy with the Zeikos version for the D7000. It is a difference design so maybe is not as well thought out as their very good, rugged model for the D80/90. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Sat 31-Mar-12 07:52 PM | edited Sat 31-Mar-12 07:54 PM by Vlad_IT
>That is the one I have and it does not come off the camera >and has suffered a lot of abuse but still looks and performs >as new.
I just ordered it as well. no second battery though at the moment. as far as i understand you have two betteries. how do you change the one in camera? take the grip off? i'm just evaluating if i should get one more battery... thanks in advance
I keep the battery selection set to grip so that one is being drained. The one in the camera body only needs charging about once a month or less often unless I go so long on the grip battery that there is a switch over the the body camera. These new batteries retain their charge for a very long time when not not being drained by powering the camera. If you turn off the automatic rear display, a couple thousand non-flash shots are possible on a charge. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I have the same grip and love it. Quick question... i have my en-L15 in the camera and i have one in the grip. If i hit info on the camera, it shows the strength of both battery's. Can you tell the d7000 what battery to use. For example, when the battery in the grip dies, I have to take the battery out of the camera and put it in the grip. what am i missing?
Sat 31-Mar-12 03:38 PM | edited Sat 31-Mar-12 03:40 PM by DeanAZ
Menu option d14 is where you set the order for the battery usage. I have mine set to the grip battery first then the camera battery. This works for me but then I have the genuine grip. It's possible that if you have the settings correct there may be a compatibility issue with the 3rd party grip.
If it is a compatibility issue you could dive into the d13 setting and tell it to use the camera battery first when the grip battery is getting low as a workaround. It's kind of hard to do quick tests on how the features work as the batteries last so darned long!
>Menu option d14 is where you set the order for the battery >usage. I have mine set to the grip battery first then the >camera battery. This works for me but then I have the genuine >grip. It's possible that if you have the settings correct >there may be a compatibility issue with the 3rd party grip. > >If it is a compatibility issue you could dive into the d13 >setting and tell it to use the camera battery first when the >grip battery is getting low as a workaround. It's kind of hard >to do quick tests on how the features work as the batteries >last so darned long!
Sat 31-Mar-12 09:25 PM | edited Sat 31-Mar-12 09:52 PM by hyphotographer
It depends on what AA cells you use. I am using a set of brand new NiMH cells to form the battery. Each cell is rated 1.2V 2000mAh. So the battery is 6x1.2V = 7.2V 2000mAh, which has higher voltage and capacity than the Nikon EN-EL15, which is rated at 7.0V 1900mAh.
My shooting last longer, typically well over 1000 shots. I am now happier to use the built-in flash and lots of in-camera editing.
If you mix and match old and new cells, which make up the battery in the Meike grip, your shooting experience may be shortened.
The number of time you could charge Lithium Ion battery (Li-On) is around 1000 times, in theory, you should charge it when it is nearly empty, but not exhausting it. There are many theories, I just stick to this one.
So It is cheaper to use AA cells to make up of your battery, as an EN-EL15 battery costs £77 in the UK.
As a result, I use AA cells mainly to shoot happily. The only problem is there is only two indication of power left in the grip. One is full and then half full.
When it is half full, I can take about few hundred more shots. It then switch to the battery inside D7000 body, without warning. It would be great if there is a warning beep or something to notify the user.
Is there a warning beep for battery swap-over? Is it in the manual? I have switched of the beeping sound for key press. I will try it with it switch on next time I use the camera.
Many Nikon cameras use an EN-EL Lithium-ion battery as a power source. Nikon Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have negligible memory effect and therefore do not require refreshing as required by Ni-Mh batteries used by other digital cameras, to maintain optimal performance. The battery itself is not covered under a Nikon warranty, while the battery charger is covered by the warranty.
If the camera is to be stored for an extended period of time the battery should be removed from the camera. Nikon recommends that batteries should be charged and used at least once a year. There is no need to discharge the battery before recharging. If the battery is left in the camera for extended periods, a minute electric current continues to flow, which may drain the battery excessively, resulting in over discharge, and a deterioration of the battery.
Care should be taken with the battery when it is not in the camera. It should not be stored where keys, coins or other metal could touch the contacts. Ideally the supplied plastic cover should be used to protect the contacts.
Fri 06-Apr-12 01:05 AM | edited Fri 06-Apr-12 01:06 AM by Vlad_IT
I got the Meike grip from Amazon few days ago. I'm happy to say It's quite well made. Very solid fit. The dial directions ARE NOT reversed - i check every possible combination. The locking mechanism seams to be the only soft spot of this grip. But i'll bet it will not break on me. use plastic tab justto unlock and pull the tray out by the sides and not by unloking tab.
i picked up a vello grip for the d7000. i'm quite surprised with it actually. despite its noticeably different feel than the rest of the body, it looks good and provides a noticeable difference. it fits snuggly on the camera without problems (so far) and I've only noticed that the AF-L button doesn't match the designated back focus button of the d7000 body setting that I set up. Other than that, i like it a lot.
My Meike MK-D7000 is in the mail. Hope i get a good copy. Played around with a D7k with nikon grip in one of my local camera stores and liked the look and feel. Looking forward to this next step with my camera.
Any suggestions on testing to make sure i have a good version.
After reading your post, I ordered the Meike grip and it arrived very promptly. The price including shipping was only $49 Canadian! I have put it on my D7000 and enjoyed using it. You have described it perfectly including the flashing green SD light when the grip is "rocked" slightly so I will try your paper "shim" out to see if it eliminates the slight rocking.
As other people noted, the little battery tray locking tabs seem very fragile and have to be handled with care. They could get broken off easily. Meike should put metal tabs on instead. For the money, this is a great deal!
I decided to configure the camera to use the battery in the Meike grip first before using the battery in the camera. This way, I only have to remove the grip's tray to charge the battery in the grip instead of removing the entire grip to get at the battery in the camera. Configuring which battery to use first is done in the d Shooting/Display d14 Battery Order "Use MB-D11 batteries first" menu item.
i also have no problem using the the AA tray with no shim. Even with a little rocking light doesnt flash. But im a landscaper so that thing is locked down. So the rocking is minimal. Might try to shim "looking from the rear" the right front side as that is where i have slight movement.
Hi all.....I am looking into getting one of these, my only real concern is the tripod mount on the bottom. How strong does it look? I currently use a spider pro belt adaptor and have concerns hanging my camera from the grip.
Hi Vlad, After reading your post, I noticed that I could tighten the wheel screw until it clearly reached its limit and would tighten no further. I did not see the little green flash. Later, I took off the unit and put a piece of black electrical tape folded twice as a shim and got the little light flashing again at first. A second tightening of the wheelscrew, seemed to stop the flashing. So I guess it is okay.
The reason I am concerned about this is that I use a BlackRapid strap that is screwed into the tripod screw in the base. This puts a lot of stress on the base. So I am pondering only using the battery grip for certain occasions when I need the long battery life afforded by the grip. The rest of the time, I'll use the camera by itself without the grip because I really like the BlackRapid strap for walking around.
For what it's worth, a couple of testimonials about the Nikon battery grip have the same problem. So this Meike unit has been well made. We'll see if it holds up over time. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
Neill, With all due respect, I've not heard of any genuine Nikon MB-D11 units having the intermittent electrical contact that causes the green light to blink when flexed. Some folks say there is a very slight movement between the D7000 and the Nikon grip, but no flashing light. Mine is tight with no play at all between the camera and Nikon grip.
I've heard soem people are using BR with non-nikon grip, but they are paying extra attention to handling. People with gebue MB-D11 are much less careful. in either case i do not know any case when someone lost/broke camera because of non-nikon grip and BR pairing.
Hi Vlad, I apprecitate your encouraging words about the hardiness of the Meike grip. I am, however, quite concerned with the occasional slight "rocking" and the flashing green light when I handle the camera using the BR strap attached to the Meike grip. I have decided I will only use the Meike grip when I expect to be doing prolonged shooting such as at horse shows, birding, military reenactments or sporting events like kids' soccer or hockey. I think it would be okay on a tripod but I will only hook up the BR strap to a d-ring on the regular strap ring. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
Does anyone use this grip empty and have a problem with the camera battery draining? If I leave my empty grip on the camera (purchased for the better grip not really for extra charge) for a few days, my battery will show noticeable draining. Does this go away if I put AA's or an extra battery in the grip? Or will that just drain fast too? Since I got my grip which is excellent in every other way, I have to charge my battery about twice as often.
Have you switched off the Meike grip when you store it away? Make the white dots out of alignment on the switch mounted around the shutter release button.
Silly question, do you switch off your D7000 using the main on/off switch on D7000 body?
I always keep AA cells in the grip all the time and no battery in D7000 body. It lasts a long time, days... I don't know if it will store for more than a week because I use my camera too hard, around 1000 shots within days.
Also, I normally will switch off the grip too, but there are many times I forgot. There will be some opportunities to test this power drain issue when I restrain myself from using the camera with grip attached for a long period of time.
Yes I always turn off my camera with the main switch. The camera by itself takes along time to loose charge when not using it, if I put it away on a Sunday and don't use it until the next weekend the charge doesn't change noticeably, but if I leave the grip on it, there would definitely be a one or two bar drop in battery life. I hadn't thought about using that on/off switch on the grip itself - I'll try that, thanks!
Sat 12-May-12 01:01 AM | edited Sat 12-May-12 01:13 AM by Vlad_IT
I found one problem with my Meike grip - AE-L/AF-L button does not function on the gripp when AF-ON or FV-Lock assigned to this button. It functions correctly on the D7000 body itself, but on the grip shutter release button continues to operate the focus motor on the lens.
before i'll start contacting maike can anyone confirm this problem with your grip?
>I found one problem with my Meike grip - AE-L/AF-L button >does not function on the gripp when AF-ON or FV-Lock assigned >to this button. It functions correctly on the D7000 body >itself, but on the grip shutter release button continues to >operate the focus motor on the lens. > >before i'll start contacting maike can anyone confirm this >problem with your grip? > >Thanks in advance, >Vlad
Hmm....Thats a bit of a bummer as I use back button focussing....can anyone else confirm this is true on all this grips or is Vlad just "unlucky" with his
hi and welcome here. yes, you can use it with tripod and results will be better than handheld. Is some situation you even recomended not to turn VR off when using small tripod with or w/o battery grip.
But for any serious work, general rule is to remove the grip, use solid tripod and turn VR off.
>I'm wondering if you can still use a tripod with the battery >grip.
Yepp, you absolutely can! But if you use a heavy lens without tripodmount, the setup can have a little more flex to it than without a grip that may compromise the stability, and the result will then be dependent on the shutter speed, wind or other motion from the tripod. In either case, I would use a remote of some kind, wired, IR or radio for any pictures on tripod. In fact, I would do that in any case, with or without the grip!
I have used mine a tripod. I would only use it in doors. Because the potential small amount of play i wouldn't risk it. If you can eliminate all the play i wouldn't worry about it. I am still using my QR plate from my D80 that fits perfectly on my D7k because of the ability to slide the plate a bit and it works on the grip.
I just got used Nikon MB-D11 - there is a definetely better built quality over MeiKe grip. But there is a weight issue in the play now and i'm not happy how heavy my camera became, especially with 70-200 lens. Also my Nikon grip has some play in the front between the camera body and the grip. gap becoming large enough to slide a piece of paper in between them.
I don't really have what I would call play, but if I put downward pressure on it I can open a very slight gap in front on the grip side. I can slide in a sheet of paper, but only slightly. I find the additional weight somewhat objectionable as well.
>I saw a suggestion on DPR to use the grip w.o. the battery if >weight is a problem. I don't yet have a grip, so can't comment >on how well that works. >
The EN-EL15 really doesn't weigh that much, so pulling the battery from the grip only gains just a wee savings on weight. Now if you are using one of the EN-EL15A type batteries that you see on eBay, those have a fairly substantial weight penalty to them.
Personally, I like the added weight when I'm shooting but, admittedly, its not a plus when it is in the bag. At least the D7000 with grip and extra battery is substantially lighter than the D1 it replaced so I can't really complain. And as some have already said, the weight seems to add a balance to the whole rig and aids in steadying during shooting.
>I just got used Nikon MB-D11 - there is a definetely better >built quality over MeiKe grip. But there is a weight issue in >the play now and i'm not happy how heavy my camera became, >especially with 70-200 lens. Also my Nikon grip has some play >in the front between the camera body and the grip. gap >becoming large enough to slide a piece of paper in between >them. > >Do anyone with genine grip experience this?
I went from a Meike grip to a genuine MB-D11. The Meike never connected reliably to the camera and ended up dinging several of the socket contacts. When it worked, it was decent for the money - controls were oriented correctly.
I've found the MB-D11 to be much more solid when installed - no wiggles or rattles as with the Meike. The controls are more pleasant to use as well - the dials feel nicer and the directional pad is much stiffer (similar to the one on the body). It just feels more like a part of the camera instead of something piggybacked onto it.
I just purchased the Meike grip for my D7000 and have already opened a RMA to the reseller. The Grip's shutter release button does not work consistently. There is consistently a delay of almost a second between pressing the shutter release and it actually taking a photo. Hoping I just have a bum unit. If they charge me shipping to exchange a bad unit, I'm just going to return it for the Nikon, but if they exchange it for free, I'll give it another shot.
Can an additional AA battery tray be purchased for the Neewer battery grip?
I was thinking of purchasing two additional EN-EL15's but at the price of AA and the said runtime being longer, it may make more sense to purchase 12 AA's and keep an additional tray loaded for quick swaps.
I am thinking of an additional tray too. However, you cannot buy a tray ,with the price of the grip being in tens of pounds, or dollars, a spare grip could be useful. Seriously, we can get a spare grip for a tray we want.
The top AA twin cell compartment has a weak metal terminal for the negative side, result in no connection because it has bent too much away from cell. I padded something soft behind the metal to solve the problem.
Sat 22-Nov-14 12:34 PM | edited Sat 22-Nov-14 08:21 PM by phos20
> >Also, I was puzzle by the occasion random flashing green light >(SD card access) when the camera is switched off. It was >apparently reading battery information from the MK-D7000 grip, >that makes the green LED on the camera flashes. That is when >the battery tray is rocking. > >To solve the problem, I sandwiched a tiny piece of paper >between the edge of housing and the edge of battery tray, it >stops rocking and work fine. The green light has now stop >flashing. > Hello , i have the same problem but i cant understand where to put the papper, if is easy for you or for someone else to upload a photo please to see exactly where to put the papper ,thank you