Sat 07-Apr-12 08:35 PM | edited Sat 07-Apr-12 10:32 PM by lautry
Just got my new battery grip for the D7000. I have one en-el15 battery in the camera and one in the grip. As far as charging the battery in the camera, will I have to constantly take the grip on and off to charge the battery in the camera? That seems to be a lot of wear and tear on the male and female contact strip. I didn't come across anything in the manual regarding battery charge via USB cable. What procedures do my fellow Nikonians employ? Thanks - Larry
The only time my battery in the camera gets used is if the one in the grip get's exhausted and I don't notice and thus don't replace it. I don't think I've had the battery in the camera out more than a couple times in nearly a year of ownership.
I don't charge the battery in camera. I use the supplied charger. I also rotate the batteries, so the usage is even. The batteries last so long that I do not worry about wearing the contacts. I might charge once every couple of weeks or as needed, at least for now. I am not a prolific shooter. I tend to shoot when the mood strikes me.
Sat 07-Apr-12 09:19 PM | edited Sat 07-Apr-12 09:20 PM by gbowen
I checked the manual, page 21, and the only method is with the MH-25 charger which is supplied with the camera. There is a method to AC power the camera, but that is with an EP-5B connector and an EH-5a adapter, which is on pages 280 and 282. As you can see, the battery is replaced with the power connector.
So, no, you cannot charge via the USB. Would be a nice touch.
I think your fears over the delicacy of the grip contacts are groundless. Still, you could go to menu item d14 and select the grip battery as the one to be used first, thus leaving the one in the camera as a reserve. As the grip battery gets low, simply charge it up before your next shoot. Then, perhaps every month or two, rotate the batteries if you wish keep their usage approximately the same.
I have just purchased a second hand grip MB-D11 for my D7000 and unfortunately, I have disconnection’s issues... because, I suppose, a problem of wear and tear .. I think that the system is pretty weak, because there is just one screw to fix the grip on the camera, on one side, and nothing on the other side, just the connector..and the contacts are so tiny..
When you hold the camera only by the grip, for portraiture for instance, you can feel a very small looseness between the camera and the grip.
My grip is still warranted for one month, so last week, I sent it to Nikon and I am waiting for their answer. Fabien.