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Glad I got the Nikon MB-D11 Grip


Phoenix, US
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DeanAZ Gold Member Expert nature photographer Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007
Tue 27-Nov-12 10:40 PM

I had been doing some time lapse sequences on my trip this year to the Glen Canyon and I had it set up down by the river during the afternoon as the clouds were spectacular. A whirlwind whipped through and tilted over my camera. The rocks took out the lens hood, broke the filter ring and the focus ring is now locked up at infinity. There's a chip in the glass, too. I had it taking a shot every 10 seconds and after about 30 minutes I noticed the tripod was no longer standing. I'm so glad that the camera did not fall into the river. Later I realized my battery in the grip was not being utilized. but the shutter and AE AF buttons worked correctly. I thought the grip was a casualty now as well.

Since it's out of warranty I decided to do some open heart surgery and see what I could find. After some poking around and testing I saw that the two contacts on either side of the connector were not getting pushed in all the way when the grip was attached even though I had it tightened down all the way. I saw then that the plate where the locking wheel drives the screw into the camera body tripod socket had been bent during the fall. I took it apart and flattened it back out, reassembled and now it works as good as new.

I'm sure if I had the plastic version something would have snapped from the force of the fall but with the metal version I was able to do some quick repair work and get back to shooting.

I know it is not quite as stable with the grip attached when on a tripod but I needed the extra battery capacity for some of the long night shot sequences.

Here is the time lapse movie from the incident.

Phoenix, Arizona USA

Time-Lapse: Vimeo-Dean Andersen