Thu 21-Jun-12 05:02 AM | edited Thu 21-Jun-12 05:09 AM by km6xz
Thanks for the post. I am using the Mieke made grip on my D7000 and quite happy with it. This one is at a welcome price point but the text is confusing regarding the battery. It say to not charge the battery with the original charger. But the kit does not include a battery original or otherwise. Possibly they misstated the charging for the 6 AA cell carrier is not permitted. The rest of the warning would make sense then, about the info display not showing battery charge state when using the AA batteries. Being able to use two En-EL15's would sure be handy for the higher current drain of the D800. My D7000 barely indicates below 100% on a batter after 1000 shots. I'll be anxious to see how this one works and will probably buy one if it is as good as the version for the D7000.
Well, yes that is a good reason.....but it is also because of this being an exciting, fun city....which is saying something because I am not normally a city person. And the most beautiful ladies I have found anywhere in my vast travels:>) Nay, that couldn't be....
I have lived here for a bit over 8 years. The reason I visited the first time in 1976 was due to ham radio. When I was 10, some of the first foreign hams I talked with were students at the radio institute in Moscow and I was fascinated ever since seeing the colorful QSL cards that sent that were so different than the images of the late 1950s Soviet Union we all grew up with. Radio really is what started me traveling, whenever I had the spare time and a few dollars, 86 countries. Shot for years with my trusty Canon A1 in most of those countries. Boy, if the d800 was around then..... Stan St Petersburg Russia
Grips for older Nikons slid into the battery chamber to make their connection. The battery chamber door had to be removed to insert the grip. The description is way out of date.
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Fri 22-Jun-12 11:16 AM | edited Fri 22-Jun-12 11:19 AM by km6xz
The first one just has a awkwardly worded description but it surely is the same one for all the ads since they appeared all at the same time and from resellers or rebranders. Surely they all have the same switch and battery compliment. Wait a few days for more sellers to start posting better photos and descriptions. They look very similar to the D7000 grip with the same switches and multi-selector that was selling for $50. There will be lots of discussions as there was with the real versus 3rd party threads on the D7000 forum. When the difference was $100 personal preference would be the main deciding factor. But when there is a $500 difference....hummm. I have a D90 with a grip that has been through hell and looks great, performs exactly as I need. That one was Zeikos branded. I got a D7000 later and bought a Meike on Amazon and it was just as good but some people bought them and broke their battery release tab. So apparently it was weak point. I do not break things as a rule, gear works for me a long time but I see I treat mechanical or electronic systems pretty gently, even when racing did not break cars(did not win that many either however), never broke a tool despite working them hard. A flash failed on me, a SB900 but I was able to replace the shorted SMD cap very quickly, 30 minutes, but I did not "break it". So, if the mostly metal unit from Nikon is best for you the question can be answered if accidents happen to your gear when using them? The Nikon grip for the D7000 was 1/2 plastic but none complained that they broke, few realized they were plastic. Me...I am going to get the clone and pocket the difference for another flash. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I've been enjoying carrying and using my D800e instead of my D3s due to its smaller and lighter package. I'm not at all concerned about battery life; carrying a second battery is both backup and extended range.
There will be times I miss the vertical grip, though, and for those occasions a third-party grip should work just fine. And I'm sure I can find something else to spend the saved $500 on…
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My biggest problem was that in vertical position my arm would get tired faster than if I was using 5D2 or 7D. But with the grip I am just fine. I guess D800 is top heavy somehow so in vertical position it twists my arm. I might be wrong though. In horizontal position D800 is comfortable with grip or without.
Quote>I've been enjoying carrying and using my D800e instead of my >D3s due to its smaller and lighter package. I'm not at all >concerned about battery life; carrying a second battery is >both backup and extended range. >Jon Kandel<Quote<<<
If I shot Vertically, I would have gotten a D4 instead of the D800. It is much better than using a grip. Now if a 3rd Party came out with a Grip with more features for under $400 that might change my mind.
I too bought the D800 for smaller size and weight, that is why I am already first on my suppliers list for a D600
Got the Meike MK-D800S grip (same one as the OP link). Ordered June 26th, received July 5th or 6th (can't remember which day it was)
It does work with AA NiMH rechargeables (remember to change the MB-D12 battery type to Ni-MH in menu d11)
Overall it seems to be pretty decent. I haven't handled a genuine MB-D12, so I can't do a direct comparison, but comparing it to my MB-D10, the Meike grip feels a little lighter, slightly more "plasticky" and a bit less solid than the MB-D10. (tho not less solid than the Nikon MB-D200) Visually the plastic on the Meike looks very similar to the MB-D10 (and MB-D200), so it matches the D800 quite well.
Other minor differences (Meike vs MB-D10)
The control dials are just hard plastic, and not rubber-covered as on the MB-D10 (and MB-D200). Also the rear dial doesn't stick out as far on the Meike (note the rounded bump above the rear dial on the Nikon grips)
The shutter button on the Meike has a tactile click when depressed fully (the click separates the half-press and full-press). The MB-D10/MB-D200 doesn't.
the directional controller on the Meike is definitely easier to use than the one on the MB-D10 -- but the MB-D12 one looks to be more like the Meike one than the MB-D10 one as well
Overall, I think I'll be quite satisfied with the Meike grip when I need to use it. Reality is that I didn't use the MB-D10 all that often on my D300+D700 -- basically only when I knew I was going to be doing a lot of shooting in portrait orientation (or when I needed more fps) -- so the US$400+ price tag on the Nikon MB-D12 was definitely more than I wanted to spend on a grip that doesn't really offer much more than a vertical grip + ability to use AA rechargeables. The $89 Meike definitely fits the bill -- especially as it is less than 1/4 of the price of the Nikon one.
Anyway, hope this helps anyone who is considering the Meike (instead of shelling out for the Nikon MB-D12)