Review of Real vs. Fake D800 Grip
FStoppers has published a good review comparing the real Nikon MBD12 grip to a knockoff version costing just $100. They make several good suggestions and have some comments that are useful in evaluating knock-off grips in general. The punchline is they recommend the low cost knock off over the real version from a value perspective, but you can tell a difference in workmanship and quality.
One worry I would have that is not mentioned is the ability to use an L-bracket with the fake grip since the shape is different from the real grip. My guess is the grip will work with an L-Bracket that has a slot for the screw that attaches it to the camera so it can be adjusted to the side if needed.
Here is a link to the Pixel version on Amazon:
Note that there is one review of the fake grip at Amazon. It is available from a couple of different sellers. The one review rated the grip high - but it had a faulty shutter release and AF button and is being replaced. The FStoppers review did not have much of a field test, so durability is unknown.
I have the real grip. Other than price, there are no issues and it works as it should.
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#1. "RE: Review of Real vs. Fake D800 Grip" | In response to Reply # 0aztwang Nikonian since 17th Dec 2009Sat 21-Jul-12 12:51 AM
My Pixel came in 2 days ago. Fit is good. Quality seems to be up to par and tight. Operation
is great, no issues. Exterior is a perfect match. I have a RRS L plate that I bought used from a guy in Japan. It should be here middle of next week. I'll update on compatability and fit.
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