I have my D800E and have a Meike battery grip. Well I just noticed in the last day or so that the green light would come on on the back of the camera randomly even though the camera has been turned off already for a few minutes or longer..... Now if I use the shutter lock, I think it resolves the issue, not sure as I haven't left it locked much. Also die to this concern, I've noticed the battery in the grip (Nikon battery) was fully charged about two days ago and now is at 37% with only 211 pics taken on it.... I'm thinking the grip's electronics are failing and I'm now thinking about just biting the bullet and buying the Nikon MB-D12 Grip.
Anyways, my question is now that some of you have had grips for awhile (Nikon and any other brand), have any of you had issues like this??? I seen the post awhile back where the internal gears stripped out on one of these Meike grips, but I haven't had any issues there... yet. Anyways does the Nikon version's buttons feel the same as the ones on the D800(E) body??? Thx for any input guys/gals...
Well I can't return it as I ordered when they first came out so mine came from China or somewhere like that.... I can't remember. However I've gotten too used to having the grip on my camera so just ordered the Nikon Grip from Amazon.... Like you said, it's a $3,300 camera not a $600 one.... might as well get the good stuff.... Thx
Check the other thread on grips. I have a similar issue with a no name brand as well. I've now taken it off the camera and will be returning it.
I think it is safe to assume that the failure rate for these cheap units will be fairly high. Having said that, I am not dismissing third party grips completely. If there is a good quality one out there then I will look at it.
I don't subscribe to "buy Nikon or nothing", as it is clear that they aren't perfect either, and I find $350+ for a grip just a little hard to digest.
Wed 09-Jan-13 06:34 AM | edited Wed 09-Jan-13 06:35 AM by icslowmo
I would agree but I kind of said whatever and just ordered the Nikon one even though I do agree it is over priced... The Meike buttons also don't feel like they'll last now that I've used it for a bit so that's another reason just to get the Nikon.... I'll see, if it's not that much of an improvement, I can always send the Nikon one back and get the Phottix one....
Here is the other one that was just released that looked good but for $200, that's a bit much to me for an "aftermarket" grip:
Yep, that is the one that I'm trying to find more info on. Seems as though most distributors are not aware of it, perhaps because its new. I've emailed Phottix direct for more info. I would pay $200 if what they claim about alloy build is true.
Besides what has been mentioned, my concern is whether the RRS L plate will work with the new Photixx Magnesium grip. I haven't been able to get answer from Photixx as to whether their pack is same size/openings as original Nikon. It won't work if I have to unscrew everytime I need to change batteries.
There is another thread (looking for a compatible grip) that currently is only two down from this one. It has several comments and recommendations. As I said in that one:
"I recently purchased the Pixel grip ($99) based on Stan's comments. I have to say that it is near perfect - fits just a well as Nikon grips that I've had on previous cameras. Looks great and the feel is just what I needed for portrait and vertical shooting. Thanks Stan..."
Several weeks later - I'm still very happy with it...
I have the Pixel grip on my D800. On my D7K I have the Nikon grip. This may sound like blasphemy, but I have to say that Pixel grip actually feels a little better in-hand than the Nikon grip--the rubber on the Pixel feels a little heavier. So far I have been pleased with the Pixel grip and like its sturdiness. However, I do have one big complaint, and that is that neither the RRS or Kirk L-Plates on this grip allow you to open the battery door when using this grip. The Pixel is sized just enough differently from the Nikon to make that impossible.
I have the Meike one and been using it for approx 6 months nil issues so far however I'd like to attach a shoulder strap such as an RS but uncertain if it will cope or not. Anyone using something similar? Also anyone know if these aftermarket grips we can use the EN-EL18 battery with the appropriate holder?