I'm almost ready to buy the genuine Nikon MB-D12 after reading many, many reviews here and elsewhere about off brand MB-D12's. I'm going to buy a Nikon. I'm having trouble deciding what battery or batteries to get. I only have the battery that came with the camera. Should I get a second EN-EL15 or buy 8 Eneloop batteries? What benefit does each battery type offer? What are you using?
MB-D12. Go for it, it improves the ergonomic greatly. The Batteries. This decision I took last week and I know that I will never regret it.
The EN-EL15 is Mickey Mouse stuff. Granted. The proposed EN-EL18 is a far better choice until you look at the price: $220,00. But things are getting worse when you have a look at the price of the charger: $458,96. Well, all is not too bad; you may buy the compartment cover BL-5 for $33,50.
Guess what, I am using Eneloop batteries in all my SB-900's and I started using them in my new 800E. Good, very good decision! You may buy an other EN-EL15, but then, you will have 2 Mickey "Mice" onboard!
The whole problem here is CAPACITY! The EN-EL15 is too weak. And getting a second one will not make you twice weaker but twice unsatisfied. 1. No greater capacity and 2. poorer. For better power to cost ratio, go Eneloop.
I don't mind paying where it is necessary but I feel that sometimes some are pulling too hard on the rope…
Wed 24-Apr-13 12:10 AM | edited Wed 24-Apr-13 02:42 AM by KnightPhoto
Since I already have two EN-EL18 and the charger, I'll end up going that way someday (but if I didn't already have the EL-EL18 yowzer on the price per Kodiak Photo above!). But I'm waiting for the D400 to come out before I get my MB-D12 (could be a long wait ).
Further to my earlier post, how much difference does the EN-EL18 make over the EN-EL15, as the only spec difference that I can see between the two is the EN-EL15 is 1900mah and the EN-EL18 is 2000mah. Hardly a massive increase in spec. Is this so called upgrade to shooting life smoke and mirrors or snake oil. Tick whichever is applicable!
Still not convinced of the value of the battery. It seems that the only benefit is in constant shooting where you gain duration, but not if you like to keep a battery in the camera for a few shots here and there.