Mon 14-May-12 01:08 PM | edited Tue 15-May-12 08:36 AM by klrbee25
So I coughed up the $440 for the MB-D12 deciding I still like using AA batteries and the ergonomics. After unpacking the grip, removing the battery from within the camera, and attaching the grip (with AAs or the EN-EL15 in it), the camera gives a low battery warning and then dies. Won't turn on. All the AAs are charged, inserted properly, and the EN-EL15 has a good charge as well.
So I take the grip off, reinsert the EN-EL15 inside the camera battery bay, and then reattach the grip. Now the camera turns on, reads the grip, and will register the charge of AA batteries within the grip.
And for those who are curious, we apparently still can't get a shutter button and D-pad that have the same tactile response as the one on the camera when we're paying $440. This really annoys me.
UPDATE: I kept messing with it, changed the grip battery type to AA Ni-MH and now it works without a battery inside. The EN-EL15 in grip alone now works too. So strange...it's not like the connection was bad (fully seats when screwing the grip on). Not sure what the issue was.
Don't feel bad. Mine did the something the first time. It was when camera was brand new and my one and only el-15 was on the charger. I think I just did have one of the batteries snapped in well. A little tinkering and all was fine.
I have mixed views on the grip. It id much better and of more robust construction compared to the grip for the D7000.
With two batteries - one in the camera and one in teh grip - it lasts forever. I was at 61% of my battery after 700 images wiht a long lens and lots of chimping and AF without shots. I agree with the comment about the multi selector - I don't understand why the multi selector on the grip is different from the camera in terms of feel. All in all, I like the grip and will keep it.
I'm keeping mine too since functionality still trumps minor aesthetics. But sometimes those minor aesthetics are what separates a product or company apart from the rest. Look at Apple and Audi. Apple and their product innovations speak for themselves. By fine-tuning the aesthetics, Apple product owners don't just 'like' their products. They love them. Audi is the industry leader in interiors. One little part of this that embodies the mentality is that they choose buttons for their interiors that all have the same tactile quality. Every single one.
Nikon has much to learn from these guys when it comes to the aesthetics of their products. I'm a big Nikon fan, but this is an area where they need work.