Sat 30-Nov-13 11:56 AM | edited Sat 30-Nov-13 11:56 AM by ericbowles
It really depends on how much you use the grip. For occasional use, the Zeikos is a good option. For regular or frequent use, the quality of the Nikon grip would make a difference.
You don't get a grip $180 cheaper without compromises in design and workmanship. I don't have the Zeikos - I have the Nikon.
The typical questions on 3rd party grips are around tolerances and fit. Will the battery fit properly? Can you use it with L-brackets and fitted plates? There were some fit issues with some 3rd party models - and reasonable workarounds.
The normal deficiency of third party grips is the way they hold up over time. With heavy use, the controls may get sloppy. The attachment wheel may fail. And some controls may fail. My guess is you are looking at less than half the life of a Nikon grip - but with low use that makes little difference.
I have the Pixel grip on my 600 and it works fine. Build quality is good. It's my first aftermarket grip. Had a Nikon grip on my D100 for 8 years, and have one on my D7000 that has been problematic, so thought I'd try an aftermarket model this time around. No regrets so far.
Not sure about this one but one aftermarket grip had battery drain issues, one had reversed dial operation, and a common thing that I heard about the aftermakret grips are flex and I would think twice if you're going to use the tripod socket with a heavy lens since its not made of magnesium like the Nikon. For the price I would definitely go with an aftermarket grip, the question is which one.
Hello I have the zeikos grip with my D610. It's plastic and not 1/2 Mag. alloy as the original nikon grip so how it holds will not be the same in the long run. I have no problems whatsoever with the controls, they work fine, shutter, command dials, ae-af lock button, everything works as intended. The grip connects to the camera fine, the connection is firm but you see some gaps here and there. Don't know if this gaps appears while using the original one as i don't own one, but haven't got any disconnect error or anything. The plastic build quality is very well made, compared to an original nikon mb-d80 i own, wich is plastic too, is pretty much the same. The only complain is the fit of the rubber grip parts, in my copy of the grip you can see glue and raised edges here and there. My only fear with it is the tendency of nikon to render 3rd party accessories useless with firmware updates, as they did with aftermarket battery packs. Lets hope this doesn't happen with the grip.
Yes tripod mounting stresses the camera to grip connection. As there is a little play in the connection on aftermarket grips this could be a issue in the future. What i really like is the balance you get with bigger lenses like a 70-200 2.8.
I mentioned earlier that I have the D700 version and like it as a product, but for some reason, I've quit using it. I've also hesitated buying one for either my D800e or my D600.
For one thing, the battery life is pretty darn good in these cameras and the batteries are pretty small. I'm using a Black Rapid strap a lot of the time, so the grip isn't as big an issue. It's just an easy way to lose a few pounds from my rig...
For me, I'll wait until I see a screaming deal on the Nikon.
I've always been afraid of using my 3rd party grip on the D610, but luckily it has served me well without any issue. I'll probably end up buying the original nikon one just for the peace of mind, but like TonyJ, i'll wait for a deal to buy it. TonyJ please share with us any deal for a MB-D14 if you find one. Any info will be GREATLY appreciated
>I've always been afraid of using my 3rd party grip on the >D610, but luckily it has served me well without any issue. >I'll probably end up buying the original nikon one just for >the peace of mind, but like TonyJ, i'll wait for a deal to buy >it. >TonyJ please share with us any deal for a MB-D14 if you find >one. >Any info will be GREATLY appreciated
Were you afraid to use one because it would mess up the electronics on your camera or that it might break on you?
I decided to get a Meike for a ridiculous price of $31 and it works well. Since I use a carryspeed strap I use a safety strap connected to the left lug for insurance. In case the carryspeed ball connector gives or the grip.
My biggest fear is a gears/locking mechanism failure on the grip, that I've seen in other posts over the internet. The zeikos i got was so cheap that i wouldn't mind tearing it up, it's plastic anyway so it should be easily done. The biggest concern is that it could render the camera useless at that moment and important shots will be lost. I use mine with a sling type BlackRapid Knock Off i got from amazon, i upgraded the snap hook system with a heavy duty snap hook carabiner and a double D eye swivel supposedly capable of holding up to a 100 pounds of weight, on top of that i sometimes use a similar insurance configuration.
>My biggest fear is a gears/locking mechanism failure on the >grip, that I've seen in other posts over the internet. The >zeikos i got was so cheap that i wouldn't mind tearing it up, >it's plastic anyway so it should be easily done. The biggest >concern is that it could render the camera useless at that >moment and important shots will be lost. >I use mine with a sling type BlackRapid Knock Off i got from >amazon, i upgraded the snap hook system with a heavy duty snap >hook carabiner and a double D eye swivel supposedly capable of >holding up to a 100 pounds of weight, on top of that i >sometimes use a similar insurance configuration.
Yes I've seen posts about the locking mechanism getting stuck but its not limited to 3rd party grips. I think there was at least one instance when an OEM Canon grip got stuck and he had to send in his gear to Canon service to get it off. Ok I know its a Canon and not a Nikon.