Third party grip for D300?

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Re: Third party grip for D300?
In reply to Richy6771, Jul 14, 2013

Richy6771 wrote:

Thanks to all for your invaluable input. I'm sorry I opened a can of worms.

No can of worms at all.  This all has helped me out a lot and given me a chance to warn some about the practices of at least one Ebay seller.

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Re: Third party grip for D300?
In reply to NickRno77, Jul 20, 2013

NickRno77 wrote:

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Yeah, today, I received one of these 3rd party (totally no-name) battery grips from an Ebay store. See the link below:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/120978219063?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

There are a few problems with this product and some good points as well:

  1. The Ad says it comes with one AA holder, one EN-EL3 holder, and one EN-EL4 holder. The package did not include the EN-EL4 holder. Figures, that is the one I really need. So not I have to send it back to China.
  2. The overall construction seems OK. It is now as strongly built as the Nikon grip for my D200. There is a noticeable difference in build quality, as you might expect. It is not as if the thing will fall apart, but there is a difference.
  3. There is no weather seal around the opening to the battery compartment. On the other hand, I am not sure that my Genuine Nikon for the D200 has a weather seal. I need to check on that.
  4. The rubberized material on the grip looks and feels identical to that on the D300 itself.
  5. The lock lever on the vertical grip feels flimsy and not attached very well. I feel that one slight pump and that lever is gone, never to be seen again.
  6. The wheels on the grip have a nice positive feel. If only the lock lever where that well built.
  7. Here is the big one... The mount to the camera seems very flimsy. I fear tightening it too much for fear of stripping cheap metal gears. When it is tightened, there is lots of play in the tightening wheel. Some of this is also evident in my genuine Nikon grip for my D200.

Would I buy another one... Not a chance. Failing to include the EN-EL4 battery holder was the kiss of death for me and shows poor attention to detail. I hate to say this, because I am the frugal Photographer, but spend a little more and buy a better unit. However, not as much as the Guanine Nikon grips. That is simply too much.

So, the question begs answering, how do you tell a cheap fall apart grip from the strong one? Not a clue. Maybe someone else can answer that question. Because, it looks like I am in the market for another grip.

Comment about this Ebay seller:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120978219063?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

I reported that the item shown and described in their Ebay ad is not the item shipped to my home. The ad shows 4 items:

  • The grip
  • AA battery tray
  • EN-EL3 battery holder
  • EN-EL4 battery holder (described as "one Li-ion" holder)

In an email from the seller they said the product did not come with an EN-EL4 battery holder. Yes, believe it! So not only is their ad deceptive, but the seller flat out lies about what he is selling relative to what is being shown and described on his website.

I asked for a refund. We'll see where that goes. In the meantime, I am buying a genuine Nikon Battery grip. Lesson learned.

Looking at the item it doesn't say anything about a BL3 being included although it does show a photo of one. Did you ask him to send you the missing BL3 or did you just give him negative feed back? Most ebay sellers would have given you a refund for the BL3 or sent you the BL3 rather than getting bad feed back.

I've just ordered this one:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330894690736?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

it states it comes with a BL3, now I'm worried because it doesn't say anything about a EN-EL3 holder being included. Oopsss

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Have you received your grip yet?

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In reply to Gpruitt54, Jul 21, 2013

Hi, yes I received it this morning, very quick delivery considering it came from HK and ordinary post.

It's not a Meike but looks ok and feels good. It's came with AA and EN-EL3 holders. Also BL-3. I've tested with the AA holder which works great. 7fps! Also tested with no batteries installed in grip which was ok as well.

Haven't done any more testing. £22 Don't think you can go wrong with this for the price.

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In reply to NickRno77, Jul 21, 2013

NickRno77 wrote:

Hi, yes I received it this morning, very quick delivery considering it came from HK and ordinary post.

It's not a Meike but looks ok and feels good. It's came with AA and EN-EL3 holders. Also BL-3. I've tested with the AA holder which works great. 7fps! Also tested with no batteries installed in grip which was ok as well.

Haven't done any more testing. £22 Don't think you can go wrong with this for the price.

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Hi Nick,

Thanks my friend. I just placed an order of my own.

I managed to get a refund from the company who provided the grip that arrived without the BL-3.

I would advise everyone to steer clear of the eBay vendor I bough from.  Their ad is a fraud.  They simply post an image of a product they do not have for sale.  I had to force the matter with eBay, who forced the vendor to provide the refund.

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Re: Third party grip for D300?
In reply to NickRno77, Jul 21, 2013

Nick, what is the name on the grip you received and where did you order it? Thanks in advance for your help.

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In reply to Richy6771, Jul 21, 2013

Richy6771 wrote:

Nick, what is the name on the grip you received and where did you order it? Thanks in advance for your help.

It doesn't have a name on the box, just says Battery Grip. Whe I get some time I'll post some photos of the complete package. I purchased grip from http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330894690736?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

although it says contains:-

Contains:

Battery Grip for Nikon D300 D700 x1

Battery Holder for 8 AA batteries x1

Battery Cover for Nikon BL-3 x1

it did come with a EN-EL3e holder, I don't think they sent the holder by mistake?

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