Alternative to Nikon MB-d12 - Got One!

Started Jul 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
Hawaii-geek Veteran Member • Posts: 8,066
Fstoppers review

Aloha Michel,

I have been trying to search the web for any "real" info on this GRIP , it almost sounds too good to be true.
But, someone was thinking when they designed it.

Thoughtful enough to maybe put the quality into it. The margin is probably there , being that the Menke one is dropping to almost us$50. and will probably get below that. (and FREE ship lol)

need to hear from someone that actually has one.
But, the Fstoppers review is KEY.

They will be able to beat the hell out of it in a short time ... and really give it a test. imho.

I can wait, still have my D700 with grip and D3 batterys, and D3 charger.
It's still so reliable it's scary.
That is why I bought the D800 faster than I normally would on a NEW product.
the D700 gave me a false sence of confidence.


M Lammerse wrote:
Hi HG,

Thanks for the info.
Might be I sound (too) negative about third-party accessory like grips.
3 batteries and able to use the el18 battery as well sounds great.

I just wonder where the compromises are made in relation to the price of the original one (excluding the Nikon marketing)
Looking at this one with great interest too, especially the testing
Hope that Fstoppers gets it soon.


Hawaii-geek wrote:

Aloha Michel,

From what I have been told, and what I read ... But, I cannot find anyone that "actually" has one yet.

Fstoppers ordered one. But it seems that this grip is not shipping till the end of the month???

And someone must know "something" because the other one Menke , it's price is dropping from the already lowest price.
That , has got to be some kind of clue.

LOL, I have more questions than answers too.

But, from what I know , without someone with an actual one in there hands.

YES, it will hold three(3) EL15 Total

YES, it does the EL18 ... now if it does it complete , with no additional purchase. This will be a no brainer buy

Users of a D300 version from this vendor seem to swear by it. and say the Quality is very good. (the very part is interesting)

I am SUPER curious to find out too how it tells you the juice levels on the two EL15's in the GRIP.
And it is does 6fps. (key for me)

But, YES ... for me the Three(3) EL15 on a D800 ... BIG FEATURE !
Something you do NOT get with the Nikon GRIP.

It lets me carry just one battery charger. For some that seems like nothing. For me that is HUGE. I know , because I do it now.

Can't even carry a Charger in my carry on anymore. Just my total weight on batterys and chargers (triggers and back ups) is like a D800 and 70-200.

Now, if the D600 uses the same EL15 ... and does 8fps ... that's going to be my sports body. The 5D MkIII killer lol

Looks like I am going to be seeing more and more 5D MkIII next to me on sports shoots. (5D's are non-exsistant right now, at sports events I shoot)

I already see for Canon SURF photogs , the MKIII was a No-Brainer Upgrade ... they bought it on the First shipment.


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