Third party grip for D300?

Started Jul 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
Gpruitt54 Forum Member • Posts: 85
Re: Third party grip for D300?

Gpruitt54 wrote:

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

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:

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.

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