Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

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Joerf3 Forum Member • Posts: 96
Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

I just received my MK-D300 battery grip that I order from Link Delight off of eBay and I have to say I'm very, very pleased with the quality of this item.

I was ready to purchase the Nikon MB-D10 Battery Grip off of Amazon for $250. I then checked though out these forums and found a lot of favorable reviews for the MK-D300 offered by Link Delight. I figured I'd roll the dice and give it a try, with very low expectations I might add.

I placed my bid and won the item for $82.99 which included shipping! That's a $167+ I saved over the Nikon brand.

I have to say, I am a Nikon snob and will typically buy the Nikon brand but for the huge price savings, I figured I'd give the off brand a try.

After putting the new grip through it's paces, I can't find anything negative about it. I was expecting a flimsy, cheap plastic knock-off but this thing is solidly built. I especially love the shutter release button for shooting portrait/vertical shots. This thing is great!

And no, I'm not affiliated with the manufacturer of this item or Link Delight. I just wanted to let anyone else who may be considering this brand that they'll be happy with the quality.

Joe

Taron Clarke New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...
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Gotta agree Ive had my battery grip clone for three weeks now and I have no problems whatsoever. For the saving's its hard to go past.

Thpmas Quinn Regular Member • Posts: 134
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

can I use EL3 batteries or just AA?

Ronald Ran Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

Here is a good article on the use of different batteries and the number of shots using each. The best bang for buck I think is AA especially if you already have a charger and use NIMH batteries.

I found a good article at http://www.dentonimages.com/page.php?id=art092508

on using the EN-Ele battery, AA Nimh batteries or the En-El4 battery with the MB-D10 battery grip.

A good place for batteries is:--

For batteries & chargers see http://www.thomas-distributing.com

Nikon D300

OP Joerf3 Forum Member • Posts: 96
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

You have the following choices of batteries to use...

1) EL3
2) AA batteries
3) EL4

I already had a spare EL3 for my D300 which I popped right in.

Joe

quicklook2 Contributing Member • Posts: 978
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

i have the same grip from them and no problems at all.

QL2
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Kim Letkeman
Kim Letkeman Forum Pro • Posts: 33,424
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

Ronald Ran wrote:

Here is a good article on the use of different batteries and the
number of shots using each. The best bang for buck I think is AA
especially if you already have a charger and use NIMH batteries.

I found a good article at
http://www.dentonimages.com/page.php?id=art092508
on using the EN-Ele battery, AA Nimh batteries or the En-El4 battery
with the MB-D10 battery grip.

Great article. Thanks!

A good place for batteries is:--

For batteries & chargers see http://www.thomas-distributing.com

And for those needing a really good charger, the one that's always on sale works extremely well, charging 8 batteries individually with full status on each cell. I've been really impressed with this thing.

http://www.thomas-distributing.com/maha-mh-c800s-battery-charger.htm

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bob elkind Veteran Member • Posts: 5,815
A better deal on the MH-C800S charger, batteries

Kim Letkeman wrote:
...

A good place for batteries is:--
For batteries & chargers see http://www.thomas-distributing.com

And for those needing a really good charger, the one that's always on
sale works extremely well, charging 8 batteries individually with
full status on each cell. I've been really impressed with this thing.

http://www.thomas-distributing.com/maha-mh-c800s-battery-charger.htm

The cost of the charger is about $57, plus almost $9 for shipping. You can find the same charger for $55 with free shipping from multiple vendors on eBay.

I've bought lots of batteries from Thomas Distributing, there is a particularly good deal on that site for Kodak and NexCell branded low-self-discharge AA NiMh batteries (equivalent to Sanyo Eneloops, only considerably cheaper).

This thread touches on the lower cost of AA rechargeables compared to the EN-EL4 solution in the MB-D10 grip, and it looks like all the MB-D10 power solutions will work with (and fit) the MeiKi MK D300 3rd party grip as well. The Phottix Kosmo battery solution is also worthy of consideration. For $55, shipped, it offers the features of the EN-EL4a/BL-3/MH-21 solution for a cost that is (arguably) comparable to the AA option. I don't have one of these, but there are several threads on this forum with positive user reports on this item.
See http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200328590868 .

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Ronald Ran Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Pottix Kosmos & Low Discharge AA Test

Thanks to Kim for mentioning the Pottix Kosmo alternative to using the Nikon En/El4 battery. When I bught my battery grip from Links Delight I did not see this offered at the time but do not think I would have changed as exolained below.

Use of a Nikon El/El4 battery or equivalent was expensive not just because of the battery cost but the need to buy a new & separate charger. Even using aLink Delight battery grip would between charger & battery at the low ebd run about $150-$200.

The Pottix Kosmo appears to have reduced the price to about $55. However the battery and the charger are not individual pieces but are one piece. Thus if one wanted to carry a spare battery for the grip they would need another complete unit. This might be a space problem.

The reason I chose AA batteries are several: Most flash units use AA batteries, thus I would carrying extra AA batteries &if on a trip a charger. Batteries without shipping charges run no more then $2.50 each. A spare set for the battery grip would be $24 versus $55 for the Kosmo. I already owned a Maha C401 charger (pd about $50) and recently bought a Maha C201 4 battery charger for $16 so I can charge 8 at a time if I needed. Finally, I own a lot of rechargeable AA batteries. I use these batteries in radios, small lanters & flashlights if we loose our lights. P.S. I have a stand alone battery jumper unit in each car. Each has a 12V outlet- in a pinch I can charge my cell phone or use my AA battery charger using the 12V adapter cable.

I couldn't find anything on the Nexell low discharge but did find Kodak low discharge appear to rate very high. I thing the $7.97 for 4 is an introductery price.

A good article on test of a few low discharge batteries including use with a Nikon SB-800 flash can be found at http://servaas.com.au/blog/ The imedionsby Maha rate very high and sell for about $9.97 for 4 and rate abut 30% higher then Eneloop by Sanyo. I use these and are very happy with them.

Ronald
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DigitalJeff Contributing Member • Posts: 609
Re: Battery Grip for Nikon D300 purchased...

I bought the same grip and am pretty pleased as well.
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bob elkind Veteran Member • Posts: 5,815
Re: Pottix Kosmos & Low Discharge AA Test

Ronald Ran wrote:

Thanks to Kim for mentioning the Pottix Kosmo alternative to using
the Nikon En/El4 battery.

My name is not Kim . Kim is the cute one, I'm the scruffy one!

...

Use of a Nikon EN_EL4 battery or equivalent was expensive not just
because of the battery cost but the need to buy a new & separate
charger. Even using a Link Delight battery grip would between charger
& [EN-EL4] battery at the low end run about $150-$200.

The Phottix Kosmo appears to have reduced the price to about $55.
However the battery and the charger are not individual pieces but are
one piece. Thus if one wanted to carry a spare battery for the grip
they would need another complete unit. This might be a space problem.

Two of the Kosmo batteries with one of the (included) Kosmo chargers
should be no more space (and possibly less) than two EN-EL4 batteries
with a (somewhat large) MH-21 charger.

...

A good article on test of a few low discharge batteries including use
with a Nikon SB-800 flash can be found at http://servaas.com.au/blog/

Very interesting test, thanks for posting this link. Here's the summary:

1st column is freshly charged, 2nd column is for 3 weeks after full charge
Powerex 2700mAh = 266 flashes - - - 250 flashes
Energizer 2500mAh = 242 flashes - - - 211 flashes
IMEDION 2100mAh = 218 flashes - - - 208 flashes
eneloop 2000mAh = 204 flashes - - - 191 flashes

Here is the link for the original test results post:

http://dslrusers.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=31955&p=365562&hilit=rechargeable+batteries#p365562

And here is a link to a dpreview thread of AA NiMh test results: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1023&message=29564509

Ronald

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Ronald Ran Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Imedion & Powerex are they the best?

Bob:

Thanks for the other test results. It was nice too see the Maha Imedion low discharge batteries (one's I use) were rated #1. Kodak was very close. While in the test of 2700 Nihm batteries the Maha Powerex came out on top even after 3 months. In this test Powerex was about 20% better then Kodak.

The test of both the low discharge & regular 2700 Mah in a Nikon Sb-800 indicates althought the low discharge batteries has a lower rate of discharge in the perior tested the 2700 Mah althought a little higher discharge rate still has considerable charge left after 3 months. Part of this might be attributable to the low discharge being 2000-2100 Mah to start compared to the regular Nihm being 2700 Mah. I "think" the disparity would be greater after 6 months but no tests done.

The above brings to point the dpreview test and the issue raised in comments about the test as to whether if there is only a 5% difference is the purchase of low discharge worth the money. When the dpreview test was done both types of batteries sold for about $5 each when today $2.50-$3 is an avergae price.

It does raise a question in my mine as to whether I should buy anymore low discharge batteries. But, I do have to say I have seen a greater discharge in the 2000 Mah betteries I have left sitting around then the 2700Mah battery test would indicate. However, my last purchase was for 2700 Mah batteries.

So while low discharge has stayed at 2000-2100 mah the regular has incread from 2000 to 2700mah and will probably more in the future. So the gap will probably decrease even more.

When I go on a trip I usually make sure all my batteries are charged so for photo equipment these tests are illuminating but not impactful.

Nikon D300o

Ronald

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