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08/06/2007 06:45:57 PM · #1
I want a battery grip for my camera but I keep reading that the nikon grip is very fragile. One reviewer said "Poor build quality. Unnecessarily bulky. Camera attachment loosens easily. Battery holder clips are fragile."

Another said "For me the value in using Nikon equipment have been its
performance and durability. The MB-2D00 has been a
disappointment in this regard."

My question is.... What have been your experiences? Is there another make that might be a bit more sturdy? Thanks in advance

Dex
08/06/2007 07:37:37 PM · #2
Dex, you might want to navigate over to Nikonians
Go to the forums and check out the D200 forum. I think you can do this without registering, if not, registering is free and allows you do a lot of things. Search for the MB200 in the D200 forum and I'll bet you find a lot to read about. If you register you can post and ask direct questions. They are a friendly and knowledgeable bunch.
08/06/2007 08:39:41 PM · #3
Bump and thanks!
08/06/2007 09:00:31 PM · #4
i have not had any problems with mine. It is a bit bulky but I have grown to like having it to hold on to.
08/06/2007 09:15:33 PM · #5
I like mine so much, I bought a second one for my other camera. I havent had any issues. It does make the camera a little heavier, but I am used to it now.
08/06/2007 09:45:05 PM · #6
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Message edited by author 2007-08-07 08:05:19.
08/07/2007 12:08:03 AM · #7
But has anyone experienced what the reviewers complained of?
08/07/2007 12:19:27 AM · #8
Originally posted by neophyte:

But has anyone experienced what the reviewers complained of?

It's heavier, yes, but I've never had a problem with it coming loose at all. It seems solidly built to me.
08/07/2007 12:21:09 AM · #9
No Problems at all none, notta, nothing! Compared to the D-200 itself the build quality is a bit lacking. However it is not a piece of crap. If you know of a store that you can go look at one first hand check one out ask to mount it on a body so you get a feel for the camera with grip mounted.

Originally posted by neophyte:

But has anyone experienced what the reviewers complained of?
08/07/2007 12:25:48 AM · #10
I had the grip on the camera while it was on the tripod, and the head was tilted 90 degrees so that the grip was vertical. With a heavy lens like the 17-55 on the body, the grip's contacts were pulling away from the body's battery compartment, causing the camera to intermittently lose power. It was very frustrating before I figured out the cause. Whereas I like the grip, and it gives the camera a certain satisfying heft, and the extra battery life with a 2nd battery is an obvious plus, I've stopped using it regularly. I don't use it in studio any longer, and for my outdoor purposes it seems like an unecessary weight to add to the camera.
08/07/2007 04:51:18 AM · #11
my grip was only about a week old and the battery clip broke off already. the build quality seems quite poor compared to the other grips I had (Both Canon & Nikon).

The contact point issue is also another one.
08/07/2007 05:07:41 AM · #12
The grip is solid enough, you have to apply care when using it though, for example. when I am shooting studio shots and not holding the cam with my hands I do tend to take it off. Again if I have a heavy old lens attached and wish to shoot some nature stuff using a Tripod, I take it off. but for me, I tend to shoot a lot of outside, handheld stuff so the grip and extra power is a bonus to me, I also enjoy the extra buttons for portrait.

I have never had any issues with my grip in a year and it is still going strong and looks as good as new, in fact, Im geting a 2nd grip later this week for the Fujifilm S5 (same grip as D200). For what I do and what I personally need I find the MB-200 a valuable asset that has not let me down yet. The build quality, although made from lightweight plastic (as all) seems to me to be strong enough but as I said before, I am always very careful with my things, I never push and pull things about.

I used a D2H for ages and the grip on a D200 gives me that same feeling that I got used to.

hope this helps.
08/07/2007 06:21:15 AM · #13
I inquired here about the grip to get other's opinions and then got one myself. I love the grip. It has not been taken off of my camera since I put it on over 6 months ago. I had read the reviews and complaints, but have not had any problems with breakage or power loss or anything. I do think the door and battery clips feel somewhat cheap, but the majority of the grip feels solid enough to me. The extra weight has never bothered me and personally, I don't even notice it. The extra battery life is wonderful. I have shot a full 5 hour wedding with viewing the LCD constantly and the battery meeter does not move down even one notch.
08/07/2007 08:33:13 AM · #14
I love it. I can see where the battery holder clips might be considered fragile, but I don't know how they would break under normal and proper use. I haven't taken it off of my camera since I got it.
08/07/2007 08:39:29 AM · #15
Mine really never comes off the camera. If you are careful as you should be when changing batteries than the clips are not an issue. i do periodically check the tightener to make sure it has not loosened up, that would be a deefinate area for improvement on the grip. I love the way it makes to camera feel as though I am able to hold it in my hands with more comfort. You couldnt get me to give mine up.
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