MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack
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Supplied with MS-D12EN for EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (sold separately) and MS-D12 for 8 AA batteries (not included); accepts 1.5V LR-6 (Alkaline), Lithium (FR6), Ni-MH (HR6) or Ni-Mn (ZR6).
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The Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack is a vertical grip for select Nikon cameras including the D800, D800e, and D810. The MB-D12 allows use of several additional power sources for extended run times without interruptions to shooting. The MB-D12 features an extra set of the main camera controls that allows shooting vertical images from a more stable stance and it counterbalances larger lenses.
The MB-D12 is compatibile with the Nikon D800, Nikon D800e, Nikon D810, and Nikon D810A camera bodies. The grip can use three different battery holders for a range of extended power options. Using the MS-D12EN Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Holder adds power from one EN-EL15 battery. The MS-D12EN also features a door for a power cable so EN-EL15 shaped AC Adapters can be used instead. Using the MS-D12 AA Battery Holder adds power from eight AA size batteries. The ubiquitous nature of AA batteries and vast range of charging options such as solar chargers makes this capability most valued when shooting in the wild. The BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover is another battery holder option that clips onto the end of a EN-EL18 or EN-EL18a battery (the high capacity batteries used by the Nikon D4, D4s and D5 cameras).
The MB-D12 has a set of controls oriented for vertical shooting. The grip features it´s own: shutter release button (with button on/off switch), ´AF On´ button, front control dial, rear control dial, and multi-select stick. The control orientation allows the photographer to take vertical images with their right arm and hand in a more natural comfortable position (not overhand or underhand).
The extra mass of the MB-12 helps resist vibration while also shifting the camera and lens combination center of balance closer to the photographer thus making it easier to hold still. Photographers with larger hands will find the additional grip area a welcome improvement to camera body ergonomics.
The MB-D12 is easy to add or remove quickly. All you have to do is remove the connection port cover on the bottom of the camera and screw the grip into the camera´s tripod socket. The grip also has built-in storage space for the camera port cover to keep it from getting lost.
If you ever use a longer lens handheld the MB-D12 is an especially handy accessory for your D800 or D810.
Vertical grip for Nikon D800, D800e, D810, and D810A bodies
Improves ergonomics and handling
Vertical shutter release button and controls
Multiple power options provide extended camera run time
Reduces shots lost due to battery changes
Add or remove easily and quickly
Improves camera balance especially with long or heavy lenses
MS-D12 accepts 1.5V LR-6 (Alkaline), Lithium (FR6), Ni-MH (HR6) or Ni-Mn (ZR6).
Cons: weak adhesive on rubber grips; weak connection to camera body, a lot of force required to attach firmly and diminish wobbling; huge repair bill with no warranty service period; tiny multi-selector joystick and no separate AE-L button.
Bought it for my D800E and later used for my D810 too. Works as expected for about a year.
After that rubber grips start to peel off. Most annoyingly, same thing happened with my D800E body in the past, also after about a year from purchase, and exactly the same happened later with my D810 (around year after purchase too).
Official service asked $100 to replace rubber grips, because warranty period for accessories is 3 months, which is insane for $600 product. I refused, of course (yet required to pay $10 for ´´diagnostics´´ despite issue was obvious!). On D800E and D810 grips were replaced free of charge (camera body have 2 years warranty period) and without additional charge for diagnostics. For $100 you can buy TWO new third-party grips (and a lot of glue).
Another issue is you have to screw it to the camera really hard to get firm connection. Add still, little wobbling remains. It can be tolerated in handheld, but firm connection is essential for me. As I don´t want to unscrew battery grip every time I need to use monopod or tripod.
Bottom line: I expected much higher quality and service form Nikon. Seems this is just extremely overpriced product with no service nor quality or features behind that price (for $550 price difference compared to 3rd parties we can at least get good adhesive on grips, or features like Wi-Fi and GPS).
Excellent feeling on hand, but need to pay the price of a decent camera body ($749, really?) for a grip. Wondering if Nikon competitors are setting up Nikon price.
I bought this battery grip this past July from Adorama for $396 for my new D810. I agree with other postings that the listed price of $616 is way too high. I wouldn´t have purchased it at that price. $400 for me was a reach but having owned a grip for my D7000, I knew it was a quality product. That said, i really think the product is great. It fits tightly to the camera body and I like how the D810 fits in my hands now. The controls for portrait shooting are positioned great and work like a charm.
I´m an advocate of Nikon gear and have owned several Nikon grips. This is the second Nikon grip I´ve had with issues however, and the price tag on this one makes it that much more disappointing.
First, I wish there was more than just the tripod screw holding it to the camera body. There´s more flex between the body and the grip than I´d like to see. I have a high-dollar tripod and ball head and and L-Bracket. The body-grip connection is the weakest link by far.
Second, after 18 months the grip has stopped seeing the internal battery. The buttons and dials all still work, but it will no longer draw from the battery in the grip. The battery in the camera body is all I get now. I´ve seen others report this problem and the repair bill is reported to be $275. OUCH!!!
It would be a lot easier to endorse Nikon grips if I hadn´t had 2 out of the 3 I´ve bought new fail shortly out of warranty.
Some complain about the price, but the quality is twice as good, in my opinion. Some say there are rattles, but my copy does not. Perhaps they are not inserting the battery until it clicks. This is a first-rate professional piece of equipment. You get what you pay for. Got mine for $350 (open box), by the way.
$600 for a battery grip?? I just bought a functionally (and aesthetically) identical knock-off for $50 on Amazon. The last ´´official´´ Nikon battery grip I bought for my D300 was $150 retail. I´d have to be either desperate or woefully uninformed to pay this much.
THe MB-D12 adds useful vertical functionality and battery life that I appreciate. The multi-selector button is ´´so-so´´ in comparison to the high-quality one built into the camera body; however, it´s adequate.
My real gripe is that when attached and screwed in tightly, the fit to the body is not totally snug. So, if you´re doing critical work with a tripod, the camera芸 assembly is not rock solid. It´s a much more solid platform without the battery grip attached.
Yes it´s pricey-- retail anyway. I got mine in a distress sale for $250 (BNIB). I needed the quality of the D800 and a more manageable 15.3 MP image size to simplify sharing efforts for my kids sports teams. Pop on my 18-200 and I have 6 FPS available. Put the FX lenses back on and I can shoot FX RAW to my hearts content for more serious work. Camera stores and Industry commentators say using the FX body in DX mode is a waste, but in reality, being able to achieve great results and enhanced speed, leveraging your existing DX lens investments is a good thing. The grip quality is outstanding and when used with the Eneloop NI-MH AAs, the camera works great. Approx. 2400 images on a charge, and the grip will use the native EN EL15 battery, AAs with the carrier (mine came with it), or the expensive EN EL18a option That gives the same performance as the AAs for considerably more money, and the need to buy the battery, a charger for it, and the special carrier for it just adding to the cost.
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