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Some effort to get it to work.
on October 15, 2011
So, I have re-review my last review, if that makes any sense. The seller, excellent. Kept in contact with me the past few days while I was having issues with the product. I received the product earlier than expected, which was super. However, upon opening it I received two message. First message, "Cannot use the batteries, please use batteries for this product." The two factory bought batteries weren't working, really? However, I knew from other reviews if you kept at it and did some weird technique it would work, and sure enough it worked. But it doesn't end there, when I got past that message, it had stated the my batteries, fresh and fully-charged Nikon D5100 batteries, were low, thus locking the shutter. I doubled, tripled, and quadruple checked and still no luck. So I went to an event this weekend with no grip. For $18, I would at least, expect it to work. So I contacted the New Harbor, and they were super nice about the situation and kept in contact with me. So when I got home this afternoon, I decided to give it another go, $18 product, maybe it just needed a rest. Sure enough it worked, after getting past the "Wrong Battery" error, it worked fine.
So a couple of notes about the product itself. It feels really cheap and plastic, which it is. The vertical shutter button, feels odd, you can barely feel it click. I would suggest for Amature/Serious hobbyists, like myself, starting off with this camera, to NOT use it on shoots due to the "wrong battery" error, it pops up at random and when you are on a shoot, you want to minimize room for those types of errors that can cost you a minute. However, if you are walking around and just taking casual pictures and you have the patience to get past the error popping in and out, it will do just fine.
The reason I am giving it a 3 is because this isn't something you can use on a shoot, which is what the grip is for. The material on it feels weird. But for $18 bucks, its okay.