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Nikon MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack for Nikon D300 & D700 Digital SLR Cameras - Retail Packaging

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D1)NIKON MB-D10 BATTERY PACK (25359)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 3 inches ; 14.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000VDF5RO
  • Item model number: 25359
  • National Stock Number: 6140-01-575-4207
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

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When using the MB-D10 with the D300, you will find that it is a great improvement from the MB-D200 (the D200 vertical grip). For one, it is made of magnesium alloy, and is much sturdier. It is also weather sealed like the D300 body. It fits nicely and firmly with the D300. It also has an additional multi selector, which is a great added feature. The MS-D10 (holder for AA batteries) also comes in a very nice pouch. Of course with such improvement comes the price increase as well!

If you want to achieve 8fps on your D300, you can use the EN-EL4/a battery with your MB-D10 or AA batteries (8 pieces). The ability to use AA batteries is a real plus point. Imagine having a long trip where you may not have access to charge your EN-EL3e batteries. Having the ability to use AA batteries means that you can carry a bunch of them and still be able to shoot... even deep in the wilderness.

Another advantage of the MB-D10 is that it is not L-shaped, which means that you can easily slip it into your camera bag and pull it out when you need it. To mount the grip, you do not need to remove the battery from your camera and marry the grip to the camera as how the D200+MB-D200 was designed to. It does not take as much space and not as awkward as grips that are L-shaped. This is a versatility of the MB-D10, but also has some getting used to.

Here are some areas which either you like or hate or take some getting use to:

1. The battery in the camera need not be removed to use the grip. So for those who leave the grip on all the time and want to use 2 batteries at a time, it would mean that you would need to remove the grip each time you want to remove the battery in the camera.
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May 2012 UPDATE:
I agree with others here that the shutter release button is too sensitive. In fact, it sometimes seems to fire multiple exposures uncommanded. Press the release, several exposures. Strange. And I never did get used to regripping the camera after turning it vertical. So I don't really use the extra set of controls at all.

It's also somewhat of a pain to get to the first battery that's still inside the camera to charge it. It really would have been better to be able to fit two batteries into this external grip so I could slide the tray out and charge both batteries without having to unscrew the grip. This really comes into play when tripod mounted or in some other rig.

Original review:
The MB-D10 is really nice.

Battery Options:

It comes with two battery trays: one holds an EN-EL3e 7.4v 1500mAh lith-ion battery (same as what the camera holds). The other tray takes eight, AA batteries. Depending on which AA cells you install (Ni-MH, lithium, Ni-MN or alkaline) you can have 9.6 (NiMH at 2500mAh or more) or 12 volts. That voltage can crank the motor to its rated limit of 8 fps...at least until the buffer fills up and its frame rate slows while it writes to the card. You also tell the D300 via the menu which type of battery you have installed. It keeps track of charge for you based on the type. Very smart.

The gray EN-EL3e is an update to the D70's black EN-EL3. The EN-EL3e can power the D70 but the older D70 batteries cannot power the D300. That's because the newer EN-EL3e has three contacts on it as opposed to the EN-EL3's two contacts. That extra contact allows the D300 to track the entire life of the EN-EL3e.
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You might be wondering why this grip costs $235 from Amazon, when previous grips (like the MB-D200 for the D200) are almost $100 less.

The images can't convey it, but once you hold it grip in your hand, you know. Instead of using high-grade plastic to make this (like they did for the MB-D200), Nikon made this grip out of the same magnesium alloy and rubber that was used to make the D300. The MB-D10 also has the same weather seals on the buttons, and has the same robust, indestructible feel that the D300 body has.

It attaches tightly, with no flex or shake. You can flick it back and forth from portrait to landscape as much as you want; it doesn't matter if you have a big heavy flash in the hot-shoe or a big lens out front, the grip never gives you the impression that it was ever separated from the body.

Because of the hefty, solid construction, this grip is heavy too. If you thought the D300 was too heavy before, this grip is not for you. But if you can handle the weight, the MB-D10 actually makes the D300 more comfortable to hold in both portrait and landscape orientations. It adds surface area, which distributes the weight more evenly across your entire palm (the D300 body alone concentrated most of the weight on the top-half of my palm).

Battery life is stellar. I loaded my MB-D10 with 8xAA Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries, and the battery gauge has not moved at all in over two weeks of casual shooting. I estimate it will last at least 3000-4000 shots, but I won't know the final total for a while.

I also love the addition of the second multi-selector switch on the MB-D10. Not even the Nikon D3 has one of those! Perfect for flipping through images/menus while holding the camera in portrait mode.
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