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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
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If you are having any reservations about purchasing the MB-D11 my suggesting is to buy this item. It is well made and adds a level of functionality that your Nikon out of the box doesn't have.... It adds balance specificly shooting portrait add a big lens and you'll be amazed how great the camera feels in your hands. Buy works great worth every penny! Mike
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2011
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Coming from a MB-D80 on my D90, when I bought my D7000, the first thing I sprung for was the MB-D11.

I liked having both batteries accessible with the MB-D80, but having the joystiq is a fair trade off, especially when using a manual focus lens.

This fits much better than the MB-D80 and also feels much more refined.

Addressing others comments, the Lock wheel does have a little bit of play, but nothing alarming.

A little bit pricey, but you know if you need it. Perfect balance for the D7000.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I just received my new D7000 and my MB-D11 arrived the same day. Having upgraded from a D80 with the MB-D80 battery grip, I have been spoiled on having two camera batteries in the grip, giving me longer performance. I was quite disappointed with the new grip's design concerning the batteries. One battery can stay in the camera, while the other goes into the MB-D11. That's fine, except that I don't want to have to take the grip off every time the internal battery runs down.

Concerning the grip function, however, I am quite pleased. It adds the extra size I require for my large hands, as well as giving me the extra controls which are so handy when shooting vertically. The surface has the same rubbery grip as the camera body, which keeps me from slipping when my hands get sweaty.

Well done on the grip part, but needs a redo on the battery holding part.

***** March 2012 Update ******
After having used the new D7000 with the grip and new batteries for the better part of a year, I must say that I do not miss the 2nd battery. The new Nikon batteries last so long and I actually find that I don't need a 2nd battery. As hard as it is to believe, I can attest that even a full day of shooting doesn't drain these powerful new EN-EL15 monsters! I have now increased my rating to Four Stars.

My only remaining issue is that the battery comes out on a tray, to which it is snapped in. You must remove the tray completely, depress a thumb lever, and switch batteries. Then, you put the tray back in and secure the door. That is really awkward, and if I had to do that in the middle of a shoot, I'd be pretty angry. That's it. It's my only complaint.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
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Beside the fact that it is a weird design, one battery in the camera, one in the pack (and you have to remove the pack to get at the camera battery - ugh) the fit on my D7000 is terrible. The right side of the camera has about an 1/8 of an inch play which makes composing a shot from a tripod a nightmare. I have to hold the pack, not the camera, to compose the shot. Otherwise the camera moves up an 1/8 of an inch while composing, then back an 1/8 when I let go of the camera. This of course adds one more element to composing a shot and moves my hand away from the camera controls. Didn't anyone at Nikon try this?

I've contacted Nikon about this because I'm shocked at the poor design AND I have purchased L-Brackets for the d7000/pack combination which are not cheap, and at this point no returnable. So far no word.

I would not buy this until Nikon officially fixes it.

UPDATE: I contacted Nikon, they said that the pack should lock and there should be no play. They said they would fix the unit. However I just bought this unit and returned it to Amazon (Great, great service ) with the Nikon comments. They sent me a new one and took back the old one. I have it in hand and it fits much better. There is no up and down movement, it plays nicely on a tripod. There is however a bit of back and forth motion. This is not an issue for me but it still feels like this unit is not quite designed for the D7000.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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While this is just great for taking portrait mode shots, it strength comes from being able to load a hand full of high capacity NIMH AA batteries so that when you shoot video your are not limited to the power of the standard battery. The D7000 sucks so much power when doing videos that you'll normally run out of juice before storage space. With this nifty, but expensive accessory your problem is solved.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2011
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The Twist - Other reviewers who mention the loose fit are not exagerating. The indexing pin is much smaller than the indexing hole in the bottom of the camera body. These means that no matter how hard you tighten the thumb screw the battery pack will not connect solidly to the camera body. It twists and this is very annoying. This battery pack is made specifically for the D7000. Why couldn't Nikon get this right?!?!? Other reviewers have suggested using a #60 o-ring from a home center. I tried this and found it to be too large. When the battery pack is tightened the o-ring causes the pack to sit off the camera base in a wedge. I ended up going to an elastomer specialty store and got a very thin cross section o-ring (1/32") that just rolled over the pin. This worked well.

The Rattle - The singel battery (Canon manages to put two batteries in the same size grip - and no I am not a shill for Canon just dissapointed in Nikon engineering in this case. I love my D7000)is held in place by a flexing plastic lever. Seriously Nikon? There is about a 2mm gap between the raised dog on the end of the lever that is supposed to secure the battery against the connector pins. This means that the battery can and does rattle side to side. This can't be good for the battery connector pins and is extremely annoying. I'm not a mechanical engineer but give me an hour and I could come up with five better designs than this cheap joke. I've been planning on slicing a small strip of rubber and gluing it on to the end of the lever dog. It will probably work but why the flip should I have to do this?

Two Stars - Other than the stupid design errors this is quality hardware. And it is heavy. But the most important thing is that it makes my $1200 D7000 camera body look like a $5000 pro body. I kept it for the rare occasion when I need to impress. But with only one battery in the case why else would you buy this thing? You could keep a second battery in your pocket or bag and change it in about 10 seconds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
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I've owned one of the 3rd party versions of the battery grip for the D7000 and like some of you who also have had them, they are not nice. They feel cheap, most the time don't work properly, and stop working after a few weeks or break somehow. Yeah, I regret spending $50 on one of them and until today I never really knew the difference. Well, I'll just say the Nikon made MB-D11 makes those other grips look absolutely horrible. There is a lot of plastic still, but it feels not as fragile, and inside the body you can feel a metallic material. Playing with the screw part there was no play and it did not make a rattling noise when I shook the item in my hand. I screw it onto my D7000 (without removing the battery cover, I don't do it because if any water makes its way in there, you're screwed.) Once tightened on, there was absolutely no wobbling at all. Some people have had problems with this, but mine has none what so ever. I began playing around with the dials and buttons. Everything feels great, the dials have the same rubbery feeling as the D7000's built in dials. The button has that mushy feeling when you press down. One cool thing I discovered is if you take the battery out of the camera and place it in the grip, the camera still works! My 3rd party version never could do this and didn't even pickup the AA's I would put in. So if you're just buying this grip because you have big hands and like the idea of easier way of holding the camera for portraits and dread the idea of having to take it off every time you need to charge the battery, this grip eliminates the need for that. granted, if you want to have AA's in while you have your battery in just as some backup power, you will still have to remove the grip in order to get it in and out. Personally, I like the feeling of having both the EN-EL15 battery in, plus the 6 AA's as it adds a nice heaviness to the camera. Yeah, I'm weird in that I like heaviness while everyone else likes things to be light. All in all, this is a great battery grip. It is definitely Nikon quality. If you're on the fence about buying it because of the $220 price tag, I can assure you that it is a great purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2011
I actually have the genuine Nikon battery grip and the knock off Neewer brand. Both work great so why pay over $200 dollars more for the Nikon brand? If I was to buy one grip it would be the Neewer brand. It looks feels and works like the genuine Nikon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
I've had this Nikon OEM grip for a little over a year. Lately, it gets disconnected whenever I use any its control buttons. And if you have your battery on the grip itself, you completely lose all power. Lately, and what a terrible nuisance, I now have to place my battery on the camera body itself. I found out that a number of owners had this very same problem...some lose connection after a while.

Most users suggest getting the VELLO brand of grips. The $210+ Nikon OEM is certainly NOT WORTH THE MONEY they're asking while 3rd party brands can outperform the original. I can't believe they're now asking $465 for the D800 battery grip which is practically the same as their other piece of trash they're peddling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
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Purchased this accessory for a trip to Africa. It's plastic but well made and feels solid. Great fit on the D7000, easy to take on and off. Best feature is the option to use AA batteries when in a pinch, which may come in handy as I may not be around electricity for a while. Adds significant but balanced bulk to the camera which helps in handling. Additional shutter release button and other controls make camera easy to manage when in vertical orientation. Overall, highly recommended!
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