Top positive review
8 people found this helpful
Don't waste your $$ on knockoffs
on December 5, 2012
I bought this Pentax grip to replace a Chinese knockoff 3rd party grip that I originally had with my K5. The knockoff looked identical in almost every way to the Pentax. However the buttons and wheels on the Pentax feel much more like the quality hardware on the K5, and the battery door tab is thick and solid as it is on the K5. The knockoff battery door tabs were very flimsy and I had to take care that I not twist too hard lest they break. The knockoff literature said it was weather sealed, but there was absolutely no weather sealing on the battery door, whereas its obvious on the Pentax grip. The knockoff constantly gave me problems. Fist the buttons were not working most of the time. I fixed that by adjusting the connections to the shutter button inside the grip. It was working fine for a while then my camera would not even recognize the grip when installed, unless it was on very loosely. In trying to diagnose the connectivity problems I wound up inadvertently frying the electronics in it somewhere. I was now left with a choice to buy another knockoff for around $30-$50 or buy the genuine Pentax for $200. Though I was not happy to depart with $200, the Pentax grip has proved to be worth every penny, and I expect it to last the life of my K5 if not longer.
Take my word on this. Where it can be very tempting to buy a far less expensive grip, my experience as well as countless other reviewers who tried the 3rd party grips, prove that you'd be wasting your money on the knockoff brands and are better off forking over the $$ for the genuine Pentax grip. You won't be sorry.