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Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras

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  • For Nikon D800/D800E and D810 Cameras
  • Holds EN-EL15 Battery or 8 AA Batteries
  • Holds EN-EL18 with Optional BL-5 Cover

Nikon's MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras is a grip that attaches to the Nikon D800, D800E or D810 cameras. It provides extended battery power with the batteries (not included) in the grip, plus giving you a better, more secure and stable hold on the camera, making it easier to handhold at lower shutter speeds. The battery pack is supplied with two battery trays--one that holds an EN-EL15 rechargeable battery, and one that holds 8 AA batteries. A holding case, contact cap and user's manual are also included. This power pack accepts 1.5V LR-6 (Alkaline), Lithium (FR6), Ni-MH (HR6) or Ni-Mn (ZR6) batteries.

The MB-D12 also can hold the EN-EL18 battery when used with the optional BL-5 battery chamber cover.

For Nikon D800/D800E and D810 cameras
Two battery trays included: one for an EN-EL15 rechargeable battery, and one for 8 AA batteries
Also holds the EN-EL18 battery when used with the optional BL-5 battery chamber cover.
Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras
  • MS-D12EN Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Holder for MB-D12 Battery Pack
  • MS-D12 AA Battery Holder for MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack
  • Holding Case for Battery Pack
  • Contact Cap
  • User's Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    NikonMB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras
     
    4.5

    (based on 175 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (114)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (141)
    • Durable (131)
    • Reliable (126)
    • Lightweight (40)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (14)
    • Pricey / poor value (14)
    • Price (5)
    • Pricey (5)
    • Cost (4)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (97)
    • Everyday (92)
    • Travel (79)
    • Landscape photography (74)
    • Studio (72)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (63), Semi-professional (61), Enthusiast (45)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (163)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Essential

    FPS
    This unit doesn't provide a great increase in frames per second - from 4 fps to 6 fps in DX mode, in FX mode the rate remains at 4 fps (for...Read complete review

    FPS
    This unit doesn't provide a great increase in frames per second - from 4 fps to 6 fps in DX mode, in FX mode the rate remains at 4 fps (for D800). This apparently is due to data transfer speeds rather than an inherent deficiency in the MB-D12.

    AVAILABLE POWER
    However, the gain in power endurance is highly valuable. Applications such as long shoots with high numbers of images, high AF and VR use, long exposures and overnight use of sensor triggers need a large bank of stored power and the MB-D12 provides this.

    MAXIMISING POWER
    The cost to maximise the usefulness of this unit, ie a couple of EN-EL18 batteries ($320 - outrageous), an MH-26 Dual Battery Charger ($320 - outrageous) and a BL-5 battery cover ($30)totals $670. This is quite ridiculous unless you also own a D4 and already have the MH-26 charger.

    AA CELL ALTERNATIVE
    The choice of AA batteries provides a cheaper (but less convenient) alternative. High output batteries such as the 2700 MAh PowerEx AA NiMH rechargeables perform extremely well in the MB-D12 (in terms of both available power and loss of charge when not in use). A friend gave me his MS-D12 AA Battery Holder. I keep this loaded with a second set of 8 charged PowerEx AAs. This allows a speedy change of batteries that is quicker than changing an EN-EL18 battery. Combined with an 8 cell charger, this system works extremely well. Total cost for 16 AA cells and charger was $AU 160.

    HANDLING
    The MB-D12 puts more camera in your hand. For me, this makes carrying and using the D800 easier. The increased weight provides more inertial mass and therefore, steadier hand held shots. The benefits of camera control placement for vertical shots are obvious in that you don't have to hold your arm high and wrap your hand over the body to reach the shutter button or aperture and shutter speed dials.

    BUILD QUALITY
    Excellent as you would expect from Nikon. (Considering the purchase price, you would also demand this.)

    OVERALL
    Expensive, but the benefits are significant for the the kinds of shooting I do. I wouldn't be without one.

    Ridiculously expensive if you opt for the full EN-EL18 battery setup without the benefit of already having an MH-26 charger.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Overpriced

    That's a great grip, great build quality but it does not seem to be any different from the MB-D10 for the D300/700. Except that the MB-D10 doesn't fit the D800.
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    That's a great grip, great build quality but it does not seem to be any different from the MB-D10 for the D300/700. Except that the MB-D10 doesn't fit the D800.

    I cannot see any reason why this grip has this outrageous price tag other than they could price it that high and so they did.

    Priced at ~$200 it would have ben a five star review.

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    5.0

    The perfect partner for my Nikon D810

    By Bill Edmundson

    from Virginia Beach, Virginia

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Made My Camera Better

    Cons

    • Not Even One Con

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photography

    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

    Two very essential features for wildlife photographers: The number of exposures-per- battery charge, and increased number-of-frames per second. The MB-D12 battery, with it's big EN-EL18 battery gives me 3000 exposures per charge. It also holds a second battery, and now I can't even count the number of total exposures per charge. Increased frames-per-second? I got that, too. In the fields & forests, distances from electricity for recharging batteries, problem solved. Capturing wing positions of an eagle's propeller-like wings, no problem with the increased frames-per-second feature.

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    4.0

    MB-D12 Battery Pack

    By kibbo

    from Melbourne, FL

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

      Perfect for my new D810. Adds additional battery power and portrait shooting capability. Only draw back is the cost and the cost of EN-EL 18 batteries and charger. Yikes, by the time you're done with getting them you're over $. I got the same set up for my D800 with an off brand for $ and it worked just as well except the camera wouldn't register the grip battery percentage. Fortunately got a $ gift Cert that cut the cost.

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      3.0

      Poor design

      By Photoman007

      from Cleveland Ohio

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Not Functional
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

      It's nice to have two batteries for use when you are going to do a lot of shooting. The construction is excellent and easy to assemble. However, the overall engineering design is flawed. Unlike the battery grips in the Canon higher end DSLRs, where there are two batteries in the grip and power is drawn equally from both batteries, and where removal for recharging is straightforward...such is NOT the case with this battery grip from Nikon. Here the battery in the grip is usually designated as the primary battery, where power is discharged...then power is discharged from the remaining battery which remains in the cavity within the body and is less convenient to remove and recharge. The performance of the grip and power supply is fine, I just take exception to having remove the battery grip each time I need to recharge the second battery. Also this battery grip was on back order for over a month.

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      5.0

      Always Nikon

      By bob1328

      from Schaumburg, IL

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

        I don't have the camera yet, but I have used the MD200 grip for years with great success.

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        5.0

        Must have

        By ScottB

        from Upstate NY

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

        If you plan on shooting for a long session outdoors, a wedding, or event, this is a necessary piece of gear. With 8 rechargeable AA's it also increases fps for sporting events.

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        5.0

        Complete your D810!

        By 24x36

        from Connecticut

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Secure Fit
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

          I hate using "ungripped" cameras, which leave fingers dangling from the bottom. This provides the "missing" part of the D810 body, gives you controls for vertical format shooting, and allows the use of the superior EN-EL18a batteries.

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          5.0

          this is a must have

          By PanamaZR1

          from Panama, Rep. of Panama

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

            I just ordered my D810 in replacement of a D600 witch had a battery grip too. I ordered from B&H because they had the original Nikon model. I do not want to deal with imitations.

            The item arrived quickly and it works perfectly as expected.
            The D810 is not a light camera and this grip helps me have a better grip of it plus the extended battery life you get with two battries

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            5.0

            A Must for Insurance

            By the judge

            from South Bend, IN

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Location shoots

            Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

            One never knows what an assignment will require. The extra reserve battery power is the best reason for the MB-D12. A close second is the extra gripping -- it just feels good.

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            5.0

            No brainer to get!!!

            By Wolfe

            from Spring Valley, NY

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                With my D810 for shooting concerts.
                Provides extra comfort.
                I have not found anything negative about it.

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                4.0

                Quality switches

                By Ernesto

                from Tampa Bay, Florida

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Price

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                Quality build costs. Primary use: portraits. I wanted best switch actuation, got best build too.

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                5.0

                As always a great product.

                By RodneyG

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                  Bought this for my new D810 and works like a charm. Great grip and feel to it. So comfortable.

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                  5.0

                  Solid build, great in the hands

                  By Dale

                  from San Francisco

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • No surprises
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Commercial
                  • Fashion
                  • Sports
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                  I do architectural photography professionally, and I bought this for the longer shoot days, and to make the portrait shots easier. I've had this for a couple of weeks now, with a EN-EL15 battery inserted.

                  The best thing about this is that it's built like the rest of the pro gear from Nikon. My gears gets bumped around a lot, and the grip seems to be as durable as the D800E that it's attached to.

                  Controls are firm and tactile, and work as expected. The tripod screw connection to the body is also very secure - no jiggling while in motion.

                  My only gripes are that it's more expensive than previous iterations, and that it's a bit on the heavier end. Then again, I take those to be the price to pay for better build quality.

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                  5.0

                  Works like you would expect

                  By NikonRawShooter

                  from Texas

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                    Adds battery power. Makes the camera easier to use especially in portrait orientation.

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                    4.0

                    Solid Grip

                    By DSHOW

                    from Indianapolis, IN

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                    This is a very solid and high quality product. If you plan on doing a lot of hand held shooting this is a must. However, I would definitely not recommend this product if most of your shooting is done on a tripod. I used the D3 for years and really liked the vertical grip, so I thought buying this was a no brainer for my D800. It feels nice while shooting, but not the same as having the vertical grip built in. The majority of my shooting is done on a tripod, so I decided it wasn't for me.

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                    4.0

                    Nice Accessory for the D800

                    By Ray

                    from Albuquerque, NM

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                      This is a nice accessory for the D800. It allows for more shooting time with a 2nd battery and the emergency use of using AA batteries. My main gripe is the cost, it seems a bit high for what it is, but it's built well and works as intended (makes doing portrait mode much easier). It does add some weight, which can be a negative to some.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome battery pack!

                      By SW

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                          Great grip. Love that you can shoot an image from the battery pack. The only problem I found with this power pack is the weight it adds to an already heavy camera when you use the AA battery option! After shooting a wedding all day, my arms/wrist were exhausted! Other than that this is a great battery pack!!

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                          5.0

                          Seamless integration

                          By Greg

                          from Burlington, VT

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                            I know there are a lot of less expensive off-brand options available, but this one feels like it's part of the camera once it's attached. All functionality, including scroll wheels, is perfect.

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                            5.0

                            just what the doctor ordered

                            By DaLou

                            from Glendale, AZ

                            About Me Professional

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                              this grip is much nicer than the knockoff i use for my d300, keeps wrist from being bent in funny positions for long periods.

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                              5.0

                              Nikon Quality battery grip for D800

                              By JessicaM

                              from Illinois

                              Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                              Overall great product. Tight fit on camera. Dials and shutter release are firm, much better than off brand grips I've tested. I would recommend this product.

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                              5.0

                              Great

                              By ProPhotog

                              from Nashville

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack for D800 and D810 Cameras:

                                Needed this to balance out the weight and extra power time.

                                Great product, build quality is 100% solid.

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