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NikonMB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip
 
4.7

(based on 709 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (521)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (152)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (584)
  • Reliable (467)
  • Solid construction (448)
  • Long-lasting (305)
  • Fast charge (153)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (60)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Pricey (10)
  • Heavy (9)
  • Loses charge quickly (6)

Best Uses

  • Digital photography (406)
  • Photography (267)
  • Portrait photography (240)
  • Travel (210)
  • Back-up (105)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (196), Photo enthusiast (178), Pro photographer (147), Enthusiast (71), Professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (278), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works without Batteries!!! No kidding!!

Just wanted to comment on something I have not seen much written on. This product is a very well made grip, shutter release and control. MUCH better built than the D200 grip, no...Read complete review

Just wanted to comment on something I have not seen much written on. This product is a very well made grip, shutter release and control. MUCH better built than the D200 grip, no wobbling or flimsiness. It really completes the camera and for that reason alone I would buy it.

Due to the really excellent battery life in the D300 (and now D700), I am easily getting through an afternoon of portrait sessions with just one in-camera battery, 1000+ shots. The design allows you to use the in-camera battery without relocating it from the camera into the grip, and just use this grip itself with an EMPTY battery tray. While it is not a huge amount of weight on a scale, it feels much lighter and still is balanced in my hands. Much less fatigue. My D200 grip made you remove the camera battery and put it (and another battery) into the grip to use it. The D200 being a power-hungry camera took two or more batteries to get through the same work.

This makes the weight difference between the grip-equipped D700 the D3 huge at this point. I also love the versatility of having this one grip (and only buying one RRS plate) and using it on either the 300 or the 700.

To be fair, and precise...you have to remove the grip to change the in-camera battery, but for me I am not in a rush and like the lightweight advantage. Also the camera-grip combo is "chunkier" in your hands than the sculpted D3 shape, but my big mitts are very comfortable. I also like the handy little case that Nikon includes with the grip to hold the alternate battery tray that you aren't currently using.

While I do shoot some action stuff, I have the option of throwing either AAs or my spare D3 battery (after Nikon sells you special end cap for the EN-EL4 battery to fit in this MB-D10 grip), and I am at 8fps.

I would strongly recommend to those folks who do not already own the EN-EL4 batteries and charger from a D2X or D3 to save your money and use eight AAs. Same 8 fps speed, and I did not kill my 2500 mah Ni-MH for a whole afternoon of shooting, easily over 2500 shots. Admittedly, the AA are significantly heavier than the EN-EN4.

If you do still want the pro EN-EL4 batteries, realize that the charger, a couple batteries and the special BL-4 end cap to fit this grip will run you about double you pay for this grip...no kidding. Honestly, this compatibility with the EN-EL4 batteries was done as a convenience to pros who already own them from earlier cameras. Makes no sense whatsoever to buy that rig from scratch, when 8 NiMH AAs and a charger can be had for just a few dollars. Use the AAs on your grip and get a new SB-900 with the money you just saved!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Why did they have to change it

Call me nostalgic buy I really liked the battery access on the battery grips for the D100 & D200 a lot better. To use 2 batteries, means having to remove the MB-D10 to...Read complete review

Call me nostalgic buy I really liked the battery access on the battery grips for the D100 & D200 a lot better. To use 2 batteries, means having to remove the MB-D10 to access the battery in the camera as well as removing the one from the MB-D10 and then putting it all back together. The multi-function selector knob has more of a joystick feel and is kinda touchy.

It does provide a better grip for bigger hands, which is why I bought it, and it works but a redesign would be nice.

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5.0

Makes shooting easier

By Chuckeroo-Rodeo

from Jonesborough, TN

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Install
  • Fast Recharge
  • Long-Lasting
  • Reliable
  • Solid Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

      Frankly, the extra battery power is great, but I don't need it for the types of photography I do... but that extra shutter release makes vertical shooting a breeze. I am shooting basketball right now for a local paper. All the shots tend to be vertical, which means I don't have to crank my right elbow in the air to reach the shutter. For me, that alone justifies five stars. And it's a Nikon product, so you can't go wrong on quality and durability. Also, it doesn't add much weight to my shooting package. Keep it up Nikon... and B&H!

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      5.0

      What I was hoping for...

      By dps

      from Abilene, Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easier To Grip
      • Easy to Install
      • Reliable
      • Solid Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back Up
        • Digital Photography
        • Photography
        • Portrait Photography

        Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

        I realize there are third-party manufacturers who offer very similar products for the D700/300/s camera. However, after buying one of those in the past, and having it fail on me on the first day of use - I finally bought the Nikon MB-D10. I am very pleased with the fit and finish, as well as the way it helps me have more "grab-ability" with the D700. I do not always have the grip on the camera, but when I need the ability to switch between landscape and portrait and keep button functionality, as well as having the extra battery power, it has come in very handy.Is it worth the extra $$ to buy the Nikon grip over a third-party brand? For me it has been well worth the investment.

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        4.0

        Not Sorry for Getting the Nikon

        By Eric E

        from Lompoc, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

        • Nothing To Note Yet

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

        Not much to say. I bought the Nikon Grip and not the lesser expensive knock off and I am not sorry. The quality is what I expected from Nikon and I did not want to take a chance to save a few, well a chunk of change. It really make handling my 300s easier when the 80-400 is on it.

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        5.0

        Pleased with purchase

        By Mariusz Zalewski

        from Poland

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Reliable
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portrait Photography

          Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

          Great quality, practical, does the job. Used with Nikon D700.

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          5.0

          Nikon MB-D10 Battery Grip for D300s

          By JYB

          from New Brunswick, CANADA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install
          • Long-Lasting
          • Reliable
          • Solid Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography

            Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

            This is a first for me ...
            Great for vertical shots !
            For longer power availability too !
            Very well designed for a precise fit.
            Adds weight for better balance with long lenses.
            I don't know how I "lived" without it before !!!

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            5.0

            Very Nice Grip

            By Robie333

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy to Install
            • Solid Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                So far so good. My camera seems much more balanced especially with the heavier lens.

                Debated whether to go the 3rd party route, but glad I went with the Nikon Grip. No regrets. Used AA batteries to get 8 fps

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                5.0

                Better than Insurance

                By Morriss

                from Dallas, TX

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                Pros

                • Easy to Install
                • Long-Lasting
                • Reliable
                • Solid Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Up
                  • Digital Photography
                  • Photography
                  • Portrait Photography

                  Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                  I was grabbing my camera bag off a table and did not realize that my bag was open. My D700 with a Nikon 35-70 2.8 slipped out and hit the concrete floor. Luckily, it hit on the plastic corner of the battery tray. The force was such that the 35-70 snapped in two, although it never actually hit anything. The MB-D10 had a minor (.5 mm X .5 cm) paint chip, but was otherwise unharmed. The D700 was actually unharmed.

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                  5.0

                  Excelente

                  By Ikna

                  from Santiago Chile

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Solid Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Digital Photography
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                    Excelente producto, de facil instalacion, solido y gran calidad. Los comandos en formato vertical funcionan exactamente igual al original.
                    Recomendable 100%

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                    5.0

                    Rock solid grip !!!!

                    By Nikon crazy

                    from Jackson NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Install
                    • Fast Recharge
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Reliable
                    • Solid Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography
                      • Photography
                      • Portrait Photography
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                      Makes the D300S a power house.

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                      4.0

                      It works very well

                      By W Sheldon

                      from Grimes, Iowa

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Install
                      • Fast Recharge
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Reliable
                      • Solid Construction

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Back Up
                      • Digital Photography
                      • Photography
                      • Portrait Photography
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                      My only gripe about the product is to load or change the 2nd battery, the product must be removed from the camera. It adds a little weight to the camera but you get additional button and scroll wheels for vertical shooting. As far as frame rate changes, I havent studied that yet.

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                      5.0

                      I don't know why Nikon does this

                      By Jim

                      from Manchester NH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Install
                      • Fast Recharge
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Reliable
                      • Solid Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography
                        • Photography
                        • Portrait Photography
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                        How come every different Nikon camera takes a different battery grip. I imagine it is good marketing but it surely is a pain. Having said that, B&H has the stock, gives the best advise and generslly has the best price.

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                        5.0

                        Outstanding Product

                        By Birdman

                        from Rome, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Install

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Photography

                          Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                          This item works well with the Nikon D-300S. It makes handeling the camera with a long lens easier as it helps balance the rig. As usual B & H service wasoutstanding.

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                          5.0

                          Get this grip

                          By Francis M

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Install
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Solid Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                              There's nothing to it, if you feel odd holding a big zoom on just the body, get a grip, i feel it balances it out better. Extra battery is a plus as as vertical shooting.

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                              3.0

                              is ok

                              By Alberto90010

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Easy to Install

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Digital Photography

                                Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                Is ok.
                                I liked more the previous model to put two batteries in the grip.
                                I do not understand why the design changes.

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                                5.0

                                MB-D10 Battery Grip

                                By Nabob

                                from Nebraska

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Install
                                • Fast Recharge
                                • Solid Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Digital Photography
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portrait Photography

                                  Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                  Love it. Haven't used it much so reliability is unknown, ditto for longevity. If Nikon quality is consistent, this battery grip will suit me fine. It fits my hand(s) better than my girlfriend's hands. Mine are big; hers are not. If you have little hands you might not like it. Which is hard for me to imagine, but then I have big hands.

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                                  5.0

                                  Tuff Built

                                  By Smackin Jack

                                  from Michigan

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Install
                                  • Solid Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Photography

                                    Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                    I was at the auto show and dropped my Nikon from 3 foot high onto a Cement floor. Porsche should think about changing the step at their display. Well the camera hit and the battery door opened as the camera slid 20 foot across the floor. Still worked fine along with the camera. Purchased a second one to keep with my spare camera. Tuff Stuff Nikon builds.

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                                    5.0

                                    You get what you pay for!!!!

                                    By Tim

                                    from Clarksville Tn

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Install
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Solid Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Na

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Photography
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portrait Photography
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                    I understand that this grip cost more then other brand grips, but you get what you pay for. This grip fits my Really Right Stuff L bracket like a glove and feels good in my hands. It is constructed really well and looks like it will out last my camera.

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                                    5.0

                                    Funcional

                                    By Antonio Castro

                                    from PERU

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Install
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Digital Photography

                                      Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                      Simple, functional, relatively expensive

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                                      4.0

                                      Buy it once, then forget about the price

                                      By Frank's shooter

                                      from Philadelpohia, PA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Finish matches camera
                                      • Solid Construction
                                      • Works On D700 D300s

                                      Cons

                                      • Overpriced
                                      • Poor Battery Layout

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portrait Photography

                                      Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                      Well-built and very durable. Overpriced for what it is(a Nikon tradition) so it gets 4 stars(not because it makes an already heavy camera even heavier). Love having the full shooting controls in portrait orientation! Plus, it just works with no hitches, unlike the Chinese 3rd-party grip I bought for my D40x that has a real wierd way of activating it. My main complaint: You should be able to put BOTH batteries in the grip instead of one in the grip and one in the camera(Can*n) knows how to do this, why not Nikon???

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                                      5.0

                                      Fantastic addition to my D700

                                      By Denny

                                      from Monroeville, PA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Install
                                      • Solid Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Portrait Photography

                                        Comments about Nikon MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip:

                                        This grip is so sweet. Not only do you get the extra battery power for long sessions but the handling of the camera is so much more comfortable for those with bigger hands. The ability to flip the camera for portraits with all the controls in comfortable position is another added benefit!

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