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

(based on 171 reviews)

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    (43)

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    (13)

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    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (140)
  • Durable (129)
  • Reliable (123)
  • Lightweight (40)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (96)
  • Everyday (90)
  • Travel (78)
  • Landscape photography (72)
  • Studio (71)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (61), Semi-professional (60), Enthusiast (44)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (159)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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

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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                          4.0

                          Great

                          By Damian

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

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

                          Great product, feels good in the hands and does not wiggle like other brands. Worth the extra money.

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                          5.0

                          The battery

                          By Cop trang

                          from Utah

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

                          Extremely happy with this purchase , gives great balance for my camera .

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                          5.0

                          Well made product

                          By Earl in Texas

                          from Round Rock, TX

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits

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

                            I mainly bought this grip to make it easier to take portrait oriented pictures. The price is higher than all of the knock-offs that is available, but the quality is higher and should be a better long-term investment.

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                            5.0

                            Adds balance, functionality to D800

                            By donrisi

                            from Oklahoma City

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Wildlife

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

                              This battery pack (grip) is the perfect accessory to the Nikon D800, so much so that I can't imagine the camera without it.

                              By loading the pack with AA Lithium batteries, I ca get up to 6fps out of the camera, and the batteries last forever. Plus, with the camera's EN-EL15 in the camera, I more than double the time I can shoot without recharging.

                              The grip also adds a shutter release button a 2nd set of command dials, and a second Milti-selector, making shooting in vertical mode a snap.

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