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NikonMB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack
 
4.6

(based on 246 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (161)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (184)
  • Durable (177)
  • Reliable (167)
  • Lightweight (51)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (17)
  • Heavy (7)
  • Price (7)
  • Pricey (7)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (132)
  • Everyday (124)
  • Travel (105)
  • Studio (96)
  • Landscape photography (95)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (86), Semi-professional (80), Enthusiast (60)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (220)

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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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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

Costly but highly effective

By Brooke

from Ohio

Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

Works without issue, came in great time, very easy to attach to my d810. I've seen the other side of things with off brand types and wouldn't go back for something that's used frequently and is much needed... just buy.

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5.0

Ignore the bad, price-centered reviews

By Nick

from Seattle, WA

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

    This is the best battery grip you can buy for a Nikon D810. There is no competition. Many of the poor reviews of this battery grip say that it's a great product, but that they are giving a bad rating because of the price. This is absurd. The product is phenomenal, and the construction quality is superior to any third party grip available (I've tried them all). Yes, it is more expensive than other options, but it is also much better. I don't understand why others factor the price into their review. People want to know if you think it's a good product, not if whether or not you think it's a good value.

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    4.0

    Very handy... But pricey...

    By TheDaveL

    from Lutz, FL

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

      I got the MB-D12 free with my D810. I had a knockoff battery grip that I used with my D800E, and, while the MB-D12 is nicer (better build), I was never sure that it would quantify a 4x increase in price. Now that I have handled and used both side-by-side... There's no doubt that the OEM grip is better... It edges out the knockoff in every aspect... Build... The fact that the knockoff dials are 'iffy' at times and skip... But, is it 4x better? Well... Possibly... But, maybe not... I have to say that, when I do buy another battery grip in the future, I will factor the price in my decision... But, I also appreciate the quality difference, so it may not be the deciding factor...

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      5.0

      Works great... Totally worth it.

      By JR

      from New Jersey

      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

      This grip fits perfectly, doesn't look like it doesn't belong on the camera. The focusing is accurate back button focusing works smooth too. Only thing is without the en-el18 battery this grip is just a extra battery carrier. As soon as I can spare a hundred or two I will purchase it.

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      5.0

      Sometimes it's best to stick to the original equipment

      By Shaq

      from Demarest, NJ

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

      Yes, it's ridiculously expensive, but after trying 2 different knockoffs (some of them sold on B&H as well), the Nikon accessory is solid, well built and delivers the professional performance expected from the brand.

      Yes, the knockoffs were 20% of the price, but they end up being tossed to the "unusable equipment" bin. I won't even resell them because I don't want other photographers to rely on something so un-reliable. At the end of the day, the Nikon MB-D12 delivers and covers its cost (if nothing but my peace of mind it won't give out, like the other 2 did) in less than an hour of shooting.

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      5.0

      Great product! Great customer experience!!!

      By Robin48

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Sports Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

        My MB-D12 gives me complete confidence when I'm in the field. Frequently shooting landscapes, I'm often in remote places. The MB-D12 gives me the flexibility to use nearly any available power source. I carry AA batteries in my bag as my contingency power source, but they also permit me to shoot an even faster frame rate with my D810. Great product! Great customer experience at B&H!!!

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        5.0

        Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack

        By DJA

        from Queens, NY

        Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

        The Power Battery pack is an essential part of the camera system because it assures that you have extra Battery power and makes the camera more versatile on vertical shooting. I believe it makes the camera complete.

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        5.0

        Balances heavy lens plus AAA!

        By Charleston Photographer

        from Charleston SC

        Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

        Only one battery but the balance is greatly improved when using heavy lens. I haven't used it yet but having a AAA battery option is great when in the field.

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        5.0

        Came as a bonus

        By Je Chh

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

        Super fast shipping. Pretty heavy when attached to my Nikon D810, but it is still recommended!

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        • No

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        5.0

        It deserves the investment

        By Jose O

        from Lima, Peru

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

          I bought because it was offered as an offer, I used the alternative brands which VERY poor quality compared with the original, none of the copies lasted more than half a year

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great addition to the camera

          By Gerald F.

          from Chino Hills, Ca

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

          Reserve power doing long shooting assignments
          Compact and available to use camera batteries as well as AA batteries

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          5.0

          Invaluable Tool

          By Bob traps light

          from Cranford NJ

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Key Functionality
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

            Cannot imagine switching to shooting vertical without it- makes the vertical grip natural while putting all the key controls at my fingertips.
            Like the new more solidified connections Nikon used, better than older battery packs on older bodies. Little pricey, but worth it...

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            4.0

            EXCELLENT PRODUCT.

            By uno125.com

            from Colombia

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

              I 100% recommend buy this product. feels solid in the hands and works fine. I believe its expensive.

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              5.0

              It's what you would expect

              By Carrie

              from Fargo, ND

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                I am a person who cannot shoot without having a vertical grip. It's a personal preference. This is lightweight, which I like because I don't want my gear to get any heavier than I need. Great hookup. Love that it has the option to use AA batteries, great for that time you forgot your extra battery back home when traveling. I also like the lock function on this, so I don't have it hit the shutter when it's on my shoulder when I'm not shooting.

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                4.0

                OEM version is superior

                By MichelleD

                from Reno, NV

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Well Built

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Events Photography
                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Sport Photography
                • Street Photography

                Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                After experiencing the cheaper version of the battery grip from a third party, I opted to purchase the more expensive OEM version. So far it feels and operates as expected. I expect it to last much longer without issues. I gave it 4 stars only because of the high price point.

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                5.0

                Great power pack

                By Binn

                from Louisiana

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                  I have always used these on my cameras and this one works great like the others. They give you more to hold on to if you have big hands. This is my third one, used them on my FE2, D300 and now my D810. Soon to have the D500 with a battery pack also.

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                  4.0

                  Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack

                  By Kiltedview Films

                  from Texas, USA

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling
                    • Video

                    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                    Purchased for use with Nikon D810. Adds nice balance that I'm used to and convenience of vertical grip/release. Firmly attaches and the extra battery time helps in prolonged shooting situations, especially useful when shooting video with live-view, which is a heavy battery drain.

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                    5.0

                    Expensive, worth it

                    By Sharky

                    from Florida, US

                    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                    Started out with vello grip I picked up for <$ bucks. Still was blowing through enl15 batteries. Bought this and the enl18a and I can shoot a wedding including a bunch of video without bring a charger. You need to buy the battery cover (BL-5) and I picked up a cheap charger that works great so far. MH-26 Nikon replacement dual charger. In crop mode the 810 now gets 7 fps. Grip is firm and Nikon quality. Took me a year to pull the trigger on the purchase glad I did.

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                    4.0

                    Can't say worth the money, but aftermarket doesn't compare.

                    By Chris V

                    from San Luis Obispo

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Build
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • When Using Your Camera

                    Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                    This Nikon battery grip feels and works as if it IS part of the camera body, unlike the aftermarket brand I previously purchased. I read the reviews and tried to save $, but in the end the aftermarket grip died within a year and I spent more money to buy this one. The buttons on the other model never felt quite right and were sluggish at best. I know this grip is way over priced (hence the 4 stars), but it is machined beautifully just like the rest of my Nikon equipment. I highly recommend biting the bullet and purchasing this unit. Otherwise, shoot me a message and I'll sell you a slightly used aftermarket one in near perfect condition. ;)

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                    4.0

                    better made then third party one

                    By Al nyc

                    from bronx, ny

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack:

                      I like to take vertical images and battery grip make it much easier

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                      • No

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