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

(based on 194 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (151)
  • Durable (141)
  • Reliable (135)
  • Lightweight (45)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (14)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)
  • Pricey (6)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Price (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (105)
  • Everyday (98)
  • Travel (83)
  • Studio (79)
  • Landscape photography (78)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (68), Semi-professional (64), Enthusiast (48)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (175)

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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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3.0

Functional but terribly overpriced

By shoreview

from Chicago, IL

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Ergonomics
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • No Included Wifi Or Gps
  • Overpriced

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Landscape Photography
  • Portraits
  • Studio

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

As a grip it works well. The shutter release and controls match the ones on the camera body well; it's lower-profile than most past Nikon grips and as low-profile as the D7000; unlike that D7000 grip it fits the camera body snugly; it seems solid, and the handgrip is more comfortable than the built-in one on the D800, almost comparable to the built-in one on the D810. The profile is also quite a convenient height for propping the camera without resorting to a tripod.For price-performance it's dismal. Nikon really only gets away with this because of the shoddiness of the third party products, most of which right off the bat only take six AA batteries and no EN-EL18, therefore no option to boost capture rate in DX. Even the Phottix, with eight-AA compatibility, still manages to spoil the shutter release action somewhat. For $ -- or with built-in GPS and either WiFi or NFC smartphone tethering at the current price -- it would be good value for money. The virtually identical grips for lower-priced cameras aren't too much above that $ target, and any inferiority in fit relative to the D800/D810 is only because the cheaper cameras don't have rubber on their base-plates. At the current price, I simply couldn't handle it; I happened upon an open-box sale and then bought it. If you do buy it, it will do what it does dependably and reliably, but the pros really have to be important to justify the cost, and you may still want to sale-shop. Event, studio and portrait photographers will want one on each camera; others should consider it carefully.

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5.0

MB-D12 makes the D810 the best camera

By Geneg12

from Fairfax, VA

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports
    • Traveling

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

    The flexibility when using the MB-D12 with the D810 makes the D810 the best camera on the market. Using the power pack improves FPS and give you double the battery life. When you don't use power pack you get a much lighter camera with more options than the D4s. Great for travel since you can use AA batteries available all over the world and great for sports to up the FPS.

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    4.0

    It is what it is....

    By Mark B

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Wildlife

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

      Works as described and fits snugly to my d810.

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      4.0

      Great vertical grip

      By Arthur2326

      from West Hempstead

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

      Worth every penny

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      5.0

      Must have for protraits

      By textrek57

      from Conroe, TX

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio

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

        I use grips on all my camera bodies. Gives me something to hold on to plus there great for vertical shots.Although this one is excessively expensive I'm not going to put an after market grip on a $ camera.

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        5.0

        Prefect Vertical Grip

        By Matt the Student

        from Chicago

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable
        • Versitile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Portraits
          • Studio

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

          Awesome for portraits, and extending the already long battery life of the D810.
          Adds nice weight to the camera, and really maximizes the ergonomics of the D810. Required if you are getting a D8XX series camera.

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          5.0

          Top quality from Nikon

          By Rick

          from San Antonio

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

          You can always count on products from the original manufacture! As an accessory to my D800 camera the item is engineered to fit perfectly .

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          5.0

          Great feel. Great expansion

          By mjc

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I love the extra power and feel of the MB-D12. It makes the D810 feel like a more solid, real camera.

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            3.0

            Comfortable grip

            By ET shooter

            from Riverside, CA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits

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

              Love this with my Nikon D810. I only wish that the construction would be a little better.

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              5.0

              Excellent Multi Power!

              By Roka

              from Correa, (SF) Argentina

              About Me Professional

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Studio

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

                Superb complement to the D810 Nikon camera, essential for photography in portrait mode. Greater autonomy.

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                5.0

                Great Power Pack

                By borisbean

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Traveling

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

                  Nikon never lets you down.

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                  4.0

                  Does what it says

                  By Scott Weaver

                  from New Mexico

                  About Me Professional

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                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Relieves Wrist Tension

                  Cons

                  • Inconvenient On Tripod
                  • Multi-function Button Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Extends Live View Time
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Verticall Shooting
                  • Vertical shooting

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

                  I purchased this Niikon battery grip mostly to help relieve problems I've been developing with my right wrist and fingers which I believe are related to extensive shooting vertical shots with the D800. After so many years of shooting handheld with DSLR's it takes some effort to adjust to new battery grip. As a matter of fact I found myself reverting back to the usual way of holding my D800, forgetting the battery grip was attached!The unit does not make the camera significantly more heavy, as it's fairly light in weight even with its battery. As I say, it will take weeks of use before I am completely adept with using the vertical grip.The camera's battery holds so much power I can shoot all day in studio situation using strobes (not the on-camera strobe) and not even drain one battery. So... the usefulness of having two batteries powering the camera was not a major factor in my purchase of the MB-D12. The one time that this WOULD be valuable to me is shooting architectural and interiors work when I am using live view most of the day. I have seen that this is a big drain on the battery. However, shooting on tripod with lot of vertical shots will make the camera rather ungainly with the MB-D12 in place. Would need to use a tripod bracket with this setup, so - frankly - when I do shoot this way I will likely remove the MB-D12 and just have extra batteries with me.So... if you're considering acquiring this Nikon battery grip be sure you are truly in need of it, as its usefulness is really limited to specific situations. Many commentors have stated that it makes hand-holding the camera better and that it balances out the camera. If it does I think it's a negligible difference. BTW, I tried several off-brand vertical battery grips that were made for use with the D800 and... they NEVER worked. Must be something with the electronics. I returned them and finally made the decision to acquire the genuine Nikon version. Construction and functionality: construction is good, but the materials Nikon used do NOT exactly match what they use on the D800/D810 bodies. It's nicely finished, but NOT the very high level of finish on the camera bodies. As to button function, the only slight disappointment is the multi-selector button. It doesn't have the slickness of what's on the camera. It protrudes more and I haven't found operation to be as smooth as the camera's button. This is actually quite a disappointment to me, and I thought for the cost this unit would match the body.The unit mounts and dismounts with quickness, but one must be careful to protect the exposed electronics each time, so there are two small covers that need stored. I can see how easily these might be lost with frequent attaching and unattaching of the unit.All of this said, the unit has not failed to "come alive" every time it's picked up and operated, which is not the case at all with the three previous off-brand units I tried out.So, in summation, the Nikon MB-D12 does what it says it does, and performs well. Each photographer needs to decide if they need one based on their very specific needs and patterns of use.

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                  4.0

                  Solid accessory

                  By xnedski

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                    The MB-D12 makes the D800 more comfortable to hold both horizontally and vertically. The control dials, AF-ON and shutter release on the grip have the exact same feel as those on the camera. The grip's multi-direction controller is smaller than that on the camera but falls perfectly under my thumb. Having two batteries gives me more capacity than I'd ever use in a single shoot.While the additional weight balances out long lenses nicely, it can be a bit too much for everyday use.The two things I don't like about it are the price and that the grip needs to be removed to access the in-camera battery. Minor gripes for an excellent accessory.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Grip

                    By John

                    from N.J.

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

                    I picked up one of these for the extra fps

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                    3.0

                    Expensive

                    By Jeff

                    from York, PA

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

                    I try to buy Nikon brand products whenever possible, but I must say this was a tough one. I certainly appreciate a quality product. However, the price of this grip is just ridiculous.

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                    4.0

                    Nikon MB-D12

                    By Duy H Pham

                    from Burgundy Dr Macungie, PA

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

                    I love it

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                    5.0

                    You complete me...

                    By Lawrence of Atlanta

                    from Atlanta Ga.

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

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

                    Everyone is different but to me my D810 feels complete with this grip and fits my hands very well. The build is impressive if not exactly a perfect match. I love the quality and feel of the buttons, having another battery on the camera and the ability to easily switch from landscape to portrait orientation. With my 24-70mm lens the camera is well balanced but very heavy. I use a Black Rapid sport strap to carry the weight on my hip so the weight is mostly mitigated. This is a quality product that complements the build of the D810. Not for everyone buts works for me (once I recovered from sticker shock).

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                    4.0

                    Nice, but overpriced.

                    By BC

                    from Saint Louis

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

                    I had purchased one of the MBD-12 knockoffs because of the price but it was glitchy & unreliable. The nikon version is what you would you expect in fit & finish but certainly overpriced for what is ,
                    for me, essentially a handle that happens to have a battery compartment.

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                    5.0

                    A grip with POWER!

                    By George

                    from McKinney, TX

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Grip Completes The Camera
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Added Height

                    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:

                    The Nikon MB-D-12 is a most useful tool in handling the Nikon D810 while capturing children in those special moments. The vertical shutter release and and conveniently located second multi selector to change parameters on the fly in the vertical shooting orientation is a definite plus. Also the added set of command dials helps to make adjustments more easily, while shooting in the vertical format.. Total weight of the camera system is much easier to manipulate with the grip added. Shooting time seems to be increased by four times with the much larger EN-EL 18a battery over the EN-EL 15 camera battery, making the added cost of the grip worth the money. This grip is definitely a superior product compared to the after market product. The grip does add considerable more height to the camera, which is a small negative to me. Overall, a great product!

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                    4.0

                    what's not to love?

                    By heatandacguy

                    from nj

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

                    Nikon OEM. It's the real deal. Price is steep but the quality is there. Go for this grip if you can swing the $$$$. One star off for the price that's it.

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