Targus TG-BGD40 Vertical Battery Grip

Targus TG-BGD40 Vertical Battery Grip

Targus TG-BGD40 Vertical Battery Grip

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  • For the Nikon D40, D40x & D60 Digital Cameras

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The Targus TG-BGD40 Vertical Battery Grip for the Nikon D40, D40x & D60 digital cameras functions as both a high-capacity battery pack and a vertical grip. It holds up to 2 EN-EL9 battery packs, thereby doubling the shooting time of the camera, and allows for the use of six AA batteries in the supplied battery magazine.

It also features a vertical shutter release that makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally. Additionally, it supports features such as AE lock and AF lock, with access to the Index/Reduce button, main dial, AF-Frame Select button, and Aperture/Exposure Compensation Button.

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Targus TG-BGD40 Vertical Battery Grip
  • EN-EL9 Battery Magazine
  • AA Battery Magazine
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Targus TG-BGD40 Reviews

    TG-BGD40 Vertical Battery Grip is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice grip for the D40. I have big hands and this grip does the trick. Out of the 3 grips I found for the D40 this has the best options. For one you can use 2 of the Nikon batteries or 6 AA batteries. The other 2 grips have built in batteries and take 4-6 hours to charge. The vertical shutter is really just a built in ML-L3 remote shutter, so it does not act like a real shutter release like on the camera. But it does an OK job. Also, you must turn on the remote/2sec mode in the camera for it to work and on the grip there is a pop up IR eye. It's better then nothing. The only con I see is the battery door lock. It's all plastic and looks like it will wear out over time. Should have been a metal turn lock like on the Nikon grips for there other cameras.
    Date published: 2008-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Product A For overall product quality/sturdiness. A+ For allowing the use of one or two EN-EL9 batteries simultaneously thus reducing the need to replace the battery during lengthy project assignments. A+ For accepting AA batteries - An invaluable way to have backup power resources. A+ For easy access to a conveniently located additional shutter release button in the vertical position. D For not having some sort of easy access to a horizontal position shutter release button while the vertical position shutter release is activated. In that setting, the camera shutter release button is not active (i.e. available) and it is time consuming to reset the latter, thus risking loss of shots requiring quick action. Alternatively, Do not activate the unit's vertical release button. Use only the camera shutter release during action assignments - not a most efficient choice. Priced on the high end, but there aren't many alternatives available. Product is great to have; however, if price is a serious consideration, one can survive well without it.
    Date published: 2008-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition I use my d40 as one of my backup cameras and as an extra when working with students. Although I have only seldom needed to replace batteries while working with it (as it is only a backup), I bought this product just in case. Finally, I feel like I can get a solid grip on the d40 in the horizontal position and an excellent one in the vertical without fear of it slipping from my fingers. It also adds some nice heft that helps to balance heavier lenses. A word about the much maligned vertical trigger: If you are actually doing a shoot, you will probably need to get your focus and then switch to manual focus. Unless there is a lot of action, I will usually do this anyway.
    Date published: 2008-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Battery grip - Good value for the money This product is a great value for the money. I adds very useful size to the smallish D40/D40x cameras (although it is heavy). I have large fingers, meaning that my small right finger won't fit on the existing camera grip. This battery grip allows me to hold the camera normally. The grip comes with two battery holders, one for the EN-EL9 battery (will hold one or two), plus one for 6-AA batteries, to get you by in case the Nikon batteries die. I have two EN-EL9's in the grip, and it has given me several hundred shots, without showing any signs of letting up! This grip has a pop-out infra-red transmitter for the vertical shutter, just as the Nikon infra-red remote functions, allowing you to easily shoot portrait photos. The only downsides to that are the camera does not respond the same with the remote as it does with the onboard shutter button. There is no halfway-down option, to focus and hold it there. When you depress the shutter button on the grip, it does a snap-focus and takes the photo. You can't compose a picture and hold focus. Also, you have to setup the camera to use the remote, as that is how it sees the shutter button on the grip. However, here's a tip: Change the self-timer button (left side of lens mount) programming on the camera to let you turn on the remote. That way, you don't have to go into the menus to switch to remote. You just pop out the infra-red transmitter on the grip, turn it on with the switch next to it, then use the camera's self-timer button to switch it to remote. After you're done shooting in portrait, reverse the steps to go back to the camera's shutter button. Happy Shooting!
    Date published: 2008-10-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great buy The targus grip is essential to the work I do. I am a still photographer for independent film which requires me to take pictures nearly every second of a shoot which can be anywhere from 6-12 hours. on a full charge with 2 en-el9 nikon battery's it will last me all the way through two days of shooting. also having the back up of a 6 AA cartridge could be a life saver. Not to mention its much more comfortable to handle. The only con I have on this is the vertical shutter release can only be used in IR remote mode, thus disabling horizontal release.
    Date published: 2009-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from FITS & LOOKS LIKE FACTORY NIKON PART. i was really worried about getting battery door off camera but it came off with ease and great thing is grip has a place to store this door so it won't be lost . it took about 3 minutes to install. the only thing the instructions could have been a little bigger ...lol THE FIT IS PERFECT !!!! LOOKS LIKE NIKON MADE IT .
    Date published: 2009-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Battery Grip on a Nikon D60 This product is on a Nikon D60. Unlike many reports I read online, this item pretty much matches the texture and color of the camera. With the 2 Nikon batteries, I THINK I am able to pull out around 600-700 shots per charge. It absolutely improves on the ergonomics of the D60 so I highly recommend it at this price. What's not so great? I'm afraid of over-tightening the device on to the camera and strip the threads or something like that. That would really stink! Otherwise, no legitimate gripes so far.
    Date published: 2009-09-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product This little add-on is great for what I do. I love having the extra power, as I shoot a lot of images at a time. It holds two of the D40 batteries. Not sure how many images this will provide. Guess it depends on the images and the power drain on the camera, but for me without using the flash, I am guessing 600-700 images on two batteries. It also comes with a holder so that AA batteries can be used. I also use this option sometimes with about the same results as the camera batteries, maybe a little less. It is hard to judge given the way I shoot photos.. I use my D40 a lot with the built in flash, but have it turned down to the lowest setting which is just enough to fire my studio strobes without affecting my images.. I do have an issue with this gizmo though. It has a vertical button to use when you rotate the camera. It is screwed up by design, and if you get one of these things, I suggest you forget about figuring out how to use the vertical button or whatever it is called.. I figured out how to use it, but it was not easy and it does not work as it should. You only get one choice at a time, either the horizontal button or the vertical button will be active at one time. They should both be usuable at any give time.. I just ignore the vertical button and get on with my life... For the money, this is a good buy. And, the extra weight helps steady the camera, or so I think... For some things weight is an issue, but for my photos, I like a little extra weight to steady my hands.
    Date published: 2008-12-28
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