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An honest review from a pro photographer.
on 5 January 2014
I'd like to give a really honest review of this grip as most people have stated that its too expensive compared to the third party grips.
That was my initial thoughts so I first bought the pixel grip which is probably the best of the bunch.
The Pixel Grip v Nikon grip
After a couple of months of use I realised the pixel grip bowed when using a heavy 24-70mm lens because of the plastic construction.
The Pixel also bowed when using a flash bracket. This had the effect of making the whole camera feel a bit cheap and fragile.
The Nikon grip is made of the same metal as the d800 body so feels solid and doesn't bow with the heavier lens.
The Nikon grip is also surprisingly smaller which helps to balance the handling of the camera. This can only be explained when you handle the products side by side. I thought the pixel grip was identical until I put them side by side.
The battery opening on the Nikon grip could be improved and feels cheap compared to the battery opening of a D3 or D4.
If this grip had a price tag of £180 it would be better value but the d800 is a pro camera and £250 doesn't break the bank of a small business.
The most important part of a grip for me is the handling and its far a superior grip to a pixel when comparing weight, robustness, shape and size.
The pixel grip is a great third party copy for £60 but I'm happy to pay the £250 for the better quality and handling.
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