4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great for Vertical Shooting & Long Lens Balance,
This review is from: Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack for D300 & D700 (Camera)
This is very much a product you will either need and have a specific use for, in which case buy it - its great, or one when you might be unsure as to what you'll use it for in which case I would perhaps hold on to the cash. You will know what you need/want it for. I did not buy the MB-D10 not for any additional power supply needs (the on-board EN-EL3e does that perfectly well enough in my D300, and carrying a spare in my pocket is not exactly a chore) but for two very specific uses, so from these perspectives I can recommend this product very highly.
1) Vertical shooting: The grip provides a convenient additional shutter button, front and rear command dials and a multi-selector switch, all of which fits perfectly (to my hand at least) when the camera is used vertically. Until Nikon finally sort out my big moan (the aspect ratio), and build a square aspect SLR at a reasonable price there will always be a need for some vertical shooting, and the grip helps massively with this. Additionally, as you hold the grip along the length of the battery chamber in the vertical position you get a very firm and comforting hand held position - I've enjoyed using this very much indeed, and feel I'm getting a far better set of vertical hand-held results than before, even using non VR lenses such as the 85mm 1.8 at low light/low ISO settings.
2) Balance for longer lenses: Having had the great pleasure of using both versions of the 70-200 2.8 for Air Show work, and also for Grand Prix work, a larger lens always feels unwieldy with a non-gripped body. Very recently I shot the original 70-200 on a D90 (albeit a much lighter camera than my usual D300) with no grip attached - and the balance felt all wrong. Whilst you are adding weight and bulk to the set-up, the grip is almost essential for shooting with big lenses, and the balance provided is astonishing compared to a non-gripped body. It is of course all a comfort issue, but it works for me and that is the main factor.
This product will not improve your images one little bit (the caveat being what I said about low-light/low-iso/vertical shooting/non VR above), it is heavy and bulky, and there is a risk of looking somewhat geeky when walking down the street with a 'he-man' combo as somebody said they were so pleased to be seen with in another review. However, the grip isn't for life, can come and go as you need it, and does have some very helpful benefits in making the process of taking photographs easier. I leave my grip off unless I am specifically shooting vertically
Oh, and battery/power improvements - well, there are obviously power improvements in doubling your on-board batteries, either with another EN-EL3e or with the 8 x AA's. I've tried both. The additional oomph of another 2FPS with AA's or an optional EN-EL4 is fun for action stuff, (air shows etc for me) but completely unnecessary for virtually everything else I can think of. 6FPS should really already be fast enough! Power improvement was, as I said above, the last reason to make me buy this product.
As always with Nikon, the MB-D10 is very well made and presented. In the box you'll find the grip, with the EN-EL3e holder installed. There is then a small velour case enclosed with the AA battery holder inside it, and there is a chunky plastic cover for the gold contacts of the grip to keep them clean when not in use. Instructions and warranty card included in normal Nikon fashion.
This is a great product - have no hesitation in buying one if you feel you can use it beneficially, but there really is no need to get one if you will not.