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Old 24-07-2011, 22:22   #1 (permalink)
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Generic batteries and grips for D300

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Just wondering if anyone on here has any experiance with generic grips and batteries for the D300 and if so what they are and if there is one that they would recomend.

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Old 25-07-2011, 09:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

Whilst I don't use Nikon, I do use both generic grips and generic batteries in my Canons (350D, 30D, 40D) and never had problems with either product but do know you can get some relatively poor grips.

Having said that, my genuine Canon grip (they didn't do clone grips or batteries when I got the 7D) is not as good as past generic grips and the genuine Canon batteries don't last as long as the clones! Seeing as the cost for the genuine article is multiples of the cost of the generics, I can't say I'm wildly happy!
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Old 25-07-2011, 09:33   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

There are several third party grips available with different features. I have not got a battery grip, but I remember Rob Barron getting one for his Canon and being very impressed with it. I believe that it could do long exposures and time lapse too. Plenty of links to the ones that members have used, and Rob's post #11 gives a link to the one he got.

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...tml#post301936

I suspect they will have grips for Nikons too.

Beware third party batteries for your camera. I think that the genuine Nikon ones now have a chip in them and if you get a third party one you might find that some functions will not work, or in the worst case the camera will not work. Best to try one before you buy if you can. I got a genuine un-used Nikon battery from e-bay for £30, and another used one from MPB for £18.
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Old 25-07-2011, 12:00   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

Thanks gents
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Old 26-07-2011, 12:20   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

Just to add to Dabhand's comment...

I am using a Hahmel battery (Jessops supply). It is used in rotation with the supplied Nikon battery. Operationally it has around 10% more capacity (Nikon=1500mAh, Hahmel 1650=mAh) with no adverse behaviour. It does not have the chip of the Nikon and so does not register the number of shots taken since the battery was inserted / charged. To me this is an unnessecary refinement as the power of the battery depends on your shooting habits - flash use, vibration reduction, auto-focus etc...

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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

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It does not have the chip of the Nikon and so does not register the number of shots taken since the battery was inserted / charged.
If this is the only function that the chip performs I agree you could do without it. Some makers go further than this though, and if the camera firmware does not detect a genuine battery it disables the camera! Panasonic springs to mind, but there might be others, and some might only disable certain features.

I've no issues with third party batteries - I've used them myself in the past - but always wise to check before purchase.
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

The batteries I am using for my Canon 350 are Canon's own...
"Generic" ones have been found that are not made to the best standard and may leak and/or terminally fail...
If you have a fail of a NON Canon battery that damages the camera, your warranty is invalid...
If you have one that explodes on the camera charger, you are not just missing a battery, but will have to fork out for a new charger as well...
That was enough to persuade me to buy Genuine Canon spares.... bit of a "No Brainer", and the fact that the Canon batteries are about the same price anyway?...

Anything that is THAT significantly cheaper than Manufacturers own can NOT be made to the same high standard, can it?... LI-Ion batteries are not cheep to make, getting a fiver discount that can ruin a thousand quids worth of camera gear (Or More...) if it leaks in the bag in your boot, is it worth the risk?...
If its Canon's own make, they have a duty to repair the camera at lest....

Grips?.. find one that is comfortable to YOU...
I have large hands, small grips, whoever makes them, are no good for me, so its all down to finding one that works for you.
Take a good look at the quality of the thing before you buy...
Anything that is sealed in a box that you CANT get at and try out, walk away from.
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That was enough to persuade me to buy Genuine Canon spares.... bit of a "No Brainer", and the fact that the Canon batteries are about the same price anyway?...
Well, my single, genuine Canon 7D battery cost £55 and two clone 7D batteries, including charger, cost me a total of £18 - and the clones last longer! But, shock horror, I don't get feedback on the state of charge from the clones (and you need to use the supplied charger) as they're not chipped (and no, I don't care about the lack of feedback!). But recent chipped clones only cost me a tenner each - behave exactly the same as the Canons!
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and the fact that the Canon batteries are about the same price anyway?...
Sadly, Nikon batteries are over £60 whereas the third party ones are mostly under £20.

I have to admit that I do only use genuine Nikon batteries for my stills cameras, but when I was into video, I had mainly third party batteries bought from trusted sources that gave me no problems at all.
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

Using the Nikon grip with my D300 which ive only removed a few times the only thing i did find that the shutter release on the grip is way to sensitive and uve hardly got to touch it for it to trip the shutter.
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Re: Generic batteries and grips for D300

I have the Nikon MB-D10 Camera grip and I very rarely remove it from my D700.

I find it really balances the camera weight well and bizarrely enough I prefer to carry the camera around with the grip on, adding to the weight, rather than without it.

I also love being able to use the EN-EL4A batteries which just last forever!

I wasn't convinced I'd use one but I had a friend who swore by his Canon grip so I decided to give it a try.
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