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Supplied with MS-D12EN for EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (sold separately) and MS-D12 for 8 AA batteries (not included); accepts 1.5V LR-6 (Alkaline), Lithium (FR6), Ni-MH (HR6) or Ni-Mn (ZR6).
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This made my camera into a dual-personality FX/DX platform the Nikon intended Yes it's pricey-- retail anyway. I got mine in a distress sale for $250 (BNIB). I needed the quality of the D800 and a more manageable 15.3 MP image size to simplify sharing efforts for my kids sports teams. Pop on my 18-200 and I have 6 FPS available. Put the FX lenses back on and I can shoot FX RAW to my hearts content for more serious work. Camera stores and Industry commentators say using the FX body in DX mode is a waste, but in reality, being able to achieve great results and enhanced speed, leveraging your existing DX lens investments is a good thing. The grip quality is outstanding and when used with the Eneloop NI-MH AAs, the camera works great. Approx. 2400 images on a charge, and the grip will use the native EN EL15 battery, AAs with the carrier (mine came with it), or the expensive EN EL18a option That gives the same performance as the AAs for considerably more money, and the need to buy the battery, a charger for it, and the special carrier for it just adding to the cost. September 30, 2012
First Grip... works and feels awesome This is my first time using a grip. Day 1; don't know how I lived without them. Always thought I didn't need one, because I was strong, and nimble enough to shutter release without too much stability loss. Turns out, I was very mistaken. Much greater stability with the grip in portrait, and easy to switch between portrait and landscape. Don't hear or feel a single rattle in the battery area, as was stated by another reviewer. The shutter button seems very smooth and responsive, and it seems to work exactly like the standard shutter release button. Half way is about half way for focus and reading. Shooting in both manual and program modes, everything works great. I've also discovered, that for me at least, the camera overall seems to be better balanced when I'm working with it. I do portraits, weddings, etc., and can't wait to use it in those settings. A bit pricey... yes ($399.99), but I'm going to say worth it. Maybe it's just my initial delight speaking. Oh yea, almost forgot, having a second battery to power everything is a big plus. September 15, 2012
A bit overpriced, but feels great! I'm using it with my D800 and it may be a bit overpriced (bought when I was visiting my family in Poland for 1300 zloty (PLN), which is 380$ - and remember that in Poland the tax is 23%, not 8%), but it feels great, works great and.... what else do you expect from a vertical grip? Sometimes I forget about having it, I quite rarely put it off - but without it D800 feels... too small and too light ;-) I've changed from D7000 with MB-D11 to D800 with MB-D12 and it feels quite the same - great camera with a great battery pack. July 14, 2012
Not Ideal for Tripod Use - Adds Worthwhile Vertical Functionality & Battery Life THe MB-D12 adds useful vertical functionality and battery life that I appreciate. The multi-selector button is "so-so" in comparison to the high-quality one built into the camera body; however, it's adequate. My real gripe is that when attached and screwed in tightly, the fit to the body is not totally snug. So, if you're doing critical work with a tripod, the camera+grip assembly is not rock solid. It's a much more solid platform without the battery grip attached. December 14, 2012
Between a rock and a hard place For starters, it's a great grip. Yes, it is completely overpriced. however, the aftermarket grips, being so cheap aren't exactly something id trust to hold $4-6k of camera+lens on a tripod. Thus, my rationale for 'investing' the extra money to buy the Nikon one. It feels solid when mounted to a tripod, and the tactility is great. However, the d-pad button is a little small and twitchy, so it isn't hard to press the wrong direction. My biggest gripe is that the battery tray doesn't lock into the grip very securely, so it rattles when walking with the camera. This also means that the weather sealing on the door is useless. That's anything but the experience one might expect from a product with such a high price point. Again, I personally wouldn't trust my gear tied to one of the aftermarket plastic body versions, but this just is not worth the asking price. September 12, 2012
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If used with an EN-EL18, what battery chamber cover will be required? If used with EN-EL15, what battery chamber cover will be required? Thank-you.

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I believe it is a bit unprofessional to "not answer" a genuine and structured question with a reply of a copy & paste from the adjacent page. I think 21 "unhelpfuls" since february is a pretty clear feedback.

From my understanding, the MB-D12 "natively" receives the EN-EL18 battery, plus it comes with two adaptors: the MS-D12EN that receives the EN-EL15 battery and the MS-D12 that receives 8 AA batteries. In any case, it is locked in place by the BL-5 cover.

Could you please confirm?
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I was able to find the answer w.r.t. EN-EL18 on the Nikon USA website.
The MB-D12 + EN-EL18 + BL-5 all work in unison.
The BL-5 is the Battery Chamber Cover.
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Dear Nikon,

Please re-read my original question. Actually, let me re-phrase it into 3 questions.
1. Will the MB-D12 accept an EN-EL18 battery?
2. If so, will a different battery chamber cover be required?
3. If so, what exact battery chamber cover will be required?

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The MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack is supplied with MS-D12EN for EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (sold separately) and MS-D12 for 8 AA batteries (not included); accepts 1.5V LR-6 (Alkaline), Lithium (FR6), Ni-MH (HR6) or Ni-Mn (ZR6).
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I see one enel-15 battery stays in the camera and 1 enel-15 battery sites in the MB-D12..
which battery is used first, the on the in the camera or the MD-D12 ?
hopefully the first battery used is in the MD-D12.
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While you can choose either, I think it makes more sense to use the grip battery first. It is a lot easier to change.
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If you go to custom settings menu, d12, you can pick the battery order. If you intend on using AA batteries in the MB-D12 you need to choose which ones you are using in custom settings menu, d11

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The Battery in the grip is used before the one in the body.

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You have a choice in the camera's menu.
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MB-D12 Multi-Power shows works with D800. Does it work with the D800E as well?

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Yes, the MB-D12 is also compatible with the D800e.
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Yes, except for the anti-aliasing filter, the cameras are identical.
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I would like to know what material ie: Magnesium Alloy ? the MB-D12 is made of.

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It is made out of Magnesium!!!!!
Nikon stuff are dumb as my shoe.
How do I know?
I scratched it on inside in several places to reveal bright shiny specks.
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It's made of polycarbonate.
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NIKON D-800 AND MB D-12

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HI,can i use the d-800 with only 1 battery EN EL15 battery, inside the grip mb d-12 ?
thank you !
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Yes, but it defeats the purpose of using the grip. You will need one battery in the camera and an additional battery inside of the grip to get the full benefit of using the grip.
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Yes, but it defeats the purpose of using the grip. You will need one battery in the camera and an additional battery inside of the grip to get the full benifits.
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What is the increase of FPS in both FX and DX with this grip?

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Only DX though, FX stays 4fps since the shutter is not the bottleneck.
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It does boost the frame rate to 6fps from 4fps.
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With the MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack , dose it increase the FPS on FX or DX mode?

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With the MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack , dose it increase the FPS on FX or DX mode?

Why the price is so high? is it a metal housing?
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The D800 is huge news. Expect it to be out of stock for months after its launch. Of course, people will want to get the grip as well, so Nikon sees this as a chance to pocket a little more cash. I would expect the price for the grip to reach reasonable levels once the first wave of buying frenzy cools down.
I don't like this pricing strategy either, and personally, will wait for the prices to cool down before I will consider buying one.
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When will the MB-D12 battery pack be available for pre-ordering?

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The MB-D12 was released today and it’s usually available after 30 to 45 days. You may want to check with your local dealer for availability.
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When can we see more images and specs from the grip?

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Honestly, for over 2.5x the cost of previous grips, many of us are hoping you've included a little something extra (wifi). I'll buy it as soon as its available if that's the case. Otherwise this will be the first Nikon body I've owned that isn't either full size (F4, F5) or gripped (F3, FM2, FG, F100, D200, D700).
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Please click on the link below:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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Will the MB-D12 grip be available to purchase by the time the D800 is ready to ship?

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Once the product is announced it takes 30 to 45 days to be available at dealers.
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