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How to not spend $600 on a grip for your Nikon d800 [May. 11th, 2012|09:39 pm]
kyle cassidy
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Ever since I started using an SLR all my cameras have had vertical grips on them, the grips have extra batteries and some of them have an extra release button. The one for the d100 actually had a freaking MEMO RECORDER in it that attached a .wav file to whatever photo you'd just taken so you could take a photo then say "Mrs. Betsy Johnson, 77 from Memphis TN waving a flag at the Peanut Brittle Parade" and have all your notes in the field. I've no idea why they got rid of that.

Anyway, I went to order the grip for my d800 and the thing is freaking six hundred dollars which is absurd because it's got about nine dollars worth of electronics in it. All I really wanted it for was to hold the extra battery since I never use the vertical shutter (plus, in all honesty it just freaking looks WRONG without the thing). I looked around on the Interwebs and nobody's making an aftermarket grip for the d800 yet (someone's eventually going to make one for about forty bucks).

I had a md10, the vertical grip for the Nikon d200 in a drawer, someone borrowed my d200 about two years ago and never gave it back so it was lonely and useless. The d200 grip has a battery connector that protrudes up into the camera body which meant it wouldn't physically fit on the d800, but it seemed a similar size and the tripod screw was in the right place. So I smashed the protruding bit off with a hammer and it screws right onto the bottom of the d800 and, take this nikon, you can hold TWO extra batteries in that thing -- they won't power the camera, but my d700 grip never rolled over from one battery to the other, you had to take the stupid grip off and swap them out when your power ran down.

So I'm counting this as a win.




Clickenzee to Embiggen!



(The cool duct tape is the result of a camera dropping accident at a Dresden Dolls show years ago, not only do I have a vertical grip but I get to CARRY OVER THE STREET CRED from my old camera.)




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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2012-05-12 01:50 am (UTC)
This is kind off topic but on topic..

What do you use to clean your lenses? The good old fashioned lense tissues, or do you use those fancy lense cleaning kits? Or something else entirely?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-05-12 02:05 am (UTC)
It's funny you should mention that because the first photo I took of that camera really highlighted the fact that I HAD NEVER CLEANED THAT LENS IN THE ZILLIION YEARS I'VE OWNED IT. the thing was filthy and I got paranoid, not that it was affecting my photos, but that y'all'd think I was some sort of gibbon living in a cave so I cleaned it with a lens pen someone gave me a few years ago and I'd never taken the lid off of.

So the real answer is "I never do" and the practical answer is "my shirt if I see a thumbprint on something".

(I clean my glasses all the time and have a microfiber lens tissue with a map of philly on it in my camera bag for that.)


(Love that icon of yours!)
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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2012-05-12 02:13 am (UTC)
So the real answer is "I never do" and the practical answer is "my shirt if I see a thumbprint on something".

Hahaa. That's kind of my motto, but I remember my dad being a lense cleaning fanatic, so thought maybe I was abusing my lenses.

Thanks about the icon. That's the story of me the minute I walk in the house in the evenings.
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[User Picture]From: zebrallama
2012-05-12 02:16 am (UTC)
Fantastic!

I know what you mean about a pro camera looking wrong without a vertical grip. And yes, it looks best with a grip AND duct tape.
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[User Picture]From: molinaslim
2012-05-12 02:57 am (UTC)
I was constantly stunned by how expensive camera equipment is, then Kevin sent me a picture of a lens sliced in half. He was trying to show me how complicated the stack of lenses are, but I was blown away by the casing alone. The mechanical engineering in that thing is mind-boggling - never mind the optical engineering. </p>

But that handgrip is highway robbery.

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From: zqfmbg
2012-05-12 03:07 am (UTC)
It gets better. $900 for a wifi adapter!

(Now, granted, that wifi adapter does have some pretty neat special stuff in it, like remote shutter control. But $900?)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-05-12 02:12 pm (UTC)
you can get a remote release on ebay for $15 and connect it to one of your pocket wizards. (which i do) $900 is nuts.
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[User Picture]From: humglum
2012-05-12 04:00 am (UTC)


Nice!
Good you hung onto that grip and don't mind a little smashy diy rigging.
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[User Picture]From: dancinglights
2012-05-12 04:24 am (UTC)
Somehow seeing a smashed, taped DIY grip working on a brand new camera that stunning makes my former theatre lighting tech heart smile. Then again, one of my current rigs is a TTV periscope made with spray-painted cardboard, so there's probably not much 'former' about that outlook.
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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2012-05-12 05:42 am (UTC)
What a coincidence: today, I just bought a spare battery for my Panasonic. (The video jobs are starting to require it.)

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[User Picture]From: shuttergal
2012-05-12 06:53 am (UTC)
I originally bought an after market grip for my D200 which blew in the not connecting or rolling over camera choking kind of way. SO I bought the Nikon grip for it which I loved and thought rocked on toast and rolled over from one battery to the next all hunky dory. I have always detested the D700 grip for both unpredictable roll over and the need to remove the fecking grip to get to the second battery. Now... $600?????? ARGH!!!!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-05-12 02:11 pm (UTC)
See, now you have a d200 grip to sacrifice to the cause!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-05-12 02:11 pm (UTC)
i tried a screwdriver first, but it was taking too long.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2012-05-12 06:27 pm (UTC)
I love problems that can be solved by ingenuity and brute force.
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2012-05-15 07:15 pm (UTC)
Damn. I may have to find myself one of those D100s, and perhaps pass my old (but perfectly serviceable) D40X on to the wife and kids. That .wav file feature is the kind of thing I love. Thanks for the tip!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-05-15 07:47 pm (UTC)
The d40 is probably "newer" technology, but I'd still take a d100 over it, it can use more lenses and it's got a "pro" build.
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2012-05-15 09:03 pm (UTC)
What's a pro build?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-05-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
they're built knowing that they will be dropped or dangled three about a neck smacking into one another every time the owner takes a step.
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