Nikon MB-D12, Multi Battery Power Pack / Grip for D800 Digital Camera - Gray Market


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About Nikon MB-D12

Optional MB-D12 multi-power pack further expands your shooting time and battery choices while adding a vertical shutter-release and control dials to your camera

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Durable (12),Easy to use (9),Reliable (9),Lightweight (4)
Best Uses:
Portraits (8),Everyday (6),Landscape photography (5),Studio (5),Travel (4),Home (3),Macro photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (5),Semi-professional (5),Enthusiast (4)

Nikon MB-D12 Reviews

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(based on 19 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Pricey but good

At 1/10th the cost of the D810, and as a professional photographer,, I am not going to trust my reputation to no-name knockoff products. Nikon and their gear has served me well for 30 years, and this battery grip is built and backed by them.

Reviewed by 19 customers


Expensive but well built by Nikon


from Marysville, WA  -  Semi-Professional

Less expensive options out there but at least with Nikon you know it will work properly.


Solid, Pricey


from San Diego, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I give this: 5 stars for quality 2 stars for value 4 stars overall Not much to be said except it's Nikon quality, feels very solid, does what it's supposed to do. The vertical grip shutter release button is quite a bit firmer than the body's button, takes some getting used to. Maybe it will soften over time, I don't know. I wanted this to increase the battery life for my time-lapse projects. Had I known about DC couplers, I would have gotten that instead! I already think my D800E is bulky and heavy before I put this on it plus 8 Eneloop Pro batteries. But it does look very "pro," if you're into that. At the gray market price, 4 stars, but if it cost $200, this would be 5 stars overall. The US model I would give 3 stars overall.


Original Equip


from AR  -  Semi-Professional

This is the alloy metal Nikon version. While the other plastic ones may work, I was concerned when using on a tripod and the pressure on the socket. I wanted the real thing. Although I understand the construction may cost more I believe Nikon has priced this rather high.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Pricey but good


from Chicago  -  Pro Photographer

At 1/10th the cost of the D810, and as a professional photographer,, I am not going to trust my reputation to no-name knockoff products. Nikon and their gear has served me well for 30 years, and this battery grip is built and backed by them.


Nice grip as always


from Orlando Florida  -  Professional

Every camera I own has a grip. Since I have big hands, and use the camera daily … I just like the way it feels when I walk with it in my hand. Adorama, has never let me down on any of the products I have purchased. I purchased this as a demo, but it is only a grip so I did not have any problems making the purchase. I use Really Right Stuff L plates so that is why I purchased the Nikon Grip.


made by Nikon


from Fort lauderdale  -  Professional

Would be 5 stars, but the price is too much, otherwise better made than the generics out there.


Solid built!


from Portland, OR  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Finally bought the battery grip, due to high price point but after a long time of waiting and Nikon finally drop the prices but it was still expensive. In the end, if I think about the price too long and then I would wait another year. Have fun enjoy life and make something out of it!


Nikon Quality But over priced


from WV  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

as always nikon provides the best quality but this grip is still over priced. But it is better be overcharged than pay for those plastice knock off grips


Pricy but worth every penny


from Spokane Wa.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have large hands this makes my D-800 fit perfectly! It seems very high quality and I have no worries concerning warranty or damage to camera. I did't give four stars only because of price. I would certainly recommend this grip.


Works great but too expensive


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Professional

When looking for a grip for my D800 the idea of spending less than $100 on a 3rd party item was appealing due to the high price of the Nikon piece. I bought the Nikon grip because I wanted to make sure that it would work and not damage the camera. The D800 is a $3k camera that if had its electronics messed up because I used a knock off grip I would have never forgiven myself.


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Mitchell S  also, in the event of unforeseen damage, where can a gray market grip be repaired?
KAMISSA B  Why get gray market grip? Don't make my mistake; I had purchased Photix BG-D800 to save money! Guess what? I lost money as it proved to be just another piece of crap, and the company that is based in China--HongKong, I think, would not entertain my claim. To make a long story short, I ended up purchasing Nikon's grip,which I should have done in the first place.
Mitchell S  Dear Kamissa, thanks for your concern... I actually purchased a gray market grip, but it was a Nikon... my concern was where to get it repaired after the one year warrantee and I got several answers from your colleagues at Adorama... Some say it can be done at Nikon USA, but I really doubt that after cross checking... Does Adorama repair camera parts after warrantee for a fee??? thx
Mitchell S  thinking of getting mb d12 for d810... not interested in using AA batteries.. what are other methods for powering the grip that make sense?
Gary Alves G  You can use two EN-EL15.... I never use AA batteries in mine.
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