Flashpoint Battery Grip For Nikon D810, D800, D800E - Magnesium & Water Resistant

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About Flashpoint MBD12-M

The Flashpoint Professional Power Battery Grip - Magnesium & Water/Weather Resistant for the Nikon D810/D800/800E is an optional but essential accessory with excellent ergonomics designed specifically for the Nikon D810/D800/800E. This enhanced version add water resistance and magnesium strength.

Featuring intelligent links to camera functions, matching the design and feel ofyour camera while doubling the battery power with a twin cell chamber that can load a choice of one, or two battery packs. This is especially useful when taking advantage of the camera's movie mode or Live View mode - operating modes that use more power compared to using a single EN-EL15 pack. In addition, with the included battery magazine, you can also run the camera off six AA batteries.

The non-slip rubberized grip offers perfect balance in any direction with full vertical shooting controls, which can be independently turned on or off as the photographer needs to enhance camera handling, especially for shooting vertical pictures - not videos, please. The grip has generous operating controls as well:shutter button, Main Dial, multi-controller, AF point selection button, AE lock/FE lock button, AF start button, and multi-function button. The base of the grip has a standard 1/4-20 tripod socket and a hand strap mount.Your camera's original battery door fits snugly in a protective hidden slot for instant retrieval.
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The Flashpoint MBD12-M is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Video, Weddings and more.The Flashpoint MBD12-M is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.One reason why the Flashpoint MBD12-M is popular is because of its Easy to use

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (11)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (7),Weddings (7),Video (5),Landscape/scenery (4),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (7),Photo enthusiast (5),Pro photographer (5)

Flashpoint MBD12-M Features

  • Professional camera grip for horizontal or vertical photography
  • Intelligent link to camera functions
  • Matches design and feel of your camera
  • Double the power with twin battery chamber
  • Perfect balance in any direction
  • Water/Weather resistant seals prevent moisture damage
  • Magnesium construction
  • Compatible with Nikon D810/D800/800E
  • Vertical shutter button
  • Master on/off switch
  • AF Point Selection Control Link
  • AE Lock/FE Lock/Index/Magnify buttons
  • Main Dial for Vertical Aperture/Shutter control
  • Anti slip texture
  • Accepts 2 EN-EL15 batteries for twice the power
  • Includes AA battery holder
  • Storage slot for camera battery door in handle

Flashpoint MBD12-M Specifications

Camera Model
Nikon D800, D800E & D810
Type
MB-D12
Power Sources
1xEN-EL15 or 2xEN-EL15 or 6xAA's
Operating Temperature
32-104degF
Dimensions
151 x 50 x 81mm
Weight
11 oz.
Mfr #
FPBGMBD12M
SKU
INKMBD12M

Flashpoint MBD12-M Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.7

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another step closer to OEM

Some folks have noted the absence of a back corner groove used to accommodate certain L brackets - part of the Nikon brand design but not in the polymer version of the Flashpoint/Meike . That omission has been corrected in this magnesium, moisture resistant model. I chose Flashpoint from Adorama thinking that the store's volume purchasing power might have given them leverage to tweak the product in ways greater than sticking on a store brand label. I'm not sure there is an actual difference b...

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Some folks have noted the absence of a back corner groove used to accommodate certain L brackets - part of the Nikon brand design but not in the polymer version of the Flashpoint/Meike . That omission has been corrected in this magnesium, moisture resistant model. I chose Flashpoint from Adorama thinking that the store's volume purchasing power might have given them leverage to tweak the product in ways greater than sticking on a store brand label. I'm not sure there is an actual difference but the notion that the magnesium/water resistance brought it closer to Nikon specs helped me rationalize the added 50 dollar cost. Production tolerances seem to be equivalent to the polymer model I initially purchased, then returned - perfectly adequate, given the price point. Bulk and weight of the camera w/ grip are noticeably increased but many photographers appreciate that sort of thing, me included. As for durability, time will tell, although first impressions allow me to be mildly optimistic. And of course, bang for the buck needs no more description than so many others have given.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stay away

This is the worst experience i've had with an aftermarket product. On the positive side it felt firm and sturdy. The first day I used it it froze the camera while trying to use the grip selector (4way control). I thought it was normal since every aftermarket i've used or read about have son issues. But after some more uses then the nightmare came. When I was going to unscrew it from the camera after a wedding to recharge the camera body battery, the unscrew dial was moving freely. it felt dis...

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This is the worst experience i've had with an aftermarket product. On the positive side it felt firm and sturdy. The first day I used it it froze the camera while trying to use the grip selector (4way control). I thought it was normal since every aftermarket i've used or read about have son issues. But after some more uses then the nightmare came. When I was going to unscrew it from the camera after a wedding to recharge the camera body battery, the unscrew dial was moving freely. it felt disengaged from the inside of the grip. Imagine how scared I was since I had no clue on how can I removed it from the body. I could not forced it because it can damage the camera connector. I kept trying to unscrew it but it didn't engaged again. I noticed that if I applied a little bit of pressure downwards the mechanism seems to engage for a second giving it about 1/5 of a turn to the screw. After two or three hours trying it finally unscrew completely. For me it was a three hour nightmare which I don't want to live again.

Reviewed by 18 customers

 
4.0

Not perfect, but excellent for the price

By

from Toledo, Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this device primarily for the vertical mode controls; the second battery and AA cell alternative are nice too. It fits the camera well: there is no wobble, and there are no gaps. The only negative is that the up/down/left/right control button is small and temperamental: you don't always move in the direction you intend. (I had the same experience with the similar D7100-compatible model, which I also own.) If a few more dollars had been spent on the U/D/L/R button, I'd gladly have paid more for the device.

 
5.0

Great price for a magnesium base

By

from Glendale, CA

This is used with the D810. The build is solid. Wish to see the directional button a bit better as it could get a bit too sensitive. For a fraction of price of the Nikon made it is totally worth it.

 
1.0

Stay away

By

from Puerto Rico  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the worst experience i've had with an aftermarket product. On the positive side it felt firm and sturdy. The first day I used it it froze the camera while trying to use the grip selector (4way control). I thought it was normal since every aftermarket i've used or read about have son issues. But after some more uses then the nightmare came. When I was going to unscrew it from the camera after a wedding to recharge the camera body battery, the unscrew dial was moving freely. it felt disengaged from the inside of the grip. Imagine how scared I was since I had no clue on how can I removed it from the body. I could not forced it because it can damage the camera connector. I kept trying to unscrew it but it didn't engaged again. I noticed that if I applied a little bit of pressure downwards the mechanism seems to engage for a second giving it about 1/5 of a turn to the screw. After two or three hours trying it finally unscrew completely. For me it was a three hour nightmare which I don't want to live again.

 
4.0

Excellent quality grip for D800

By

from Beverly Hills, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Having larger hands I like the comfort of a grip. This grip is solid and it fits perfectly on my D800. Seems to be very well made and comparing it to the other Nikon grips (D300,D7100,D7000, D90) that I own I feel that this grip is on par with the genuine Nikon products. I would recommend to a friend. I have no negatives to report.

 
4.0

Positive review were right.

By

from NY  -  Pro Photographer

I'm going to start with 4 stars for form, function, and initial build quality. I'll reserve the fith star if it seems to hold up a while. I was in the same boat as many others when I bought a D800 and was shocked by the drastic increase in the price of the MB-D12 grip. Many others had been half that price. I often shoot in portrait and need the extra battery capacity without stopping to change them. The rubber is nearly identical to that of the D800 and the ergonomics seem identical to that of the MB-d12. The battery tray that accepts an en-el15 is smooth. I don't typically use the AA tray but it too fits fine. Side note, how has battery life been using AAs in the grip? Eneloop? All the buttons function properly and are relatively smooth. They lack the refinement of the Nikon grip and camera but are light years past another non-OEM grip I have. They aren't sloppy but don't have the modulation that Nikon does. The d-pad on the grip is sensitive but extremely responsive.

 
4.0

Positive reviews were right.

By

from NY  -  Pro Photographer

I'm going to start with 4 stars for form, function, and initial build quality. I'll reserve the fith star if it seems to hold up a while. I was in the same boat as many others when I bought a D800 and was shocked by the drastic increase in the price of the MB-D12 grip. Many others had been half that price. I often shoot in portrait and need the extra battery capacity without stopping to change them. The rubber is nearly identical to that of the D800 and the ergonomics seem identical to that of the MB-d12. The battery tray that accepts an en-el15 is smooth. I don't typically use the AA tray but it too fits fine. Side note, how has battery life been using AAs in the grip? Eneloop? All the buttons function properly and are relatively smooth. They lack the refinement of the Nikon grip and camera but are light years past another non-OEM grip I have. They aren't sloppy but don't have the modulation that Nikon does. The d-pad on the grip is sensitive but extremely responsive.

 
5.0

Love this magnesium alloy battery grip!!

By

from Houston, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this battery grip because I wanted a magnesium alloy, weather sealed battery grip, that's closer to the Nikon version. This is a great step at being an equivalent. I sold off my former plastic grip for this is a major step up in build/feel, etc.. The heft/toughness is equivalent to the Nikon D800/810 that it's attached to. I even feel like the two battery trays are built better than the ones that came with my former, off brand, plastic grip. I tested the AA tray with eight Sanyo Enelope's and it does help my D800 achieve the extra 2fps, in DX mode. This is great alternative for those who want the magnesium alloy, weather sealed option, without the Nikon price. Thanks Adorama!!!

 
1.0

Problems with battery grip

By

from Spicewood, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Used when doing video to extend time between battery changes. Although this mostly worked, after a random interval, the camera flashed an error message that could only be resolved by removing the battery pack. Too bad, because I wanted not only the battery boost, but also the vertical shutter release that I missed from my old F5. Item was returned.

 
3.0

Battery grip for Nikon D800e

By

from Spicewood, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Have only had it for a week so have only given it 3 stars so far. I really missed the vertical shutter release from my F5 and this has restored it. I like having option of using AA batteries, but it appears not to work unless you have an EN El battery in the body. I don't know what will happen when the body battery is exhausted. Will the grip batteries be useless even if fully charged? I have shot about 500 frames and about an hour of video and the body battery is still nearly fully charged, so it significantly extends battery life. The shutter release on the grip is ultrasensitive and in film days I would have hated it. Fortunately, in our age it is a mere annoyance. Of course the grip adds significant weight, but the D800e is not a point & shoot. Used For prolonged shoots, still and video and for vertical compositions

 
4.0

Works as advertised

By

from Fremont, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Using grip with a Nikon D800. All supported features work well. Product materials seem of good quality, with a possible exception of the AA battery holder. Plastic pieces at the end of the + sides broke as the batteries were installed. However, it does not seem to affect the battery contacts or the functionality of the grip. It is just unexpected to see small pieces breaking off right away. Use and feel of the grip are good. Comfort holding the D800 with the grip is well balanced, it does add weight but nothing unbearable. User guide is very basic and could be improved.

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Tim B  Anybody know if there are any problems using this on the D810?
MARIANA DA R  Not sure. But I read that nikon did some redesign regarding the grip ergonomy... So...
Bart P  Are the two battery packs in the Mag grip used in addition to the battery pack in the camera or in place of the battery pack in the camera?
STEVE O  the batteries you place in the Mag Grip work in addition to the battery in the camera. You can tell the camera which batteries to use first
Shopper  Does Kirk or Really Right Stuff make an L- bracket that fits this Flashpoint Mag grip?
MARIANA DA R  Yes, it does and fit´s perfectly. The Kirk. But ti tell the truth I´m not satisfied with this grip. The Focus Lock button, the one linked with the shutter button, its a little loose, so it doesnt remain in the position. Many times The AF system just did no work because of that. I thought it was bad connection... Once I just opened all the grip and I figured out that was that button that was causing the AF malfunction... I´m seriousling thinking in put some glue to lock in the right position, since I just use that. :D
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