The Flashpoint Professional Power Battery Grip for the Nikon D7100 is an optional but essential accessory with excellent ergonomics designed specifically for the Nikon D7100.
Featuring intelligent links to camera functions, matching the design and feel of your 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 vertical 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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Reviewed by 4 customers
Light weight, "plastickey" feel as to be expected...since it is plastic. Never feels toght to body: aleays a bit of wiggle. It aligns fairly closely to body shape, but it never felt solid as I connected it to the body. You could never tighten it to the point there isn't a hairline gap. Having to remove the grip to charge the internal battery is a hassle. I set up the camera to use the grip's battery first, but I wind up not turning the grip on, so the camera battery goes down, as well. The design with two batteries which are charged separately is not a good plan. If we could charge both batteries by plugging into a charger, it would make better sense. And since these tools work by electricity flowing out, it would appear you could make electricity flow inwards, as well. The fact the grips are peculiar to a specific body is bad, as well. If grips were designed to fit the basic camera "footprint" with user-movable contacts, it would help. I carry a D90, a D7100, and now a D750. That means a lot of excess space, weight, and cist for three different grips. Hauling all that extra baggage on trips out to places like Death Valley, the Everglades, Big Bend, and other remote places is brutal. If I had one universal grip I could configure for the specific body being used, it would be a major boon. The Flashpoint grips are cheap, but three grips is roughly the cost of one Nikon grip for one body. I would prefer to pay $500 for one configurable grip rather than less than $300 for three grips! As an old soldier, I carried a lot of gear on my back for soecific missions, so I learned to choose gear with multiple uses when possible. These grips don't provide that capability.
I bought the Flashpoint vertical / battery grip primarily for the vertical mode shutter button and control wheels. The grip fits the camera securely; there is no gap, and there is no wobble. It seems solid even though it is all plastic. My only complaint is that the up/down/left/right button control is difficult to use, especially compared to the one on the camera. For example: it doesn't always move the autofocus sensor rectangle in the expected direction. I would gladly have paid a few more dollars if a few more had been spent on this.
Great add-on for the Nikon D7100. The only slight wrinkle is that if you want to use 2 EN-EL 15 batteries at once, you'll have to remove the grip in-order to charge the one connected to the camera body. Other than that, fantastic alternative to the Nikon MB-D15 for photographers looking to not drop $200+ on a battery grip. Adds a nice, heavy feel to the camera, gives it that professional & solid look. Nice, snug fit, but is also easy to remove if need be. All in all, great product, does exactly what it's supposed to.
Only had it since Christmas, but so far I really like it. I love having a grip on my camera for portrait shooting and this one feels solid. I rear wheel is a little difficult to turn, but I much prefer that to one that turns to easy like on another brand's grip that I had for the d7000. I am going 4 stars instead of 5 as there is a very slight wiggle on one end of the grip where it meets the body. While I don't have the official Nikon grip to compare it to, I honestly don't see how that could be eliminated with the mounting screw being where it is. I've only used it for a little bit of shooting so far. So far I really like it. If anything changes, I will post an update to this review.