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Nikon MB-D11 Multi-Power Battery Pack for D7000 now available for pre-order

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Nikon MB-D11 Multi-Power Battery Pack for D7000 is now available for pre-order at Adorama.

Update #1: Amazon is also taking pre-orders.

Update #2: B&H is also taking pre-orders for the MB-D11 grip and EN-EL15 battery.

The battery pack includes a MS-D11 EN rechargeable Li-ion and a MS-D11 AA battery holders (batteries not included). Up to 2,100 shots on a single charge can be achieved when using EN-EL15 battery grip. The MB-D11 has controls for AE-L/AF-L button, main/sub command dials, shutter-release button, shutter-release button lock and multi selector. The battery pack has the same magnesium alloy body and weather/dust resistance as the Nikon D7000.

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  • ZinhaEq

    Great!!!!!

  • Mikils

    What is the use when the frame per sec stays the same?

    • http://www.ianivey.com Ian

      Useful for extended battery life if you’re shooting all day (say, at a wedding or a long photo shoot), and great to have the vertical grip for portrait shooting — saves the arm if you’re doing a lot of vertical composition.

      • asdasd

        i pitty bride who chose photog shooting one of those…

        • http://micahmedia.com Micah

          What, a d7000 or a vertical grip? Why?

          • http://www.wuhan-films.com Ojitos

            Ah, don’t pay attention to the man…he’s just trolling.

    • kelly

      Moguls- I don’t know, what’s the purpose of a battery?

    • Mikils

      250 $ for a vertical grip and an additional battery, which you can bring in your pocket? I am a great fan of Nikon, but this is a rip off.

      • Segura

        I use the grip on the D700 and the big benefit is being able to change the battery in the grip, without turning off the camera since it just screws in the bottom of the camera. The old D90 grip you had to remove the battery door and the battery to put the grip in.
        When traveling in remote areas, I can just use AA batterys in the grip, which you can find anywhere . . .
        And finally, when you use big glass, it gives you a better grip on the camera. When you hold the body, the base stops in the middle of your palm, and puts pressure at that point. The grip relieves that.

        And get used to the price, this is the same price as the D300s/D700 grip, it is seems to be built about the same, which is much better than the cheapie feeling MB-D80 grip

        • panfruit

          Or you could buy a generic version and save $200. :P

        • WoutK89

          The MB-D10 has multiple benefits, that do make the price seem more right. It makes the fps increase, when used with the EN-EL4 battery, and it takes EN-EL4 batteries, which is a handy features, if you need even longer battery life.

          • josh

            It also increases FPS when using rechargeable AA

      • Ronan

        You can’t imagine how this is a bargain.

        First off it has magnesium frame (not full), and second… oh man it turns your annoying to hold camera into a extension of your body.

        First thing i bought my old D300 is the MB-D10 grip.

        • Eric Pepin

          not for everyone, i prefer the shorter camera, unless using stupid heavy glass like the 70-200.

    • Steven K

      I did a fashion shoot on Sat with the D7000… 600 shots…

      Go do a shoot like that with a nice, large F2.8 lens hanging off the camera… then you’ll know…

    • Max Power

      It’s for people with man size hands to hold the camera.
      Go big or go home.

    • cirtap

      I promise you….Vertical is the way to go!!! And having the extra battery grip is perfect. I am ordering mine from Adorma…Since the over priced amazon people are greedy.

      • Peter

        The extra battery life is nice but even though $300 is pretty expensive as far as using one with the D300 I prefer the way it weights the camera to a horizontal plane across the bottom rather than the lens or the camera battery (on the right side) making the camera feel weighted forward or to the right.

        It sounds like a real small thing but having a good ‘feel’ means a lot to me, and besides, after $1250+ for the body, $1000+ for a couple lenses, and $400+ for 2 16gb memory cards it’s not that big of a purchase, imo, in camera terms.

    • Chris

      Makes you look PRO.

      • Stepan

        OH YEAH! That is far most important advantage of having a grip.

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      Vertical grip=extremely useful! If you haven’t used one, you won’t get it. Go into a store and try it. After the D2x I haven’t been able to live without one. Try shooing with a 70-200 for a couple hours without a vertical grip–it’s hell! Kill your wrist right quick.

      And it’s true that for a pro, it helps to look pro. People are more impressed by a d90 with a grip than a d700 without.

      I used to recommend the third party grips, but mb-d10 knockoff melted down after a year. The real deal feels the same, but the Nikon offers a US warranty. My knockoff needs to be sent to Hong Kong for service. Not practical for something that was $60.

      Still wanna know if this will take the EN-EL4!

      • http://micahmedia.com Micah

        The one I bought was made by “Meike” and was damn near identical to the Nikon one. Marketed from Adorama as “Flashpoint”. However the bottom half is metal on the mb-d10, just like this mb-d11 here. I’d spend the extra on the real one, but check out third party batteries.

      • Mikils

        Vertical grip used to be really useful during glorious slides era – now I like to use it because I’m old fashioned, but the computer screen is orienting shooters to keep to horizontal. I know very well the difference owing a D200 without grip and a D3s. But shooting with a 300 2.8 i cannot say the D3s has a better balance. I end up holding the lens more than the body.
        As for looking PRO, maybe. I shoot wildlife and birds seem unimpressed by my gear…

        At the end of the day, I understand people which will rush to buy it; I have been young myself. Only I would recommend to pause and think for few minutes: do I really need it (it costs 25% of the body!) or I am rushed by marketing to do something which will not improve my results? When the answer is yes, go buy it and enjoy. But should you have any doubt, wait. Otherwise, it is just Consumerism.

    • dave

      Because you can find AA batteries all over the world. Very handy when the local current melts your charger.

  • Fenst

    $249.95 ?!?!?!?!!!!!

    • http://www.ianivey.com Ian

      Yeah, that price point makes more sense for bodies at the D300s level and up. But wait a few months and Zeikos will come out with a $90 version — plastic, but pretty much identical otherwise. Their copy of the MB-D10 for the D300/D700 is excellent.

      • Eric Pepin

        so you wait and wait for the metal camera only to put a peice of plastic on the bottom, makes a lot of sense.

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    • lucho

      now on amazon it´s $249 too

  • JCap

    Time to que up.

  • Dweeb

    Just hope the battery retaining latches don’t spontaneously break like my D200 ones did. Thanks Nikon. And that one sure wasn’t cheap either.

  • Dweeb

    $300 + 13% HST in Canada. Hahahaha I’d rather have an iPhone.

    • Ronan

      And pay $100-$150 for limited service, hahaha.

      I said fuck you to canadian cell plans a long time ago.

  • nois29

    I preordered mine with Adorama last Thursday. Just sold my D90 and MB-D80 grip, so I can’t wait until I can put this grip on my D7000.

  • Rockland01

    On Adorama’s web site for taking pre orders, it says under Feautures

    “Allows for shooting as fast as eight frames per second”

    Is this true??
    I thought that this was only extra battery juice??

    If so, the extra fps will be make (the D7000) even better!!

    • Kevin

      I saw this as well! Why hasn’t anyone commented on this feature? Is it true or false?

      • WoutK89

        False, just copy paste job I guess from the MB-D10, otherwise Nikon lost big on their marketing campaign to keep this feature silent.

  • http://www.pbase.com/jctangney John Tangney

    What about the battery itself, the EN-EL 15? When/where will it be available, and for how much?

  • Kid Krinkle

    Bah, pre-order… I’m going to wait for NR to post that Best Buy has them first and I’ll use another coupon :D

  • Steven K

    Yeah, exactly.

    A battery grip is nice… but it would also be nice to actually have extra batteries for the D7000 available. >rolleyes<

  • padlockd

    Another vote for backup batteries. A grip would be sweet to have, but I’d rather put that $250 towards a nice lens.

  • Kevin

    Why hasn’t anyone talked about this feature: “Allows for shooting as fast as eight frames per second?” I never knew the grip provided extra fps, but I could be wrong. If so…it’s just one more reason to buy it.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I was looking to find any legit source for the number of fps with the grip and I couldn’t. Anyone seen any reliable info on the number of fps with the grip?

      • Nick

        I think the fps has just carried over from where they’ve copied and pasted the info from the d300 grip. It’s the first anyones heard of increased fps

        • Kevin

          That’s what I’ve heard as well but I wasn’t sure since no one was really debating it. It’s just too good to be true – 8fps would have been awesome!

  • http://galleries.gorji.com Gorji

    A good guess on the fps increase will be to look at the fps on the body and add 1. Similar to what happens on the D300 and D200.

    • WoutK89

      D300 got 2 extra, and D300s 1 extra, IF using the EN-EL4 battery

  • Kevin Brown

    D700 got 3 more fps using AA batteries

  • Kelly

    To World,
    Nikon Rumors was the first to report that the new Nikon D7000 shoots up to 8fps!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/garyngo Gary Ngo

    One more vote for the grip! After doing a photo portrait session or wedding day, your arm will be really appreciate your choice!!

  • Akira

    I wasn’t sure how this could possibly be worth it with no speed increase, but the battery life on my D7000 seems rough so far. I may end up getting one eventually.

    • Eric Pepin

      rough how ? my d300 last forever with one battery even though i have spares, the d7000 is supposed to last even longer. Unless you do three weddings a day, a few batteries is all you need and for most people one is good.

  • matt

    I think the extra battery life will come in handy for long video shoots.

    • http://www.wildhare.me Dave

      I was shooting interval mode with my d7000 and was able to shoot over 2300 frames on a single battery..

  • Benji 16

    hey guys, regards the frame per sec. it will remain as 6 frames per second. similar to d90. hope it helps :)

  • Catastrophile

    deeply dislike this. sorry no other way to express myself since the dislike voting has been removed.

  • zen-tao

    I’m crazy to see the first picture of a sharpness chart made with a D7000. I’ve already have the money in my pocket but I’m a little reluctant to pay 1200€ before having seen any comparatives. Dpreview is quiet. Does anyone knows any other place to see a single reliable picture made with D7k? Im goin to call it “the misterious camera” . Much ado abut nothing.

    • transformation

      As of today, the Sony SLT Alpha 55 is officially the highest-scoring cropped-frame sensor according to DxO, besting the D90.

      http://dxomark.com/index.php/en/Camera-Sensor/Sensor-rankings

      And the translucent mirror design is supposed to come with a penalty of 1/2-2/3 stop. I wonder how well this sensor would have tested without the translucent mirror.

      I’m anxious to see what the Nikon D7000 can bring to the table.

      • dave

        It tied the D90, which is odd because if you look at the charts, the D90 beats it at every ISO in every category, and their overall scores do not match the scores in the charts. I have to wonder what the DXO guys have been smoking lately.

  • zen-tao

    I’m crazy to see the first picture of a sharpness chart made with a D7000. I already have the money in my pocket but I’m a little reluctant to pay 1200€ before having seen any comparatives. Dpreview is quiet. Does anyone knows any other place to see a single reliable picture made with D7k? Im goin to call it “the misterious camera” . Much ado abut nothing.

    • broxibear

      Just wait a few weeks zen-tao, not only will you see more detailed reviews appearing but you’ll probably get some discounts as we approach Christmas.

  • http://www.voynix.com Juannacho

    I don’t think we should all go getting bent out of shape about this fps thing!

    From the moment the battery grip was revealed it was made quite clear that it didn’t offer any increase in shooting speed.

    Now one online retailer has made a typo and people are getting all upset.

    As for the grip, am I not the only person who feels that big grips / huge lens hoods etc. rather than make me feel ‘pro’ make me feel a bit of a dick?!

    Not to berate anyone who uses them! I understand their function but it all just makes me feel a bit conspicuous! I’m still adjusting to the size of my 80-200. O_o

  • Jay

    Love the grip on my D700/D300 combo, in fact just bought a second one so I wouldn’t have to switch.

    As for the D7000, I held one for a few moments and it feels a little awkward at the front. It feels a little shorter and fatter than the D300/700. Subjective. The grip may alter the way it feels making it more comfortable. I have good-sized hands so the big grips/big bodies feel good to me.

    The nice thing is, with a removable grip you can tailor the camera to the shooting situation you are going to be in. On a workshop in June that was primarily landscape, we shot a local rodeo. Not being interested in dragging my D700 and heavy glass, I brought the D300 and 70-300VR. No grip. Lovely, light and I had fun. I was able to set up the camera without the grip, lighten the load and enjoy the event. The loss of 2 fps meant little.

    If the grip is your thing buy and enjoy. If not, that’s cool too! If I were going to buy a D7000 (not in the plans at present) I would WITHOUT DOUBT get the grip, as long as it makes the camera feel better in my hand.

    Regards to all,

    Jay

    Being able to use AA batteries is a huge plus IF spare Li-on’s and or AC current to recharge it/them is an issue.

  • http://eleventhphotograph.com ELPH

    Good news! I got my D7000 in from Henry’s TODAY!!! :D
    Going to open and molest it shortly!

    Also, any info on where we can order extra batteries for the D7000?

    • Peter

      I want to be u.

  • Sidney V

    Amazon taking pre-orders again huh? Expect to get this in March of 2011 with a $10 discount.

  • Peter

    The extra battery life is nice but even though $300 is pretty expensive as far as using one with the D300 I prefer the way it weights the camera to a horizontal plane across the bottom rather than the lens or the camera battery (on the right side) making the camera feel weighted forward or to the right.

    It sounds like a real small thing but having a good ‘feel’ means a lot to me, and besides, after $1250+ for the body, $1000+ for a couple lenses, and $400+ for 2 16gb memory cards it’s not that big of a purchase, imo, in camera terms.

  • JCap
  • Jari

    I had a Nikod D90 with a battery pack. I take normally only horizontal pictures and battery life has been very rarely an issue for me.

    I still wouldn’t have been changed back as a balance was so much better. I have to admit that my wife did not agree with me though…

    My pack was original Nikon, but I was very dissapointed for quality, especially of battery connection tabs. Copy brand would have been as good and costed a lot less.

    D7000 coming for this christmas :)

  • Charlie Martin

    I will be getting the MB-D11 with the D7K some time next year. I find the battery grips improve the balance of the camera especially when larger lenses are attached. I have the MB-D80 on my D80 and have never removed it. It provides better balance especially with my 80-200 f2.8 attached.

  • Franco

    Wow you guys in the US don’t know you’re born. In the UK the price is £349 that’s ALMOST DOUBLE what you’d pay.

    • http://www.voynix.com Juannacho

      Damn straight! Of all the global prices I’m pretty sure we get the shi**iest end of the stick in the UK right now!

      You’d think that AT LEAST if they’re gonna charge £349 for the grip they could throw in a spare EN-EL15 to sweeten the deal!?

  • anon99

    This grip should’ve included a 10-pin terminal (like on the D100′s grip).
    I don’t mind losing the PC sync terminal on the D7000′s body, but lacking the 10-pin terminal is a big mistake because those fancy timed remote releases (eg. MC-36) cannot be used on this great camera.

  • JoshL

    Got my body only on Monday from Amazon! I’m only getting about 10 frames of continuous shooting at the supposed 6 frames per second (shooting RAW of course, adobe RGB, and neutral color control), then it slows down dramatically…..wondering whether the grip will help improve this or whether it’s solely a function of the buffer/processor….

    • Luke

      What cards you writing onto to? Speeds?

      • JoshL

        SanDisk 8gb Class 10….up to 30mb/s * 200X?

    • Phillip

      you an turn auto distortion control off, also turn hi iso and long exposure noise reduction off to get about 10.

  • Raze

    Juannacho –> Is that the price for the grip, with or without batteries included?

    • Franco

      £349 for grip only… Was told my Warehouse Express today that D7000 is available to ship but they have no idea when the MB-D11 grip OR spare batteries will be available.

  • Akira

    Ugh. $60? Why are camera batteries so expensive?

    Also, anyone else have complaints about the D7000 auto-WB?

    • Phillip

      I find the WB to be a little cool.

  • Seb

    I’m issuing a DO NOT BUY – several reports of it breaking (joystick split into 2 halves) very quickly – mine lasted 4 months…

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