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Nikon MB-D15 battery grip for D7100 now shipping, currently in stock

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Nikon MB-D15 battery grip for D7100 is now shipping in the US and is currently in stock at B&H.

The Nikon Coolpix A will start shipping today or tomorrow - it is already en route to retailers. This is the final product release from the recent series of Nikon announcements. I expect the next few months to be quiet in terms of new product announcements. The rumor mill will probably heat up again during the summer.

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  • Gpereir4

    Is it just me, or does the grip look slightly too large where it meets the camera on the left side?

    • Aldo

      guess that’s how they make them now, cuz that’s how it looks on my d800.

    • September

      I think that it fits better than mb-d10 on D300s/D700. If I had D7100 I would certainly consider buing one. I can not imagine a camera without a grip. It improves grip and it means a lot to me.

      • Grippy the Grip

        Get a grip, people.

    • anon

      it looks weird in the promo photos, but really once you have it (D800/mb-d12 in my case) in your hands and can move it around, it doesn’t look weird at all.. I’m really not sure why this (and the d800) look so weird in these pics with the grip on.

    • lorenzo

      Is it just me or all these grips mounted on a tripod are shaking like Hell? Maybe the purpose of a grip is NOT to be on a tripod, right?

    • cgw

      Whoa! That baby swallows four D-cells, right?

      What’s certain is: a) over-priced; b) tons of flimsy knock-offs.

  • Michael_Foley

    I think the MB-D11 looks a little better on the D7000, this looks slightly too big and doesn’t really line up with the edges of the camera. I like how the grip on my D7000 feels like it’s part of the body.

    • Micah Goldstein

      I like how the D7100 can take pictures in focus.

      To me, I’m more concerned with how the images look from the card slot and up close to the viewfinder.

      If there was a serious usability problem caused by such a misalignment, then that’s important. I’m not sure looks really count. If they did, wouldn’t we all be using Leica?

      • Michael_Foley

        And the D7000 can’t take photos in focus? What the hell does that mean?

        So when I’m spending well over a thousand dollars on a piece of equipment I can’t nit-pick on the design?

        • AM

          More important is if the grip fits snug. I had to come with some home remedies to make the MB-D11 fit snug on my D7000 and to stop the annoying rattle of the battery inside the grip.

        • Micah Goldstein

          No, no the D7000 can’t take consistently focused pictures. Not in my experience. Not like the cameras with CAM3500. Well, I’m only guessing that the D7100 will focus as reliably as all the other cameras that use CAM3500. But this is based on my real life comparison with cameras that use CAM4800, which can’t perform reliably. That was my experience with the D7000, and my friend’s experience with the D7000 and now the same with the D600. And there’s quite a bit of noise online about defective AF.

          I don’t think anybody really gets it fixed so it’s on the level of CAM3500. They only get it to work a little better than nothing at all.

          After several weddings, I went back to a D300s as a second body for wedding. No complaints. Good gear, like the D300 I owned before it. The D7000 was a let down, since good AF is a core feature for me. Liked everything else about it for the most part.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donahuememp James Donahue

    Does any of you faithful Nikon guys/gals know where i Can get a good qualtity Glass LCD protector for my D7100?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572614912 Jay Donahue

      I bought a stick-on glass one for the D3200 and I stuck it on slightly off center. In trying to pull it off to recenter it ended up shattering like a car windshield. Please share if you find a quality brand..

      • http://www.facebook.com/donahuememp James Donahue

        Will do.

      • http://www.facebook.com/donahuememp James Donahue

        B&H has a vello Glass Protector that fits the D600 and D800 which has the same size LCD as the D7100 14.95

    • Neopulse

      I used GGS on my D800. Not bad at all and easy as hell to put on.

      • BlueBomberTurbo

        +1

        Even the top LCD protector works. Same screens on the D7100, D600, D800/E, and D4.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Why? My D2x has been used hard for years with no protector, no problems.

      • http://www.facebook.com/donahuememp James Donahue

        Good for you.

  • xjxjxjxjx

    i want the D400 to have an body with built-in grip

    • skaarj

      Exactly my thoughts. D400 with a D4 body 12fps. Back to the new grip…Nikon could have easily made the D7100 the same size as the D800 or D600 and use the same grip. Just another way of screwing us around.

      • desmo

        D400 with builtin grip but, be a scaled down version of D4
        a true DX pro body

        • AlphaTed

          A D4 with a DX sensor?
          Don’t like the idea.
          I don’t need the grip all the time. I use the D300 without a more often than with the grip on.

      • Jon McGuffin

        This is why the left room, the D400 is coming and it’ll be 95% of everything everybody here wants… :)

    • Micah Goldstein

      I want the D800 to have no built in flash…but we get whatever they make. Unless you have large amounts of money and speak Japanese. Even then you may not get anything you ask for.

      • Aldo

        oh I like my built in flash though :P

        • Flasher

          I used to love the built in flash of the D700 — until I realized that after 5 years… I have never used it even once. *love bright lenses & high ISO*

          • Aldo

            tbh mine doesn’t see a lot of use. Occasionally I use it as a commander and wedding reception closeups, when everyone is drunk already. Aside from that it just gives me piece mind to know that I have a back up flash on my camera at all times.

          • Micah Goldstein

            Zack Lee. More trouble than it’s worth too.

      • Duncan Dimanche

        Why would you wanna get rid of the flash ? how silly… if you don’t like it don’t use it but don’t hate it when others need it. I was on a shoot a month ago where the Radio meter stopped working so we used the popup flash of my D800 to trigger the other flashes… saved the day

        The only sensible reason to not have one would be to make the body tougher…

        And as for the built-in grip i’m sorry again but I like to be able to take it off when i’m street shooting and want to travel light. So once again no point having a huge body when you can have the choice to have both in one package.

        Cheers

        • Pat Mann

          Except that a body with an integrated grip is smaller/lighter/stronger/more weatherproof than a body with a separate grip attached. I still don’t expect the D400 to have an integated grip – I’m getting it either way.

          • NRA Advocate

            Well, there won’t be a grip for the D400. Because there won’t be a D400.

            So I guess you ain’t gettin’ neither, neither way.

        • FerpectShotz

          actually the built in flash and the slightly bigger makes using some lilt shift lenses impossible. Thats why they don’t do that on the D4.

        • Micah Goldstein

          Why would you want a flash? How silly? ; D

          Why don’t I like it? One giant capacitor that can fry the entire works if it gets wet. And the whole fixture on top is a weak point for water to enter. This is why my D2x was better in inclement weather. I already killed my D700 once, and the flash cap was the point of failure. Got wet, zapped the whole thing.

          And the damned flash is really easy to accidentally pop up, even with a flash in the hot shoe. I often just cover it in gaffer’s tape…that always looks classy. Also: no motor drive with the built in flash. Even if it’s cranked way down, where it could take several successive shots without fully recharging, it won’t. Locked out in software. No motor drive with built in flash. Also blocks movements with PC/TS lenses.

          Most of the time I’m using a flash as a trigger is in the studio for portraits, which are portrait orientation. The built in flash end up not reaching all the lights in vertical orientation. Not very useful in my experience. I always end up using a hot shoe flash. And then I’m not worried about recycle times either.

          If the idea is a compact camera with a built in flash, well…there’s lots of those! Even a full frame one now in the D600. Nikon makes no digital body sans integrated vertical grip and flash. Like the 5D. Or the F100 or F6.

          I never wanted for a built in flash on my F100. And I don’t hear complaints from 5d mkanything owners about missing it. Of course all of those that I know are pro.

          A D3x would be nice, but they don’t make a 36mp D3x now, do they?

          • Aldo

            hmmm I wonder how many cameras have fried statistically due to having a pop up flash -.- but I agree with you… if you plan to dive with your camera, having a pop up flash is not good for you :P

            • Rudi

              It depends on if you are only shooting when the sun shines or if you still have to work when it rains.

            • Micah Goldstein

              Well, at least one, which was enough to convince me. :D

          • Rudi

            +1 same with my D700 + D800. Just love my D4. Sturdy work horse. When I need flash I won’t even put it on camera! And using it as a trigger doesn’t work either if you need it during sunlight or in a Softligher II.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BigDaveP David Portass

        Really?? Why? I never use my pop up as fill in however I regularly use it in commander mode with zero output to trigger my off camera flashes whether they be on a flash stand or in my hand. It is an incredibly useful feature to have

      • anon

        What I would prefer is they make on camera flash like headlights on a car. just have it exposed at all time and sealed with no moving parts. That way us who like to use it for commander mode still can and those who want a tougher body better sealed body still get that. Yes i know… then, the glass of the flash is always exposed, but with how freaking cheaply made the popup flashes are, that glass will certainly be stronger than that crap flip up plastic. The only downfall of doing this is not having the flash elevated as much from the lens opening. But honestly, who cares. 1% of people, if that, actually use popup flashes on high end cameras for accentuating the image.

        • desmo

          but then you would have NIKON in all your flash photos
          as that is where they put the Logo :)

          • anon

            ha… yeah didn’t think of that :)

        • Micah Goldstein

          How about just having the built in AF assist light be a tiny xenon tube for triggering remotes?

    • NRA Advocate

      “WHAAAAAAAAA…! I want my D400…! When will we get our D400! WHAAAAAAAA!”

      Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, folks.

  • Micah Goldstein

    The price is more reasonable than I expected. This is about what I paid for the MB-D10 and MB-D11.

    • EnticingHavoc

      MB-D10 is designed for pro cameras. D7100 can hardly be called so. At least I haven’t witnessed a pro with a D7k like body.

      • Adam Mullins Photography

        If by “pro” you mean someone that works full time and supports their family with photography, I am most def a “pro” and I have shot with a D90, a D7000, and D7100, and a D600. All the same body types. I have made a living shooting weddings/fashion/seniors/families for the past 3 years using non “pro” bodies. All my clients care about it final IQ, they dont care where my ISO button is located or if my camera is weather sealed.

      • AlphaTed

        Dude. Even Thom Hogan and Moose used to carry one.

      • Micah Goldstein

        I’ve never liked the arbitrary term “pro” applied to camera gear, since the needs of pros is a bit varied. But now that you mention it, I know lots of pros who bought a D90 for it’s size as a second or third body, and I still know people who use the D300 and D700, but I can’t think of any who bothered with the D7000.

        The D90 grip was only $170 when I bought one. It was kinda shoddy build compared to the D7000 grip though. All plastic, nothing to recommend it above the third party parts.

        I suspect more pros will be drawn to the D7100 than the D7000. At least for a piece of take anywhere light gear.

  • Rhonbo

    I wish Nikon would make these grips so they match the body better, they always look like an add on.

    • TooBadForUs

      I wonder if this is intentional — they don’t want precious D4 and D3 owners to feel bad if someone mistook a D7100 or a D800 for a higher end camera? I wouldn’t put it past the sneaky camera manufacturers to think this way…. they are ALWAYS crippling something by design. Crippling = failing to add something/intentionally avoiding something which costs $0 or only a couple bucks at most. No one is asking for Nikon or Canon to add $300 features to a $1300 camera. But if something costs less than $5 to IMPROVE or make significantly better (such as 1/8000 vs. 1/4000 shutter… or making a grip fit perfectly to the body…. or a 100% finder coverage), then it is just sad and pathetic of the manufacturers to exclude it.

      • TooBadForUs

        A classic example is Buffer Size. The D7100 has a pathetic buffer size. What reason is there for crippling it? None. Its an intentional attack on the consumer. The cost of RAM memory is extremely cheap. They don’t even provide an option for you to add a memory card or something to improve the buffer. SAD.

        • SleeperSmith

          And of cos the fan boys can’t accept the truth.

          That’s fine. Saves me money from upgrading anyway.

      • TooBadForUs

        (By the way, I used this as a chance to comment on crippling, but most likely its just because they wanted the camera to be rounded/ergonomic. Take everything with a grain of salt, not everything is evil, right? ;-P )

        • SleeperSmith

          No. Everything IS evil when it comes to corporate.

  • Neopulse

    Hope the D400 will be using the same grip as the D800 at least. (eg: D700 & D300/s)

    • anon

      Hope the d400 will actually exist.

      • Neopulse

        Of course it’s going to. Maybe it won’t be called the D400 though.

        • NRA Advocate

          It won’t. Because it will be called the Dfantasycamera.

    • WYS

      I hope not just because the MB-D12 retails for close to $400 with a MSRP of $616. Way too much for a grip.

      • Micah Goldstein

        …the advantage to the MB-D12 would be the EN-EL18. It IS way overpriced though.

        • xjxjxjxjxj

          good point. the D400 will be a performance camera, thus needs access to the big batteries. pairing it with the D800-grip and D4-battery would really make sense. i just hope, nikon is not so crazy as to market ANOTHER new grip….

          • http://www.facebook.com/gulyopapa Gulyás Tamás

            D400 ??? HAHAHA !!! WHEN ???

    • NRA Advocate

      You can hope all you want, but it won’t.

      It won’t because the D400 won’t ever exist.

      • Neopulse

        Umm… it will. Are you trolling much replying twice the same thing in the same thread?

      • AlphaTed

        Ooooohhhh.
        The anti-D400 folks are scared …. really scared that they’ll be dumb ass proven wrong.

  • Forbs

    I’ll wait for Meike to make a considerably cheaper clone.

    • desmo

      it will be considerably cheaper fit and finish as well

  • upuaut

    I’m obsessing about the boiling from few threads ago. (nervously tapping finger on table) I must ask: if you boil the grip, would it shrink such that it’s perfectly sized once attached to camera body?

    • Aldo

      you should try it and share the results with us!

    • lorenzo

      Yes, but it must boil with the camera mounted on LOL

  • Tommy

    Just ordered mines. Hopefully it doesn’t look weird like in the photo.

    • desmo

      it will, but
      it’ll feel good in your hand,
      and you’ll be looking through the viewfinder anyway.
      enjoy

  • lorenzo

    Ah… I was surprised that no one had said yet “Where is my D400?”
    Admin, please give them one! BTW, I might consider it too :-)
    So, if I got it right, nothing new to expect for Summer, not even the D4x?

    • Tommy

      Most likely:
      Summer: D400
      Fall: D4X, D900?

      • lorenzo

        Haven’t heard of the D900 yet, what will it be a D800E fixed?

        • NRA Advocate

          A lot of BS online about the D400, too, which is a fantasy camera that’s never coming.

  • BlueBomberTurbo

    You people are really complaining about the looks of a functional addition to a camera? -_____- If it works properly and feels comfortable, does it really matter? People will judge the camera by the quality of the images it takes, not by its fashion sense.

    From the looks of it, it’s very similar to the D7000′s grip, with just the slight angling of the front dial to match the D7100′s, and better positioning for the locking dial. That means it’ll be just as comfortable as the camera’s grip, and easier to attach/remove than the D7000′s.

    Honestly, the only thing I could complain about is the D-pad, since it’s so different than the camera’s (more like a joystick than a pad). Same with the D7000′s grip. I swear the D7100′s D-pad is smaller than the D7000′s, so not sure why they couldn’t include it on the grip to make it feel 100% the same.

    Either way, mine will arrive on Friday. :3

    • desmo

      the d pad on the grip works better than the one on the camera,
      or at least that’s been my experience with the mbd grip on my D600

  • http://www.facebook.com/ranieves25 Rick Nieves
  • EnticingHavoc

    $270 for an amateur camera battery grip. Great idea. Something mysterious has happened to Nikon …

    • BlueBomberTurbo

      D7000′s was roughly the same. Remember, this is also magnesium and weather sealed, not a crappy hollow plastic $50 knock-off grip.

  • Neopulse

    Does the use of a EN-EL18 on the MB-D12 increase AF speed? 7.0V vs 10.8V?

  • Nick Warren

    Is anyone else experiencing shortages from the major online dealers to supply this product (ever since early May 2013)? I am really battling to get hold of one.

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