I just got my MeiKe battery grip today. It definitely appears to be all plastic (too light to have a metal frame). The buttons feel kind of cheap but function great (I actually like the fact that the shutter button has a definite click to it instead of feeling mushy like the on-camera one). The main plastic and rubber part looks and feels just like the camera. I'm happy with it - definitely worth my $50. If you really care about the weight and weather sealing, get the Nikon. If you just want a grip and place to shove extra batteries, the MeiKe seems like it will work just fine.
D7000 Battery Grip question (MB-D11)(78 posts) (26 voices)
Mike Gunter said:
I'm revisiting this since I just got an answer from Nikon support about heating up during movie making.
They don't know how long it will take to heat up.
Thank you for contacting Nikon USA.
Using the MB-D11 with your D7000 to record, will increase the movie clips but the camera will overheat. Unfortunately we do not have an exact periods but we do not recommend using it for extended periods for recording.
I did follow up with a question concerning any damage to the sensor should the camera become hot (the manual suggest it would shut down to protect itself).
While it seems incredulous that there's no data on this, in Nikon's defense, there would be a myriad of conditions in which test data would be skewed and what's normal in the arctic circle would be quite different than in the Sahara desert. Still, it's silly that there wasn't an attempt to try and determine what 'hot' means in some kind of terms of 'time', because now everyone who owns the camera is left in the air as to how long they can use the camera usefully.
Kind of stupid, isn't it? You can use the camera as a video camera, as long as to don't use it 'too long'. What's that mean?
As a side note:
I was delighted to see that after Howdy Doody went off the air, Claribel the Clown got a job. ;-)
Thanks for the info and for contacting Nikon USA, even if it did leave us both scratching our heads. I'm sure the camera would have some fault circuitry for overheating. I doubt it would cause any permanent damage, if it did over-heat, but I can't imagine it being very easy to actually over-heat the sensor, from our experience. Wouldn't using live view, without recording, stress the sensor just the same as recording? Seems it would be working the sensor the same, since the shutter would be open and the sensor "on" during Live View operations.
AFAIK, the heating might even go to affecting the LCD panel and the shutoff is to protect it (the LCD), just don't know and the Nikon guys aren't adding any info to diffuse the confusion.
There is still an active question concerning damaging the camera if used for a period of time. Hopefully they will give a meaningful answer.
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