Fake Nikon D7000 MB-D11 battery grip alert

This third party Nikon D7000 MB-D11 battery grip was sold as an original by Anatolian Bookstore Inc. (third party reseller on Amazon):

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  • broxibear

    P.S. Nikon…as in lick on…not bloody Nykon…arhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !

    • In europe, it is pronounced” Nee-Kon”. In the States, it’s “Ny-Kon”. Even Nikon USA pronounces it as “Ny-Kon”, as I just talked to them today.

      • IanZ28

        “Knee-Kon” is the correct pronunciation….. Though I must confess I pronounce it in the typical american fashion.

        • blckcat

          Even in Korea it’s called kneeeeeeee kon I figured.

          • Global

            Knee-CONE. (Like a pine-cone). O’s sound like “oh”, in Japanese — not “ouh” like “con-man” Its a knee-cone, not a knee-con.

            Wait.. the fakes might be Knee-Cons. =P

            • Five replies in and someone finally gets it right. *sigh*

              Maybe we should just all head out for some Carry-oh-kee 😛 ~

            • michael Devonport

              This is not about the pronunciation of the name. This about patten infringement. Nikon should take on this company (law suit), who is using a fake Nikon equipment to sell it’s products . Plus they should tell Amazon to cease and desist in promoting this company because they are selling fake Nikon equipment and using the Nikon name.
              Allot of these fake camera equipment, fashion, electronics and music CD’s are coming out of China. In United States an other countries they are putting pressure on China to stop these fake businesses. But China is turning a blind eye to these companies who are making the fake products.

      • Mock Kenwell

        Jesus. He’s American. That’s how it’s pronounced here. Nikon commercials pronounce it that way. Reps say it that way. Words are pronounced differently all over the world. Are we just discovering this? Move on. There are far worse things to bitch about in this video. Like a dude recommending you buy a knock-off that blatantly flouts copyright infringement and eats into Nikon’s bottom line. Filthy counterfeiters.

        • Really?

          “Words are pronounced differently all over the world”

          True BUT shouldn’t you pronounce it the same way it’s pronounced where the word originated?

          Only Americans refuse to do that! How many millions of times have we heard on TV how Americans say I-raq when it’s should be pronounced as Eee-rok. A decade in that country & these gringos refuse to say it right!

          Other examples: I-ran, Ny-kon, Porsche (pronounced as porsh here when it should be porsh-uh) Volkswagen (should be folksvagen) and so many more.

          You know what’s funny? Americans laugh at other races when they mispronounce words!

          • Ken Elliott

            >> “You know what’s funny? Americans laugh at other races when they mispronounce words!”

            Americans are a race?

            • Ric

              He must be Canadian.

          • idiots

            yes you people are so open minded and worldy. its like every time i go to Italia, they refer to the us as i stati uniti. yes us americans live in our own bubble and do things our own way.

            instead of hating, why dont you stay on topic if not of the post the purpose of this website, or better wipe the dust collecting on your cameras and give them some use, because pretending how much you people know is not making you better photogs

          • Ric

            American Exceptionalizm allows us the freedom to decide for ourselves how we pronounce words and that we don’t care nor worry about such unimportant trivia.

            Ask someone from the Northeast and from the Southwest how to pronouce Coffee.

            • naykon

              or how the rest of the world says Lisbon. When it’s Lisboa.
              Japanese do it too. Jingle bells pronounced as ringle bells.. etc.

          • JonMcG

            “Only Americans refuse to do that!”

            Well good to know that nobody in the rest of the world has ever mispronounced something and it’s a localized probably to our country.. :->

          • Mock Kenwell

            Hilarious. A Chinese outfit is knocking off a Nikon grip in full-on counterfeit mode, and a dude is actually recommending it if you’re on a budget, and that doesn’t get your attention. But a random comment about pronunciation and you’re all over it. You’re right, Americans have their priorities all screwed up. You’re the only smart one.

            No other country is like America. No European or Asian country contends with even half of the diversity America must contend with every day. People with different views, religions, languages… And yet, for the most part, we get along and we make it work. Don’t tell me we ignore the conventions of other cultures. We face them and embrace them every single day.

            • Patrick


            • David W.

              Well Said.

      • Ric

        For the final word is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SExsuRIGAlg

        Nikon N-eye-cone

      • It’s a japanese company, so it’s pronounced like a japanese word – ie Knee-con. Go figure!

    • Roeder

      In American English we pronounce many instances of the accented letter “i” in between two consonants followed by a vowel as “y”, not like a short “i”.

      Vitamin (vytamin)
      Nikon (nykon)
      Time (tyme)
      etc etc

      See the pattern? Consonant, then “i”, then consonant, then vowel. “I” is pronounced like it should be if you are following the (loose) guidelines.

      Maybe Americans are the only ones pronouncing it correctly?


      • ericnl

        in one vowel words the “i” is supposed to be pronounced as “eye” in any English language, when using more vowels, the English languages closer to the original language pronounce it as “ee” then.

        but this is not a question of English, it is about how this name is pronounced in the country of origin.

        I guess it’s more a question of respecting the origin of the word, about wanting to make something your own. any good camera you would want to be from home soil, and you might even think that you can get away with it. but something that is obviously connected with the country of origin, you would never even think of changing the pronunciation. like for instance with the drink “sake”, or how you wouldn’t even think about pronouncing “samurai” as “same-ooh-ray”, but I guess maybe Americans would 😉

        • I’ve never heard it explained so concisely.

          R-E-S-P-E-C-T it’s a bit of a lost word in many cultures!

        • Rob

          There are no such all-encompassing rules in English (or at least American English). There’s no “supposed to,” just generalities that contain the majority of words, which we often teach schoolchildren to help them learn most words.

          N-I-K-O-N is the correct Hepburn romanization of the Japanese kana ニコン, and if you pronounce it as Hepburn teaches, it will sound correct.

          Also, English words whose single vowel is an “I” are usually pronounced like bit, sit, kit, sip, tip, etc. The word “I” uses a far less common vowel sound. Words like sing and sir show there are several different ways to pronounce these such words.

        • A Thought


        • Really?


          RESPECT is the word! When you’re borrowing a word from another culture, the least thing you can do is to say it the way that culture says it!

          Like in Latin…vowels in Japanese are pronounced:
          A in Alike
          E in Let
          I in Feat
          O in More
          U in Foot

          • Mock Kenwell

            Firstly, if you have a problem, complain to Nikon. Their reps, spokesmen, commercials all say it the way Americans pronounce it. Secondly, have you heard the Japanese butcher the English language? Being Japanese and learning English is one of the hardest language transitions to make. Do we hold it against them? No. Their language doesn’t make several sounds that ours does. Likewise, the subtle Japanese nuances are hard to distinguish with an English ear. It’s no one’s fault. Cultures are different. Get over it.

          • jk


            It is not about respect, it is about ignorance…and I don’t mean ignorance in a bad way either. How can we expect everyone to know everything? How many of us speak multiple languages? We even pronounce our own words incorrectly at times.

            First off you have to be informed that a word is “borrowed”
            Then you have to adopt it into your vocabulary
            Then you have to learn to say it accurately? That is a bit excessive don’t you think?

            I wonder if you ever make mistakes?… “all knowing one”

        • plug

          English is not a phonetic language although the American habit is to try to make it so. Many vowel combinations are pronounced differently in English English dependent on context. For example: OUGH

          Rough uf
          Dough 0h
          Thorough uh
          Bough ow
          Ought or
          Lough ock
          and even
          Hiccough up

          Differing pronunciations between cultures matters little. The degradation these days of grammar does as it leads to a poorer ability to express what one means.

          • heynonnymouse

            English is phonetic like all languages, since phonemes are just an human made abstraction of language. See IPA

            It’s just that English has very poor relationship between the letters and the sounds — probably due to the fact it has borrowed it’s vocabulary from many different languages.

            As for pronunciation of Nikon, he can pronounce it whichever way he wants so long as he’s understood — that’s the beauty of language. Would you pronounce Paris as ‘P-ae-r-iy’? or Munich as ‘m-u-n-ch-en’?

            • plug

              By phonetic I meant strictly phonetic such as with German where particular letter combinations have unambiguously defined pronunciations. Otherwise your second paragraph makes my point. I would, do, say Paris in London but P-ae-r-iy in France.

      • Rob

        Actually, I’ve never heard anyone (save myself) pronounce it correctly outside of Japan. It’s closest to KNEE-CONE, as in the middle part of your leg where it bends, and the geometric shape of a dunce cap.

        KNEE-CON (as in the body part, and the act of defrauding) is close enough that it doesn’t bother me too much when people say it, although it’s still incorrect. NIGH-CON (old English for near, and the act of defrauding) bothers me a ton, and I’ve never heard it pronounced broxibear’s way, but that would also annoy me.

        • Whats really stupid is that they pronunciate Nissan (Knee-san) and Nikon (Ny-kon)

          So its flat out stupid, is a japanese word and should be pronounced as is, Knee-Kon is the right way to do it


          • Rob

            Knee-Cone is actually correct, not Knee-Con. It’s a long o, otherwise it’d be Nikan when romanized.


          • It would be spelled Nikan if you want to pronounce it Knee-Con/Knee-khan.

            Come over to Japan. We’ll learn ya how t’pronounce stuff like that 😉

            Exclamation point. Er, comma. Uh… apostrophe?

            • Vandyu

              Ohh. Mi head hurts!
              Sometimes this forum is too much!
              But, it’s never dull.

    • venancio

      i’d let it pass, as american slang, especially now that they’re pronouncing a certain middle east country as “eye raq”…

    • Do they offer a fake D800? How much?

  • what about the build quality, the material is the fake one made of magnesium as the oryginal one?

    • Ronan

      D300/D700 is magnesium, i HIGHLY doubt the real D7000 one is made of magnesium. You saw how he was throwing that thing left and right…

      • The REAL D7000 MB-D11 grip is made of magnesium, this is not a myth. Most of the D7000’s body is magnesium as well. Magnesium is very light, too.

      • Roeder

        The MB-D11 is indeed magnesium, as evident from the scuff on the bottom of mine – I can see metal.

        The back and top plates of the D7000 are magnesium as well.

  • burak

    fakers, you got it? now you can work on eliminating the differences 🙂

  • eb

    thanks for the alert, ill finally be ordering an affordably priced external grip!

    • Slon

      Looks like a well made product placement ! I will not be surprised if this whole story is fake, used just to promote the cheap battery grip.

  • Steve Starr

    I don’t see an issue other than the box appears much like Nikon’s so that may be a copyright matter that Nikon could pursue. It’s an after-market grip made by MelKo (even says it on the grip itself) with only a 3 month warranty if you check the Neewer website link off the Amazon link where it says “…has the same functions as the original Nikon grip MB-D11.” Most likely, all plastic rather than a magnesium body too and who knows how strong a tripod hook-up to it would be.

    If someone is dumb enough to buy what they think is a real Nikon MB-D11 grip for 90% less than the OEM price, pity them.

    • Rob

      He paid over 200 dollars for it. The link is not to what he bought. That is just the correctly branded model from the factory that makes the counterfeits. He bought it through the Amazon page for the actual Nikon MB-D11, but from a reseller that instead was shipping the counterfeits. I believe Amazon usually defaults to the cheapest reseller on every product page, unless you click for more buying options. So he was conned and I’m sure you’d have fallen for it too were you looking for the cheapest reseller of the official grip.

  • Rob

    Based on their Amazon reviews (amazon.com/gp/help/seller/at-a-glance.html?ie=UTF8&seller=A19WLUL1XH2SC) is appears they also were selling counterfeit batteries. They currently have nothing for sale.

    • right, I changed the wording a bit to make it clear that somebody is selling the no-brand name grip as original

  • Could it simply be someone buying the fake grip, then buying the real grip, putting this fake “Neewer” grip into the original Nikon box then returning back to the store and the store putting it back on the shelves ?

    That would explain all the box and accessories stuff…..

  • Rodolfo Paiz

    Wow, that’s an incredibly thorough job of counterfeiting. I appreciate the heads-up from F-stoppers, and I also appreciate the guy’s taking care to be fair to the quality of the grip he received.

    On another note: for those who haven’t paid enough attention, this is not a case of a third-party grip being good, bad, or indifferent. The Neewer grip is sold as such, and labeled/marked as such. The grip this guy received (sorry, didn’t catch his name) was stamped and labeled as a Nikon product in every way, including the box and manual. This is clearly a case of counterfeiting and I’d bet Nikon is going to be all over this with both criminal and civil prosecution.

    Go get ’em, Nikon.

    • The invisible man

      Maybe if Nikon stop making all his products in China, it will be more difficult to make fake ones…..

      • A Thought

        Exactly. Clearly, someone on the chinese manufacturing plant stole all the guidelines of the process. And somewhere else in China people are making money counterfeiting original material… at the expenses of deceived buyers. Shame on you.

      • Ken Elliott

        >> “Maybe if Nikon stop making all his products in China, it will be more difficult to make fake ones…”

        Well…. maybe. But there are plenty of counterfeit products made in different countries. China is not the only place this is done. With modern tools (CAD, 3D digitizes, etc.) nearly anyone can copy nearly anything. Reverse engineering is easier than ever.

        I’ll bet the counterfeit grip producers have nothing to do with any Nikon facility.

    • Mock Kenwell

      Fat chance. The Chinese government encourages this type of behavior by not persuing prosecution or respecting myriad infringement laws. Had this just been a case of a formidable knock-off, it would be different. But this is blatant counterfeiting.

  • The invisible man

    OMG !!!!
    I just checked my 14-24mm Af-s f/2.8 and found out that there is NO FILTER THREAD, it must be a fake one !
    Be carefull guys !

    • kulturindustrie

      Well, what do you think the N on the lens stands for?
      It’s a Nikon N(ot)…

    • I.am.one

      I am happy to buy this fake off your hands and pay you fake US Dollar.

  • Say it ain’t so

    Sorry, wrong posting to bring this up, but Canon has something up their sleeve on November 3?


    • Up $#!t’s creek

      2 guesses… either a knockoff mbd11 grip or a d800. figuring since nikon wont do it, they may as well

    • But wait, there is more – another Canon announcement on September 22nd, one day after Nikon:


      • Ian

        I’m wondering if that Hollywood event has something to do with Ron Howard’s little project. The premier is supposed to be in New York, but who knows, maybe Ron shot the whole thing with something “special”…the verbiage smacks of a publicity stunt.

    • I think that dedicated digital video cameras with large sensors are a pretty sure bet now that the concept has been demonstrated on DSLR’s. I guess they will offer still shooting as an extra feature…

  • Tony Bologna

    I bought the Neewer grip believing it was a third party version of the MB-D11. What if it’s a counterfeit of a Neewer grip!?!? (only joking)

  • Dino B

    Hmm interesting, I wouldnt mind a knii-Kon D3S same sensor with video hmmm would be nice hehe

  • Erick

    For all of you that think pronouncing it in the American way is somewhat correct think of this; if your name is Joey and go to Monaco would you like for them to pronounce it Jouseaih? Don’t close your mind guys and gals.

    • Ian

      I guess I would be okay with them pronouncing my name “Jouseaih”, but only if I first sent a multimillion dollar several decade-long marketing campaign asking them to pronounce it that way.

      Back to the issue at hand, it’s unfortunate that Nikon still allows Amazon.com to be an authorized dealer. Amazon has had a real problem with allowing half of the famed “Brooklyn/New Jersey” camera stores to edge in on their established name. Graymarket, used ( advertised as new), and knockoff items permeate the Amazon marketplace, and other than their little A-Z guarantee, Amazon really doesn’t do a whole lot about it (Hell, they even fulfill some of the orders for these companies).

      I spoke with a Nikon (USA) representative in their legal department, and all they could say was that this news did not come as a surprise and an investigation was underway.

  • Hue

    I thought it was interesting the function of the attachment wheel/screw was mentioned as an issue because it is looser than the ‘real’ product. I have a D300S with a 3rd party grip and the screw is loose as well but once you tighten it onto the camera it becomes a non-issue – it’s tight. My 3rd party grip is exactly like the Nikon MB-D10 including the rubber and works great. It also cost around $200 less. It was not in a counterfeit box though.
    Now, to the pronunciation – do the Nikon commercials in the U.S. not pronounce as NYKON? If that is not the correct pronunciation why would Nikon place those ads?

  • Roeder

    It’s “Nykon”. Get over it.

    Anyway, this kind of thing happens in all industries. I worked for a couple different major outdoor clothing companies. All of the goods were designed here and made in China. The designers, sourcing managers and product managers would pick the contractors to produce the goods, then the contractors would fill finished goods orders through the season.

    Thing is, many contractors sub out the goods they are contracted to make. Often (unbeknown to the designers and managers) the contractor will sub out to less-than-scrupulous manufacturers who will over-produce a contracted goods an dump the excess on the black market.

    Counterfeits are often made with parts that come from the exact same place that is making the real deal. That is why some are so hard to spot – there may be little to no difference at all. In the case of the grip in that video, they used the wrong rubber and the tolerances were off.

    I remember at the first clothing company I worked at someone brought in a fake Goretex jacket off eBay. (bought “new” for a ridiculously low price) We had to have the original designer of the jacket AND the sourcing manager AND the materials manager cut the jacket apart and compare the backings and linings of each material used to verify that it was indeed a fake. Only a small patch of fleece lining at the neck gave it away.

    If you look at the Neewer site at all the grips being sold, you will realize that when you buy an actual Nikon grip, you are paying for fit, finish, warranty, etc. The Nikon one costs 4x what the “Meike” grip costs and they do the same thing, but I would buy the Nikon one every time. (and I did, it’s wonderful)

    • Geoff

      for 1/4th the price I would buy the knock off since I do not use the grip very often. /shrugs

    • f8at250

      “It’s “Nykon”. Get over it.”

      Yeah. Right.

      In our country everybody just smerks at this pronunciation. Just US of A speak.

      How about Nick-on ????????????

      • NyconNeoColonialist

        How about not.

        In our country everybody just smerks at your country. Where ever the hell that is.

        • f8at250

          Yeah ,but types like you smerk at anything that isn’t USofA.

          Bad mistake.

          Go have another greed induced recession or kill more Iraqis or Afganistanies or blacks or red indians……….

          While the rest of the world just shakes their heads and wonder how long before your final fall.

          • NyconNeoColonialist

            Tell us where you’re from.

            If you dare.

            • NyconNeoColonialist


              Are you a coward?

          • NyconNeoColonialist

            Don’t have the stones to answer?

  • Roeder

    Oh and do a Youtube search for “Nikon commercial” and look at ANY of the ads made for the American market. It’s pronounced “NYKON” in every one.



    • plug

      Thats right, tell the world that the American way is the only correct way. Neo-colonialist bull. You do realise why America can be so hated elsewhere?

      • Ric

        Please tell us why?

        • Ric


      • Uncle Sam


  • Rodolfo Paiz

    Pronunciation of the same word or name does change in different countries and in different languages. It’s absolutely inevitable, as each country/language has different vocalization patterns and its people are sometimes almost incapable of mouthing the sounds in the same way, or the sounds do not exist in their language.

    I’ve been to 28 countries and worked in 11. “Rodolfo” is pronounced differently in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese… whether I like it or not. Those languages simply use the letters differently, the “r” has a different sound, the accents and rhythms are all different. So to all of you who think you have the “right” answer… blow it out your ear. 🙂

    In the USA, Nikon-the-company pronounces their name “Neye-con” (con like a con job). That includes their video ads where you can hear them, just in case you’re not paying attention. So everyone in the USA pronounces it the same way. (And yes, the pattern vowel-consonant-vowel nearly ALWAYS makes the first vowel a long sound in the USA, so Neye-con is consistent.) In all of Latin America, in Spanish, the ads and the company and the entire population say “knee-con” (but con as in container). The Japanese pronounce it differently. And so on.

    And yet, there will always be some silly sod on a Quixotic quest to rid the world of “incorrect” pronunciations of the word Nikon. Oh, well. 🙂

    • In a bit of fair play, everyone ought to hear how the Japanese absolutely *slaughter* the word “McDonald’s*. Atrocious 😀

      Altho’ I’m for pronouncing Nikon the native way, the Japanese has not a single compunction in verbally destroying any non-Japanese language.

      Mah-koo-doe-nah-roo-doe. If a Japanese tourist says that to you, they be lookin’ for the Golden Arches.

    • Ian

      What really gets me about this is that the word Nikon isn’t even a word proper, nor is it a name… It’s an amalgamation of two words Nippon (<Japan, a word even the British slaughter, Seriously how many of you pronounce it nee-pOhn, cultural respect my ass) and Kōgaku (optic or optical).

      The Way Nikon has approached marketing differs from country to country, and a lot of Japanese product manufacturers tried to "westernize" their U.S. product branding after World War II. Nikon has always been presented to the United States with that particular pronunciation. And in the USA, even amongst collegiate intellectuals, the need to over annunciate foreign words, or to trip over yourself trying to reproduce foreign dialect is almost always perceived as pretentious and a little desperate. This argument also strikes me as funny for a second reason, no one speaking the English language really has the right to make it… As so much of the English language is a completely bastardized (hehe) form of FRENCH!

      It's weird how globalization has come with an expectation of conformity.

      So, in short, I think to show true respect I will honor Nikon Corporation by pronouncing their name the way they have asked my particular culture to do so ( you know anything about Japanese business, you would know that this is the correct response).

    • Ric


  • John

    Really? A handful of days away from the big announcement and fake battery grips is all we have to talk about?

    • Hue

      Ahh, but was it really a fake? Is it possible that it was simply a different revision – changed slightly? Just askin….

      • Patrick hall

        We contacted nikon and they said there was no revisions to the mbd11. Plus why would they make a grip that did not have interchangeable battery trays?

        • Jon


          That is terrible to happen to you, is Amazon going to stand behind you and send you a “real one”? If not, that is the last time I ever buy anything from Amazon again for photography. I think this is a problem when they sell things from 3rd parties rather than from their own stock.

          You both have done us all a great service giving the “heads up” — thanks!


  • CamaMan

    I don’t understand… What is fake about this grip…?
    IMO fake would meand it is just a prop, for a shop to keep in their window.

    That said, where are the “fake” batteries!!? 🙂

  • Cris

    Having stayed in USA for 2.5 years. I realised it’s pronounce Ny-kon in the USA, even the ads. But it is pronounced Nee-kon in asia. Well, i was pretty embarrassed the 1st time i talked to a guy in USA and he said Ny-kon. I was like ” How come for 20 odd years i didn’t get the pronounciation rite? Actually we are all right. It’s just the same as Eye-Raq and Yee-Raq…

    Back to the post. I’ve seen ppl post reviews on the Neewer Grip. It’s a good grip for that kind of money. I haven use one though.

  • It’s pronounced Nickon in England. Don’t know about the rest of Europe. With short ‘i’. Like ‘Nickel.’

    ‘American English.’ Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

    As for the grip, he’s been ripped off and it’s a good heads-up.

  • andy

    This guy looks like Ashton Kutcher presenting an episode of punkd.

    • Mo

      Yeah they just had to add those annoying side shots when he turns to the camera with his stupid smile and speaks like an annoying spoiled infantile.

      I hate Punk’d.

  • Mario

    Wow. Batery grips, too, now. Two weeks ago, I received two perfectly faked Nikon branded EN-EL3e batteries in a faked Nikon box.

    I just found out that they’re faked by their lighter weight and the box’s material that was thinner than Nikon’s original. Then, I researched and found this helpful site:


  • The invisible man

    Are you planning to take videos with the D5100 ?
    Watch this :


    • Brock Kentwell

      Lol. Much better than fake Ashton with the fake grip.

  • Ben Schlockwell

    Only in the U.S. do they pronounce it wrong. In Japan or other asian countries and even in Europe they say Nee-kon not Ny-kon.
    Some people told me the it sounds gay the other way…….Nee-kon.
    That don`t sound gay to me, just sounds like the right way.
    But Americans have to have their damn drawl just to sound like cowboys.
    In Canada some people pronounce it either way, more Ny in the west more Nee in the east depends on who you meet.
    But I say it like a true Canadian……Eh! Nikon Eh!……..lol
    (Bet yah this will get some negative response from those damn Yanks down south)

    • Ric

      What are you talking abooot? Western Cananians have to have their dam drawl just to sound like Americans. 🙂

      Brits, Aussies and Kiwis also pronounce it wrong.

      fyi, Yankees are in the north, Cowboys are in the south. Yeppie Kai Yay!

  • buy cheap get cheap

    • NiknWontRepairMyGray

      except this guy bought expensive and got cheap lol

  • ericnl

    I’m waiting for the fake D7000 to appear on eBay 😉

    • Art

      Just wait! You might be lucky enough to spot the fake D800! It is interesting that you don’t see fake name brand cameras. There are already fake IPhone 5s floating around out there. Odds are, they were produced as copies of actual prototypes so they should be fairly accurate.

      Regarding the pronunciation issue: I’m an American. I speak Americaneze. (Compared to Obama’s quip about speaking “Austrian”. ; -) Quite frankly, English and especially American English is formed of words from many different cultures. Just think of how many words we have that are derived from Greek, Latin, French, German, Gaelic, heck, we even have a fair number of words from Yiddish. If we had to pronounce each word according to its derived source, we would be in a heck of a lot of trouble. Words changing their pronunciation and being added to the English language is a sign that English is a healthy language and will continue to grow and evolve. Languages that are inflexible and do not rapidly evolve with the times die off. (This does not bode well for French as it is literally regulated by the “immortals” — yes — “immortals” of the French Academy.) So the fact that Nikon is pronounced “Ny Con” instead of “Knee Con” is a further example how English is robust and is constantly changing to reflect the needs of those who speak it. Vive la English!

  • NiknWontRepairMyGray

    Hey admin, are you going to post a warning alert about fake rumors? you know the rumors about the august announcement that got everyone disappointed?

    I kid, I kid. I love NR 🙂

  • broxibear

    Nikon…Knee Kon…Knee Cone…Nah Con…
    Na na na na na na na na
    Hey hey hey goodbye
    He’ll never love you
    The way that I love you
    ‘Cause if he did no,
    No he wouldn’t make you cry
    He might be thrilling baby but my love’s
    So dog-gone willing so kiss him,
    Go on and kiss him goodbye
    Na na na na na na na na
    Hey hey hey
    He’s never near you
    To comfort and cheer you,
    When all those sad tears are
    Falling baby from your eyes
    Seriously?…this many posts on me not liking the American pronounciation of Nikon ? lol!

  • Moth Flopwell

    What is truly amazing..NO …Not that boring who is correct about NEEEE KON….but the fact on Amazon…some sellers are selling the MB-11 for over $500 dollars…What the Cluck is going on? Really? Has it come to that. What nut will spend 500 dollars on something that you can buy for 220?

    Adidas..is a German Shoe Maker….so we have butchered that Name up also….

    Auuuu Dee Daz for you NEEE KON fans….lol

  • A Wright

    I reported this on Amazon in May ’11.

    We didn’t have a real one to compare it to, but owning many, many Nikon products, we just knew it was fake by the way it looked and felt. The biggest giveaway was that it was cheap plastic (not heavy enough) and the conrols were chintzy. The pattern on the grip also didn’t match the d7000.

    This was through a different seller, and the item has since been removed:


    The seller claimed he didn’t know it was fake and ended up accepting the return after I threw a fit. I don’t know if he was telling the truth or not, but he swore to have purchased it from a “reputable” distributor and that he had no idea it wasn’t genuine.

    I complained to Amazon about a seller offering counterfeit products, but they didn’t even respond…

    So the moral of this story is: Caveat Emptor, even on Amazon.

  • Rikard

    If Nikon started to sell accessories at a price, we would not have such products. Expect more of this in the future…

  • What a bullsh@t about grips etc. I want my D4 and I want him NOW!

    • plug

      And we all pronounce D4 the same way! Bring it on! Just be thankful it’s not a Z4.

  • Roger

    If you brought something called “Neewer Vertical Battery Grip for Nikon D7000 ” Thinking it was made by Nikon then you’re a complete idiot, the simple fact it’s called “Neewer” would make me know straight way that it is a copy and would make me think ” well i can’t afford the Nikon one so i’ll buy that one” So i really can’t see what thew warning is about?

    • ericnl

      did you pay attention?
      that’s not what he said: he said the grip was advertised as a Nikon product.
      LATER he found out that it was in fact not a Nikon grip, but the same one that is offered by Neewer for just a fraction of the price.

  • you pronunciation people need to have more actual human contact. it’s healthy.

    as to the counterfit grip – nikon’s a multinational corporation, and i’m sure they’ll bring the full force of their legal department to bear on the counter-fitters if they see a reason to.

    as to the ‘neewer’ battery pack – sounds like an astounding deal for ~$40, if it indeed doesn’t fry your camera like some D700 third party grips have been known to do, and the tightening wheel doesn’t strip out under stress, as some third party grips have been known to do.

  • broxibear

    Kai over at Digitalrev hands on video review of the Nikon 40mm f/2.8 AF-S Micro-Nikkor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSy8qvgbvG4&feature=player_embedded

  • Gabe

    Seriously guys, 102 comment?

  • Nice fake! I want one too 🙂

  • AnoNemo

    It is really sad that nothing is happening around Nikon. These copy companies will make faster a fake Nikon D4 or D800 than Nikon delivers the original.

    Day-by-day the NEX-7 looks much better. Too sad Nikon no longer cares about innovation.

    • broxibear

      Maybe the production and supply lines are in a worse state than anyone thought and that’s why we’re not hearing anything.
      There was that rumour of no Canon dslrs in 2011, it wouldn’t surprise me if the same applies to Nikon.

      • AnoNemo

        There is always an explanation …
        I think it is bs. Other companies at least show where they are going while Nikon and Canon do nothing but deliver p&s. In the meantime sony was not affected as they actually deliver new products. What did Nikon deliver this year? Nothing but crap. What did sony deliver? Quite few cameras that are interesting at least. I specifically like the NEX-7. Does Nikon have anything in that category? Compact, interchangeable lens, high resolution, video … Nikon offers nothing because Nikon users don’t ask for it (I guess).

        Then let’s see the FX line. Nikon has a 4 year cycle. Maybe we can say 5 year cycle since this is a high tech segment so Nikon can relax.

        I think these 2 are just enjoying their market dominance. They do not give a damn about their customers otherwise we would not hear comments like that a-hole product manager said in the UK that “customers did not ask for it…”

        Look what happened with for example Nokia…. I can see this happening with Nikon and Canon.

  • Brian

    Seems weird to me that someone would go through all the trouble of duplicating box, manual etc and not make the actual grip to spec?? Any chance it’s a nikon and it just didn’t fit into the other grip?

  • Looks like I have a real MB-D11 🙂

  • Seb

    With the MB-D11’s joystick breaking by itself under light use (mine lasted only 4 months, other reports suggest 3 to 6 months…), maybe a knock-off is better value anyway…

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