New DF-GR1 grip for the Nikon Df camera announced in Japan

Nikon Japan announced a new DF-GR1 grip for Nikon Df camera. Shipping will start on February 5th, 2015 and the price will be ¥16,200 (around $130). There is no indications if the DF-GR1 will be available for sale outside Japan (still not listed at Nikon USA), but you can already buy one from eBay.

Third party manufacturers are already selling battery grips for Nikon Df cameras (now available also on Amazon).

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  • HibikiRush

    $130 for a metal plate? Nikon is really trying to make up for that recall repair money huh.

    Is there even any function to this? It’s not that much larger so I don’t see how it helps the feel, nor does it hold a battery.

    • I also could not figure out the improvement this grip will bring, maybe I have to use one.

      • It transforms your camera. It makes it look like one with this thing on it.

        • jake

          I literally laughed. I own a Df and am not sure what the purpose of this thing is.

          I can tell you one thing, it sure isn’t a grip of any sorts.

          • they could have made the grip bigger, then it would make sense – the Df has a very small grip

            • jake

              Yeah, they could have made it a real grip with dual batteries and a portrait orientation shutter release/grip if possible.

            • The lack of this part was the dealbreaker of the Df for me. They can’t add it after the fact, because it requires pins for communication besides the battery.

            • ShaoLynx

              The battery? What about it?
              It works just fine and gives the Df a better stamina than most other cameras.
              Ever used a Df?

            • …sorry, but sheer physics say this doesn’t last like my EN-EL4 batteries. But I guess this isn’t supposed to be a “professional” model. But it could have been!

            • ShaoLynx

              Scientifically you need to factor in the energy efficiency of the camera, of course. The combination of all elements make that one can get so many shots from one battery charge. Merely the size of the battery is not a determining factor. The performance of the camera as a whole, is.
              Only the top models equiped with the pro-battery (you know: those big, heavy things) do better than the Df. And that’s science, right there.

            • The battery in my Df outlasts my D3 everytime; bigger isn’t always better.

            • ShaoLynx

              Exactomundo. There, you see: the D3 pro rig doesn’t beat the Df.
              I understand: the D4s combo does.
              In conclusion: Nikon was thinking just right as far as the battery for the Df is concerned. No need to make it heavier: the D5xxx series battery is energy enough.

            • How old is your D3 battery? And how many shots do you get out of each?

            • That’s what I’m saying–there’s no option for a bigger battery here. One of my EN-EL4 batteries is about 8 years old, and is still easily good for 2000-3000 shots. I never have to change batteries, no matter how much I shoot at a gig. So I never miss a shot while messing with batteries.

              My point is, that a battery alone is what stops me from choosing the Df for my professional shooting. I wouldn’t even miss the video feature. Just the battery life. I like the build and everything else.

            • arachnophilia

              i use EN-EL4a’s with my D300s and D700 for shooting sports and such. my current record is over 9,000 JPEGs on a single battery charge. raw performance isn’t as good, of course.

            • Yeah, I shoot raw almost exclusively. I think I’ve gotten over 4000 shots out of a charge in the past, but I’ve never run down an EN-EL4 all the way, so that’s still a low-ball figure.

              I think people who haven’t had to shoot this way and had batteries this large just don’t know what this is about. All my pro friends that don’t use grips want bigger batteries. The ones with grips never complain.

            • jake

              I can tell you from personal experience that the battery life is great, unless you use live view often.

            • stormwatch

              Of course the battery life on the Df is great, it’s the camera functionally in 1979. with the digital sensor glued to the confusing body. It doesn’t sport any of modern technologies, so why bother when almost everything is spring action there, so the camera doesn’t drain battery like it’s supposed to be. It would be much more appropriate if Nikon fitted it with the one CR2032 batery compartment. Those suits much better to the ridiculousness called the Df.

            • Andrew

              Maybe the texture on the camera grip is a bit rugged and Nikon has received a lot of feedback on it. So the grip is designed to provide a smoother surface.

          • Spoon Curve

            Thanks for your honest apraisal.

            I always thought that the Df was a pointless product.

      • Captain Megaton

        It’s a little more for your fingers to hold on to. I mean, the Df grip is – considering the size of the camera – very slight, every little bit extra would help I imagine.

        • Spy Black

          At least it should have traveled all the way to the top of the existing grip to follow that logic.

          • scott800

            with your fingers angled downward slightly (how you have to hold the Df’s ridiculously tiny grip) the bottom portion is the only part that has to be bigger. Grab your Df and you’ll se that it was made with some kind of ergonomic design in mind… not much though, i think it should have made the grip deeper and wider, to really be of any help for larger handed folks like me

            • Eric Calabros

              So its the first grip designed for two fingers

      • Thom Hogan

        Nikon is clueless with accessories. They simply don’t know what photographers really want. In a grip like this they’d want one thing: Arca-style dove plate on the bottom. It’s not like that hasn’t been done before (Fujifilm does it, as do many independent companies). It’s that Nikon simply doesn’t know how the world uses their products. They see “consumer” these days, not “user.”

        • stormwatch

        • ITN

          Only a small fraction of DSLR users have even heard of Arca style plates and even many of those with five digit investment are reluctant to pay so much for a tripod head or plates. In many countries there is no one importing Arca style heads and camera stores won’t even admit to being aware that they exist. Finally even some supposedly Arca compatible accessories have different dimensions (e.g. Novoflex) than Arca and not all Arca compatible products lock properly with each other (e.g. Novoflex plates won’t lock on a Benro panoramic system). Thus it is not surprising the camera manufacturers can’t standardize on a quick release system.

          • Thom Hogan

            I think Nikon would be stunned if they knew exactly how many Arca-style plates were being sold. And now that we have low-cost knock-offs fairly ubiquitous, more people are going to go that direction.

            Remember, too, that we’re talking about a camera that is expensive and supposedly produces extremely high quality images, exactly the customer who buys Arca-based support gear.

            Yes, it’s a shame that some companies have decided that making their own measurements is better than being truly Arca-compatible, but it’s still a manageable situation for most of us. But that just goes to prove a point, actually. One reason why we don’t have standardization is because the Big Boys (Canon, Nikon, Sony) have never actually made Arca-style anything. A move by one of the big three would pretty much standardize everything quickly.

    • stormwatch

      They must return all the money invested in that fancy 3d printer.

  • Bling Bling

    The attachment screw is styled like a flm era battery or MD cover.

    This thing is just more retro bling.

  • Paul

    wtf is the purpose of this?
    No arca-swiss compatibility?

    • But maybe Linhof? Just speculating.

    • Aeroengineer

      Why does Nikon not build high end cameras with arcs-swiss dovetails integral to the body? Especially the D8XX, which requires use of a tripod to extract maximum resolution?

      • Paul

        Woah woah woah. Hold on here buddy, that’s too innovative.

        • Aeroengineer

          Of course, you are right. No doubt it is still necessary to collect data on the efficacy of the 1/4-20 threaded hole.

  • chickentikamasala

    If this doesn’t have an arca-type plate, i really have to applaud Nikon for it’s impeccable ripoff marketing skills.

  • Richard Wong

    I don’t need a battery grip but want to improve the poor Df grip.

    I wanted something like this since day one. yes I would definitely be getting one! And a lot of DF users I talked to would want it too..

    • Richard Wong

      Here is a discussion on one forum, people are wanting something exactly like this:

      • Well, I guess they have at least one customer.

        • quickfix

          GOOD ONE! Let’s rename this site as “Nikon Humors”

      • Thom Hogan

        Uh, note that those discussions are about a grip with Arca dove-plate on the bottom, not just a small metal grip. It’s function that’s important.

        • Radek_42

          Perhaps companies like Kirk or others making aftermarket parts can make an L-bracket with arca-style mounting for both orientations + extra grip …
          And make the grip actually usable (bigger) when they are at it.

        • Richard Wong

          Some part of the discussion talk about Arca, but like the OP, a lot of people who only hand carry their Df just want a bit of extra grip/support and don’t care about extra battery or Arca plate..etc

          If they make it with Arca plate that’s great, but to be honest, myself and the few Df owners I know of don’t care above Arca and just want exactly what Nikon has created.

          • Thom Hogan

            Sure, but then you’re talking a US$130 piece of metal that gives you slightly more hand grip, makes your lightest FX DSLR heavier, and offsets the tripod mount forward so that you probably won’t be adding a dove-plate ;~).

            Yes, I was one of those that use the half grip on the E-M5. But in that case the camera had no grip and needed one. Moreover, the grip came free with my camera and the second half of the grip meant I could power it longer when I needed to. Nikon isn’t exactly equaling either function or value here.

            • Richard Wong

              Sure this grip makes the camera slightly heavier
              but that’s exactly why a lot of us don’t want a full grip (i.e. one holds extra battery) because it makes the camera a lot heavier.

              There is always a trade off. This grip is only 95g so I don’t think it’s too much an issue if it does give me better grip (which is probably my no.1 complain about the Df as a wedding photographer)

              You can say the same thing why people adding grip to the EM5, Panasonic GM1, Leica X1 as they are even smaller cameras so the grip would make the bigger impact in terms of weight.

              As I said, a lot of us don’t care about tripod mount. I for one have almost never put my Df on a tripod.

              Is it overpriced?
              Yes I agree it should be half price or better make it free

              Is it perfect?
              It’s not, but it’s exactly what some of us want

              But i’m just glad Nikon has listened to their user and created this accessory a year that many of us Df users wanted after the camera is released.

    • scott800

      we will get one for our Df to is if it helps too. I think it gives a little more substance right where it is needed, based on how your fingers angle downward when holding a shallow grip. We currently only use the Df as a backup of for personal projects, so maybe we won’t..?

  • Use Google translate on the page and you get this info, “Enhance the camera’s hold performance, and while wearing the grip, battery, it is possible to replace the SD card”. Perhaps they should have tried designing it properly the first go around.

  • Bill Pahnelas

    Hey, if it keeps the battery door from falling off, and retracing your steps to find it, it may have something to offer. Otherwise I’ll probably pass, as the grip as it is is perfectly okay for me, and I don’t really think that adding bulk will add much to the shooting experience.

  • sperdynamite

    I just use the OB vello grip when I’m working a wedding with the cam and w/o when I’m shooting normally. Doesn’t look amazing but works great! Verticals are comfy again! They just need to copy the MB-12, but adding a vertical trigger.

  • csmith

    holy shit. what a waste.

  • Spy Black

    Now if they would only release and official split image/microprism focusing screen for the Df…

    • I found that they take calibration/shimming, and Nikon is horrid at focus calibration to start with. They probably want to avoid that slippery slope. Wouldn’t want to wind up making solid AF/MF now, would they?

      • Spy Black

        Well, apparently at least the Taiwanese have a K3 knock-off that is hopefully promising:

        • The quality of the parts isn’t the difficulty. It’s the camera itself. I got a katz-eye one for my D2x back in the day, but I could never get it adjusted to be accurate. If you get one, test the crap out of it. And look into possible shims.

          • Spy Black

            Yeah, I got a KatzEye for my D5100, although that was a direct drop-in. I considered this K3 knockoff for my D600. Wouldn’t know where to get shims if I needed to ADD one however.

        • Ron

          my half-sister mak.s $75 every hour on the internet . She has been without work for 7 months but last month her check was $21726 just working on the internet for a few hours. find out here;.They probably

        • sperdynamite

          I have the ‘precision matte’ screen from them and it works great. I did have to use one of the shims and do some VF/live view calibrating, but I did so with the 58mm 1.4G (so super thin DoF) and it wasn’t all that hard. It’s dimmer than the stock for sure with slow lenses, but I have a much clearer idea of the DoF with my lenses wide open now. I would basically highly recommend their screen for somebody who has the patience to do a good install.

  • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

    Uh, oooooooooooookaaay.

  • R Leung

    Better off getting a Gariz half case. Same price and looks much better and offers more protection.

  • UnknownTransit

    Are you sure it’s not a type. Nikon, don’t you mean $13 or maybe 1620 yen?

    • no, the price came from Nikon Japan

      • UnknownTransit

        That was meant as a joke for this ridiculously overpriced item. I guess if someone can spend that much money for on a DF, they can afford it.

  • rafakoy

    Is this a joke? What I’m missing?

    • Eric Calabros

      You are missing a $130 plastic thing

  • Nikon1isAwesome!

    I do hold a lot of the weight with those two lowest fingers. I’d have to see how it felt….

  • saywhatuwill

    Looks good but they should have just designed it that way to begin with.

    • Andrew

      It is likely they will when the next version comes out. But this is meant as an interim solution. It looks as if with the introduction of the D750, Nikon is now paying closer attention to the camera grip as one area where the ergonomics of the camera can and should be improved.

  • Espen4u

    The good; N seems to listen more to their users/customers nowadays. The bad; for the price we don’t seem to get that much more.

    • Andrew

      You know, the way manufacturers work is counter intuitive to most of us. They price parts based upon the pricing of the product it is attached to and not the manufacturing cost of the part. When you buy an expensive automobile, the same type of parts cost more than what it would on a cheaper car.

  • OK, so I know I’m guilty of telling stories about how it was during the Bronze Age. But, we never used to have “grips” on cameras back in the day, unless you bought a motor drive. Then, you had a grip because now you were holding this big contraption and needed the leverage. But without a mother drive, an F2 didn’t need a grip. Looking at the Df, it’s obvious because of the shutter button placement you don’t NEED one either. But, for younger photographers accustomed to cameras with grips, maybe this gives them a sense of comfort. It IS pricey for what it is.

    • Lamar Lamb

      Yep, I have F’s and F2’s. No need for a grip on those. The hold for manual focus is different from what many modern autofocus body users are used to. Now people want to text or eat their quarter pounder with one hand and shoot with the other.

  • outkasted

    the uncircumcised Df.

  • Shaul Boilov

    I hope the DF2 err… DF10 would make more sense.

    • shanganagh

      At least it hasn’t yet displayed QA defects that have affected other recent models . . . .

  • The Nikon ‘pointless accessories dept’ have come up with a winner!

    • nwcs

      At least it isn’t $400.

      • true

        that face when you can get third party battery grip for D810 + en-el18a and a charger from ebay for 40-50 dollars less than this little “thing” for Df costs xD

        DSTE of course. #1

  • Kynikos

    I’m surprised our resident Nikon Stooge isn’t in here defending the precision craftsmanship, unique look, and astounding value. Nobody else is carrying Nikon’s water on this one.

  • I have the GARIZ case for my Df … protects and adds a little bit of depth to the grip

  • Ahmad Al-Joboori

    That’s what gonna make it sell.

  • Aradan

    This grip is a way too large, IMHO. I do not know a person with such a big hands that may feel comfortable with it.

  • truc

    $130 and to ruin the Df classic look?

  • MB

    Why couldn’t they made the grip useful in the first place?
    It seams well designed though …

  • Well, this grip looks completely useless.

    I notice many people don’t like the Df. I wonder how many of them own one, or is it just the looks and the specs that turn people off? I have a D800E and a Df. I pick up the Df first every time unless I’m shooting underwater or any kind of fast action (almost never for me). Love the Df, and am looking forward to its successor. My main complaint is the locking ISO (no need for it to lock).

    • I haven’t used the Df (outside of trade shows and store samples), but my understanding is that people felt it was priced too high for what it is. I’d rather have a second D800 than a D800 and a Df. the D800 provides significantly more functionality for the same number of dollars.

      If the Df was priced like the D600/D610, then I think it would have been more warmly accepted.

      What I really want to see is an entry level, DX format Df styled camera. Make the D3xxx or D5xxx line look just like the Df (only put video back in)
      Simple, physical controls would be perfect for a beginner.

      • You should really see if a friend has one you can borrow. I’ve owned two D800Es since it came out (one exclusively for underwater and one as a backup to that and for everything else).

        Since I got the Df I have used my second D800E body all of one time, and that was because I was shooting some fast action stuff and needed to be able to manipulate the controls more quickly.

        The image quality is buttery smooth, colors need zero adjustment in most cases, it’s significantly lighter, the clunky controls are a joy to use when time is not a constraint, excels in low light compared to the 800E…. I love everything about it with the exception of a few annoyances (like the locking ISO dial, non-locking viewfinder adjustment and AF hunts in the dark).

        I’m selling my second D800E body next week. No need with the Df around 😉

  • Shaun

    I got a black df love it. I bought a leather casing . It transforms the camera to a a bigger monster and the grip of the camera is hugely improved. All the comments before about the battery being to small. Who cares. I’ve shot with the camera with it on standby on and it lasts forever. Amazing camera. Comparing it to my old d3/d800 and 5d mark 2/3 and xt1. This df is what I enjoyed the most with

  • sickheadache

    Nikon Headquarters Japan: How can we make more money off this parts bin camera? A Useless Grip!

  • alvintoro

    Where’s the rest of it?

  • Tolstoy

    This thing looks strangely familiar. I guess it is a bit different in that it is metal and has a battery hole in it; but it looks just like the grip for the V1. I found my V1 grip attached to a used V1 in the local camera shop. It had a $100.00 price tag hanging off of it; and I tried to talk the guy down, when he told me that the $100.00 was for the camera, kit lens, and the grip. I think the grip alone had an original MSRP of $119.00. Nikon’s pricing is really becoming a hoot.

  • I guess this means it’ll be a while yet until we get a Df2.

    I love mine and I won’t be buying this grip.

  • Brian Gaschler

    A while back I came up with a solution of sorts to the pretty cumbersome Df grip. You have to be someone who doesn’t really care how your camera looks, though, and only care how it performs. I trash my cameras, so I don’t care what it looks like (and it doesn’t look too bad, either). All in all, I spent a little more than $10.00 for this ‘fix.’ I ordered a replacement Df grip from Nikon for the rear (the one below the sub-command dial, with the thumb-catch), available on Nikon USA’s parts web page — about $5.00. While there, one might as well order a full set of Df grips, because like all other Nikon bodies since the D200, they fall off in time. Once it arrived in the mail, I needed to trim it a bit to fit on the front, but that’s easy to do with scissors. I also sanded the existing grip where the replacement grip would go (traced it with a sharpie, first), so as to ensure a good seal. After that, I used ordinary contact cement (a small jar costs about $5.00 from Home Depot, etc.). Don’t bother with Super Glue, as it isn’t strong enough, doesn’t seal well with all the contours, and takes too long to dry. And don’t bother with epoxy, because it heats up too much as it cures (and takes too long to dry). Contact cement takes about 5 minutes to prep, and once you stick the two together, they are permanently stuck together, so make sure to get it right the first time. I just pressed along the grip on all sides, and was ready to shoot after about 5 more minutes. Super easy, and yes, it makes a difference in ease of holding it during those few milliseconds where I am bringing the camera to my eye but my left hand has not yet cradled the body/lens. See pictures below if you’re interested. $10.00 and 10 minutes was well worth it to me, and it’s held up flawlessly ever since (which, as an aside, includes having spent 5 months with me in Antarctica, in extremely cold weather, and the Df battery worked flawlessly as well, to those naysayers on here. I averaged 800-1200 NEF files per charged battery, and never took the battery out to keep it warm. Sometimes the entire camera would stay outside of my tent all night, so as to prevent condensation in the lens). Anyway… the pics:

    • Brian Gaschler

      Forgot to mention that on the replacement grip, I needed to remove the adhesive tape before applying the contact cement. I used tweezers and hot water and it came right off.

  • Anthony Papagallo

    anyone know if the DF is discontinued?
    My local Nikon Rep told me yesterday its been binned by Nikon and they have no intention to replace it, if thats true its likely to rise in price in the coming years due to its ‘esoteric’ nature.

    I just grabbed a ‘new-old stock’ black one yesterday, its never going to replace my D3x as my work-a-day snapper but It feels gorgeous in my hand and takes a beautiful shot, thanks for this Nikon.

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