Nikon MB-D17 battery grip for D500 now on sale at Amazon US

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In the past few weeks Amazon had been having some exclusive sales/deals on Nikon gear that are not available at other retailers. Currently they have the Nikon MB-D17 battery grip for D500 on sale for $352.80 (B&H price: $399):

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Nikon MB-D17 battery grip for D500 now on sale at Amazon US

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  • PabloNY

    Why are Nikon battery grips so expensive? Knockoffs cost $80, you would think Nikon would only charge double that…

    • TheInfinityPoint

      The grip body is made out of metal whereas all the knock-offs are plastic. I know because I have an MB-D10 (which I got for $40 second-hand, nearly same as the knock offs).

      • Squirrel&Nuts

        Even My Own Crack Head is filled with Crack..but when I had the D800…I didn’t purchase the Nikon’s own Grip..way too much funds…but Phottix has Magnesium alloy frame..and at 150 dollars..that is a better sounding deal than 400 plus…And it worked without a hitch.

        • RixPix56

          Yes, I got taken in by that having had the genuine item for D7000 and D600, and paid around $300 for a Phottix magnesium alloy frame for D800 series (there are the same thing without that frame available too). Camera slipped with telephoto on it, I broke its fall to the ground by hanging onto the grip with other hand. Camera and lens fine, alloy framed battery grip distorted and inoperable (worthless). Bought a genuine one then. Heavier, otherwise appears identical, there’s got to be something in that. Would never buy a rip-off grip again.
          Have several other Phottix lighting products and would swear by their build quality and value – just not their grips

    • T.I.M

      There is a REAL difference in quality between a third brand and Nikon’s genius camera grips.
      But also, Nikon must make some money to survive, accessories have much more profit compared to cameras/lenses.

      • CERO

        which means they are losing a ton of money by people buying third party 😛

        • Eric Calabros

          Sometimes it doesn’t matter, because those who buy $80 knock-offs, probably will never buy higher than $100 grips, and for Nikon, $100 isn’t worth to bother. Its like mobile apps, many people will pirate what you sepend time and money to develop, but they wont buy its legal paid version anyway, so you lose nothing.

          • Reggie

            Eh, I disagree. I think they’re pricing them too high (above equilibrium price). I’d bet they would still make a tidy profit at around $250 and sell a ton. That’s about what I paid for the grip for my Olympus E-3 back on the day. Fair price for a very high quality item, but I bought third party for my D7100 as Nikon’s prices for grips are literally insane. I would be willing to pay around $250, and I could be alone I guess, but I suspect I’m not.

            • Nikita

              $250? come on, that’s naive. They’d make a healthy profit at a $75 retail price. These are marked way up. I once bought an Eddie Bauer watch for $85, ran into one of their buyers while on a biz trip. He looked at the watch and volunteered that EB had only paid $7.50 for it, in China. You have no idea.
              I love how every one here can justify these outrageous markups. Makes BMW’s $550 for paint seem reasonable.

            • fanboy fagz

              no you are not. id rather invest my money in something that can give me something more useful than just holding batteries and a shutter button. I bought the cheapest no name grip for my sold POS D600. I actually bought 2. I know they still work today. I shot many weddings using it and it worked very well. I had no complaints at all. I think vello meike zeikos pixel and others make some great grips today. and seeing this by fstoppers is the same for me. its more than enough even for a wedding photog. I dont throw my gear around that I need a metal grip.

              https://fstoppers.com/gear/first-fake-mb-d12-battery-grip-d800-5652

        • Captain Insane-O

          Not necessarily.

          If the cost of production is higher than third parties final price nikon will have to be more extensive no matter what.

          So, the only ones buying the Nikon grip are those demanding genuine products. They are willing to spend a certain amount, dont exceed that amount and you are maximizing profit due to lack of substitutes(there is only one genuine Nikon).

          Just a theory though. Could be way off base. Honestly, if the grip was under $200 I would have bought it instead of vello.

      • Ned Gerblansky

        My Vello and genuine Nikon grips for my D700 feel almost identical. The Vello has worked just fine, especially for 1/4 the price of a Nikon.

        • Captain Insane-O

          My d750 vello grip’s buttons aren’t that nice, but it works great. The shutter button especially lacks the feeling of being actuated. But I adapted in spite of it. $90 vs $350

      • Jorge

        No there isn’t. I used a Zeikos on my D300 and D700 (same one) and it lasted from 2008 through 2012. And guess what, at $69.00 if it had broken, I could have easily replaced it what, 5 times?

        • Captain Insane-O

          You’re confusing quality with reliability.

          Lower quality materials can last just as long, but won’t “feel”as nice.

          My vello grip’s buttons feel like crap compared to my d750’s buttons, but they still work great.

          Some people want that nicer feel.

    • Captain Insane-O

      Supply and demand. Higher quality. Better made. Works properly.

      I have a vello grip that is nice, but the switches don’t feel as nice.

    • Maddox

      If you’ve ever used a genuine Nikon part vs a “knockoff” you’ll know why. There is no comparison and thus far, I’ve yet to find a aftermarket component manufacturer that makes a grip with equal quality. The price is high but you get what you pay for in both situations.

  • Meanwhile in Europe still no camera.Thanks, Nikon.I pay 2300$ (with a 5% discount) and have to wait more.Supernice.

    • T.I.M

      $2300 for a D500 ?
      You could get a D800/810 for that price !

      • Well, thats Europe, aka “Wait and pay more”.And I preordered the D500.

        • nwcs

          You also get a better warranty and return privilege. And factor in taxes and currency fluctuations and market size…

          • 2 year warranty, is it not the same in US?

            • nwcs

              1 year, and typically a 14 day return time.

            • Yeah, 1 year is pretty short, I agree.

            • T.I.M

              5 years on Nikkor lenses.

            • In Italy I will get 4 years warranty, but I think it’s just something From Nikon (Nital) Italy

      • Brett Russo

        I own a D810 and Im getting either a D500 or D5 for sports.. The D810 is outstanding untill you need to grab action shots and then bam you hit the buffer wall real fast.

        • T.I.M

          for sport & action on the D800/D810 you can lower the sensor resolution to 24MP (still better than D500/D5 20MP) and increase your buffer a lot.

          • Brett Russo

            Yes I do that and run the AA batteries in the grip which increases the frame rate in crop. Im shooting Raw so still not enough. They cripple them on purpose.. So you need a studio body and a sports body..

          • nwcs

            The DX crop of the D800/D810 is 16mp. And it’s nowhere near a D500 for sports/action. Yes, I owned a D800 for 2 years. It’s a great camera but hardly a substitute for a D5/D500.

            • T.I.M

              There is a x1.2 crop mode on the D800, it give you 24MP

            • nwcs

              I know and I never used it since it really doesn’t buy you anything in wildlife usage.

      • Adam Fo

        If you shop around you can pick up gray import D810 from a London dealer for £1400 GBP + tax. So yes, you can get a D810 for almost the same price. I’m guessing it’s going to be a very long time before significant discounts are available on the D500 ?

      • Steve Perry

        I’ve been shooting my D500 in FL doing birds and let me tell ya, it’s putting the D810 to shame. WAY better AF, 10FPS, a buffer I still haven’t found the bottom of, joystick for moving AF points, etc etc. No comparison for action, it leaves the 810 in the dust. Now, if I was shooting landscapes, the 500 would sit in the bag while the 810 did all the work. You gotta buy the camera you need for the subject at hand.

        • T.I.M

          No need for 10 fps and 200 AF points to shoot birds in Florida, you just need a D800 & a old Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 AF-I

          • nwcs

            Easy targets, though, and large ones. Try that on something like an Osprey diving, a peregrine falcon, or even a simple chickadee flying.

            • T.I.M

              Better ?

            • nwcs

              No, That’s a bit soft and it’s a huge target with a very predictable path. And not knowing the shooting conditions I can’t say more but it’s disingenuous to say that a D800 + manual lens can keep up with a D500 and AF lens in ability, agility, and results.

            • T.I.M

              The 400mm AF-I f/2.8 is autofocus (fast, like AF-s)
              Sold for $10,000.00 in 1996

            • nwcs

              Yes, my mistake there. Even so, the D800 is not as agile as the D500. Simple fact.

            • Eric Calabros

              For gods sake, can you just stop challenging the lord of Nikkors T.I.M? He will flood this thread with mega watermark fine arts.

            • nwcs

              LOL, good point.

            • T.I.M

              Just for you Eric, a selfie without copyright !
              (D800+400 AF-I+SB900)

            • YRaj

              Not bad..but my D750 would be much sharper..and I would have at least another shot or 2 to choose from. I have the D800 and I love the resolution but it stays home when I am shooting birds..just no comparison.
              I am salivating at the prospect of owning a D500, I waited so long and ended up pulling the trigger on the D750, which I don’t regret since I shoot events. It is going to be torturous wait until I can justify getting the D500.

            • T.I.M

              well when you get it, post some pictures on NR, that way we can see how good it is !

            • YRaj

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b5a88765038f8d1acc4f08507e87041cd9206834ae4f1b5c652a0f17441774f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a2f4133465399c58732b3545dea5d1d53dd734ce8fc19495a2dcf569d388198.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed84747e06ef4901a1f1b4543456a86a187d5794839bcc58cd0f974f20d32992.jpg
              Focus tracking and need for speed.
              1st – D750 locked on the bird even though a utility line came between. Thus was about the 8th shot in flight.
              2nd – whipped my camera just in time and fired away.
              3rd – same as above.
              I love my D750. Easiest camera to get great shots from.

            • T.I.M

              or maybe a smaller one ?
              (D800+200mm f/2+x1.7+SB900)

            • nwcs

              What does that prove? You pre-focus on that spot and wait for the bird to arrive. How is that even comparable?

            • T.I.M

              Here is your Osprey (guaranty from Florida East cost)
              D800+400mm+SB900

            • YRaj

              Very good, TIM. If you are this good with the D800, you will crap your pants once you shoot with the D500. Try doing this with the D800. I own both the D750 and D800. This was with the D750.

          • Steve Perry

            I’m not saying a D810 can’t do wildlife. What I am saying is that the features in the D500 allow you more opportunities to capture the shot. My hit rate with the new AF system is already better than it was with my D810, D4, or D7200. The extra 5 FPS gives me 5 more poses every second of every burst to choose from. I’ve been shooting 10FPS a long time, first with the D4 and now with the D500. People think you get 10 of the exact same shot, but the truth is when the action is happening, every single frame is different. It’s those kinds of things that make a difference especially on birds moving faster than a jogging seagull.

          • Squirrel&Nuts

            I have seen D810’s shooting in Africa…WildLife..and no problems…

          • Aldo

            That looks a lot like my picture TIM

            • T.I.M

              I already called my lawyer, what kind of cookies you like to eat while been in Jail ?
              (also make sure you take your phone, DSLR are not allowed in prisons)
              :o)

            • Aldo

              Cookies would be the last thing on my mind when in jail… also you dont get cellphones unless you are ‘el chapo’

            • T.I.M

              No cellphones allowed in prisons ?
              That explain why women don’t go in jails.

            • Kevin Race

              (giggle, snort)

      • Allen_Wentz

        D810 remains an excellent all-around camera, but many folks prefer different kit like D5, D500, etc. Especially if they deal with movement or low light or both.

    • Guido

      You mean 2300 euro, that’s almost 2600 dollars. But I got word it’s coming tomorrow in the Netherlands so maybe in your country also?

      • No, Guido, my price is 2000 euro.Got a 5% discount from the shop for the preorder and additional 50 euro bonus from a friend whos close with the shop.Now they only have to…deliver. :/ I am happy for you, hope you get it tomorrow.I already missed a good chance to use it last saturday on an desert island in a European shag colony.My d7000 wouldnt focus at the black shags against grey rocks even in single point mode.I was pretty much pissed off, but thats another story.

        • Guido

          That’s a very good price. Hope you’ll receive it soon!

        • mikeswitz

          I want to go to a European shag colony if it is what it sounds like. ;-p

          • Alex S

            I want to go too! I don’t want to miss any of my good chances on the european shag colony!!! I will bring everything with me – ballheads, gimbals and even the manfrotto autopole 🙂

          • Lol, I totally forgot about what the other meaning of the word “shag” is in the UK. 😀

  • Nikos Delhanidis

    more expensive than a D300 in pristine condition with short shuttercount

    • catinhat

      The grip from D500 blows D300 out of the water. Quite simply D300 doesn’t hold a candle to the D500 grip.

      • Paco Ignacio

        Yeah.

        The D500 GRIP has superior image quality and iso performance!

        • captaindash

          And megapickles. So soft and rubbery. 2016 rubber. Not that archaic stuff.

          • Nikos Delhanidis

            yes notoriously bad D300 rubbers

            • captaindash

              They break at the most inopportune times.

  • I notice they also have the D5 available for sale where B&H has both on back order. I wonder if Amazon is targeting B&H to scrape away some of their photography business? (Maybe I’m just paranoid as an old B&H only for camera gear and Amazon for most everything else customer.)

  • AlphaT

    I seldom shoot in portrait. The only reason I got a grip for my D300, was to get 8 fps. And I waited for the off-brand before getting one.
    Sure, they feel cheap. But the Meike grip I bought feels really good in my hands. Though it’s showing it’s age by now, so is the camera I bought it for.
    It depends on how you plan to use it. But getting an off brand is really a deal. If it breaks sooner, then just buy another one. It’s still cheaper. By the time the second one wears out, it’s time to get a new body anyway.
    To me (and my use), it doesn’t make sense to get the Nikon branded grip.
    I don’t have a D500 yet, but if I have one, I’ll wait for the knockoffs.
    So far, I don’t have a need to get one for my D7200.

  • Clifford Martin

    I ordered one from Amazon on the same day as my D500 shipped from my regular camera dealer. If you read the description, according to Amazon it will come with 8 Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. Nikon doesn’t list batteries as included, so this is a Amazon add-on.

    Problem is that Amazon isn’t giving me a shipping date for my order.

    • T.I.M

      It’s probably shipped from China, I ordered a Victor frequency counter yesterday from Amazon (the seller is based in Hong-Kong), not shipping date…
      :o(

      • Clifford Martin

        No, it is coming from Amazon with Prime shipping. Just no date when the 2 days will start counting off.

  • stormwatch

    Just wait for the Meike 40$ version.

  • Shutterbug

    Is there a way to ignore certain posters on Discus? I could get rid of half the useless posts under every news item with one click if this is possible.

    • Jeffnky

      I do not know anything about it but I see people say they use something called killfile to block the comments they do not want to see.

      • Shutterbug

        Well that’s disappointing – Thanks for the info guys.

    • nwcs

      It’s been a longstanding request for years but they won’t allow it. Probably never will happen. Just wish they would allow real downvotes again. That did make some difference instead of the Facebook style likes only.

      • And now even FB has allowed dislike; although in form of icon reactions.

  • The price is just ridiculous! Say what you want about quality and stuff but in the end a battery grip is not that much of a high tech kind of product to justify the price!

    I was stupid enough to by the original grip for my D800… had to send it back to nikon two friggin times because the little thumbstick just fell off…
    The repair did cost me 95€…

    Kind of funny when you think about it… 340€ or something like that for the grip when i bought it and two times 95€ because of so called superior quality… As much I as i love my D800 I just hate the grip…

  • Squirrel&Nuts

    Nikon D800, Nikkor 60mm Micro

    • T.I.M

      nice, but the bird in the background is distracting, maybe you could crop the original.
      (it’s just my view, others probably won’t find the background distractive)

      • catinhat

        I actually think the bird in the background adds some balance to the composition,

        • T.I.M

          Crop

          • Allen_Wentz

            Both crops of the bird are interesting, in different ways

          • saywhatuwill

            Just wondering if the OP gave you permission to use his photo so you can crop it?

            • T.I.M

              I did not charge him for the cropping and using the photoshop stamp tool.
              I did it for free.

            • T.I.M

              by the way, where did the original picture go (the one with 2 birds) ?

  • Aldo

    Nikon Rumors consensus : gonna wait for the 29.99 Chinese knock off and buy 3.

    • Allen_Wentz

      When you say “btw only reason I bought this camera was for its superior weather sealing… love it” it sounds like you are dissing the value of buying better bodies. If so, I am sorry you fail to get it.

      For some of us cameras are tools, and the body quality/ergonomics of those tools have enterprise-critical impact on our ability to get the job done. In my case only the single-digit Nikons have met my camera-body preferences; I also own a D5100 for its swivel display and video but it no way qualifies as a primary tool.

      The DX D2x plus the FX D3 convinced me long ago that having both FX & DX capability in one’s camera toolbox is a huge benefit. And DSLR capture is tech-based, so over time our tool’s technical capabilities do improve. If one wants a pro DX tool the D500 is the first body since D2x that meets my particular tech-upgrade _and_ body quality/ergonomics needs.

      Many here go on and on about small DR differences. For them perhaps tiny DR differences are enterprise-critical, but not so for me. The DR from a decade ago was not that bad. Ability to “get the shot” every time under very adverse conditions is far, far more important.

      I know I did competent commercial work with the 2005 D2x, so although I have wanted latest DX tech for years now, it could wait for what I characterize as “pro” body, i.e. the D500 in this case. YMMV obviously, especially for those photogs not frequently doing time-critical captures in wet/dirty/sandy/hot/cold environments.

      Now that I have D500 upgrade of the FX D3 is next. Maybe a D5 but more likely whatever the D8xx upgrade turns out to be. We will see.

      • Aldo

        I don’t blame you if you love the d500… I like it too, but we have to acknowledge that people may have different priorities. In my case, I have to rationalize every purchase I make. This is both a strength and a flaw alike (because it limits my freedom to purchase stuff). If you like the d500 because it’s a tank and it has the ‘pro’ controls that’s fine. If this is good enough reason for you to buy it, that is ok too. That said. I’m sorry to disagree that “D500 is the first body since D2x that meets my particular tech-upgrade _and_ body quality/ergonomics needs.” The d500 is not a full size body like the d2x was… that alone compromises your entire argument. Not only that, but by your own description one can argue that a d7200 could be just as good, as it has many many features found in pro bodies. Comparing the d500 to the d2x it’s like comparing the d750 or d810 with the d3. If you don’t realize this… then you aren’t being objective at all.

        So! you don’t need to rationalize your purchase if you really want something… you have the dough… you love it… just buy it. But nevertheless the validity rationalizing a purchase… or comparing cameras for their core capabilities rather than personal preference, is on point.

  • Squirrel&Nuts

    Nikon D800 Nikkor 85mm 1.8 G I am very close to this White Egret in Hawaii.

  • Fox sweN Lies

    So Sad. 🙁 This is the grip the D400 should’ve had.

    • AlphaT

      It waited too long inside a warehouse. It’s about time it goes out.

  • Jorge

    352 bucks for a $80 item. I had a Zeikos battery grip that allowed me to use the Nikon batteries, or AA’s, used it from 2008 through 2012 on both my D300, and D700 and it still works!!!

  • Jorge

    Oh Wait. Why am I here? I got rid of all my Nikon gear and went Fuji.

    • T.I.M

      Fuji is good, I love my X100s

    • nwcs

      You’re here because you discovered that while Fuji has some good stuff they don’t do everything. Perhaps you need better AF? Perhaps a real flash system? Perhaps something else?

      Nothing wrong with Fuji but their cameras aren’t for every need.

    • T.I.M

      my first camera was a Fuji AX-1 with a 50mm

  • James Donahue

    I’ll wait for the after Market ones, I’m cheap and poor.

  • James Donahue

    I betcha they would sell a hellva lot more at $200, than at $350 or $399.

    • Won’t be any use telling this to nikon. Because if it had been, we would have been using true D300 and D700 successors since long back.

  • Nikita

    This is just stupid expensive. I don’t care how you justify it.

  • CR

    Does the grip increase fps, or just battery life? With the D300 grip, you would eek out an extra 2fps and longer battery life. But yeah, the price for this grip is insane!

  • waterengineer

    I can buy a third party knock off and at least three XQD cards for what Nikon is asking. Just saying.

  • Ima Mused

    Jut checked with Amazon – back to being out of stock.

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