Nikon offers three battery grips (the MB-D1o, MB-D80, and MB-D200) for some of their digital SLR cameras like the D300, D700, D90, & D200. It is possible to use the standard Nikon EN-EL3e batteries in these battery grips which will double the number of shots you can take because they hold two batteries instead of one that the camera would take without the grip.
Another alternative, a better one in my opinion, is to use the AA battery adapter that comes with the grip. This will require you to use at total of eight double A batteries (8 AA’s) in the place of the EN-EL3e batteries. The benefit to using AA batteries with cameras like the Nikon D300 and D700, are an increased frame rate up to 8 frames per second! When I bought the MB-D10 battery grip originally, I did NOT know this and thought I would get 8 frames per second on the D300 by just using 2 EN-EL3e batteries. Not so much. However, this led me to a great discovery of the Energizer Rechargeable batteries with 15 minute charger. Out of necessity I had to find a reasonably priced option to get the most out of my camera and battery grip…I mean come one I wanted those 8 frames per second but didn’t want to sell a kidney to pay for it!
In my experience the Energizer Rechargeable Batteries are worth their weight in gold, and now I have them in every remote, calculator, clock, and battery-powered gizmo in my house. So why do I like them so much?
1. They have saved me TONS of money. Let me break it down for you. I bought 2 of the Energizer 15minute chargers two years ago. At the time I spent about $60 on the 2 chargers combined (~$30 each) and another~$25 on an eight pack of Energizer Rechargeable AA batteries. That’s around $85 total. In case you are wondering, I bought 2 chargers so that I could charge all eight batteries at once since each will charge up to four batteries. Anyway…$85 two years ago for the setup and I can honestly say that if you averaged it out, I probably recharge my batteries about once a week. A single charge will easily last me two to three days of average shooting which would be around 1500+ photos. I rarely however have been in a situation where I didn’t have access to an outlet for longer than a few days, so I don’t frequently allow the batteries to go completely dead. So based on this usage of charging 8 batteries charged per week, with 52 weeks in a year, and over a 2 year period, that equals about 832 batteries charged. In other words if I would have disposed of each battery each time (which I didn’t because they are rechargable..duh) then I would have gone through 832 batteries in two years time. I just checked out Amazon.com and you can buy a 16 pack of disposable Energizer AA batteries for about $15 dollars. If I would have been using these disposable AA batteries over the past two years, I would have gone through 52 of these sixteen packs (832/16=52) of batteries at $15 a pack….for a grand total of $780!!! So I saved around $700 in batteries over a 2 year period by using rechargeable.
2. Very reliable: As I mentioned, I have had them for 2 year now and charged them nearly 100 times and I only recently had to replace one of the chargers. Initially, I though the old batteries were going bad (which they probably are not as good as they were two years ago), but I was able to charge them with the new 15 minute charger and they have held their charge just fine. The charger will actually blink red when it detect a problem with the battery arrangments or “bad” batteries. In this case, I think it was indicating a bad charger!
3. Saved me more money: Yes I like to save money so I can spend more on camera equipment! Because I have now converted all the batteries in my home to rechargeable, I haven’t purchased a non-rechargeable battery in two years. That’s better for my pocket book and for the environment. It’s a nice extra benefit to know that there are not 800 dead AA batteries sitting in some landfill because of photography hobby.
Well that’s about all I have on this topic. I thought something simple would be nice to start with for my first review. I hope someone finds this interesting or useful. Thanks for reading!
I currently have (or previously had) the following equipment in my camera “bag”. You can see where the money for my child’s college tutition went…just kidding. Over time, I plan to do individual reviews on each item with have more detailed information and photos. I will also update this list from time to time when I aquire or sell equipment. Thanks for reading! Feel free to checkout my photography website at http://ksqphotography.zenfolio.com/ or video reviews on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/KSQPhotography#p/a
- Nikon D300
- Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED AF-S IF VR II Lens –
Check out test shots with this lens on my blog at:
-(BELOW) LensCoat Lens Cover for Nikon 300mmf/2.8 VR II Lens
-(BELOW) Don Zeck Lens Cap for Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII (a must have!) Check out my mini review of this product on my blog at https://ksqphotography.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/don-zeck-lens-cap/
- (BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II Zoom Lens
Check out test shots with this lens on my blog at:
-LensCoat Lens Cover for Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens
- (BELOW) Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S VRI DX Zoom lens
- (BELOW) Nikon 50mm f1.4 AF-S lens
- (BELOW) Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens
***EXTERNAL FLASH & ACCESSORIES***
- Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight Flash
- The Flash X-Tender (Better Beamer) for SB-600 (neoprene case was seperate)
- Nikon TC-20EIII 2.0x Teleconverter
Check out some sample photo galleries using the Nikon TC-20EIII teleconverter at :
- Nikon AF-S TC-17EII 1.7x Teleconverter
Some sample photo galleries using the TC-17EII can be found at the link below:
- Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconverter
***BATTERY GRIP & EXTERNAL POWER***
- Nikon MB-D10 Multi PowerBattery Pack for D300
- Energizer Rechargeable Batteries with 15 minute charger
***CAMERA BAGS & CASES***
- Tamrac 5258 CyberPack 8 Photo/Computer Backpack
- Tamrac Adventure 75 Backpack
- Lowepro Top Loader 70 AW
- Lowepro CompuDaypack
- Think Tank Digital Loader 50 Top Loader Bag
- Pelican PCS283B Camera Case on wheels
- Pelican 1510 Carry On Wheeled Case
The photo above shows the Pelican 1510 with the Nikon D300 with attached 1.7x teleconverter and Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VRII, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, Nikon 18-200mm VRI, and Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro lenses.
***CAMERA VESTS & HARNESSES***
- Black Rapid Double Strap (RS DR-1)
- Lowepro Street & Field Deluxe Padded Waistbelt & Vest Harness
***PHOTO STORAGE & MEMORY***
- EpsonP-3000 Multimedia Photo Viewer
- Lexar UDMA Comapct Flash 300x Professional 2GB, 4GB, & 8GB cards
***TRIPODS, MONOPODS, & ACCESSORIES***
(BELOW) Wimberley Gimbal Head II and Wimberley lens plate (P-40)
Viedo Overview of this product on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/KSQPhotography#p/a/u/0/pSRcHhGFsbE
- (BELOW) Acratech Long Lens Head
- (BELOW) Gitzo GM5561T 6 section Carbon Fiber Monopod
- Manfrotto Tripod 055XPROB & Ballhead 486RC2 with quick release
- Manfrotto 680B Monopod with Manfrotto 3229 Swivel/Tilt Head
- B+W MRC UV, Polarizing & Neutral Density Filters
***EXTERNAL SHUTTER RELEASE***
- Seculine Twin 1 R3-TRN Transmitter and Receiver
- Phottix Cleon N8 wireless remote control set
***HD VIDEO CAMERA***
- Panasonic HDC-TM700 32GB HD/SD Camcorder
****PREVIOUSLY OWNED (SOLD) EQUIPMENT BELOW****
- Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Body
- Sigma 150-500mm f5.6-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Autofocus Lens
- Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 ED-IF AF-S VRI Zoom Lens
- Nikon MB-D80 Multi PowerBattery Pack for D90
First I would like to say that I am a photographer by hobby. I admit that I am by no means a professional! I should tell you before I go any further that I am a Nikon man, though I have nothing against Canon. It is simply that when I got into the digital SLR market, the Nikon D300 had just been released and was for my purposes the best camera available. I am very happy with the performance of the D300 over the past few year and my seriousness for photography has grown tremendously. I would classify myself as a nature/outdoors photography…though for now you could even subclassify me as a bird photographer. I live very close to the island of Galveston, TX and birds are one thing we have a lot of!
I am starting this blog due to several requests from my friends who are also into photography but who do not spend as much time, effort, or money on the hobby as I do. They wanted me to have a forum to share my experiences, knowledge, and information about equipment. I should also tell you that I am a trial and error type of person, and it is in this way that I have learned most of my photography. I read a lot on a particular photography subject and then go and try it out to get practical experience in that area. This has worked well for me thus far. I preface my blog with this information so that you as the reader know my background and can adjust your expectation or interest in this blog accordingly. I am not a professional who knows every technical term or theory in photography to discuss and explain. Instead, I am a person who is probably just like you who enjoys photography and has decided to “talk” about his experiences. Simple as that. So you will notice that many of my “reviews” are not in depth discussions of the technical aspects of a particular piece of equipment, but rather short descriptions and impressions, supplemented by lots of sample photos. I prefer to let you make your own decisions about how well something will work for your particular needs based on the sample photos I provide. I would recommend double clicking on photos so you can see it at 100% magnification since sometimes there are subtle differences between photos.
The majority of my blog will probably revolve around my photography equipment with review, sample images, and different tests. I will probably also discuss some techniques and theory from time to time. I am also willing to try various things with my equipment upon request and then “publish” the results. Hopefully some of the information I share will be helpful to some. Please feel free to leave constructive feedback! Thanks for viewing
My website: KSQ Photography