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Old 09-15-2006   #1
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Hello,

I am undecided whether to purchase the vertical grip for the D200. Some reviews state that the build quality is sub-standard.

I would like to hear from my fellow Nikon user about this particular dilema.

Cheers,
Andy D.

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Hmm, I've purchased vertical grips for many prosumer cameras, including Nikon models. In all cases, I've ended up using the cameras without the grip more often than with. The reason: with the grip, your camera turns into a largish, pro-sized model, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a smaller body, which is good for portability. Many pros use the normal shutter release when in vertical mode anyway. The grip does add some stability, but the extra size and weight have their drawbacks, too.
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If I want a vertical grip, I buy a camera with it built-in. An add-on grip never feels as nice, ergonomically or build-wise, as one that's an integral part of the camera.

If you need better balance with larger lenses, say, above the ~3 pound 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR (though my D70 feels awful even with that lens), then you might want to get the battery grip, though an L-bracket might be enough for balance, and that's where I'd spend my money instead.
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i just got mine (the d200 and the grip) and i like it so far. You can see the difference in overall size compared to my d70. To me it feels more pro and that's what I like about it. Now whether or not I end up getting tired of it is yet to be seen. The only "complaint" i have is that with the L-bracket you notice the grip has some flex to it. I wish it secured to the body with more than just the one screw in the tripod hole. But I also like how it holds two batteries and the camera feeds off one battery at a time. Or you can use AA batteries if you get stuck.

oh and I apologize in advance... I had to use a Canon 20d to take the second shot.* :

[img width=750 height=498]http://d2creative.smugmug.com/photos/95291922-L.jpg[/img]

[img width=750 height=499]http://d2creative.smugmug.com/photos/95291923-L.jpg[/img]
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Thanks for those pics, D2. That looks like a nicely-integrated grip to me.
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No problem, MW.


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Old 09-15-2006   #8
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Hello everyone,

I took the advice and went to my local camera shop and tried out the grip.
One word, loved it!
The camera took on a pro-feel ie. more stability.

Cheers,
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Old 09-16-2006   #9
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You can get a whole lot of batteries for that same money you'll spend on the MB D200. Why not get those and save the weight.
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I don't have a D200, but I did get a Hoodman grip for my D70. It makes a huge difference in handling for larger lenses like the 80-200. I almost never take it off the camera. When I do upgrade I plan on getting the MB-200 too. It is more than just having the extra battery power. Some of us don't like a camera to be too small.


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