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    Ian White
    Ian White  12177 forum posts United Kingdom
    13 Feb 2012 - 6:26 PM

    Hi all

    I was thinking about getting a battery grip for my Nikon D3000,i have found out nikon dont do one,so i would have to buy a 3rd party one that would fit my camera could you give me some advice,pro's and con's


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    13 Feb 2012 - 7:21 PM

    Don't know the D3000, but if Nikon don't do a battery grip for it, that suggests that the camera is not designed to take one and there would be no way of fitting it.

    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Feb 2012 - 9:40 PM

    There are third party battery grips for the D3000, Like this one.....Smile

    Pros and cons, None really, The grip gives you more available battery power without changing batteries, A vertical shutter button, A bit more camera to get hold of too.

    Downside to any third party items, They may not be as well made as a Nikon item, But for the limited functions they offer, Should do the job, Double check the tripod mounting point, If and or when you mount your camera fitted with grip to a tripod, Usually these things are OK, Just take note on the weight if your using a big lens, That does not have its own tripod collar.

    These D3000 grips are so cheap, You really can't go wrong.....Wink

    Ian White
    Ian White  12177 forum posts United Kingdom
    14 Feb 2012 - 7:05 AM

    Thank you both very much,i'll have a look and see what i think very good point about weight and tripod mount

    Thanks again,Ian

    timbo  12591 forum posts United Kingdom
    14 Feb 2012 - 9:49 AM

    I don't see how that grip would work on the D3000 as there are no contacts to communicate with the camera. The D3000 wasn't designed to take a grip.

    EddieAC  9681 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Feb 2012 - 10:59 AM

    Third party battery grips often use a work arounds whereby the grip's shutter button triggers the camera to fire through the infra red remote function.

    Also some are using cables from the grip to camera as discussed Here.

    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Feb 2012 - 12:26 PM

    Quote: The D3000 wasn't designed to take a grip.

    Like my pet car was not designed to have " Twin Side Draught Webber Carbs " .....Oh! But it does.....Wink

    That is as maybe, But there are many many 3rd party grips out there for the D3000 and other models, ie: D3100, D5000, D5100, There is also a great many people with interest in having a grip for these camera models, Backed up by a tidal wave of " YouTube " videos, Showing the 3rd part grips fitted and in action.....!!!!!!!!!

    So lets see what do the third party grips offer....?

    First they make the camera easier to hold for those with big paws......Smile

    Next up is running two batteries, I don't see that as a major advantage myself, It only takes a few seconds to change a battery anyhow.....!!!

    The vertical shutter button can for some be a great advantage, Though with such a small camera I don't see that as a must have myself......Grin

    Some ( camera brand & model dependant ) offer remote shooting, The ability to use " AA " rechargeable batteries, Etc etc, So take your pick as to what they offer, If its a facility you desire/Need.......Grin

    The mere fact that Nikon " Failed " to see a potential market for a battery grip on these models, Has not prevented the 3rd party market from capitalising on this " Mistake ".....Grin Grin Smile

    Would I use a 3rd party grip MMMmmm, If a makers own grip was not available, Maybe, If the product stood up to some scrutiny in the quality department, The big question is really do I want one in the first place, My personal answer would probably be no, But then I'm old school and don't find not having a grip a problem....Smile

    Some though according to thier YouTube productions, Only want a grip because it makes these smaller DSLR bodies " Look The Part " ......LOL....Grin

    What part that is, Could be anyones guess, But its a case of whatever " Floats Your Boat "......Wink

    Last Modified By cameracat at 14 Feb 2012 - 12:31 PM
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