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Hahnel announce battery grip for Nikon Digital SLR

Hahnel announce battery grip for Nikon Digital SLR - Hahnel have launched the first two in a range of stylish battery power grips for power hungry digital SLR cameras

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Nikon D-50 with HL-D50 Powergrip
Hahnel announce battery grip for Nikon Digital SLR
Powergrip HN-D50, 2* HN-EL3 and AA-Adapter
Hahnel announce battery grip for Nikon Digital SLR
The HN-D50 and HN-D70/70S for the Nikon D50 and D70/70s cameras are the first to be launched of Hahnels new range of BatteryGrips for digital SLRs. Both models come complete with two Hahnel HL-EL3 7.4v 1500mAh Lithium ion batteries plus an AA battery adapter for use with 6 AA batteries.

There are major benefits when the Hahnel BatteryGrips are used.

  • The available power is doubled for longer uninterupted camera function.
  • A combination of a better balance, through a lower point of gravity and a firm grip improve the camera handling especially when longer focal length lenses are used.
  • The included AA adapter offers a flexible power-backup solution when you run out of power unexpectedly. Even standard AA alkaline batteries will provide enough power to keep going wherever you are.
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I'd be concerned with Hahnel's battery. Nikon's own is not even 100% safe considering the recent battery recall.

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deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
Yeah but Hahnel are a battery manufacturer of world renown. I have specs for their battery and they are fitted with overload protection, thermal cutout and in fireproof casings. They are quality.
thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
does this unit use a cord to link the shutter release like other third party power grips ?

IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
Nce one Hahnel! Looks like, the way they are moulded, that there is no second shutter release which I find a pain anyway!

thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
does this unit use a cord to link the shutter release like other third party power grips ?

thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
AARRGGHH it's not a vertical shutter release........
It would be more difficult to utilise an extra shutter release on this battery pack compared to one for a D70. The D50's IR sensor is on the hand-grip, this would make a fibre-optic cable vulnerable when using the camera normally.

Going by my email conversation with Hahnel, the D70 version will also not have an extra shutter release. But, as Jenis manufacture this grip, the D70 version might be exactly the same as the Jenis one. Or; it might not, that could be why the D50 grip has been released before the D70 one (further development).
I'm currently conducting a test on all of the grips... I have in my possession at the moment one from Hoodman and Harbortronics and I'm being sent one from Hahnel when they have one available. The review will be up on site soon... ;o)
Er why do you want one for the D70? Power useage is so good the battery lasts for ages. Now the Leica D2 is an other story, that does need an extra supply.
Hi. just registerd so i can give a small review for those considering purchasing this grip. I purchased this grip (HN-D50) last week from jacobs in The UK. Yes i can confirm there is no vertical release on the grip, howhever taking vertical pics with the grip attached using the top shutter release in my opinion is easier and more comfortable. The grip makes the camera more comfortable overall especially with longer lenses. So far i Have not managed to drain 2 1300 mAh jessops clone batteries. i have taken approx 200/250 Raw images (with preview on)some with on board flash. the battery level is still showing full so at a guess with the 2 1500 mAh hahnel batteries on board you could get over 1000 Raw quality images. Even though Nikon DSLR's in general are bigger cameras (and better for it in my opinion)over there competitors this grip makes it feel and handle like a top end pro model. For action photographers or users with longer lenses this grip will make a huge differance. If you need a vertical shuter on the D50 i belive hoodman in the USA are realeasing one some time in December, if not i can highly recomend the Hahnel Battery Grip.
I'm interested in this, literally to make the camra bigger and more managebale for my motorsprots photography. The extra battery power would be great, but I'm more interested in it making my camera feel better, as said by wheelsofsteel.I use a 300mm lens 90% of the time, so if it handles better then that would be superb!

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