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battery grip

eddie1 6 12 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2012 6:34PM
Hi, does anyone know if there is a battery grip out there to fit a Nikon D3100 that does not use a cable. I know Nikon dont make one and the ones ive seen come with an unsightly cable from the grip to the camera. Help please.

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aco012000 12 35 1
9 Feb 2012 7:27PM
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
9 Feb 2012 8:01PM
The problem with third party grips for the D3100 & D5100 is the release ( Shutter Button ) ....!!!

They have mastered ( by backward engineering ) a means of using two batteries, But all seem to go cheap and have a cable to the accessory port, To fire the shutter as if it was connected to a wired remote cable, The fact that all the models currently available have the outside wire job, Is probably significant in that running a link to the cameras shutter mechanism via, What amounts to the battery compartment, May not be possible within the design of the camera, If it was just a case of putting a grip on with no external wire connections, I suspect that Nikon would have made available thier own version a long time ago.

At the end of the day, The el-cheapo items do provide extra battery space, The cameras are so small, That having a release button on the grip as well, Would be " Overkill " ....!

The one thing that concerns me is, Messing around with third party items that have a direct link to the power side of things, Could end in disaster with a " Fried " camera, That will not be covered by Nikon warranty wise, Same applies to using third party cheapo batteries.

The item linked to does not show a wire, But I suspect you'll find it has one, Just like all the others......!!!!!!!!

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