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Nikon MB-D12

Multi-battery grip for Nikon D800 digital SLR

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About the Nikon MB-D12

A must have for D800 enthusiasts, this battery grip from Nikon gives you extended shooting time plus increased comfort and balance as you snap photos. It attaches to the bottom of your D800, providing a convenient grip when holding the camera in the vertical position. It offers a shutter release button, front and rear command dials, and a joystick control for setting focus points. The magnesium frame and rubberized surfaces match your D800 perfectly and give it a more professional look and feel. The grip holds an optional EN-EL15 or EN-EL18 Nikon battery, or lets you operate your camera using eight "AA" batteries (not included).

Product highlights:

  • lets you comfortably hold camera upright for portraits
  • ideal for photographers with larger hands and those shooting with heavier, professional or telephoto lenses
  • compatible with Nikon D800 camera
  • camera grip holds one optional EN-EL15/EN-EL18 or 8 optional "AA" batteries
  • dual battery operation: uses one EN-EL15/18 in the camera and one in the grip
  • built-in AF-ON button, vertical shutter release button, front and rear command dials, and joystick control
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 27040

What's in the box:

  • MB-D12 Multi-Battery Power Pack with contact cap (installed)
  • MS-D12 battery holder for AA batteries
  • MS-D12EN battery holder for EN-EL15 battery (installed)
  • Soft holder case
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty Programs sheet

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Great product, very good price

john from South Carolina on 3/20/2015

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Works perfectly with my Nikon D810. Solid build although, as others have said, Nikon is asking a lot for this grip. Crutchfield's price was very good, shipped when promised and got it when they said I would. I had another clone grip for my Nikon D7000, poor build quality, battery chamber broke straight away and heard rumblings about circuitry issues with clone grips, so for my D810 I wanted a Nikon grip. Highly reccomend.

Pros: Build quality, performance

Cons: Nikon's price structure. No cons with Crutchfield.

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excellent, well made battery grip

wafer from Florida on 1/28/2015

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A well made battery grip for the D810, D800, and D800e. The fit and feel are good on both my D800e and D810. In spite of the price, if you need a grip, this is the one to get. Highly recommended!

Pros: feel, fit, functions perfectly, extends usage between battery changes, increases frame rate in crop mode, should be more long lasting and reliable than the knock-off battery grips

Cons: Only con is price compared to prior Nikon battery trips for older cameras.

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Paul from Kansas on 1/24/2015

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Excellent fit to my D800 A must gave for vertical shots Crutchfield had the best price and fast shipping



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Work well with Camera

Ga marshall from Florida on 12/29/2014

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A must have when shooting Vertical and using the pro lenses. Crutchfield makes purchasing a breeze and there sales rep. are very helpful

Pros: Fits well in the hand for Vertical shooting.

Cons: May consider removing it while shooting horizontal it ads a bit of bulk to the camera. In all a good choice.

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Solid Build Quality and Reliable!

StevenZ from Holtsville, NY on 12/4/2013

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Can't go wrong with this vertical grip. I am a wedding photographer and this is my 2nd Nikon vertical grip (I also own the MB-D10 for my D700). This grip fits my D800E perfectly and comes with the 8 AA-battery holder. Also, love buying from Crutchfield. They are extremely professional, courteous, and just very nice to deal with.

Pros: Solid build quality and fits the camera perfectly.

Cons: I want to say price, but you get what you pay for.

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Nice addition to my Nikon D- 800 E camera

FRENCH CHEF from Chicagoland,Il on 10/25/2012

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Very easy to mount to camera.. .now camera works off of two batteries ,one in battery grip and one in camera,can use live view more often,and don't have to worry about battery power. in the grip battery changes out real easy.......Hor/vert. shooting with camera now a breeze !

Pros: Saves muscle power in your arms when shooting Vertical ! Real comfortable.....will leave on camera all the time. You won't be unhappy with this quality Nikon product.

Cons: Expensive !

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Sam from Brooklyn, NY on 10/21/2012

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Good but Price!!



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More details on the Nikon MB-D12

Mark G.

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Overview: The Nikon MB-D12 Multi-Battery Power Pack is designed for use with Nikon's D800 and D800E digital SLR cameras. The MB-D12 takes one Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (sold separately) or eight "AA" batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH, or Lithium). An EN-EL18 Lithium-Ion battery can also be used, but a BL-5 battery-chamber cover (sold separately) and MH-26 battery charger are required.

Vertical Grip: Not only does the MB-D12 serve as a battery pack for the Nikon D800/D800E, it also acts as a vertical hand-grip for portrait shots, and provides a shutter-release button, multi-selector, main- and sub-command dials, and an AF-ON button.

Battery Life: The estimated battery life* for the D800 camera using the MB-D12 is as follows:

  • One EN-EL15 battery (in camera): Approximately 900 shots
  • One EN-EL15 battery (in MB-D12): Approximately 900 shots
  • One EN-EL18 battery (in MB-D12): Approximately 1400 shots
  • Two EN-EL15 batteries (one in camera and one in MB-D12): Approximately 1800 shots
  • Eight AA batteries (in MB-D12): Approximately 1000 shots
*Using CIPA standard

Battery Use Order: In the camera's menu, you can choose whether the battery in the camera or the batteries in the battery pack are used first when an optional MB-D12 battery pack is attached.

Weight: The MB-D12 weighs 9.9 oz. (excluding batteries), 12.9 oz. with EN-EL15, and 16.3 oz. with 8 "AA" batteries.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
Extra battery capacity on my Nikon D810. [ LEONARD G  Apr 07, 2016 ]
Great price for genuine Nikon product. [ Victor  Mar 17, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Is this MB-D12 grip you're offering, made by Nikon? Or is it a black market knock-off? Does it come in a Nikon box with Nikon warranty?
[ Ron  Sep 21, 2015 ]
9 answers
It is a genuine Nikon battery grip. It does come in a Nikon box with warranty
[ PAUL  Sep 23, 2015 ]
Yes, it's made by Nikon w/ box, manual, etc.
[ John  Sep 22, 2015 ]
This is a genuine Nikon product with Nikon warranty. Very solidly made and a must if you are shooting a lot of verticals. The extra battery in the grip helps make up for the short life of the in camera battery.
[ Andrew  Sep 22, 2015 ]
Not speaking for Crutchfield here, but the one I ordered IS a Nikon unit and is working as described. Came with box and warranty. Have heard many negative reviews about knock-offs so (as usual) stayed with name brand merchandise and have not had a problem.
[ Don  Sep 22, 2015 ]
I purchased this same MB-D12 from Crutchfield. And it is genuine Nikon with a USA warranty. Crutchfield is one of the most trustworthy online stores - no need to worry about the products they sell.
[ John  Sep 22, 2015 ]
The one I received was the authentic Nikon brand. Bought it in January of this year and works and fits great.
[ William  Sep 22, 2015 ]
Hi, yes this is the genuine Nikon battery holder for Nikon D-800/810 cameras. Yes, it comes with a Nikon Box and warranty. Thank you, Steve
[ Steve  Sep 22, 2015 ]
Original Nikon all the way. Includes Nikon USA warranty. Have no concerns. It is the real deal.
[ David  Sep 22, 2015 ]
I purchased this product through Crutchfield and it is an authentic Nikon product and therefore comes in the Nikon packaging with the Nikon warranty.
[ Paul  Sep 22, 2015 ]

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