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Nikon MB-D17

Battery grip for Nikon D500

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Extend your shooting time

Nikon's MB-D17 battery grip increases the number of shots per charge you can get with the D500. Shutter release and Fn buttons give you better control when shooting in portrait orientation.

Product Highlights:

What's in the Box:

  • MB-D17 Multi-power battery pack
  • MS-D12EN rechargeable battery holder (installed)
  • MS-D12 AA battery holder
  • Storage case
  • User's Manual
  • For Your Safety sheet
  • Warranty Programs sheet

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Overview: The Nikon MB-D17 Multi-Battery Power Pack is designed for use with Nikon's D500 digital SLR camera. The MB-D17 takes one Nikon EN-EL15 rechargeable battery (sold separately) or eight "AA" batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH, or Lithium). With the optional BL-5 battery chamber cover (available from Nikon), you can insert an optional EN-EL18a higher-capacity battery for longer battery life. Not only does the MB-D17 serve as a power pack for the Nikon D500, it also acts as a vertical hand-grip for portrait-oriented shots, and provides a shutter-release button, multi selector, main- and sub-command dials, and an AE/AF Lock button.

Battery Life: The estimated battery life for the D500 camera using the MB-D17 is as follows:

  • One EN-EL15 battery (in camera): Approximately 1240 shots*, or 50 minutes of HD footage
  • One EN-EL15 battery (in MB-D17): Approximately 1240 shots, or 50 minutes of HD footage
  • One EN-EL 18a battery (in MB-D17): Approximately 2510 shots, or 130 minutes of HD footage
  • Eight AA alkaline batteries (in MB-D17): Approximately 1140 shots, or 60 minutes of HD footage
*Using CIPA standard

Weight: The MB-D17's weight varies depending upon the batteries and configuration you use:

  • MB-D17 without batteries or battery holders: 7.9 ounces
  • MB-D17 with MS-D12EN holder (no batteries): 9.7 ounces
  • MB-D17 with MS-D12EN and optional EN-EL15 battery: 12.7 ounces
  • MB-D17 with MS-D12EN and optional EP-5B power connector: 10.6 ounces
  • MB-D17 with MS-D12 holder (no batteries): 9.2 ounces
  • MB-D17 with MS-D12 and eight AA batteries: 15.7 ounces
  • MB-D17 with optional BL-5 battery chamber cover and EN-EL18a battery: 15.0 ounces

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Always purchase this Nikon accessory and this time it was included in the price!!! [ Warren  Jun 13, 2018 ]
The MB-D17 carries the NIKON name and will fit and operate perfectly on the D500. [ Ron  Mar 27, 2018 ]
Included in deal [ David Lopez  Dec 28, 2017 ]