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Nikon MB-D12

Multi-battery grip for Nikon D800 digital SLR

7 Reviews | 1 question - 9 answers


Our take on 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

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

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!

wafer, Florida


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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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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

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 ]