battery grips D500

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Aussie Geoff

New member
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Hi All sorry if this has been discussed before. I am thinking of buying a battery grip for my Nikon D500.
In Australia they are around the $700.00 au = $520.00 us dollar how ever the 3rd party grips are around $450.00 au = $330.00 us dollars.
should I keep saving and go for the Nikon grip or save money. Thanks for any advice
In regards to my earlier question about lens advice thanks every one I have just placed an order for the Nikon 16-80mm F2.8-4 ED
 

Charles Loy

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You can find 3rd party for much less that $330 US dollars. I use Nikon on my D500, and on all other bodies I've owned, until recently when I bought a Vello brand for use on my D850. Seems fine, I've had it a few months, 15000 photos or so. Most 3rd party function exactly like the original.
 

Robin

Well-known member
I have and recommend the Meiki version, comes with a wireless remote. Works very well and is great value at about £65.
 

Fishboy1952

Well-known member
Supporting Member
I use the Nikon grip and have no experience with the 3rd party grips that are available. The Nikon does a nice job for me, and I’d highly recommend it.
 

MikeJ

Active member
I got mine (genuine Nikon) during a bundled special from B&H, a couple years ago, body, grip and XQD card. No complaints whatsoever, it performs flawlessly.

I did buy a 3rd party grip for my D300 when I first got that body years ago, can't remember the brand at the moment. It was fine at first, then started to get quirky (probably after only a few months). Ended up buying the genuine grip for that camera, and the 3rd party went back in its box and is probably still in my basement!
 

Harry.G

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Supporting Member
Hi All sorry if this has been discussed before. I am thinking of buying a battery grip for my Nikon D500.
In Australia they are around the $700.00 au = $520.00 us dollar how ever the 3rd party grips are around $450.00 au = $330.00 us dollars.
should I keep saving and go for the Nikon grip or save money. Thanks for any advice
In regards to my earlier question about lens advice thanks every one I have just placed an order for the Nikon 16-80mm F2.8-4 ED
I done a ton of research online and on both this forum and another forum about whether or not I should buy a Nikon Grip for my D500

The same reply kept coming up time and time again which was ""There is little to no difference"" between the Original Nikon grip or a 3rd party Grip..

I`ve heard some guys say they had occasional trouble (nothing serious mind) with the Nikon grip and equally the same with 3rd party grips .. My conclusion was to simply buy a 3rd party grip which I picked up on ebay for around a quarter of the price of a Nikon grip .. Never ever had any problems and I`m more than glad I went that route ..

There are lots of guys out there that feel they must have the grip but then find that once they purchase one ,it gets used only occasionally .. Thats were eBay comes in handy , or maybe even local dealers that sell used gear ..

Save your hard earned cash and buy either 3rd party OR used as there are some very good bargains to be had out there ..


Harry.G
 

Basil

Member
Supporting Member
I recently bought this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SN9X3GJ/?tag=backcogaller-20 for about AUD$83. Has the advantage over some others of also accepting the larger EN EL 18 batteries (or 3rd party equivalent) for longer battery life. Just need to get the BL5 battery chamber cover as well as the batteries and charger. But if you just want to use the standard battery you are good to go for just over $80. I also picked up a L plate for the D500 with grip.

All works well.
 

fulltimewanderer

Active member
Recommend the OEM, Nikon,used the Nikon grip on my D300, D500, D810, and D850. No issues whatsoever love the ergonomics and the benefits when shooting vertical.
 
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