Generic MB-D11 battery holder
Following on from a previous thread about the high costs of OEM after-sales items compared to no-name knock-offs, I thought you D7000 owners might be interested in the following.
I decided that as I do a lot of my shooting in portrait orientation, I would buy an MB-D11 battery grip for my D7000. You can imagine my shock/horror on finding out the price of the genuine article in bricks-and-mortar stores here in Australia is around AU$359, and about AU$250-AU$280 on eBay (imported from Hong Kong or Singapore). A bit rich, I thought.
Of course, there were generic copies on eBay too, and although they were made from plastic instead of magnesium alloy, at AU$55 (including postage) it was hard to overlook them. I took the plunge and bought one.
It arrived after a few weeks, as promised. To my eye it looks identical to the real thing, right down to the mottled finish and slightly sticky rubber grip. I fitted my (genuine) EN-EL15 battery into its holder (the alternative holder which accommodates 6 x AA batteries was also included), removed the terminal covers from the camera and the unit, and carefully mated the two together by means of the large screw. It fitted perfectly, with a rock solid connection and no relative movement. Next came the moment of truth -- would all the functions work? Answer -- yes. Everything - shutter release, front and rear command dials, AE-L/AF-L button, multi-selector - all worked as intended.
How long the grip will go on working as intended only time will tell. In the meantime, it's certainly more convenient for portrait shots, it enables all-day shooting, it looks and feels great, and it's quick and easy to attach and detach as you don't have to remove the battery compartment cover from the camera, as you do with some other models. And it's hard to go past that price! Here's some 'product shots':