D5000 grip and battery ?'s

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  1. jeremycnwy

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    hey,
    been shooting with a d5000 for a while, love it. i have recently been lookin into getting a grip for it and some batteries.

    first with the batteries, i'm having a hard time finding the el-9a battery. while the el-9 batteries seem a dime a dozen. my question is what is the diference between the two? i know the EL-9a that came with my camera is a 7.2v 1080mAh. could i use the EL-9 bateries which are 7.4v and i think 1800mAh, without damaging my camera?

    and for the grip,
    what are the good one's avalible?
    any one seen or used this one??
    Battery Grip for Nikon D5000 Camera * 2 EN-EL9a B2V - eBay (item 330357272244 end time Mar-01-10 19:57:51 PST)
    it's vertical shutter release button works by way of a cable instead of the IR stuff, seems much better.

    any input is welcome thanks!
     
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    My Vivitar grip for my D5000 will be here today. Ill be sure and report back!

    Not sure on the battery deal though, bud. I just ordered another EL9A with it.
     
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    Please let me know about this grip as well. Id love some feedback as I too would love to purchase one.
     
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    Yeah no problem! In case you would like to know, I think the grip was around $99 and the extra Nikon brand battery was about $40.
     
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    Well, it came in today! Im having to wait a little longer for the extra battery due to a shipping mishap however. Oh well, it works with one also.

    My verdict? IT'S AWESOME!! It does everything it's supposed to do perfectly, including auto focus. It fits the hand just right, and the finish is very very similar to the Nikon finish on the camera! Here are a couple of pics of it installed. I highly recommend it! :thumbup: Sorry the pics suck, had to do it with the iPhone.

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    Cute!

    What's plugged into the side of it?

    I had a Targus one for a D40 I had, kinda nice and adds some heft, not much but a little.
     
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    That's what makes the vertical shutter work. It will work as just power without the cord, but it's required for the vertical shutter to work. It doesn't get in the way at all!
     
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    that look like it fit pretty well, i'll consider it, thanks!

    still no answer to the EL-9/EL-9a question.
     
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    I just got the Vivitar Power Grip and It does not always work. When powering up or when it works on power up and goes to standby and I press the shutter button halfway it puts a error on the screen saying it This battery cannot be used. Chose battery that is designated for this camera.

    Anyone else have this happen to?

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
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    I just put the grip back on today after having it off for a while, and it's starting to do the same thing you describe. Not sure what the issue is!

    For what I paid, I'm not gonna worry about it. I'll just use it with one battery. I wanted it for the vertical shutter anyhow.
     

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