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Nikon D200 Battery Grip
Dirk Weaver, Photographer, Assistant
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 8:09 PM on 09.12.11
->> I have a Nikon D200 with the batter grip, but the tabs have broken off that hold the batteries in position. Can someone tell me there is a work around for keeping the batteries in place with the broken tabs?

Thanks in advance!
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Nick Wass, Photographer
Wheaton | MD | USA | Posted: 8:35 PM on 09.12.11
->> hi dirk
i had this happen when i shot with my d200's
i usually was just was able to close the battery door on the mb-200 and that did the trick
or just use one battery in the drive its easier
i stays in place
just be careful when u open the door to change batteries because they may fly out
i purchased replacement parts here
($11.00)

http://www.bocaphoto.com/products/new/nikon/nikonparts.htm

scroll down to the mb-200 part
you probably can order direct from nikon parts
too
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Dirk Weaver, Photographer, Assistant
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 8:47 PM on 09.12.11
->> Nick,

Thanks. My only concern is that the hook that keeps the door closed will break while I'm shooting. Did that ever present a problem for you? The springs seem to be awfully strong. More than likely I'll be shooting with 4 AA batteries int he event that I have to change them mid-way through my shoot. Your thoughts?
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Nick Wass, Photographer
Wheaton | MD | USA | Posted: 9:37 PM on 09.12.11
->> door is strong enough to hold it imo
use one battery if you are worried that the stress may be too much
hope it works
cheap part but nikon said i would have to send it in
since nps looked at it at the US open golf
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Mark Carriveau, Photographer
West Chicago | il | USA | Posted: 12:32 AM on 09.13.11
->> I had the same problem with my D200. As long as you can latch the door closed. it will still work fine with no problems.
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Andrew Brosig, Photo Editor, Photographer
Nacogdoches | TX | United States | Posted: 8:19 AM on 09.13.11
->> Dirk - Trust me, your fears will be realized eventually. I had the same problem, first one tab, then the other, then the door latch. Tried duct tape for a while, but then was getting intermittent battery cutout in the middle of shooting. I found a used MB200 on ebay for about $100. Best money ever spent. But, if you're good with tools and can get the parts (and have better eyesight than me to see all those tiny screws, etc.) that would be a good way to go, too.
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Tim Hynds, Photo Editor, Photographer
Sioux City | IA | USA | Posted: 9:43 AM on 09.13.11
->> Same story as Andrew. On mine, eventually all the tabs and latches went FUBAR. Tried the gaffers tape thing and missed too many photos due to intermittent battery issues.

Ended up having to buy a new (on closeout) MB200. The camera is now a backup, but I baby that thing whenever I even look at the battery compartment.

Lousy engineering and design.
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Nick Wass, Photographer
Wheaton | MD | USA | Posted: 11:59 AM on 09.13.11
->> I say buy the $11 part and send the grip to nikon to fix it
The d200 can still work without the grip so u are not out the use of the camera
Good luck
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Dirk Weaver, Photographer, Assistant
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 5:32 PM on 09.13.11
->> Thanks everyone...I might have to rent a grip for this weekend to avoid missing any shots since this is such short notice. I appreciate all of the your input everyone. Nick, I'll look into the $11.00 part so that I can get it fixed.

Regards,

Dirk
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Darin Sicurello, Assistant
Gilbert | AZ | | Posted: 9:45 PM on 09.25.11
->> My fix cost $3.00

I take a 3M Plastic clear ultra Strip Velcro pack.

I take 1 strip and slice it with a knife.

I stick 1 slice above the door on the top right corner

I take the other half and stick on the door just
below without covering the door crack but make sure the Velcro is line up to pattern.

then take a full strip (unsliced) and stick covering
both.

For now, I took a longer bright colored fabric to keep underside sticking to my fingers and as easy release.

I was thinking of gluing a better release tab at a later time, but it worked this summer for me.

I hope this helps.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Powell | TN | USA | Posted: 10:52 PM on 09.25.11
->> I've got a used grip that works fine for $75... pm-r
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