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Issue with Nikon MB-10 battery grip
Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 6:45 PM on 09.16.12
->> I've had this grip for about 3 years. I'm using it on a D700. Friday night football was not the same this time because the MB-10 keeps loosing contact with he D700...I normally see it in the Control Panel listed as BP.

Here is the situation. New batteries twice (Duracell alkaline), slide the sleeve in and hit a burst. After about 10frames, it slows from 8fps to (5?). I look in the Control Panel and the BP is gone, showing it seems to be back on camera battery. I have to unlock the sleeve, slide it out and back in, re-lock, then it works again, after realize I missed out on some good shots.

All contacts cleaned. Checked all contacts to make sure nothing was bent out of place. I know other shooters have had same/similar issue, so can anyone point me to a cure? I've searched and tried almost everything I can find, I know someone has had to fix this issue before...
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 7:32 PM on 09.16.12
->> You might want to consider the Nikon EL4a battery in the grip with BL3 end piece. Always solid performance
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 9:52 PM on 09.16.12
->> Do you notice this more often when shooting in portrait orientation? If so, it could be, at that angle, the contacts of the battery holder lose good contact the internal contacts of the MB-D10 ... also try cleaning all the contact points gently with a pencil eraser ... sometimes there is a thin layer of film that can hamper good battery contact ....
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Jon Durr, Student/Intern, Photographer
Morton Grove | IL | USA | Posted: 10:27 PM on 09.16.12
->> +1 to what Butch said.

I had this problem with my D300s and the grip but after cleaning everything very well it stopped and hasn't happened since.
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Tim Cowie, Photographer, Photo Editor
Davidson | NC | USA | Posted: 12:02 AM on 09.17.12
->> Common problem with the MB-10's unfortunately with or without the EL4a battery.
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 9:59 AM on 09.17.12
->> Thanks Butch. I do believe the the portrait position may have something to do with it, but it does happen no matter the position. I did clean with alcohol, but try the eraser also. Are there any specific contacts this would be? Like the 10 or 12 on top of the grip? Or are we talking the inside of the grip, or the ones on the sleeve? It would be nice to be able to pinpoint the exact ones so that I could keep them clean in the future...
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 1:32 PM on 09.17.12
->> That's one of the big advantages ... and also liabilities of the MB-D10 ... it has the proper contacts for three different power sources ... the En-EL3e tray, the AA tray and the El4a ... so lots to keep track of if you use any or all of the above power options ...

If you are using the AA holder ... the contacts in the MB-D10 for this tray, are the two long spring blade contacts at the roof of the compartment ... you can see how they would line up with the tray ...

Also don't overlook cleaning (gently, I might add ... avoiding the use of chemical solvents because the conductor coating on these parts is extremely thin and can break down with some solvents) all the contacts on both the camera and MB-D10 ... even though you may not remove the unit that often from the camera, quite often at least one of those 20 contact points could be a source of loss of power or communication ...
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 4:10 PM on 09.17.12
->> Thanks Butch. I will take a look tonight and see what I can do with this.
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 1:06 PM on 09.18.12
->> Contacts all cleaned up and MB-10 seems to be good as new again. Football game Friday night will certainly stress it enough, so guess I'll find out then how well I did. This thing does have some mileage on it, so it did not surprise me when it happened. Didn't make me happy at the particular time it decided to loose it mind though! Any way, thanks again!
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 1:36 PM on 09.18.12
->> Alan, how often do you take the MB-10 off/ I am thinking in the humidity of GA you may be getting moisture in there.
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 5:49 PM on 09.18.12
->> It comes off every time I get thru using it. Storage wise it has to
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Greg Honda, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 1:37 AM on 09.21.12
->> I have a problem with the MB-D10 grip and my D700 that is actually far worse. When I stick a grip on (tried multiple different grips) with either the AA's or the EL4a's the camera cannot handle the high frame rate and the shutter locks up. It's already been back to Nikon once, but I'm going to have to send it back in again.

All settings on the camera are correct, and the only thing I can deduct is that the camera just seems to be failing at the higher frame rate. I've used this body/grip combination for 2 years without a problem, then all of a sudden, I'm getting this problem.

Anyone else run into this issue?
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 10:23 PM on 09.22.12
->> Greg, I have had two D700's and not had that problem at all.
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 09.26.12
->> I thought the problem may have been fixed, but no. About 10 minutes into using it at a football game it is doing same thing. I still fell like it could be a connection issue, but everything is cleaned as good as possible. I don't know anything more to do except try re-chargeable batteries. I really need the 8fps and this is so aggravating...
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 9:16 AM on 09.27.12
->> @ Greg Honda, I have a D700 that locks up the shutter briefly in bursts, I attributed to the third party grip I was using, but maybe it's a known issue. I'm using EL4a batteries.
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 3:04 PM on 10.30.12
->> To add to this...I bought a third party grip. When I put it on, guess what, it does exactly same thing...I swapped battery holders, same thing...I'm even more confused now...D300/D700, MD-10 and a off brand grip...problem persist in all combinations...If I didn't have so much money tied up here, I might consider swapping to canon...
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:31 AM on 10.31.12
->> Out of curiosity...did the 3rd party grip do this immediately, or did it work properly for a while?
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 10:34 AM on 10.31.12
->> Alan, if you've used grips by different manufacturers, it's probably not the grip, rather the camera body is the issue...
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Alan Sanders, Photographer
Dublin | Ga | USA | Posted: 1:13 PM on 10.31.12
->> Chuck, it did it immediatley on D300 and D700...
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 3:37 PM on 11.01.12
->> OK, so much for my theory of you applying some sort of unique torque with an unusual grip technique. Sorry, no suggestions beyond above. :(
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