D70 Vertical Grip

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Bob, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Hi All,

    I've read about a number of third-party vendors that make vertical
    grips for the D70 but all of them seem to suffer from a pretty serious
    limitation: the button on the grip will not focus the camera when it's
    half depressed. Does anyone out there know of a manufacturer that makes
    a vertical grip that does offer a button that will focus the camera
    when half depressed?

    Thanks in advance,
    Bob, Sep 14, 2005
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    Patrickg Guest

    I've not seen these? have a name.
    Patrickg, Sep 15, 2005
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    Richard H. Guest

    Harbortronics http://www.harbortronics.com/detail.php?id=2
    Hoodman http://www.hoodmanusa.com/powergrip.asp
    Jenis http://www.hkjenis.com/English/HOLD/professional/JND70P.htm
    Opteka http://www.opteka.com/productdetail.asp?productid=4183

    The Harbortronics seems to get the best feedback; it's creative, but a
    bit cheesy with the D70 (as they all seem to be). It requires setting
    the camera in IR remote mode and positioning a cable in front of the IR
    sensor, or modifying the D70 body to add a jack (no doubt, voiding the

    For the D70s, only Harbortronics offers an external cable to the cable
    release jack, and they claim it has a two-stage button that works like
    the factory shutter release. It doesn't offer a command dial like the
    D100 grip, but at least it's a cleaner design.

    Hoodman, Jenis, and Opteka are pretty much identical function-wise.
    They can take two Nikon batteries or 6 AA, which can be swapped without
    removing the grip, unlike the Harbortronics model. (But really, how
    often do you need to recharge?) FYI, 6 AA batteries weigh more and last
    half as long as one of Nikon's smaller EN-EL3/3a Lithium Ion.

    The Hoodman is more bulky at the base than the Harbortronics because of
    how the batteries are stored. Pics of the other two are limited, but
    they would seem to be the same.

    Richard H., Sep 15, 2005
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    Bruce Chang Guest

    Warranties are typically voided only if the change being made can be shown
    to cause the defect. If you were to break the hotshoe off your camera and
    the shutter stopped working, they should still replace the shutter.

    Warranties shouldn't be an "all or nothing" thing. It is if you were to
    drop your camera or submerge it in water but those are catastrophic. I
    suppose if the manufacterer says opening the camera voids the warranty, then
    there you have it, warranty voided.
    Bruce Chang, Sep 15, 2005
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    Bob Guest

    Thank you all for your responses. I think I'll try to use the D70
    without the vertical grip for now and see how I go - modifying the
    camera body just to get the ability to focus on a half depress seems
    like a pretty drastic step to take and I'm not keen on even having the
    possibility of voiding the warranty.
    Bob, Sep 18, 2005
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