More and more people are picking up battery grips for their cameras so, for today’s article, we have decided to focus on what we feel is the best battery grip for Nikon d7200 cameras on the market right now. Rather than just focusing on one single battery grip, we have decided to focus on two products with the first one being a higher priced high-end option and the second being a more budget-friendly option.
Both of the featured battery grips have earned themselves excellent reputations within the Nikon camera owning community and will do a great job relative to their price points in the market. We have also decided to include some third-party, independent reviews of each of the battery grips to ensure our readers are getting a balanced and well-rounded view of each product.
The Nikon MB-D15 Grip Multi Battery Power Pack – High-End Option
Although there are some compelling higher end battery grips for the d7200, we feel that this edges out ahead of the competing products for a few reasons. It has the best reputation within the community and has held its sterling reputation since its release onto the market a few years back. In addition to this, Nikon has put the battery grip through extensive testing prior to release to remove all of the bugs and issues some third-party products can have.
User Interface And Control System
Being a simple battery grip it has no user interface or direct control system to speak of but the Nikon MB-D15 Grip Multi Battery Power Pack is very easy to use and will mount directly to your Nikon D7200 within seconds. Its sleek design also ensures that you are able to quickly and easily mount or unmount the grip from your camera body as required too.
The great build quality of the grip ensures that it will hold its shape without warping over time removing the risk of you accidentally damaging your camera body during use. The auto lock mechanism on the grip is simple and effective and will secure it in place without you having to worry about it falling off during use.
The shutter release button on the grip is fully functional with the Nikon d7200 as well as a large number of other popular Nikon camera bodies too. The grip also comes with fully functioning AE/AF lock buttons, multi selector, and main- and sub-command dials that will natively work with your d7200 without you having to get any type of converter.
The grip can hold up to Six AA batteries or the MB-D15. This can help extend the battery life of your d7200 but keep in mind that battery life is going to depend on a number of factors such as the quality of the AA batteries you put in the grip as well as the settings of your camera as well as what you are actually using your camera for during use.
The grip is made from a magnesium alloy to ensure that it is as robust as your d7200 camera body helping it take its fair share of bumps and knocks without breaking. On top of this, the design of the grip also ensures a tight seal to the body of your d7200 ensuring that it is weather sealed as well as dust proof when in use.
Question – Will this battery grip mount directly to the Nikon d7200?
Answer – Yes, this grip will natively attach to your Nikon d7200 without you having to purchase any converters or adaptors.
Question – Does this battery grip work with both Alkaline and Lithium batteries?
Answer – Yes, the grip will work with either type of battery but we would recommend that you try to make sure that you only use one or the other at the same time rather than mixing battery types.
Question – Does this grip come with its own tripod mount?
Answer – Yes, as it attaches directly to the tripod mount on your Nikon d7200, the grip comes with its own at the base of the grip. It is a fully functioning mount that will let you attach the rig to a tripod or use a quick release plate system with it just like the mount on your camera body.
Third Party Reports
This independent review of the grip comments on how robust it is and that they feel it will make a good addition to your accessories for your Nikon d7200 as well as the other Nikon cameras that it is compatible with.
This review from a third party uses this particular battery grip with their Nikon d7200 and comments on how they do not regret forking out the additional money on the price tag of this grip as this official battery grip is very tough and rugged.
As we mentioned earlier, if you are looking for a high-end battery grip for your Nikon d7200 then the Nikon MB-D15 Grip Multi Battery Power Pack is definatley the battery grip for you. Although it is expensive it comes with the performance, build quality, functionality, and design that you would expect and being an official Nikon product, it mounts perfectly to your d7200.
The Neewer Vertical Battery Grip Replacement – Entry Level Option
Considering the price tag of this grip, its build quality, performance, and design are pretty solid in all fairness to it and we feel that is why it has such a solid reputation within the Nikon camera owning community. That said, it keeps going from strength to strength as time goes on as more and more people pick this cheap little grip up and fall in love with it.
User Interface And Control System
As you would expect from a battery grip, the interface is very simple to use and although it is a third-party product, it has been specifically designed to work with the Nikon d7200 as well as a number of other Nikon camera bodies too. This ensures that you will get a firm fit between the battery grip and your d7200 camera body and although it is advertised as being weather sealed, personally, we would not trust it with such a low price tag.
As the design of this Neewer battery grip is almost a direct rip off of the official Nikon one covered above, it has a very similar locking system as well as additional controls. That means that this cheaper Neewer battery grip for your d7200 can either hold One EN EL15 Battery or Six AA batteries depending on what is better for your situation.
As you would expect from a battery grip at this price point in the market, the materials used in its construction are nowhere near as high quality as the official Nikon battery grip. That said though, this grip does hold its own against the other entry level battery grip options that are compatible with the d7200 while beating many of its competitors with its lower price tag and ease of use.
Rather than being made from the same metal alloy that the majority of the Nikon d7200 camera body is made from, this Neewer grip uses high-quality plastics that do a pretty decent job for an entry level option. Although we would expect the plastic used on the grip casing to hold its shape for a year or two, we would imagine it could start to warp quickly if you use the grip on a regular basis.
Just like anything else that warps in shape in the photography world, this may result in damage to your camera body when mounting or unmounting your grip. Due to this, we would recommend that you either upgrade to the official Nikon one when this one warps in shape or simply order yourself another Neewer grip every few years.
Question – Is this Neewer battery grip fully compatible with the Nikon Nikon d7200?
Answer – Yes, it will mount directly to your camera body without needing any additional mounts or adaptors.
Question – Does this battery grip increase the battery life of your Nikon d7200?
Answer – Although a simple answer is yes, the real answer is that it is going to depend on what settings you are running on your camera but we would imagine that you would always see a solid increase in battery life when using a battery grip.
Question – Does the Neewer battery grip require a number of cables to work with the Nikon d7200 like some competing budget friendly battery grips?
Answer – No, as this grip is designed to work specifically with the d7200 as well as a number of other Nikon camera bodies, it does not require any cables be plugged in or attached to work with your camera.
Third Party Reports
This independent review of this Neewer battery grip for the Nikon d7200 goes into a ton of detail and is definatley worth taking the time to read over. They comment on how the grip works perfectly with the d7200 camera body and that they were using the grip with their camera right out the box. They also go on to mention how everything on the grip works fine and as designed while also sharing a number of other insights into the performance of the battery grip too.
This review from a third-party owner of the Nikon d7200 comments on how they are using this Neewer grip with their camera without issue. They mention that they mounted it directly to their camera without issue and that the connection was close to seamless. They also go on to say that they like the way you are able to quickly switch out the AA batteries in the grip to further extend the battery life the grip can provide your d7200.
As we mentioned back at the start of the article, we would recommend that you take the official Nikon battery grip for your Nikon d7200 if you have the fund available. On the flipside of this though, we understand that many people out there are on a tight budget and that’s where this third-party Neewer battery grip comes in.
If you need to keep your costs low and still want to add a battery grip to your collection of accessories for your d7200 then this is definatley the grip for you. It does an excellent job and does not cause you to have to risk breaking the bank to pick it up either.
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