One of the first things I always buy after getting a new DSLR is a battery grip. I just like the extra heft that it gives my camera, and the extra battery power is nice as well. As silly as it is, people look at you differently too if you are shooting with a battery grip on, un-knowledgeable people assume because its bigger it’s better.
Anyways, those of you who bought D7100s and don’t want to purchase the $260 Nikon branded grip have been out of luck. The camera is so new that the third party manufacturers have not had time to reverse engineer Nikon’s grip and make their own versions yet. That is about to change though, the first to the race is the Pixel Vertax D15.
The grip looks to be your standard third party grip. I don’t have a D7100 or I would grab one and test it out for you guys. At any rate these and more like them should be hitting the market very very soon. You can learn more about the Vertax D15 on the Pixel website.
**Disclaimer: It is not recommended by Nikon to use third party accessories – battery grips included. In most cases these will function perfectly fine and will not harm your camera, but the possibility is there – so buyers take note.
Thanks to Michael Rickenback for the tip.