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Does anyone know if Nikon will release a vertical grip, battery pack for the D70 like the MD-100 (I think) for the D100? I've picked the D70 up in the shop and it felt a bit light for my tastes. I like a bigger body and the vertical shutter release.
Jer, about six months ago I purchased the hoodmanusa powergrip for my D70. Considering there are only two aftermarket grips for the D70/D70s, and neither one of them are made by Nikon, you dont have much of a choice.
The copy that I received, fits my D70 very well. It does feel plasticky but when you place the 2 ENL3 batteries in it feels more solid. Having 2 batteries in it ofcourse extends the shooting by a factor of two.
I purchased this for 2 reasons. One, because my hands are large, and this grip allows the camera to feel more comfortable in my hands. Two, I can use AA batteries as a backup.
As for the vertical shutter release, I personally do not use it as the IR extension that connects the powergrip to the D70 can easily be knocked off, and besides, looks ridiculous.
If you want a grip for the D70, the hoodmanusa product is the better choice of the two. I have seen the other brand which at this time am unable to recall who makes it but found it to be flimsy, and did not fit as well.