Last month we gave readers a FirstLook at the Phottix D40 battery grip. Today we will do the same with the Phottix Premium Grip for the Nikon D90. Phottix is not a brand you yet see in stores, but they are very active on EBay.
We like dealing with the Phottix folks because of their great products, low prices, and excellent customer service. The Phottix products have all the same features as the OEM version. The "Premium Series" units even have a high quality finish similar to that of Nikon.
The Nikon D90 is a much bigger and heavier camera than the D40. A battery grip on the D90 actually made the camera more balanced when paired with a heavy lens such as the Nikkor 18-200mm VR zoom.
This battery grip is designed to fully support all of the D90 capabilities, whether holding/shooting horizontally or vertically. The mount screw has an oversized wheel for ease of tightening. The tripod mount used to attach the grip is duplicated at the bottom as expected.
The Phottix D90 grip, like its D40 cousin, can handle both AA batteries or the Li-ion rechargeable cells. The battery compartment has a twist-lock on the cover, a spring-loading mechanism, and has slotted guides to ensure the proper alignment of the batteries.
There are a lot of differences between the "regular" and the "premium" line. We will do a side-by-side comparison later this week. If you are considering one of these Phottix grip and can't wait for the full report, just go to EBay, search for "Phottix grip", and buy the premium one. There are situations where we would advise buyers to go with the "regular" version, for most we think the "premium" difference is worth the extra money. [Permalink]- Nikon D-90 Battery Grip