Following on from another thread discussing the design decisions of camera companies, I thought it would be a good idea to make it a series and my offering is:- The silly state of.... Nikon Grips! Bit of background, was a Pentax shooter for nearly a decade always having long heavy glass and changed systems due to focus performance and lens options. Generally the switch has been great, I’m getting shots that I would have missed previously and the 400mm f2.8 is just awesome.....but.... The grips AARRGGHHHH such stupid decisions! So, what’s the problem? My main uses for grips are:- - Extra battery life - Additional weight helps balance with long glass - Duplicate camera controls in portrait orientation. The first 2 points are well covered as I have additional larger battery options I’ve never had before, expensive, but there nonetheless, thanks. It’s the controls that drive me insane, why oh why are they not the same and where are all the damn buttons!? Why does Nikon not think that I want the same controls whether I’m shooting portrait or landscape?! Especially from a grip that is so damn expensive compared to the Pentax ones that duplicate the controls? We have a D810 and a D500 with a grip for both and the whole situation must definitely have been made by accountants and not photographers! The MB-D12 for example has in my eyes 6 buttons missing, yes 6! 2 from the from around the mount, 3 from around the shutter button and the AE-L button from the back THE MB-D17 for the D500 has been given an extra button (woo hoo!) which in my eyes means there are now 4 missing buttons, 2 from the top and 2 from the front. Now here’s where the design decision gets sillier, the extra button around the shutter button on the grip CANNOT be used to duplicate either the +/- or ISO buttons from the same place on the camera!! So ends up 5 buttons ‘missing’. As a wildlife shooter this just drives me nuts and the solution to the problem is sillier still as I’ve actually bought a wrist strap that I use so that when the camera is turned intro portrait mode my hand is forced to stay on the camera, uncomfortably, so I can have full control of the camera. What this means for me going forward as I upgrade to a D850 is that I will get the cheapest 3rd party grip possible that supports 9fps as I will not be using the controls on it as too many are missing!! Think that’s rant over for now and something I’ve wanted to get off my chest for a while!