MB-D200 Tuning - finally a tight fit!

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I (and many more) aren't really happy with the fit of the MB-D200.
It always maintained a little wobble and never lived up to the quality of the D200 Body.

So a good friend (Thanks Mr. Lehmann) and me started to think....


After years of research and millions of dollars spent :Crunk:, we found a solution:



Here it is, the "Do-It-Yourself"-Solution

All you need is a Plastic-plate with these measures: 13mm x 55mm and approx. 0,3mm thick
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It's used to improve the fit between the D200-Battery-Compartment and the MB-D200-Insertion. Which is the real source of the wobble!


You can put it into the D200 Battery-Compartment and then carefully insert the MB-D200.
View attachment 92628


The size of the Plate is determined by the measures of this side of the MB-D 200 Battery Insert.
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To make handling easier, I have fixed the plate to the MB-D200 with some thin tape.
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By adding more or less layers of thin tape you can finetune the fitting even better. Until the MB-D200 can barely be inserted without resistance.


I already use this modification for month and am happy with it. So I though I should share this....:smile:

If there are any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
 
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neat!
where's the best place to find said plastic piece?
also what did you use to cut it? won't the plastic crack if you use scissors?
 
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There is a battery grip from Hähnel available now, the HN-D200. Including vertical shutter release, command dial and AE-L/AF-L- knob. It holds 2 EN-EL3e accu packs or 6 AA batteries. It is cheaper then the MB-D200 (in Germany approx. 120 to 165 Euros). Has anybody seen and (more important) used it yet?
Andreas
 
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Excellent idea! I'll try it right away...

Maybe we can stick the plastic insert with a double side tape instead of plain tape. It will look better and cleaner...

:)
 
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I did it!
It fit's nice and i'll test it at the "field" on Sunday night . Got a wedding to do, so we''ll see!

I will report back....

Thanks Michael.
 
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Very nice, Michael. The calipers in the BG in your final image add an air of precision and no doubt accounts for some of the millions spent on research. :wink:

I cemented a thin strip of webbing to the inside face of the L bracket I use with the MB-D200 so that it firmly contacts the rubber on the camera housing near the flash sync terminal. This seems to eliminate any movement of the L bracket relative to the body, but your solution is more elegant.
 
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After using the camera & grip for a while with this tweak, i have to say it worked wonders...

Thanks once again....
 
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Where are the Nikon engineers to see such ingenuity!!! :mad:

:Smart:Leave it to the Nikon Café brainiacs to work out these simple yet effective solutions...I love this site!
 
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Tight fit.

Well done that man, can you now design a gadget to stop the 'wobble' between the D200 body and SB800/SB600 flash unit.It does seem to be a common fault with this system whereby the flash fires with the slightest movement of the camera.
 
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