Summary: If you are buying this so you can use the extra power over a few days, then don't. If you leave you batteries in the grip, turn the camera off and let it sit over night, you will come back to totally discharged batteries, whether Nikon battery packs or NiMH 6 AAs. As a grip it is great, and I use it to shoot concerts, when I am going to takes hundreds of photos in 2-3 hours. As a vertical grip it is not so great, but that is Nikon's fault.
Summary: The Targus battery grip for the D40 works as described. Might get one for my D3000 also as I read one of the reviews that it does fit that camera. I work next to photogs from major newspapers that supply them with D3s Nikons. I pay for my own gear! One of them asked if I had upgraded to a D3 the grip looks that good!!
I drop things...I just wanted a better hold on my expensive stuff :)
7 May 2010
Summary: I did not buy for the vertical shutter release feature and have never bothered to try that out. It looks like others have covered the bases on that review. I use my camera (nikon d40x) daily and just wanted a better fit. I like the larger feel in my hands, feels more steady to me. It certainly didn't add much weight. What it did add is the ability to have two batteries charged and ready to go. I bought a generic style battery here for around 7 dollars.
Summary: This grip is pretty good... feels cheap though. As others have mentioned, the vertical shutter release is worthless. Sure its the D40's fault for not supporting such a grip, but I would rather it be left out and just have the grip carry two batteries. It shares the batteries well, I use the grip to power my camera during time lapses. To get it sit flat against the bottom of the camera you have to give it a hard smack.
Targus Digital TG-BGD40 Battery Grip for Nikon D40/D40x/D60
Ricarte J. Martin Jr. "rtripper", Amazon
2 May 2010
Summary: ....everything is good except for the double A battery housing, one of the gold plated prongs broke off....so in the interim.....im using a piece of foil to complete the circuit, otherwise it will not power up, just a temporary fix until i can get it soldered back in place ....as far as the overall product, i like it and would recommend it ...
Summary: This product has to be programmed into the Nikon D40 and it does not stay on long then you have to reset it. You can only use it in one shooting mode. For my needs it was not efficient enough. I had someone else check it out to that uses a grip on their camera and they were not impressed at all.
Summary: I really have nothing to add to all the great reviews. However everyone complaining about infrared mode for shooting vertical needs to realize it is not a battery grip problem. The problem lies in that Nikon did not create the D40/D40x/D60 with a battery grip in mind. There is no other way for them to do vertical with these cameras, its just not an option.
Summary: Blends perfectly with my d40, I love the grip and the battery life has improved drasticly. I don't love the portrait shooting mode, mainly because you can not focus automaticly but overall this grip is a good deal. Love seller, will definitely buy again.