Fake Nikon Gear Alert! D7000 MB-D11 Knockoff

A few months ago I purchased a Nikon D7000 and MB-D11 battery grip from Amazon.com. The order was fulfilled by ANATOLIAN BOOKSTORE, INC and two days ago I figured out that this grip is actually a fake. Check out the full post to see high res images from every angle of this grip.

Once I figured out that this grip was fake I started searching the internet and I found this exact grip WITHOUT Nikon branding on Amazon made by "Neewer". This grip only costs $42.00 (which is quite a good deal). If you have been sold any fake gear, let us know in the comments below.

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liowyingzhuo's picture

i got scam.. nooooooo... :(

liowyingzhuo's picture

damn, i actually got the fake grip.. the seller lie to me too.. :(

one is plastic and one is metal. should be a dead give away. the weight should completely different.

Patrick Hall's picture

I must admit, I never even noticed either.  The grips don't have a heavy metal feel to them so it's easy to mistaken them especially if you are used to the weight of the D300s/700.  

It could be possible that it's not the seller's fault, and they got scammed by a buyer themselves. E.g. someone bought both the Nikon original grip and the 3rd party, then put the 3rd party one in the Nikon box and returned it. This way they got to keep the original but paid only for the 3rd party. It would explain all the Nikon packaging.

I don't think anyone would be able to spot this, so it could happen even if you had bought this from Amazon themselves instead of a merchant. (Do you think the people handling returns at the Amazon warehouse know what an original MB-D11 grip is supposed to look like?)

Patrick Hall's picture

Why does the fake grip have nikon branding on it then? It's not just th packaging ....it's th grp itself

Yes, you're right. I didn't notice that the fake had Nikon branding but the other 3rd party one doesn't.

I bought a $70 NEW fake MB-D10 for my D700 on Ebay, it has all the Nikon Branding, serial number shows THAILAND for the origin of manufacture. I have a REAL MB-D10 as well and they look virtually identical. The REAL one is heavier and as Lee said on the MB-D11, the mounting wheel is far looser on the fake, but my aperture and shutter speed wheels are tight and work in the correct direction. The battery insert seems a little lighter and appears to be more fragile than the REAL version, but overall, the ONLY concern I have is that the tripod socket may not be as sturdy as the REAL MB-D10, except for that concern, the grips look and feel virtually identical, the REAL one is a tad heavier and I feel more secure with the tripod mount. I really wanted to see if the drive could be built cheaper and still be the same quality. Thailand came close, very close. My complaint is this. If they could reverse engineer the grip to the point they were virtually identical, why could not they spend the few pennies more per grip to make the wheels and tripod attachment secure? They could still have halved Nikon's price and had an identical product.  

They have serial numbers on them... and any camera retailer will check this. The scam you speak of is decades old and retailers have long grown smart to this. Even Walmart!

As they say, "a sucker is born every minute." I am a sucker at times. :(  Bought a grip for just over $100 on Ebay, even though all the grips I saw from reliable sources were over $200. Ordered it anyway, noticed that it was 100% plastic rather than the metal alloy it is supposed to be, and knew for sure it was a fake. Filed a complaint with Ebay, was refunded the entire purchase amount, and not required to send the old one back to China. I really like have it on my camera, and sooner or later I'll pony up the dough for the real deal. I do have to say that the fake one looks 99.9% like the original... amazing.

This just happened to me! I hate that I'm now "sucker." How did you manage to get your money back from Ebay, AND keep the knock-off mb-d11? I'm having trouble doing just that. Any advice is appreciated :)

Che Ibarra's picture

Wow...never thought I'd get scammed at Amazon.  Just checked it.  Mine is a fake and I had bought the supposedly real one for $220.  I have gotten so used to it I can't be without it.  Called Amazon.  They are giving me my money back but I have to send it in via a print-return label....then after that I have to decide if I want the fake one for $40 which I had gotten so used to or the real one...but now Im worried bout where to buy it.  Uggg..this is gonna take over 2 weeks to get over.

I tried to tell everyone months ago See the one star review on "How to spot a counterfeit grip and not get ripped off" Dated 25 May 2011- http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-MB-D11-Multi-Power-Battery-Packaging/product...

I bought one, called the clown selling it and he played dumb, when I told him it was a 50 dollar grip he offered to send me the difference. I also turned him in to Amazon, good job Amazon for letting your customers get ripped off for the past 4 months.
Yes, it is a VERY close copy. it's actually all plastic and not metal, the other thing that's east to noitice is the lack of weather sealing.

Henry ua's picture

man.. i'm starting to 'Questioning' amazon for stuff that they sell, just now i bought a rode video mic pro with the dead cat something( the wind cut fur) they send me the mic without the deadcat, i have to email them like 3 times.. at first they told me they send me both of them, after i told them my friend checked the box and everything and they didn't find anything then they said its been a problem and they will send the deadbeat.. and before my friend bought a book and  she didn't get the book.. she lives in syd btw.... 

The real grip has metal in the base that you can clearly see, and is much much heavier. I had a fake from ebay, and the seller straightened it out and even paid to have it returned to China. Got a real one from Abe's of Maine in NJ - they have the best price around.

Mikhail Talnikov's picture

Hello everybody! It is so pity to see Nikon's goods so good faked!!!I have also seen an faked battery EN-EL3, it was realy identic like a real one, only the write NIKON was made with a little bit different font.
F@ckIng china's workers....

Mack's picture

We hope that only the MBD11not the unit.. thanks for sharing Lee..now i am aware of that.

Fake Nikon batteries are another thing. Got cought. The answer is to weigh them and you'll be surprised 

Che Ibarra's picture

Amazon gave me my money back on that fake grip that I paid full $220.  I miss the grip alot on my D7000 though.  I can not seem to find the REAL grip though...Adorma and BH dont have it in stock.  Anyone know where I can order the real on?  Is Cameta Camera a reputable dealer?  Thanks guys.

Amazon will refund that item if it is fake. Call them. 

The bootleggers are getting way too crafty nowadays...

kevin mayfield's picture

China doesnt enforce any kind of regulation for copyright infringement. They do the same knock offs in all industries. They are making fake gibson les pauls and selling them as gibson USA models for $300 bucks instead of $1500. They come with warranty cards and everything. Bottom line, if it looks to good to be true then it is. If it ships from china and is ridiculously cheap then it is fake. I dont trust any ebay seller that ships from china, bootlegging is rampant there.


how come you need to change batteries before the bride is walking down the isle. either need new/ fresh batteries so you don't run out that quick or you go without fully charging???  You tell us which...

I bought the Neewer grip for my new D7000 also. It was not a Nikon labeling. After using it for just 4 days, it failed. Shutter release and AEL buttons worked, but not primary or secondary wheels, and it did not recognize the 2nd battery. I have shipped it back, and they will be sending me a new one.

cy sawyer's picture

Same here, i just re-sold it and bought a real one from Henry's Camera here in town.

Lesson learned.

Found the factory in ShenZhen, China.... one of the Nikon OEM battery, battery grip factory manufacturing it, they got the blueprint, mold and same materials but they listed it as A grade fake battery grip.... selling at RMB270....  I think Neewer is just taking the fake stocks directly from China and sold it as REAL...

Lor Wor's picture

Just had same experience with a MC-30 remote cable. Old one from Japan and BH lasted 2+ yrs.  Amazon one is stamped 'China" and lasted  less than a day. 

I purchased an off brand one and it looks identical to the one here.  It, however, is not branded as a Nikon product though.  It was clearly not a Nikon product and the ebay seller didn't represent it as being a Nikon product, only that it fit a Nikon camera.  There are plenty of off brand grips and I am ok with those.  The ones I am not happy with are these that pretend to be a legit brand product when they are not.

Andre Phillip's picture


Well I had 4 DSLR's and I used the china battery packs on all of them without issues..Even if they are cheaper. Battery packs cost around 2 to 5$ each to make. So if Nikon sells them for 600$ well... you can sure bet i won't encourage them to make 595$ dollar profit on them.

There is markup and MARKUP. It's not becase you pay more for something that they should charge you more for accessories..

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