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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Al Ursales's picture

I just won one on ebay for $92. Before I placed any bids, I asked the seller if they were OEM Nikon Brand MB-D11. I asked the seller twice to tell me the truth before we waste our time and I leave him with negative comments. He told me not to worry about it and that it is indeed 100% OEM. Now it is being shipped...from China...I should have read the negative comments first (98.5% positive) because lo and behold, 1 guy got the exact same item I bought and left a comment saying it was fake. I can only hope that one dissatisfied buyer was lying. 

After watching the videos on real vs fake, I ventured over to ebay to look for a vertical grip for my 5D Mark II. No one was selling grips branded as Canon just $36.99 grips that work on the Canon 5D Mark II's. I could have paid Canon's $250 price but I decided to pay the guy in Hoboken $36.99 with free 2 day shipping. All Steve Martin once needed was a simple 'Blue Spot' and all I needed was a simple vertical shutter button. 

Bert McLendon's picture

Beware of the "Bookstores" selling electronics and software especially in NY.  I bought a copy of photoshop (with the gut feeling that it was a crack) from a "bookstore" and of course it was a crack.  Luckily I got refunded all of my money via Ebay.  Anyway, I've seen a ton of these "bookstores" selling knockoffs from software to electronics, it's a front for black market warez.  

Walter Sanchez's picture

How do I get to see the High-Res images?

Jeff Miller's picture

I'm sitting here trying to decide if I have a fake or not.

I bought from Amazon. As near as I can tell, the order was fulfilled directly by Amazon.com (how can I tell if it was fulfilled by someone else? My order status says "Sold by: Amazon.com LLC" Is that definitive?)

Here's what I have:

The rubber is clearly not a match for the camera. The rubber on the grip is stickier and has more of a matte finish and isn't as pure black as the camera. But looking closely at the photos on Amazon, what I got looks like the photos.

BUT...the dials operate correctly. AND the mounting wheel is solid, unlike the floppy one in the video. Since I only have one, I can't test to see if the battery tray fits correctly across units.

I followed the video to this page hoping to see some high-resolution images. As it stands, I can't tell one way or another.

Jeff Miller's picture

Wanted to circle back to this.

I found this web page from Nikon Europe: https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/49662/~/bewa...

It has a bunch of detailed photos of real grips v fake.

Based on those photos, as well as discussions with other MB-D11 owners, I am satisfied that mine is genuine Nikon.

BUT...the rubber is not an exact match to the camera! My conclusion is that you can not determine the authenticity of a grip exclusively by the rubber. Apparently somewhere along the line the camera factory in Thailand and the grip factory in China diverged in terms of their rubber suppliers. 

AleksejsPolakovs's picture

Can't find high res photos in this article, neither in any links provided. Are they still acceptable? 

Thanks.

Rob's picture

Where are the high res photos mentioned in the top of the post? When I follow the link it just redirects me back to this page again.

Phillip Knight's picture

The knock off gear MB-D11 grip looks good feels good and can have improved battery life.....But i nearly lost my new D7000 plus my new 70-200 lens as it broke in half under the weight on my tripod today, if you do use them don't over load them. getting nikon MB-D11 tomorrow.

pranesh barua's picture

 Hey Phil, how does the original mb-d11 compare against the fake you had? I had a fake one which started unhinging from the top due to the weight of the camera and lens (when held vertically or upside down). Does the original withstand all this heavy weight? Does it show any signs of breaking?

Aliey Ivanov Shashenka's picture

so where high res images?

Tomy's picture

i almost purchased the FAKE one...
but thanks to fstoppers..

you can see the different in:
http://nikonasia-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1518/~/counterf...

Austin's picture

Where are the pictures? I keep clicking on "Full Post" and it brings me back here.

Louis Iacoponi's picture

How do I get to the article? The link keeps taking me back here