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    The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    I spoke too soon (in another thread) when recommending the Meike battery grip for the a7II.

    I started actually using it and discovered, much to my chagrin, that the function buttons on the grip (i.e. C1, C2, C3) don't work when using the EVF of the camera. Strangely, they -do- work when using the rear display on the camera.

    Another user over at FM reported the same problem.

    So much for saving a few bucks.

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    Now to try to get some satisfaction from the seller in Hong Kong. Argh!

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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Bummer Mike
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Bummer. Good luck!

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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Same issue here, nothing happens pressing the custom buttons on the grip when using the EVF. Even more frustrating there is an error message filling the EVF & LCD screen each time the EVF is activated. Need to half press the shutter button and wait for a second or two before it disappears. Shame.
    Hope this will be solved in some way.
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Sorry to hear it didn't workout for you. I've been burned too many times in the past with non-OEM/non-premium products so I just pay the price for peace of mind.
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    I've been burned too many times in the past with non-OEM/non-premium products so I just pay the price for peace of mind.
    Me too. I should have known better.

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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEvangelist View Post
    Me too. I should have known better.
    Consider it a "service to the community", "taking one for the team", all that jazz :-).

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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Yea I got a off brand for my A7r for a two day fashion shoot starting Wednesday. I'll keep you folks posted on how that one works. I paid 64 for it on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    I have the expensive Sony one for the A7II
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    FYI, the eBay seller of the Meike grip responded. He said -

    "After checking with the manufacturer, the custom buttons seems not functioned well in the first lot.
    We will ask the goods are improved and relisted if they are improved."

    He offered a 10% discount if I want to keep the grip, but that's hardly adequate to cover the defect.

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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEvangelist View Post
    FYI, the eBay seller of the Meike grip responded. He said -

    "After checking with the manufacturer, the custom buttons seems not functioned well in the first lot.
    We will ask the goods are improved and relisted if they are improved."

    He offered a 10% discount if I want to keep the grip, but that's hardly adequate to cover the defect.
    Yeah a refund and/or full trade value towards a discounted OEM grip would be nice for your trouble.
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Yes, 10% discount seems like he's trying to see what he can get away with. I think you could get a full refund.

    I'll be interested in how well the Neewar does Guy. I have the Meike for the A7r. It works OK (including the C1 button which I tested after MikeE's post).

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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Quote Originally Posted by mbroomfield View Post
    Yes, 10% discount seems like he's trying to see what he can get away with. I think you could get a full refund.
    I'm pretty confident I'll get a refund (either from the seller or through eBay's intervention).
    But don't relish having to ship the thing back to China at my expense.

    In the meantime, I've ordered the real one.
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Okay the one I got for the A7r on Amazon called Vokkor I think failed and camera down about 7 times in the studio. Finally I pulled it off and shot about another 300 images without it and no failures. So it was clearly the grip. My Advice buy Sony brand and ignore these knockoffs.
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    Re: The Meike battery grip is NO GOOD, after all

    Refund of original price received from seller, but I'm out the $15 to ship the thing back to Hong Kong.

    Nice Sony-brand grip arrived. Case closed.

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