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My DSTE grip, with the el-18, d4 battery clone, arrived this afternoon, which is only 8 days transit from Hong Kong.
For those that aren't familiar with the DSTE grip, here's a quick rundown. My initial impressions are that all of the parts seem well made, good fit and finish. It's very light, but strong. I couldn't squeeze any part of the grip and detect flexing. I think that the grip is a polymer, so it doesn't have the interior metal shell of the Nikon. It does have a metal strip attached to the tripod socket, with the strip being about ½" wide and running the full length of the grip. I don't know if that would be solid enough for tripod work or not. My inclination will most likely be to take the grip off for tripod work, unless I really need the extra battery power. But, I generally do that with my Nikon grips too. The grip's locating pin is metal, instead of polymer like found on some other 3rd party grips.
The el-18 battery clone and battery chamber cover are cleverly done, and include both wall and car chargers that are specific to this battery/cover and the tray for the el-15 battery. There's a rubber door/cover for the ports in the chamber cover and a green light comes on in the el-18 chamber cover. I didn't get any of their el-15 clone batteries, which is probably required to use these charging units in the DSTE el-15 battery tray. At least, I haven't yet figured out how it would work on the Nikon OEM battery.
The grip seems to work just fine on the d800, with all of the controls working as they should. There is a slight bit of flex to the grip, when I crank on it, but it seems similar to the flex that I've seen on my OEM grips on other cameras.
The camera doesn't display any info on the clone battery. It shows it is there and is selected for use ahead of the battery in the camera, but I'd guess that the battery doesn't have the required chip for the d800 to read the usage info.
That's the best I can do now. At least the camera didn't melt down or something, so I'm pleased about that. This battery is supposed to last a very long time, so I'll have to wait a while to see.