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I'm currently after a couple of spare batteries for my 600D and I've seen quite a few unofficial ones on eBay for fairly cheap. Is there a massive difference between the unofficial ones and the official Canon ones?
Thanks in advance.
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There's some good third party batties, but also some poor ones. Beware not to go too cheap and look for a good write up on batteries.
I'm guessing the poorer ones don't last very long?
Amazon do them and here's a link. Looking at the reviews is recommended.
I've used Hama ones in my Nikon D300 without any issues and life seems to be similar to the original Nikon one. That said, many will trot out the line about paying hundreds or thousands for a camera and then skimping on batteries. I guess there is a risk from no-name brands that they may damage the camera.
Thanks for all the advice.
Quote: then skimping on batteries
LOL Well there is that for sure, But beware that some 3rd party options may damage your camera, Its your choice and Canon and other makers will not offer warranty claims, If they suspect damage has been caused by using 3rd party batteries....!!!!!!!!!
That said, This lot have a good reputation for their 3rd party products, So it might be worth a try, Again your choice.
I'll probably stick to the Canon ones. As they say it's better to be safe than sorry!
I bought a third party battery and I found it half the price Canon and it performs better than the Canon battery.
There are only a few factories globally producing these batteries, so in many cases the OEM battery will be produced on the same site and maybe even on the same line as non OEM. As in most things in life you normally pay a premium for the 'designer' name. I personally would always buy a reputable 'compatible' at 50-75% of the cost of the original and save the 'designer' premium. Each to their own though.
I've had a couple of compatible batteries that didn't work, and many that have for different cameras. Normally the price is a few ús compared to tens of ús, so it is worth taking the risk.
If you choose a reputable make from a reputable supplier then you should be OK.
Branded batteries can be fakes, so be careful when buying from eBay.
Back in the good old days, we used to get batteries for our Hasselblad ELM from the local Varta distributor. Exactly the same item as the Hasselblad product, which came from the same factory in Somerset, but one sixth of the price.
I have used 7 dayshop batteries in two DSLR's for years and never a problem, they work just as good as Canons own
Agree with Mike Smith. 7 dayshop batteries are good quality. Normally higher capacity for far less money than "Canon". Well recommended.
I have a 7D and bought a spare from Duracell Direct and havent had any issues with it at all.
Duracell Direct 600d Battery
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