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Is it necessary to buy the branded battery to match your camera or are the none branded ones ok. Any help or recomendations would be appreciated.
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I've been using the 7dayshop ones for years, first in my 300D then 40D and now 5D MKII.
Been absolutely fine.
I use Duracell Branded ones for my 7d from Duracell Direct and they work fine.
Quote: I've been using the 7dayshop ones for years, first in my 300D then 40D and now 5D MKII.
I'll second that used them for batteries for my 350D then my 50D and now my 5D mkll.
Thirded... although I recently switched to Sanyo Eneloop's on recommendation from Vince...
Thanks guys for your help
You need to remember that the big names don't make batteries themselves: they buy them in from specialist makers. This is commercial wisdom.
Provided the third-party batteries come from a good source, like 7 day shop, they should be every bit as good as the originals. The danger comes with buying batteries from an unknown trader on eBay who may or may not be kosher.
One thing that baffles me is that the Olympus EP3 has a different charger than the EP1, but when you look for batteries, the suppliers seem to think the batteries are the same. Different charger is a bit cosmetic maybe
The charger for my E-PM2 is different from that for my E-P1 Sue - but there is a difference in the battery. It's small but significant. One additional contact.
I use third party batteries all the time now.
At first I was a bit sceptical buying 2 third party batteries that came with its own charger for my OMD, but they have proved just fine and cheap.
I use halford batteries I do fly through them but they are cheapish and you get about 80 in a pack
p.s: these are AA batteries fyi
Backing up what others have said - I have 7 day shop batteries for my 50D and they are absolutely fine.
Buying from a reputable UK supplier is wise. Then if there is a problem you should easily get your money back.
As an example I am considering an NEC 2560x1600 resolution monitor which needs a DV1-D dual link cable to drive it. NEC and Apple report problems with some lower price cables Far East Cables (Apple charge £70!) that are not correctly made.
There have been threads on this forum about some Duracell cards not working with some cameras.
If buying direct from the Far East to save a bit more money, getting your money back quickly at little cost to you is not always easy if there is a problem.
Can I ask those that have bought third party batteries for a 7D whether you have lost the 'battery status' indicator on the LCD top display. I bought a reputable third party battery from the company I bought my 7D from and while it was sold as fully compatible, the display did not work which I lived with; however, what made me really worried was that at one point I couldn't get the battery out and it took a fair bit of fiddling and nervousness to do so.
The 7D was newly out then and I would be interested in whether the third party batteries have overcome the early issues. Interestingly, the tenor of the forums on the 7D was then that 'why would you pay good money and then put an inferior battery in it?'. I agree but I wrote to canon saying that while I thought the 7D was brilliant, how could they justify the battery being nearly one tenth of the of the entire cost of the camera (prices were £75 plus then); was it more to do with locking customers into buying Canon - just like printer cartridges. I didn't receive a reply.I do use third party batteries for 30D.
seems that the thread is already answered but for what it's worth... i use Canon 1 series and given the cost os buying a number of genuine Canonbatteries i tried some from ebay - one set were ok initially but didn't last (physically) but then i have found another supplier and their's are at least as good as the os.
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