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  1. #1
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    Generic brands with higher specs

    Hello,

    I'm thinking of getting a spare battery for my f50fd and on amazon i see a few non-Fuji brand batteries (nextop, etc) that are 1200mAh specs as opposed to the 1000mAh Fuji battery that came with the camera. there were a few other batteries with 1200 mAh as well.

    my question is, would it be okay to use these batteries? i mean, these are higher spec'd and twice as cheap as getting a Fuji battery. are there any risks using these higher spec'd batteries? or what about generic batteries in general (higher spec'd or not)? would you recommend getting generic batteries since they are cheaper, or are there any reasons why i should stick with the Fuji branded batteries?

    thanks.

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    I think it would be best to do some research of your own

    When it comes to electronics, I stick with known brand names..
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    Quote Originally Posted by moto- View Post
    are there any reasons why i should stick with the Fuji branded batteries?
    In the case of camera failure caused by the battery, the manufacturer will honor the warranty if it's using their own battery. Though different manufacturers have different warranty policies, and the chance of a battery leak is quite low.

    If you're willing to take the risk, or if your camera's warranty has expired already, go for it.

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    You will get all sorts of answer to this one. I use a name brand and a generic.
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    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
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  5. #5
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    I use a OEM and third party batteries for all my cameras. The camera makers don't usually make their own batteries anyways, they just brand them. I've bought my third party batteries from NewEgg or B&H and they've always been of high quality - meeting or exceeding the OEM performance.

  6. #6
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    Thanks for the answers everyone.

    i think i will give some generic brands a shot.. i'm going to try a battery made by "UpStart". they seem to have a good reputation for high quality batteries. anyone heard of them?

    also, i noticed that some generic chargers only have 2 prongs instead of 3 like on my Fuji charger. the battery has 3 contact points. what difference does this make?

  7. #7
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    There are some good 3rd party batteries (like Ansmann, GP, Hama). General rule - if the 3rd party battery capacity exceeds the original one by more than 20% it's a crap.
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    Previous gear: Ricoh AF 500 -> Samsung AF Zoom 1050 (still got that one) -> Zenit E -> Ricoh KR-10 Super -> Ricoh XR-X

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    Batteries for Flash

    My SB600 flash requires AA or LR6 batteries.

    I am wondering which NiMH batteries people have found to be good?

    I bought some from a 'Good Brand' that supposedly goes on longer
    and got them for my wifes little digicam when she got it
    They lasted approx 3 photos after each full charge!!
    I have finally binned them as they are useless

    I had some others with my first digicam and they were not too bad
    but my Mum has them and the camera

    So I have one set of 4 from a well known photo outlet
    but the flash seems to keep indicating the batteries are low (batt)

    I haven't even had a chance to try the flash out properly yet - but suspect
    I will end up with dead batteries

    So

    What to do ?/ What to get?
    Last edited by Geoff Chandler; 11-18-2008 at 10:48 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Chandler View Post
    I am wondering which NiMH batteries people have found to be good?
    GP ReCyko+, Sanyo Eneloop. Energizer and Duracell are good too.
    Cheers,
    Jacek
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    Previous gear: Ricoh AF 500 -> Samsung AF Zoom 1050 (still got that one) -> Zenit E -> Ricoh KR-10 Super -> Ricoh XR-X

    I have LBA and CBA for Pentax models not even announced!

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    Eneloop or go home, that flash will be ready whenever you grab it
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