new canon battery for 5D mark II

Discussion in 'Canon' started by john, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. john

    john Guest

    I have an EOS 20D and have always wanted a full frame DSLR.
    I'm somewhat disappointed in the 5D mark II's new battery, LP-E6.

    According to canon

    "Each LP-E6 battery pack has a microchip with a unique, 8-character serial
    number. You don't see this number on the outside of the battery, but it's
    embedded in the battery's information source. When the battery pack is
    installed in the camera, you can register it using a menu command. This adds
    it to an in-camera list of LP-E6 battery packs, with serial number memorized
    and displayed."

    This seems to imply it would be harder if not impossible for 3rd party
    battery makers to make a compatible battery. The supposed added benefits of
    this new battery doesn't sound all that exciting to me. I already have a
    "collection" of BP511 (compatible with EOS 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, ...).
    I'm all for innovation, but why can't the camera be designed to accept both
    types of battery?

    Let's call a spade a spade. This battery's main purpose is to lock out 3rd
    party batteries.

    How come FTC doesn't step in and force the company to make their system more
    open like they did to a certain computer operating system? Or stop them from
    unfairly bundling their own brand of battery with the camera body?
    john, Feb 24, 2009
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  2. Apples n oranges.

    You could get a 5D as it takes the same batteries as your current
    battery of batteries.
    John McWilliams, Feb 24, 2009
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    Pete D Guest

    Lets call a spade a spade, next you will be wanting all lens mounts to be
    the same and all flash mounts to be compatible, it will not happen.
    Pete D, Feb 24, 2009
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    Matt Ion Guest

    There's nothing there that says the camera won't work with
    non-serialized batteries, only that they're not interchangeable with the
    BP-511s. I see the battery grip still supports AA batteries - it
    doesn't get much more third-party than that.

    Time to remove the tinfoil from your head...
    Matt Ion, Feb 25, 2009
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    DD-Diver Guest

    Re: lens mounts: remember M-42 and K-bajonet? Things became a mess when
    electronics came around, and everybody re-invented the wheel! Well... their
    own version of it...
    DD-Diver, Feb 25, 2009
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    Pete D Guest

    Yeah, what about it, a mad mans dream I think.
    Pete D, Feb 25, 2009
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    Pete D Guest

    A $2,500 camera and some people want to quible about spending $50 for a top
    quality battery, pretty stupid in my view.
    Pete D, Feb 25, 2009
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    bowzer Guest

    Because the FTC would only intervene if there were some law broken, or a
    restraint of trade. By selling proprietary batteries, Canon has broken no
    law, nor have they caused any restraint of trade. If you want, buy the
    SX-series cameras that use AAs. Sony has been using "smart" batteries for
    years, so why not Canon and others?
    bowzer, Feb 25, 2009
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    Jim Guest

    Bought one at Henry's today for $120.
    Jim, Feb 27, 2009
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : In article
    : <>,
    : > third party batteries might still work, they just won't show up in the
    : > menu as to their charging status????
    : >
    : > also they are close to $150 at Henry's I was told by someone who was
    : > ordering one.??
    : Bought one at Henry's today for $120.

    Of course they're expensive. It costs a lot to incorporate the mechanism that
    makes them incompatible with third-party batteries. You have to pay extra for
    the privilege of paying extra.

    To the earlier poster who was indignant that the FTC hadn't objected to this
    ploy: You're joking, right? Don't you know what gang of thugs has been in
    charge of the U.S. federal government for the past eight years?

    Robert Coe, Feb 28, 2009
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