Nikon D-50 Battery EN-EL3a

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Mbt6, Nov 29, 2007.

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    Mbt6 Guest

    I would like to get a second battery. Is this one of those cases where it's
    not a good idea to look at anything but an actual Nikon branded battery?
    Mbt6, Nov 29, 2007
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    Guest Guest

    you find that you need a second battery? the d50 can shoot 1500+
    pictures per charge. how many pictures do you shoot without being near
    a power outlet?

    as for batteries, any en-el3 battery will work in a d50 (-el3, -el3a,
    -el3e), whereas recent nikon cameras (e.g. d80) require a en-el3e.
    third party batteries aren't created equal (see link below). if
    something does go wrong and nikon finds out that a non-nikon battery
    was used, they warranty will be voided.
    Guest, Nov 29, 2007
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    Mbt6 Guest

    It's an incredible battery. However, it seems like charge indicator on the
    battery is full, for the first 98% of the pictures I can take, then half for
    about 30, then I get a dozen more and I am done. I still get a ton of shots,
    but it seems like when it goes, I'm at the top of Zion's National Park with
    no back up (I get stuck at every red light, and can't find a radio station
    without a commercial running).

    The off brand batteries are at a very reasonable cost, but I'm not such a
    big risk taker with this camera.
    Mbt6, Nov 29, 2007
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    gerrit Guest

    I have a D50 and purchased a no brand look alike battery in Singapore with a
    much greater capacity. Works like a charm!

    Gerrit - Oz
    gerrit, Nov 29, 2007
  5. I got a couple of batteries from for my D40 and they have
    been fine. Much cheaper.

    David J Taylor, Nov 29, 2007
  6. Got an off brand from ebay for about £10. Works just as well as the
    original for my D50.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Nov 29, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Nah! Take a chance and see if a brand X battery will ignite or
    Frank Arthur, Nov 29, 2007
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    Celcius Guest

    Sarcasm isn't nice ;-))))
    Actually, I use an Optex lithium as second battery on my Canon D30,
    recommended by a knowledgeable salesperson (he is also a photographer and
    owns a Nikon D80 as well as a D200) at Henry's without any problems. The
    original BP 511A is $119.99. The Optex BP 511 for my camera is $44.99.
    Celcius, Nov 29, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    IBM Says E-Tailer's Laptop Batteries Are Flammable Fakes

    IBM says in a lawsuit that is "offering counterfeit IBM
    products which pose a substantial threat to the safety of the
    consuming public."

    By Paul McDougall
    November 28, 2007 12:10 PM

    IBM has filed a lawsuit against a company that sells replacement
    laptop batteries over the Internet, claiming that the batteries are
    knockoffs that have a tendency to catch fire.
    Frank Arthur, Nov 29, 2007
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    PCs Rule Guest

    What are you hooking up to your d50 to allow you to get 1500+ pics? The
    D40X battery is good for about 520 pics and it is an improvement over the
    d50 (in battery life).
    PCs Rule, Nov 30, 2007
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    Guest Guest

    the d40/d40x take a smaller battery than the d50 and nikon rates the
    d40/d40x for about 500 and the d50 for 2000 photos. 1500 images is a
    typical real world amount.

    Guest, Nov 30, 2007
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    PCs Rule Guest

    PCs Rule, Nov 30, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Don't correct yourself too soon . . . Nikon's spec's are accurate,
    but a bit misleading if you aren't familiar with common battery life
    terminology, and that Nikon didn't use the same methodology for the
    D40x and D50 in the two brochures. For the D40x they used the
    industry standard CIPA measurement which is pretty tough on
    batteries since it requires that the flash should be used at full
    power for every other shot, among other things. For the D50, CIPA
    wasn't used, and neither was the D50's flash, which is why Nikon
    rated it for 2,000 shots per charge in their brochure. I have a D50
    and the manual also states 2,000 shots, but indicates that this is
    only how many shots might be attained under certain conditions. The
    two conditions mentioned in the manual are :
    So in Example 2 for the D50 where it reached 400 shots, it was
    tested using essentially the same method (the CIPA procedure) that
    was used for the D40x, which was rated at 520 shots per charge. Why
    more shots for the D40x than the D50 when it uses a smaller battery?
    Perhaps the D40x is less power hungry (I assume that it was tested
    with the same or a similar lens). Or perhaps the D50's flash is
    slightly more powerful and helped drain its battery more quickly.
    From this you might assume that if the D40x was tested with a
    procedure comparable to how the D50 was tested in Example 1, it
    would also have been good for about 2,000 shots per charge. These
    two cameras are very similar, and their battery life is too. :)
    ASAAR, Dec 4, 2007
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