Nikon D200 extra battery

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Dave Phillips, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. I just ordered a Nikon D200, but I wanto to get an extra battery or two for
    it.

    Are any of the off-brands any good or should I stick with getting an extra
    Nikon?
     
    Dave Phillips, Aug 15, 2007
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    Stormlady Guest

    I don't know if any of the off brands are any good, but for what you just
    spent on the D200, is it really worth taking the chance. I'd just get Nikon
    batteries personally.
     
    Stormlady, Aug 15, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    DON'T get a Ritz/Wolf store brand. I got one for my D70 & it died in a
    few months. They replaced it happily & that one died in a few weeks. But
    other people have reported good luck with other 3rd party batteries. I
    keep waiting for the D200 battery price to drop... ah OK Amazon lists
    them at $34.90 that's not bad... they were over $40 for a looong time.
    Still $45 at B&H.
     
    Paul Furman, Aug 15, 2007
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    C J Campbell Guest

    After having several of the off-brands overheat or lose their charge on
    other Nikon cameras I do not get them any more.
     
    C J Campbell, Aug 15, 2007
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    Joe Makowiec Guest

    I don't know about the off-brands; I have two genuine Nikons for my D70.
    But (based on my experience with my D70) don't get more than one extra.
    Unless you're using a huge amount of built-in flash, a single battery
    charge lasts a long time.
     
    Joe Makowiec, Aug 15, 2007
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    Rebecca Ore Guest

    Put me down for not having troubles with a third party battery, either
    from a Ritz camera store in town or from B&H. The Nikon battery appears
    to hold the charge a bit longer, though.
     
    Rebecca Ore, Aug 15, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    A D200 with VR lenses & raw+fine jpeg can eat batteries fairly quick.
    But yes unless you have a lot of memory cards and are going off the grid
    for days, it's not a problem. One battery will fill several 2GB cards
    with everything turned on & a good deal of LCD reviewing. The D70 lasts
    forever compared to a P&S which has the LCD lit up all the time, it's
    not a big deal at all from that perspective. I used to have a hell of
    time conserving batteries with my P&S. The D200 is noticeably more
    battery-hungry but still not nearly as bad as a P&S.
     
    Paul Furman, Aug 15, 2007
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  8. For my D50 I bought an off brand for about £15 ($30 to you) on ebay.
    No troubles thus far, though I do START shooting with the off brand
    and when that runs out switch to the Nikon original as I *know* pretty
    much how long it will last. i.e. if the off brand starts playing up
    i'd rather still have a known level of charge after that point IYSWIM

    Doc
     
    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Aug 15, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I bought the $17 one offered on the D200 accessories tab at B&H. Works
    fine--I notice no performance difference between it and the Nikon.
     
    Matt Clara, Aug 15, 2007
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  10. Given the recent hulabaloo with massive battery recalls (laptops,
    mobile phones) everywhere, I don't think I'll purchase off-brand or
    used batteries anymore. The possible savings are not worth the trouble
    if even one battery burns rapidly while in close proximity of your
    face.
     
    Toni Nikkanen, Aug 15, 2007
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  11. I think you'll be no worse off as it is the major manufacturers that
    seem to be having all the issues. Nokia,Dell,Sony etc.

    Doc
     
    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Aug 15, 2007
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  12. Maybe, but I think I have two points left:

    a) If you buy a used battery off of eBay for instance, where do you
    think the battery came from? I am sure at least some of the recalled
    batteries end up on eBay due to scrupulous individuals working at
    the above-mentioned companies.

    b) If there are quality problems in an off-brand battery, you are even
    less likely to hear about them being recalled, IF they are getting
    recalled at all.
     
    Toni Nikkanen, Aug 15, 2007
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    george Guest

    I've seen off-brand batteries for $35 and Nikon for $40. With Nikon, in the
    event of any damage (you've read about batteries starting fires and
    exploding), you're covered. My question is: Why are you so intent on
    saving $5?
     
    george, Aug 15, 2007
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  14. As I recall, those batteries in question were all original equipment or
    name brand.

    I agree with your later comments about the source of batteries however.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Aug 15, 2007
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    george Guest

    I think you're missing a MAJOR difference:
    1) Manufacturers get incidents reported to them and sell massive quantities
    2) Manufacturers issue recalls (like Nokia did, Dell did, Sony did, and
    Nikon did) on a few incidents
    3) Have you EVER heard of a third party supplier issuing a recall? (I
    haven't)
    4) Do you even know of an address for the third party supplier to report an
    incident or to sue for compensation?

    Sure, any product can have a problem. But the Manufacturers products (as
    opposed to some marketing organization's import of some anonymous,
    cheap-labor market, no environmental-laws, manufacturer's product) have a
    reputation to uphold and a lot to lose for not treating customers right.
    The marketing organization can just stop selling under one fictitious name
    and start selling under another one. If it is worth the $5-20 "saved", by
    all means, go for it.
     
    george, Aug 15, 2007
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  16. Same here. I think it is a Lenmar brand. Either way, it works about as well
    as the Nikon original. I shot about 500 shots over a few days between the two
    batteries with plenty of power to spare [I was shooting mostly landscape
    scenes in RAW ... no flash and very little preview beyond the occasional
    histogram check].
     
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Aug 15, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Aw take a risk. So what if the battery overheats or starts on fire?
    At least you'll save money on batteries.
     
    Frank Arthur, Aug 15, 2007
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  18. Of course, the original en-el3 batteries from Nikon had precisely this issue
    and were recalled. There are good battery producers out there other than
    Nikon that can offer a decent alternative. Lenmar is a decent brand name
    battery in this area. The price however is not that much cheaper than the
    Nikon branded battery.

    Nikon:
    http://tinyurl.com/3ckvso $44.95

    Lenmar:
    http://tinyurl.com/333vkq $34.97 (22% savings)

    Impact:
    http://tinyurl.com/2dmtrp $29.99 (49% savings)

    I use the Nikon battery that came with the camera and the Lenmar I purchased
    when buying other batteries with these guys. I get about equal performance
    out of both batteries.
     
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Aug 15, 2007
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    Celcius Guest

    Hi Dave!
    I use Optex lithium on my Canon.
    It's very good. Be sure you use the correct one (voltage, mAh, etc) though.
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Aug 15, 2007
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  20. Some of the aftermarket ones are good. In my D70 and D80 I have used
    Power2000, Lenmar, Impact and CTA with no problems. I wouldn't risk
    the stuff on Ebay
     
    Oliver Costich, Aug 15, 2007
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