Nikon D200 extra battery

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

  1. Dave Phillips

    Matt Clara Guest

    I think you're watching too much TV.
    Matt Clara, Aug 15, 2007
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  2. Dave Phillips

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    I would be more concerned with what it would do to the camera
    which it was in. And if it is not a Nikon branded battery, what that
    might do to the warranty status.

    DoN. Nichols, Aug 16, 2007
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  3. Dave Phillips

    Matt Clara Guest

    No where in the camera warranty does it mention off brand batteries--Nikon
    doesn't make batteries, though they do put their name on some. Imagine if
    they wouldn't warrant the use of their cameras with off brand lenses, or off
    brand filters, or off brand camera straps...
    Matt Clara, Aug 16, 2007
  4. Dave Phillips

    Paul Furman Guest

    When my cheapo Ritz D70 battery first died, it gave strange error
    messages, not a simple battery-low signal.
    Paul Furman, Aug 16, 2007
  5. Dave Phillips

    DoN. Nichols Guest

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    But a lens or filter or camera strap is unlikely to damage the
    camera if it malfunctions. The battery is *inside* the camera, and if
    it shorts and self-immolates, it will do quite a bit of damage to the

    And while the camera may be out of warranty, if you have a
    newly-purchased battery from Nikon, it is possible that they will cover
    the damage to the camera. With third party batteries, they are less
    likely to do so. (There is a certain amount of testing (at least of the
    particular battery model) for suitability which goes on before Nikon
    slaps their label on one of those batteries.

    I know that if *I* were Nikon, I would be reluctant to cover
    under warranty damage caused by a third-party battery in the camera.

    DoN. Nichols, Aug 16, 2007
  6. Dave Phillips

    ASAAR Guest

    Whether the warranty mentions off brand lenses or not, if one of
    them is responsible for damaging the camera body you can be sure
    that Nikon won't ignore that fact any more than if an off brand
    battery's overheating damages the camera. If a camera is damaged
    because you claim that it fell due to a defective camera strap,
    Nikon will also want to examine the strap. What do you think
    they'll do if it's recognized as a strap sold exclusively by Ritz or
    Walmart? Cheerfully fix the camera at no expense? I don't think so.

    If a Nikon DSLR is damaged by a Nikon battery, it won't matter
    that you may have had a Sigma or Tokina lens attached at the time.
    When the body+battery is shipped back to Nikon, they'll probably
    request that you do *not* send the lens with it. Unless, of course,
    you're claiming that the lens was also damaged by Nikon's defective
    battery. I'm not sure how they would handle the repair or
    replacement of the lens, but I'm sure it wouldn't affect how Nikon
    deals with the DSLR body and battery. On the other hand, if *any*
    battery damages the DSLR due to a DSLR defect (such as shorting out
    the battery), Nikon should be responsible for repair/replacement.
    If this is what actually happens, good luck - you're at the mercy of
    the camera manufacturer - any manufacturer, and you'll have to hope
    that they make a reasonable attempt to discover the source of the
    problem and honestly report it.

    In any case, the manual for my D50 says :
    Do you think that it might be Nikon's approval that counts, and
    not the approval of Batteries4Less?
    ASAAR, Aug 16, 2007
  7. I barely watch TV at all; only some of the Simpsons my PVR
    records automatically... instead I read too many web pages:

    Granted the risk of having yourself or your equipment damaged due to
    unofficial batteries is very small, however the risk/reward ratio
    doesn't seem too good: You stand to gain a couple of bucks, you stand
    to lose your face or at least your admittedly wonderful Nikon DSLR.
    Toni Nikkanen, Aug 16, 2007
  8. Dave Phillips

    Matt Clara Guest

    Your comment seemed quite sensational, is all.
    Matt Clara, Aug 16, 2007
  9. The "off-brand" battery manufacturer may have limitted liability for damage to
    the camera it was in. After all, these batteries are designed for specific
    cameras, so they won't be surprised when you ask them to pay for your D200
    because their battery melted down and destroyed your camera. Thus, it is in
    their interest to avoid this happenning just like any other manufacturer.
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Aug 17, 2007
  10. Dave Phillips

    phk Guest

    Unless you plan to take a whole lot of flash pictures far away from
    charging facilities, you may not need an extra. The battery lasts a
    long time.

    I discovered recently that I had put the camera in the bag in the "on"
    position for a month. Battery was hardly depleted at all. I do have
    a spare nikon battery but mostly end up occasionally swapping with the
    one in the camera so that I always have a full one around. I think
    only once in a couple of years have I changed it during the day, and
    that was only because I didn't charge the one in the camera knowing I
    had a spare.
    phk, Aug 17, 2007
  11. Dave Phillips

    HarryO50 Guest

    I always use the original Nikon batteries myself....seem to work
    better all around.

    HarryO50, Aug 20, 2007
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