Nikon D50 battery charger

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by eric, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. eric

    eric Guest

    I ordered a D50 from one of those mailorder places that give me the
    creeps. The sales guy (who actually didn't seem TOO sleezy) told me
    that the MH-18a battery charger was internal to the camera and,
    therefore, you really couldn't use the camera while the battery was
    charging (unless you wanted to be tethered to the wall). So he sold me
    an external charger (and threw in an extra battery - Nikon?
    After-market? Don't know).

    Did you pull my leg? Seems to me that the MH-18a would be external, or
    it wouldn't have a model number associated with it.
    eric, Sep 17, 2005
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  2. eric

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Your "creeps" are well justified.
    The MH-18a is part of each form of the camera as sold by Nikon.
    And it is external. You might want to pick up a spare battery, so you
    can be charging one while using the other. (It takes perhaps an hour or
    so to charge.)

    Visit the following web page:


    and click on the "outfit options" link at the top center of the page,
    just below and to the right of the image of the camera. It has lists of
    what comes with various forms of the camera package. The simplest is
    the "body only" form (assuming that you already have lenses which will
    fit the camera), and for that the following is the list of things
    supplied with it:

    DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
    EN-EL3 Li-ion
    DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
    Rechargeable Battery
    Accessory Shoe Cover
    MH-18a Quick Charger
    Nikon PictureProjectTM Software
    Video Cable
    Trial Version of Nikon Capture Software (Operates for 30 Days)
    UC-E4 USB Cable
    Body Cap

    Note that I have the D70, and that uses the MH-18 (not MH-18a,
    FWIW), and it is stand alone. It *might* be possible to charge the
    battery through the USB cable connecting to the computer, but I'll bet
    that it would take nearly forever -- if it is possible at all.
    I did not -- but the salesman appears to have. There are many
    of the mail-order (or web-order) sites which tend to have a very
    attractive price on the camera -- except that they strip off all of the
    accessories, and sell them to you at a sufficiently high price so you
    are back in the ballpark of the camera from a more reputable dealer. I
    would suggest that you should cancel this order, and go deal with
    someone more reputable. I bought my D70 from a local dealer (actually a
    camera chain), but I have heard excellent things about B&H camera as a
    mail-order site.
    Indeed so. Go find a reputable dealer.

    Good Luck,
    DoN. Nichols, Sep 17, 2005
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