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Should I purchase Canon brand batteries or find third party alternatives. Also where are some good, quality and affordable places to buy them. (live in Perth, WA if any Perth-ites know of any stores here!)
You should never use third party batteries. That has multiple reasons:
1.) Their battery life might be much shorter than the original one's.
2.) If they damage the camera by overheating, over voltage or exploding the warranty of your camera will not cover that.
You can buy original batteries mostly everywhere where you can buy the camera model as well. It's nearly always the same price.
(Tip: Think of your camera as a tool of many that help you produce film, not as a big piece of gear that is 90% of your equipment. And when you invest over $1K into a camera it should be worth to invest about $100-150 into extra batteries)
October 23, 2016 at 11:41AM
thankyou! :) got told the same thing from a few mates and tutors. I'll definitely stick with Canon brands unless I find a trustworthy and reliable alternative.
November 10, 2016 at 10:01AM
I don't know about other third party batteries but wasabi brand is absolute garbage. I purchased a set for a 70D and one of the batteries has about half the life of a normal wasabi battery. I purchased a set for a5100/a6000 and the batteries won't stay in the charger, they pop out. I also purchased a set for a rx100iv and the charging light stopped working. Also the wasabi charger for the 70d is half as slow at charging a battery compared to the canon charger. Oh and another thing is the rx100iv wasabi batteries are physically smaller so they rattle around in the battery location and can wiggle themselves out so when I open the battery door they pop out. Wasabi has serious quality issues.
October 24, 2016 at 3:05AM
Since LP-E6 batteries are so common (Canon 70D batteries) there are many that you can trust! If you look on amazon, there are plenty to choose from, but be sure to pay extra attention to the reviews and overall ratings. I have many third party LP-E8 batteries from Watson, and some no-name LP-E8's I picked up for $3 a piece. One of the $3 batteries couldn't hold a charge, but for $3, it's negligible. Just test them before you shoot, and be aware that they aren't the originals.
October 24, 2016 at 8:23PM
spend the $60-70 and buy the real one, especially when used in a Canon camera.....there are places to go cheap and batteries are not one of them.
October 25, 2016 at 4:59PM
For less than the price of one genuine Canon battery I can buy a pack of two Hahnel? ones. They don't last quite as long last the Canon. But they work great. I have six of them.
October 25, 2016 at 5:25PM
Yes, I've used Hahnel in my 60D, they last a lot better than other off-brand batteries I've tried.
October 27, 2016 at 5:23AM