|Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:45 pm Post subject:
|Apparently the firmware thing is true but doesn't lock out all batteries, just some.
In time I would expect all after market cells to become compatible with the new firmware.
I have a spare battery but I don't need to use it too often.
I have used generic batteries for my Canon 350 and G1 with no problems, some of the Canon batteries have a significantly higher capacity than the genuine ones and whilst I assumed this was marketing BS initially they do actually last slightly longer.
My Samsung GX-1s is another example, it can take 4 AA batteries or two CR-V3 batteries and it came with no battieries at all when I bought it so I got two cheap ebay CR-V3's and they are excellent and last for ages, the camera has never used genuine batteries during my ownership!
I have used off brand batteries in cell phones with no problems as well.
It seems no matter how cheap they are, they still work fine and safely, I don't think any ebay seller would be foolish enough to sell unsafe batteries that don't contain overcharge protection circuits.
DSLR: Canon EOS 60D, Samsung GX-1S (Pentax *ist DS2)
Mirrorless: Panasonic DMC-G1, Sony NEX-5N
Compact: Canon PowerShot G3
Wide: Tokina RMC 28mm F/2.8, Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm F/2.5, Sun Optical 28mm F/2.5, Super paragon 28mm F/2.8, Sigma filtermatic 24mm F/2.8, Fujinon 35mm F/2.8, Sun Optical 35mm F/2.8
Standard: Industar 50-2, Helios 44-2, Helios 44M, Helios 44M-3, Pentax-M 50mm F/1.4, Pentax-M 50mm F/1.7, Pentax-M 50mm F/2, Ricoh 50mm F/1.7, Chinon 50mm F/1.7
Tele: Pentacon 135mm F/2.8, Pentacon 200mm F/3.5, Optomax 200mm f/3.5, Sun Optical 135mm F/3.5, Soligor 350mm F/5.6
Zoom: Tokina 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 SZ-X270 SD, Sigma Zoom Pi 35-200mm F4-5.6, Sun Optical 28-80mm F/3.5-4.5, Sunagor 80-205mm F/3.8, Tokina RMC 80-200mm F/4, Vivitar 70-150mm F/3.8, Tamron 95-205mm F/6.3, Tamron Adaptall 28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical, Tokina RMC 70-210mm F/3.5
Mirror: Falcon (Samyang) 800mm F/8, MTO-11CA 1000mm F/10, Tamron Adaptall 2 500mm F/8