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Offline pgtuohey

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Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« on: May 03, 2009, 02:41:45 PM »
I have read in Gary Friedman's A900 book that "The camera rigidly enforces the use of the NP-FM500H
battery. "
Does this mean that "compatible" batteries from 3rd parties cannot be used with the A900?

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Re: Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 06:30:22 PM »
I'm afraid I don't know, but if you've bought a £1600 camera, it might be worth sticking to official batteries, even if the price hurts.

I know several people here have used unofficial batteries wihtout harm, but (someone correct me if I'm wrong) no-one has used them on anything more than an a350. If something did go wrong then I'd hate to think about replacing an a900 as (I think) using unofficial batteries voids the warranty.

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Re: Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 07:12:18 PM »
Just echoing Fixxers comment. Definitely would stick to the official battery. It would be a shame for something to go wrong and it void the warranty on your lovely a900.

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Re: Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 09:21:50 PM »
I have used a 3rd party battery in an A700 with no problems. If you use a vertical grip you will have problems. See this Thread which explains the issues.

As Fixxxer says, why take the chance of voiding the warranty on such an expensive camera. I'm not sure if doing so will void the warranty, but it may, just as cleaning your sensor with anything but a blower may void your warranty. ???
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Re: Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009, 12:25:55 AM »
I would not use third party batteries particularly if I don't know exactly where they are coming from. Besides warranty- they might leak- I have even heard somewhere (can't remember though where) of exploding batteries. I fully agree with the statement that you have invested quite  a bit of money in your camera why now saving on the battery?
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Re: Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 12:35:25 AM »

What Gary meant in the book was that - at the time of printing - no 3rd party batteries were available, and Sony were not licencing anyone to make them.

Since then one or two companies have 'retro-engineered' such batteries. Retro engineering them carries inherent risks, and I'd agree with the comments made by othere her about it not being worth saving a few dollars on batteries for a high end piece of equipment

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Re: Compatibility of 3rd Party batteries for A900
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009, 01:28:17 AM »
I've been using the Sony battery and a 3rd party battery.  The 3rd party battery doesn't seem to hold as much juice, but I'm not sure if that's "real" or bias.