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Old Sep 14, 2003, 9:54 PM   #1
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Default canon battery low ball scam??!!


I just ordered my G3 from butterfly photo and they informed me that canon only provides a battery that last for 30 minutes. Now I would have to buy a 2 hour battery for 60 bucks!! Is this true!!
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Old Sep 14, 2003, 10:13 PM   #2
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The battery life of the supplied BP-511 battery is actually very good. Personally, I'd consider cancelling the order and switching vendors. I don't like salespeople that use these types of tactics.

Although, it's always a good idea to have a spare.

It sound like the salesman probably makes commissions off the extras (or has to have a certain number of items in the order to quality for a higher percentage commission).

If you decide to buy from them anyway, make sure you're not being sold an aftermarket battery instead (which can be purchased for under $30.00). $60.00 is fair for a genuine Canon BP-511.

You can see the battery life tests in Phil Askey's review of the Canon G3 here (Phil got over 4 hours in his tests -- near the best in it's class). So, IMO, the salesperson was "full of it", and just trying to make some extra money.

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Old Sep 14, 2003, 10:44 PM   #3
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Ebay sellers have been selling generic batteries for the Canon's for far cheaper than store prices. I guess they work just as well as the outrageous priced ones. Go check it out.
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Old Sep 15, 2003, 7:03 AM   #4
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You could also consider a third party battery Hahnel has the hl-511 as cheap alternative for Canon BP-511 . The HL has even more mA
1300 versus Canon 1100mA.
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Old Sep 15, 2003, 8:19 AM   #5
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B&H Photo is selling an after market 511 that is 1500mAh.

Also, www.batterybarn.com sells several (I've never purchased from them.) As does http://www.thomas-distributing.com.

I got one from there (when I got my Maha charger.) I wasn't thrilled in the beginning... life seemed very short. I realize it takes 2-3 charges before getting to full capacity, but this was shockingly low. It does seem better now.... we'll see.

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