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    Hey guys I been trying to find a place where I can buy cheap "working" batteries for the Sony FS100... particularly the NP-F970 batteries.

    Since B&H photo is expensive as hell, I went to ebay and I saw a bunch of cheap generic and OEM(from china) batteries, but after reading several threads I found that there are a lot of fake battery manufacturers out there, soooo....

    Has anyone bought batteries that actually work? if so, could you guys post the a link or maybe the name of the manufacturer?

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    This one : http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    and that: http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    both work great for me - one usually takes me trough a whole day of shooting.

    But Im going the v-mount battery route now - one v-mount powers the whole rig - monitor, camera, light, recorder, transmitter, cigarette lighter.

    Here is an adapter for the camera. You bolt the adapter on any v-mount and put the dummy battery in the camera. Done.
    It also has an additional 12v tap.


    http://www.bescor.com/Export33.htm

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    I mean... As always with batteries, you have like three choices:

    1) Buy original brand new batteries from the camera manufacturer - in this case, the Sony NP-F970

    2) Buy a better & more expensive professional 3rd party battery - e.g. something from Anton Bauer + Sony F-series adapter

    3) Buy cheap chinese knock-offs from eBay. They are maybe not as good as real Sony F-series batteries, but they cost 1/3 of the price or even less, and multiple chinese knock-offs will surely give you more power & a longer life time than just 1 original Sony (for the same price).



    http://cgi.ebay.com/z-New-battery-so...ht_4044wt_1109

    $19.59, free shipping, for one 6,800 mAh NP-F970 knock-off.

    Compare to $129 + tax for a brand new Sony NP-F970, 6,600 mAh, from B&H. With tax it's $140.60

    140.61/19.59 ≈ 7.2


    You get a bit more than 7 knock-off batteries for the same price as 1 Sony. Even if the Sony last longer (say the typical 1000 charging cycles) than a knock-off (say 500 charging cycles, just to exaggerate, it's probably more), when you add upp 7 knock-offs together...for the same price... I think the knock-offs will always win.

    If we stick to the example above you would get a total of 3000-4000 charging cycles and a total of almost 50,000 mAh for the 7.2 knock-offs, versus 1,000 cycles and 6,800 mAh from the single Sony. Same price.


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    How knock-off are those knock-offs anyway? I mean, Sony doesn't make their own batteries - they also have them made somewhere in China - probably in the same factory.
    Maybe Sony takes care of the specs - maybe Sony only have their sticker applied, who knows?

    The two cheap batteries I have work exactly the same way my Sony battery does - also same specs and is recognized by the FS100.
    One even has a power tap - something Sony doesn't provide at any price.

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    Yepp. They are probably made in the same factory, or something ironic like that. There is probably no big difference. Just making a point of how much bang-for-the-buck you get with knock-off batteries.


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    you do get the benefit of accurate battery level readings from Genuine Sony batteries
    real Sony batteries are made in Japan

    after seeing some youtube videos of fake/cheap Sony batteries being disected and shown inside out, I was a bit disgusted at the quality of those knockoffs under that plastic shell


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    It's like always. If the budget is tight you can get a lot of bang-for-the-buck with knock-offs. Basically the same s*%t more or less, but you get 7 for the price of 1. Minor trade-offs like battery level readings, less battery cycles etc.

    But if you have the money go pro all the way. Get Anton Bauers or something.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Postmaster View Post
    This one : http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    and that: http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    both work great for me - one usually takes me trough a whole day of shooting.

    But Im going the v-mount battery route now - one v-mount powers the whole rig - monitor, camera, light, recorder, transmitter, cigarette lighter.

    Here is an adapter for the camera. You bolt the adapter on any v-mount and put the dummy battery in the camera. Done.
    It also has an additional 12v tap.


    http://www.bescor.com/Export33.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandrean View Post
    I mean... As always with batteries, you have like three choices:

    1) Buy original brand new batteries from the camera manufacturer - in this case, the Sony NP-F970

    2) Buy a better & more expensive professional 3rd party battery - e.g. something from Anton Bauer + Sony F-series adapter

    3) Buy cheap chinese knock-offs from eBay. They are maybe not as good as real Sony F-series batteries, but they cost 1/3 of the price or even less, and multiple chinese knock-offs will surely give you more power & a longer life time than just 1 original Sony (for the same price).



    http://cgi.ebay.com/z-New-battery-so...ht_4044wt_1109

    $19.59, free shipping, for one 6,800 mAh NP-F970 knock-off.

    Compare to $129 + tax for a brand new Sony NP-F970, 6,600 mAh, from B&H. With tax it's $140.60

    140.61/19.59 ≈ 7.2


    You get a bit more than 7 knock-off batteries for the same price as 1 Sony. Even if the Sony last longer (say the typical 1000 charging cycles) than a knock-off (say 500 charging cycles, just to exaggerate, it's probably more), when you add upp 7 knock-offs together...for the same price... I think the knock-offs will always win.

    If we stick to the example above you would get a total of 3000-4000 charging cycles and a total of almost 50,000 mAh for the 7.2 knock-offs, versus 1,000 cycles and 6,800 mAh from the single Sony. Same price.
    Mandrean,

    Have you tried these batteries before?
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    I've been using chinese knock-off batteries for years in all kinds of cameras and equipment, yes. Especially Sony F-series (NP-F970/NP-F770/NP-F550) and Canon DSLR-batteries (BP-511A/LP-E8). My impression is that they last for about the same amount of minutes but "die" quicker (i.e. shorter lifetime/last fewer charging cycles), though that statement is non-scientifical. Just pure feeling. Maybe placebo.

    However, since they are cheaper, in the long run I feel it's more worth to get them when you're on a tight budget than original ones. Like in my theoretical experiment above.
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