Ian, Yeah ‘Z’-land is way



Yeah ‘Z’-land is way off the ‘grid’ in a manner of speaking (Auckland was nice). My friends in Auz’ often make similar complaints when trying to get good prices on gear so I’m sure your issues are compounded.

Long story short, it’s all about profits my friend. For the same reason Apple made ‘Mac Clones’ illegal and so many other electronic companies have unique proprietary accessories is so you have to buy from them. Since you have to buy ‘Genuine Blah-Blah-Blah Parts’, they get all the cash and therefore they set the prices.

You can check B&H Photo/video’s generic line ‘Pearlstone’ for a possible match for your battery replacements. I’ve picked up a number of their items in addition to batteries that saved me money and the accessories work pretty well too. On the other hand, there is some slight merit to arguments that proprietary gear is often superior quality-wise.

I’ve had other generic accessories particularly camcorder batteries croak on me, but to be fair they got higher than average usage. Sadly, one of the things you have to take into consideration when researching for a gear purchase is ‘what’s it going to cost to power this monkey?’

My most recent pro camera purchase uses Anton-Bauer Batteries. Those mofo’s are expensive! But, they work great and they’ve held up under regular use (not too fond of the Trimpac though.) So yeah, you can get a great camera with all the wonderful glass and features but have to shoot off one of your legs at the knee to pay to power the thing. Not particularly fair, it’s just part of the cost of doing business. Now, I won’t plunk down a dollar for a rig unless I can find cheaper back-up batteries….

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