Can You Spot a Counterfeit Canon Battery, Charger or Grip?

Canon Counterfeit-4

For the past several tradeshows that I have been to, Canon has featured a great little display that asks you to identify counterfeit Canon products placed alongside genuine Canon products. The counterfeits look so convincing that I could not tell one from the other without further tips from Canon on spotting the differences.

You can see the counterfeit products highlighted in red in the image below. [Read more…]


Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 and P7700 Firmware Update Ends Support for Some Third-Party Batteries

Nikon EN-EL14

The most recent firmware updates for the Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 and P7700 appear to have caused some third-party batteries to stop working in these cameras. All of the cameras use the Nikon EN-EL14 and EN-EL14a batteries; however, there are many third-party batteries that match the EN-EL14’s design that are available for these cameras (often at reduced prices) as well. [Read more…]

Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack Service Notice Issued

Canon LP-E6

Canon has issued a service notice for the common LP-E6 battery used in several Canon DSLRs, including the 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 70D and others.

The notice affects those who experience a rapid blinking light on the charger when the battery is inserted, which indicates a “communication error” according to Canon’s service notice. When this happens, the battery will not charge.

See the full service notice below for details on the issue. [Read more…]

Switronix Bringing Power Accessories to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera?

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

HDSLR and cinema accessory provider Switronix sent out a little tease in its newsletter today about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that’s shipping later this month.

Are you guys as excited as we are about this beautiful, little guy?

Check in this month to see the cool accessories we have developed for the Black Magic Camera.  -Switronix Newsletter

Switronix has been known for its HDSLR power accessories that so effectively pair cameras like the 5D Mark II with external battery packs, as well as on-camera lighting gear.  Given the uncertainty thus far about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s internal battery and lack of external power options, I’d say that an external power solution from Switronix is a good bet.

Stay tuned for the official announcement of whatever is coming from Switronix…