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260 of 273 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 20, 2009
In addition to the one that came with the 5D Mark II, I also bought a separate one to fill the second bay in the BG-E6 Vertical Grip.

My initial experience with the battery was less than stellar -- if you are currently disappointed with the battery capacity (especially if it's new), hear me out.

After the first charge out of the box, the single battery lasted about a day with maybe 100 RAW shots and a couple of minutes worth of 1080p video. VERY disappointing to say the least. But here's the thing -- it really needs to go through a couple of full cycles (full discharge, full charge) before it reaches its peak capability.

At the time of my last charge, I had shot well over 2700 RAW frames on two batteries -- and both of those batteries each reported 60% charge remaining at that point.

Which brings me to the reporting features. If you are buying this as a second battery, then you are probably already aware of this, but the battery will report its charge level (with a 1% resolution), battery recharge performance, and number of shutter actuations since last charge. The 5D Mark II can then display this information on its Battery Info screen.

With two LP-E6's installed (via the BG-E6 Vertical Grip), the 5D Mark II will register both of the batteries and list their statistics simultaneously in the Battery Info screen. The Shutter Count numbers even operate independently. For example, after a long day of shooting (over 1500 frames), the Battery Info screen told me that Battery 1 was responsible for 806 frames, while Battery 2 was responsible for 746 frames. At this point, the batteries still showed a 78% charge on each one.

Also notable is the fact that the number of shutter actuations for each battery does NOT reset when the battery is removed. Its actuation count is saved, and if you later reinsert the battery (without charging it), the count will still be accurate for that battery. Once you charge the battery, the count is reset.

Finally, as a word of warning: At the time of this review (Jan 20, 2009), the battery prices are ridiculous. Because of high demand, apparently some sellers feel justified in gouging their customers. The current price listed as of this writing is nearly US$200. I bought my second battery before demand went through the roof, and I paid less than US$90 from a reputable Canon dealer. Keep that in mind when deciding where to purchase.
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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 17, 2011
I purchased directly from Amazon, not a third party seller, and I was stunned to receive a generic replacement instead of a genuine Canon LP-E6. This is NOT a Canon battery. It does not have a Canon logo as pictured, a stamped serial number, any indication of where it is made, or any brand name whatsoever. And the "retail packaging" is a plastic bag. If you actually want to buy a non-Canon replacement, there are much cheaper options that actually have brand names. Steer clear of this one.

Edit (5/19/2011): Amazon has apparently made kind of a mess of this. I can't find another listing that looks anything like a genuine Canon LP-E6 battery. If you look closely enough at the description for this one (which I obviously didn't do the first time), it reads like spam and clearly did not come from Canon. HOWEVER, two items to note are 1) Amazon seems to have pulled their own seller listing these last few bad reviews, so maybe they're trying to fix this, and 2) some reputable third party sellers are using this listing for the genuine Canon battery. I ordered from one that I knew well, and I received the real thing today--packaging, logo, serial number, and all. If you want the real deal, look for a third party seller on this listing that says it's a genuine Canon, and maybe that they're an authorized reseller for good measure. I changed my star rating from 1 to 3 to average out the 1 that remains for the generic battery I got from Amazon and the 5 for the genuine Canon from another reseller. Caveat emptor.
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335 of 379 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
Please be aware that the Marketplace seller from whom I purchased this battery sold me a counterfeit battery. This battery is frequently counterfeited and does nothing to stop the practice. This reseller is crooked, and uses a large number of different aliases to rip-off unsuspecting consumers. It is sad to see that is complicit in this criminal behavior.

If you don't believe me, search the internet for the address that the seller is using: 3522 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Interestingly enough, another camera business by the name of Fumfie also sold/sells camera equipment from the same Brooklyn storefront. Fumfie has a Better Business Bureau rating of 'F'.

Here is what other customers of Fumfie have had to say about this seller:

"This is NOT a reputable seller."

upon receiving my camera today i saw it to be a "Grey market camera" i called Nikon and they didn't even have a record of this camera. i then called and spoke with a gentleman from fumfi company that proceeded to blow a gust of wind up my ass the size of Dorthy's tornado... "

"'TOTAL CROOKS' AND WILL NOT ANSWER MY next step is to get the law involved.."

"In the end, it turns out that Fumfie is attempting to do what all the other scamming camera shops do: sell you overpriced accessories and force shipping insurance on you in order to make up for the advertised cheaper camera body."

Sunset Electronics also uses the same phone number as, and Care to guess why a small store uses so many different aliases? Well, let's see what people have to say about

"Seems like fraud company, people read the reviews before jumping into it."

"canon hf s200 is shown 689 in the site, but i was charged 762. Avoid these buggers like plague."

And on and on and on. These people are criminals. Do not buy from them.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
The batteries that I have received are not genuine canon batteries, but rather cheap KNOCK-OFFS meant to look like a canon batteries. I am pissed that I paid the full cost for what I thought were genuine canon batteries. Please be sure to check your batteries as soon as you get them and make sure they are genuine. I have provided a mini-checklist below to help with your genuine or knock-off battery investigative needs.

The only way to spot the difference is to compare with a stock battery of the same type (LP-E6). The texture and coating of the battery is much different than that of a genuine canon battery. Another dead giveaway is that there is no silver stamped serial code on the back of the battery. The sticker will also have noticeable differences when compared to the genuine battery. The battery weights about half the weight of the genuine canon battery, which is another dead giveaway. Lastly, the battery also doesn't read on my Canon 7D and when left on the canon charger it can never reach a full charge. Both of these inconsistencies indicate to me that it's definitely a fake. Be sure to check your batteries promptly when they arrive to ensure genuine canon quality and look for these inconsistencies. Have a stock canon battery to compare your new ones with in order to be sure. Please avoid "BEST BUY BATTERIES" at all costs. It's a shame these fake batteries slip through the cracks on here, but it happens more often than not. Make sure it doesn't happen to you!

Here is a nifty little checklist you can use when inspecting your new batteries to determine if they are genuine.

1. Texture - Is it similar to the genuine? The genuine battery has more of a black high gloss look vs the fake matte black battery.
2. Silver stamped serial code - A fake canon knock-off won't have this serial code. Some new knock-offs have a code, but it's never the canon style.
3. Weight - Compare your new battery to the genuine one that came with you camera. Notice any differences? The knock-off is always noticeably lighter.
4. Camera reading - Does the battery read correctly in your camera? Does it show a correct battery status?
5. Charging status - Does you new knock off battery charge correctly? A knock-off usually doesn't reach a full charge reading.

Thanks to amazon's easy return policy I am returning these batteries for a refund and looking to purchase them elsewhere. Thankfully Amazon always has your back in these situations.

Best of luck to you while shopping.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
I've trusted Amazon as my go-to online "Super Store", but I let my guard down, and I didn't take the time to go to an Authorized Canon Dealer/Retailer. I also did not inspect my purchase upon delivery. It is now two weeks beyond the expiration date, and I cannot return the counterfeit batteries for a refund. The batteries ARE counterfeit, according to the information on Canon's official website. The counterfeit batteries I bought were the same price as the batteries sold by B&H and Adorama. Expensive lesson learned...only buy from Authorized Dealers/Retailers, inspect your items upon delivery, and promptly return counterfeit items! Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack for Select Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Retail Packaging
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2009
This Battery has lasted longer than my previous batteries for my other dslr which was the bp-511 and I had used it for about 3 hours shooting video before i had to switch
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2009
This battery pack is a must have for heavy shooters. I shoot fashion photography with my EOS 5D Mark II and using the Battery Grip, 2 of these battery packs last over 9 hours of continous shooting inlcuding some video clips (3 mins or more). I would not recommend buying this battery if you aren't using a battery grip as you won't always need a second battery. If you shoot in your studio, one LP E6 will last around 4-5 hours sure it helps to have an additional pack but whenever you are not shooting or not shooting for over 4-5 hours you'll have $150 sitting there waiting to be used. It's just not a very cost-effective option.
If you shoot on location or weddings, events, sports, this is a must have in combination with the 5D Mark II Battery Grip . Also, the use of lenses such as the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM in combination with live view for video or burst shooting will drain your batteries faster.If you run out of batteries, you can always use the Battery Grip's magazine for rechargeable AA batteries.
I've seen a reduction on the battery performance while shooting at 20'F and lower. About 1 hour less of battery time. Also, shooting at over 90'F reduces it for about 45 mins on each battery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
Bought it as a spare battery for my Canon 60D. Never had good luck with rechargeable batteries and cameras.. Was very impressed with this battery instead of the 1600shots the owners manual suggested I've easily gotten twice that
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2009
Great Battery.. keeps a good long charge when shooting pictures or video. I'm a wedding videographer and we recently switched from Shooting from Canon's A1's to shooting all 5D Video. Might sound crazy but its awesome! I can usually shoot video all day with only two of these battery's with no need to recharge. Every once in a while I'll need to use the recharged one, but usually I'm good with just two cycles.

Oh.. and there are a lot of bad reviews on these batteries because Amazon used to charge a way to much for these batteries, but the price has come down now and they are a great deal!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 20, 2011
To be fair, this situation exists because Canon wants $60 for a $30 battery. Genuine Nikon batteries with the same functions and capacity are around $35 and as far as I know there is no problem with counterfeits--it's just not worth bothering. But $60 for an item that costs maybe $5-$10 to produce is just too tempting. The good news is that this battery absolutely will not damage your camera. Why? Well, for starters, it doesn't quite fit. (It's also made from a different kind of plastic, covered in fingerprints, and so on.)
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