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Canon-compatible(?) battery for EOS 6D
on July 23, 2013
I have been buying non-Canon branded replacement batteries for Canon DSLRs for 12+ years now, and have never been disappointed, until now.
But that is not wholly due to SterlingTek.
Canon likes to change their batteries often with new camera bodies, hopefully as they upgrade the battery tech itself, but I have to assume part of it is simply to make consumers buy THEIR new batteries at very high prices, compared to the off-brand options. Think Epson and Ink Cartridges....
Every other off-brand battery I have bought over the years has worked at least as good if not better than the much higher priced Canon batteries, but for some reason the new EOS 6D doesn't like the same batteries that worked perfectly in my EOS 5D MKIII. And, the charger for the 6D won't charge my off-brand batteries! I think this is wholly Canon's 'engineering,' not STK's fault.
SterlingTek was forward-thinking enough to see this problem and offer buyers of this battery a free charger that would work with it, which I think is great, but I haven't received mine yet to see if it works. They did advertise this battery as 'Guaranteed to work with the 6D.' I was very disappointed when I was on a recent shoot and my new STK battery refused to take a charge, and I was left having to use an older back-up camera body while I charged my Canon battery! Same situation with the Wasabi Power battery I had.
Hopefully the new charger will work well, or I will just use the charger that came with the 5D MKIII - It charged my Wasabi Power batteries no problem, long charge life, etc.
On ordering from STK, the first time, the battery never arrived, but Amazon credited the order back to me no problem. The second time I tried to order it, after placing the order I got an e-mail confirmation, but the arrival date stated was much later than the Amazon confirmation page said upon placing the order, so I had to cancel it, as it was being shipped to a friends' house who was coming to visit me at my home in Costa Rica. I cancelled the order that day, but the battery arrived anyways, on time! Go figure.
When I order things, I am always sending my shipments to friends who will be coming to visit me in Costa Rica, so I pay close attention to shipping dates and arrival times. When a product doesn't arrive by the time stated on Amazon's check-out page, it usually means I will have to go without it for quite some time.