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    Posted: 23 September 2011 at 21:14
does anyone know if the a77 vertical grip will support 3rd party batteries? maybe tried it out at a showing or something? I was just reading some reviews about the a850 vertical grip and how it doesnt accept 3rd party batteries. just wondering if this is the case for the a77 because it will probably be a deal breaker for me.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fuzzphoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 September 2011 at 23:37
I highly doubt it will be any different from the A700, that happily accepts fakes. But then again, some fakes are faker than others, so buy from a reputable seller if you buy 3rd party battery packs.

And always remember (important!) to attach the grip first, then insert the battery slider.
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I was at a special viewing with SONY reps, and they brought out the A&& VG for me to strap onto the A77. It has the exact same terminals as you would expect (they made that out to be a point for me), however, it looked a little bit larger than a regular a700's grip. I had asked whether we would be able to use the old a700's grip on the a77's, and the conclusion was no...the screw would be misplaced and not in the same place. To answer about your batteries, yes it will be 3rd party compatible provided that the 3rd party conforms to the terminal specs of the original battery and size.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote captb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2011 at 02:37
ya, that'd be awesome if the a700 grip worked. I do alot of vertical shooting so having the vertical grip is very useful to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2011 at 02:49
For a900/a700 vertical grips, they will take off brand batteries in pairs... but if you only use one, you must use slot 1, otherwise you get an error message "slot 2 for Info Lithium Battery only".

I would assume the a77 works the same. I haven't checked recently, but there may be off brand Info Lithium batteries on the market now. I don't know. Didn't use to be.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sabrowenie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2011 at 22:36
Can anyone recommend a good generic battery for the A700/A77? I used to be able to get a full day of shooting on the main camera from a pair of charged Sony 500H's when grip mounted on the 700. I doubt if the 77 will give me that many without pooping out. Of course I could always swap out the battery holder from the 'B' camera that has the short lens. But that would mean the loss of that camera for the rest of the day. I would prefer to have a spare 5th battery around just to be safe. Since it would hopefully, not see much use, a generic would work out. My only fears are cooking the camera or having a 'not an infolithium battery' message flashing on the screen.
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Considering that we've all had our A700's for a few years now, there's no doubt that the original 500's are losing some of their juice. I've always said to myself to never ever try, insert, or allow third party batteries to come anywhere near my 900, 700, or 200...I just won't take the chance of causing some irreparable damage to any of my camera bodies. All you need is to fry your A900 because you were too cheap to buy a real batter. For $70, I'm sure you can find ones from China/Japan/Korea/Southeast Asia for half that price, but is the $35 savings worth the risk to your $3000.00 camera? IMHO, spend the cash, save on worries.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saratoga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 July 2014 at 11:15
I've got the grip for my A700 but I don't use it often because I can only use one battery in it. Any attempt to put two batteries in (both legit original batteries) and the camera shuts down

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