So there are actually some users with good batteries. mine is one off the effected one's. Anyway Nikon promise to replase it with a better model for free so i'm happy. I do have the feeling the 8/10 day turnaround may slip though due to the hi demand. This is part of the e-mail i recived upon registration by phone with nikon earlier today.
We acknowledge your request for a replacement EN-EL3 battery, your request has been placed in a queue and we will contact you by phone/email to inform you when stock is available. The reference number for this request is listed at the top of this page. We request that you keep this information safe as this may be required in the future.
when stock is avalible. hmmm. lets see if it does happen in 8/10 days.
Yeah, I think you might be right. The initial onslaught of battery returns will probably slow things down.
I didn't buy my D50 until late August so maybe that is why my battery wasn't on the list. Maybe the supply of those lot numbered battery packs has already been exhausted in the camera kits.
My dilema now is that I need to buy a backup battery and Nikon said that retailers are still selling these suspect battery packs. I wonder if Nikon will snag these individual battery packs from their retailers and replace them?