What's the deal with this new Japanese battery export law this past year stating that batteries must not have exposed terminals? The D7000, for example, has a new style battery with a different design.
Does this mean that soon we won't be able to purchase batteries for older cameras?
Not all users keep them or use them. There maybe cases where someone puts the battery with the bare and exposed terminals into a pocket or bag with metal keys and coins and may have had a dead sort along with the expected reaction from the Lion battery.The regulations maybe reactionary to the few times this has happened.
I realize that some don't use them. And some people like to test hot stoves with their hands. To me the next 'regulation' will be to insist that stoves be limited to 150 degrees. Where does it stop. If you eat enough rat poison you will get sick, so ban that.
Rat poison, warfarin, has also been used as a prescription drug ( Coumadin, Jantoven, Marfarin) for thinning blood or to slow the formation of blood clots.
Japan and California want to protect their citizens from themselves, or attempts to. But I am sure some of these individuals will cut off the protective cover.
I do not think you want to restrict a stove to 150 degrees, you might have problems if you eat meat. I can see the need to limiting the water issuing from sinks, bath tubes, and showers to 150 degrees, not for me, but for any youngsters that may use them.
I'm with Jim on this one. I always keep the plastic cover, and I keep it with the battery when I charge it. When the battery is charged, I can snap the cover back on. I never carry it either in my pocket or bag without the cover. It's just a common sense precaution. Bob (rhb007)
I remember reading a synopsis of the regulation somewhere, and I think that it referred to new devices, safety factors and the disposal and recycling of the materials in the batteries. I think that camera manufacturers (like Nikon) will continue to produce OEM branded batteries for their "perceived life" of the product, and third parties for some time after that.
Good question SteveK. I probably won't NEED a D400, but it's likely I'll WANT a D400. One of the tipping points in my decision will be MB-D10 compatibility...I have the sinking feeling that it won't be compatible with the D400. Sigh. -Dave
"Stupidity is a gift from God, but one mustn't misuse it" - Pope John Paul II
>I'd be interested in people's thoughts whether this kills >future compatibility for the MB-D10. I'd guess it's dead in >the water then and won't be compatible with the D400 and >D800?
It might, but not for the battery reason, I think. I would imagine it's quite possible for Nikon to engineer a battery holder/tray for the MB-D10 that accepts whatever battery the D300/D700 replacement(s) might use - in the same way that an EN-EL4 can currently be used with its dedicated holder.
Of course, the replacement camera(s) may have new baseplate designs that require a new style of grip anyway...