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Err 80 appears when I turn on my Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Recently when on holiday in Italy my 5DII stopped powering up. Turn the switch on and - nada. Pulling the battery and popping it back in brings the camera to life, however as soon as the camera goes ...
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Is it necessary to fully drain Ni-MH batteries before recharging them?

Is it really necessary to fully drain the Ni-MH batteries before recharging them? As a rule, I always want my speedlite batteries to be fully charged. At the end of each day when I use my flashgun, I ...
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Are there any ways to combat “sluggish battery syndrome”?

For anyone who has done any extensive photography in very cold weather (weather below freezing), I'm sure they have encountered "sluggish battery syndrome". This is where the camera battery, when it ...
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Can a bad lens contact cause false battery warnings?

I had a major problem with my Nikon D80 lately, in that after taking 1-2 pictures or just leaving it on for around half a minute, it would give me a battery warning before turning itself off. This ...
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What battery types are suitable for low temperatures and high altitudes?

I do some high altitude (4-4.5k metres) trekking. At night this can lead to very low temperatures (down to -20oC). My choice of battery type for my camera is lithium ion, or rechargeable lithium ion. ...
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How to identify a fake LP-E8 Canon battery

I am going to buy a Canon 650D camera. Unfortunately the reseller I want to to buy the camera from is not a certified one and chances are they might have replaced the original LP-E8 battery with a ...
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Powering a Nikon SB-28 or Cobra flash with an external (not portable) power supply for studio use.

I often have to use my cobra flash indoor, as a studio flash, but I always have batteries problems : not enough charged batteries, no new batteries for backup, battery charge too low after some ...
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Does leaving the battery inside a inactive camera for a few days consume power?

Will the camera (point and shoot or DSLR) that is switch off still consume power from the battery that is not removed from the camera? I saw on most camera manual will tell user to remove the battery ...
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Does a faster speed & bigger size SD card drain battery much faster?

May I know if a Class 10 SD card can drain a camera battery much faster than a Class 4 SD card? (or is it the other way round?) Also, will the size of the SD card affect the camera battery? (e.g. A ...
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Is there a battery grip for the Nikon D3100 which uses standard batteries?

I'm not happy that my DSLR (Nikon D3100) takes expensive, non standard batteries. What I'm surprised about is that there seem to be very few battery grips on the market that use standard battery ...
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Do full frame camera require more power than a crop sensor camera?

I had a Canon 60D and used to get around 800 to 1000 shots on full battery charge. I've now traded my 60D to a 5D Mark II and it looks like it requires a lot more power. Is this normal for a full ...
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Where can I find a List/Comparison of CIPA battery ratings for current point-and-shoot cameras?

Where can I find a list or comparison CIPA ratings for current-generation point-and-shoot cameras? Looking for a camera that can last me a longer time on one charge.
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What do camera experts do for cameras that take too much battery power?

Some camera models have very short battery span — meaning that a new battery for a particular camera model has a short life span, as it can take fewer shots per charge. What would camera experts out ...
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What kind of batteries will provide the fastest recharge/recycle time for a flash unit like the 430EX II?

I have gotten deep into bird photography this year, and have put a lot of time and effort into learning the tricks of the trade. My latest endeavors are into bird/bif flash photography. I own a Canon ...
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Why is my new aftermarket battery grip draining power from batteries?

After reading many reviews I decided to purchase the Zeikos grip but B&H discontinued it so I decided to go with the new Vello grip instead. I think I might have made a mistake. The grip seems ...
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What batteries are best suited to Battery grips?

I have a Battery grip that will add an extra 1fps when used with AA batteries instead of the standard Nikon camera battery. This takes 8 bateries at once I currently use AA Energizer rechargable ...
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When should one turn off their DSLR?

I spent a good hour today moseying after some azure-winged magpies. We had a nice waltz across a parkland, they rarely letting me get close enough to even contemplate a shot. As such, I spent long ...
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What is the trade-off with Energizer-brand compatible battery packs?

The difference in price between the Canon LP-E4 battery back and the equivalent model from Energizer is significant. What, if any, are the main disadvantages to purchasing the cheaper model as opposed ...
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What alternative battery can I use for a Canon AV-1 film camera?

I got hold of an old Canon AV-1 film camera I want to learn how to use. But looking for a battery for it, a 4LR44, is quite hard. It must probably be because people are using dSLRs with rechargeable ...
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How to choose rechargeable batteries for my Nikon superzoom camera?

I have a Nikon Coolpix L120 and looking for rechargeable batteries. The Nikon brand batteries have received only mediocre reviews. What is important when looking for rechargeable batteries to ensure ...
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Will leaving my battery charger plugged in (without battery) harm the charger?

I find it convenient to just leave the charger sitting on my desk, still plugged into the wall, so that I can just pop the battery in when I need it, but I wonder if this is bad for the charger in the ...
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What battery do I need for a 35mm film Canon Rebel?

I have a Canon EOS Rebel 35mm film camera for my photography class and I need a battery, it didn't come with one. What battery do I need to buy?
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How can I fix a “Cannot communicate with battery” error on Canon 7D?

If I see the "cannot communicate with battery" error message on a Canon 7D, is there any way to fix it without sending it back to Canon?
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Do “body only” DSLR cameras come with a battery?

I am a novice on photography and planning to gift a DSLR camera to someone - Do the cameras - that claim body only products - have battery included with them?. Can anyone confirm if below product on ...
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Can a cheap DX battery damage my camera?

I would like to purchase a spare battery for my new Canon EOS 550D\Rebel T2i for a trip abroad. I've found this battery on DealExtreme. It costs 6.90$ (with shippment), a small fraction from the ...
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Are there rechargeable batteries which don't discharge when idle?

This is kind of a peripheral question — not exactly about photography, but about the batteries for my camera, which uses AA batteries. I have tried every known brand (to me) of rechargeable ...
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How important is it to completely discharge my camera battery and how often should I do it?

I am not really up-to-date regarding how today's batteries should be discharged/charged to keep their life at a maximum possible level. I have a canon 60D camera with the LP-E6 battery, but I believe ...
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What aftermarket batteries for Fujifilm FinePix X100?

I want to get a spare battery for my Fujifilm FinePix X100. It takes the Fuji NP-95 rechargeable battery. These are very hard to find; aftermarket brands are much more common. I'm hesitant to put an ...
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What is the best AA NiMH battery charger? [closed]

Let's settle this once and for all... What are the best AA NiMH chargers out there for: prolonging the life of the batteries charging quickly nothing else
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Looking for a recommendation for a ultra compact/compact with zoom

that runs on either AAA or AA batteries! I need something for a somewhat longer trip to an area in which electricity is not so readily available. I was looking at Panasonic's FS, FX and TZ series ...
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Uses for a dead/dying lithium-ion battery?

My DSLR, like most, uses a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack. I've got four batteries that have been used quite a lot. Only two of them can be reliably charged and used for any significant length ...
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Will a Canon dSLR retain settings if the battery is removed for an extended period of time?

If I remove the rechargeable BP battery from my Canon EOS 50D for an extended period of time, will the internal lithium battery preserve all of my settings (including custom functions, date/time, ...
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CR123A rechargeable batteries and charger recommendations?

I'm looking to buy Nikon SU-800 flash and I noticed that it uses CR123A batteries. I found a lot of options on eBay and Amazon but most of them have low or mixed reviews. Does anyone use these type of ...
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Canon AV-1 battery information

Does anyone know if the Canon AV-1 works without a battery, by works I mean the shutter release, I know the metering system wouldn't work without it.
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Can I leave the batteries in my camera?

I recently bought a Canon 1000d DSLR. I'm just an amateur and don't use my camera daily. I use it once or twice a week. Is it okay if I leave the batteries in the camera during this idle time?
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Is there an alternative to AA cells for the Fujifilm HS20?

After getting into a choice between two super zooms, the Canon SX30IS or Fujifilm HS10 / HS20, I have chosen Fuji. However, it uses AA batteries. When on tour it's so painful if AA batteries go out or ...
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Why does my external flash use Ni-Cd and Ni-Mh batteries so quickly?

I've recently purchased a Canon 430EX II to use with my 550D and it's great but I'm having battery issues. I've been trying to use 2× 800mAh Ni-Cd and 2× 2500 mAh Ni-Mh (all rechargeables, the 800mAh ...
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Does a flash work well with regular alkaline batteries?

In doing research prior to purchasing my first flash for my DSLR system I have come across a wealth of information, including this post that outlined many great points in selecting the best ...
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What are the problems with using generic LP-E6 batteries with a 5D/7D (if any)?

I've got a 7D with the LP-E6 battery that came with it, but would like to get some spares (along with a battery grip) With my previous camera (450D) I used generic batteries (and generic grip) and ...
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Does a camera tethered draw power over USB?

I plan to use my Canon 50D in a studio, tethered to a PC. It would be great if it drew the power it needed from the USB bus rather than from the battery, so I wouldn't need to worry about changing ...
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More powerful battery for on camera flash on Canon 5dMkII

I don't shoot weddings or enough events a year to warrant forking out the money for a full Quantum flash/battery yet. I am trying to decide if I should either go ahead and get the Quantum battery ...
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Which AA rechargeable batteries work best for Nikon SB-600 speedlight?

I am interested what is your experience with this speedlight with regards to the type of batteries you use. Can you recommend the batteries providing shortest recycle time and max number of flashes?
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Solar charging systems for camera gear

Does anyone know of any solar-powered systems with enough output to charge the average DSLR battery? I'm considering going to somewhere rather remote and might be away from mains electricity (or ...
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Are batteries for the Canon XXXD Rebel series interchangeable?

A friend from online recently found out he has an extra batter for an 400D XTi that he can no longer use(he sold the camera). I have a 450D XSi and I was wondering if I could use this battery. I don't ...
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Panasonic G2 rejects Lenmar battery: what should I do?

Lenmar is, to the best of my knowledge, a reputable manufacturer of aftermarket batteries. I bought a DLPBLB13 battery as a 2nd battery for my Panasonic G2, charged it up, put it in my camera, ...
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Do I have to use an official “Panasonic” spare battery in the Lumix TZ10?

Some companies claim to offer cheap batteries that work with this camera however I read on the description for the Panasonic battery: Panasonic DMW-BCG10E ID Secured Battery for TZ7 and ...
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How can I tell when it's time to replace (not just change) my rechargeable batteries?

My camera uses AAA batteries, and I have a few sets of NiMH AAAs. I know that these are only good for a certain number of charge cycles, but how can I tell when it's time to replace them? I've been ...
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Should I buy an original manufacturer battery, or is a generic brand OK?

I need another LP-E5 type battery for my Canon 450D. Should I buy an original Canon battery or one of the many generic brands available? There are loads of cheapos on eBay, for example. I should add ...
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Recommendations for off-brand battery grips for DSLRs

The Nikon- and Canon-branded battery grips are insanely expensive. What alternatives are out there, and where is the best place to buy them?
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What attributes should I look for when buying batteries for a flash?

I want to buy some more rechargable batteries (AAs) for my flashes. I suppose I mainly care about: - Quick recycling of the flash - Hold their charge when not in use Although bonuses for: - Long ...