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Vital to all digital cameras, and required for many film cameras — and for many accessories.

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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 battery for an 400D XTi that he can no longer use because he sold the camera. I have a 450D XSi and I was wondering if I could use this battery. ...
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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 ...