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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

Following the unhappy end of my Nikon D3100, I have upgraded to a new D5200, as a result of which I now have an extra EN-EL14 Li-ion battery and MH-24 battery charger. It would be nice if I could save ...
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How long can Contax T2 work with a brand new CR123 battery?

New to Contax T2, I'm going to Europe for about 20 days and I'm wondering if I should bring extra batteries (CR123) with me. Any suggestions?
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Nikon D200 battery woes

We were given a D200 that is in otherwise spotless shape, but the battery won't stay connected. It will work perfectly at home, but as soon as you get into the field it stops. I can get it to work ...
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Why does my camera turn off after taking 2 to 3 shots?

My camera is acting weirdly these days... After putting fully charged batteries into it I was only able to take 2-3 shots before it turned off and showed the battery low symbol. So I took my camera to ...
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Does the K1000 need a battery to trigger the flash?

The Pentax K1000 is a classic, all-manual film camera, and just about the only annoying flaw is that the meter doesn't turn off, depleting the battery over time. Even if you put the lens cap on, it's ...
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Camera stops by itself while shooting, or shows no battery, then ok again?

Here is what happen to me lately. I was shooting inside a home, doing some HDR photos with my Canon 7D (settings were : timer 2 sec + high speed shooting + ExpoComboAEB) so basically the camera ...
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Do I need to leave my Nikon camera on for three days to recharge the backup battery?

I have a Nikon D5100, which I bought in 2010. Whenever I turn on the camera, it says that the clock has been reset. I read in the manual that the backup battery needs to get recharged for three days ...
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Can I trick the Pentax K1000's meter to “turn off”?

The Pentax K1000 has a meter that is always on. The manual says the only way to keep the meter from draining the battery when not in use is to put a lens cap on it. However, the needle does not move ...
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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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Generic battery advice for Sony's NP-FW50

I bought a new battery for my camera assuming that it would be enough to be compatible, in Sony terms "NP-FW50". Though I think the generic is better than the original: Generic: 7.4V, 1950mAh, ...
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Composite battery adapter

Two of my cameras, a Canon A-1 and an original EOS Elan use batteries which are composites of multiple batteries. While this is no problem on the A-1, seeing as it uses very little power and the ...
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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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Is there an extended-life battery for the Sony NEX-6?

I'm really enjoying my Sony NEX-6, especially the time-lapse application. However, I'm often finding that the camera's battery dies before I can create a long time-lapse (say, 4-5 hours). Is there a ...
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What does CHA mean on Nikon D-90?

I have a Nikon D90 camera body and today I started getting a CHA error on the display on the top of the body that shows f-stop and other settings. Looking around, I do not find a definition for ...
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AC to DC Adapter for Digital Camera. How many Amps or mAh should I get?

I have this Kodak C663 Camera which has a DC Input, that can take power from an AC to DC Adapter. I'm thinking of getting an AC to DC Adapter since most of my photography is done indoors, and even ...
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Using a battery grip as a back up battery

Do you think that using a battery grip as a backup battery is a good idea? I just bought a used 50d and I need another source of power. Battery grips and normal batteries are similar in price (within ...
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Is it safe to store rechargeable lithium ion batteries and SD memory in a zip lock bag?

My camera uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery and an SD memory card. When I'm out shooting and at home, I normally keep an extra of each in a zip lock type of plastic storage bag (the card is ...
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Are there any DSLRs which can charge the battery via USB?

My beloved Nikon D40 has an issue where the battery drains ridiculously fast. New OEM batteries and changers don't help, so I think I need to replace the body. Since almost all non-DSLR cameras out ...
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Portable battery charger [closed]

I want to buy a portable mobile battery charger.But confused which one I should buy.Please suggest me a Portable mobile charger for my camera 'Canon eos kiss X7i' with LP-E8 battery. Sarah
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Why do cameras use proprietary batteries?

Looking at the battery for my Fuji x100s: $35 for an 1800 mAhr battery. Two AA (Eneloop, or any equivalent) rechargeable batteries would cost a total of about $5, have more capacity, wouldn't make the ...
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What to do when Canon PowerShot A470 shows fully charged batteries as empty?

I'm using a Canon PowerShot A470 for around 3 years. Lately afer switching the camera on, it turns off after a few seconds and a message shows up "replace batteries", even if they new and fully ...
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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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Why don't camera flashes use proprietary batteries?

In trying to explain Why Cameras Use Proprietary Batteries, many have claimed that it is because proprietary lithium rechargeable batteries have better high-current capabilities than any AA (though ...
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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 does my Panasonic GF2 have terrible battery life?

I've had a Panasonic DMC-GF2 for a couple of years and the battery life has always been terrible. I've bought a new battery, thinking that was the problem and battery life has still been bad. I will ...
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What are battery replacement options for the Olympus OM-1?

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful OM-1 with some lenses. The only caveat is that I don't have any batteries for it. The camera takes mercury batteries. I was wondering if there are any options to ...
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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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Is my Canon camera broken, or do I just need a new battery door?

I lost my battery door months ago after misplacing it and upgrading to an external battery pack grip. The camera (Canon 5D) one day mysteriously stopped working and I assumed the battery pack was ...
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Battery for Nikon CoolPix L26

I have a Nikon CoolPix L26 digital camera and am using the rechargable battery that came along with it. It is a 1.2V / 2100 mAH battery (Infinite brand) Even when I fully recharge the battery and use ...
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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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Will a higher-amperage USB charger let me fast charge a Nikon battery?

I've a Nikon P330. Its USB charger is 5V/550mA and the manual says the following about charging the battery inserted in the camera through USB: About 4 hours and 30 minutes are required to charge ...
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Why does my Neewer external flash take a long time to recharge?

I am using a Neewer TT520 flash with a Nikon D7000. I am new to flash photography. When I mount it on camera I noticed that at times the flash didn't fire. I've spent some time researching it and ...
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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 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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Best practice in charging batteries before an event?

I don't photograph in a commercial setting at all, but sometimes I get asked to photograph at a small private gathering like a graduation ceremony, farewell reception or birthday party. Although ...
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Are third party battery grips good enough?

I have a Nikon D5200, problem is the body of the cam is very small to my hands. I want to purchase a battery grip, that i suppose will give me more space to grip properly.Nikon does not produce grips ...
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When the batteries are fully discharged, the lens does not get in!

I own Sony HX 300 camera. I have two batteries. In one particular lithium battery, the camera cannot get its lens in when the batteries are fully discharged. On the other hand, the other battery has ...
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goPro Zin and the art of motorcycle maintenance [duplicate]

I have created a 16' rail for taking long time lapse with the goPro camera moving between shots via an arduino and a small stepper. Where I want to use this, there is no options for external power. ...
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How can I take an extended timelapse with my GoPro given the short battery life?

I have a GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition. Was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to take a continuous timelapse for extended period of time (more than 4 hours) since the battery seems to deplete ...
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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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How can I replace the Internal battery in an Olympus C-500/D-595 Zoom?

I'm new here. I have a problem with my Olympus C-500 Zoom (D-595 Zoom in the US). Every time I change the batteries, all the settings get lost (including date and time). Probobly some internal battery ...
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Are LOOKit batteries good quality replacement for NB-6L batteries from Canon? [duplicate]

I think of buying Canon PowerShot SX280, but I'm aware that the week point of this camera are the batteries. I plan using it on outdoor trips with limited or none access to electricity, so I'd need a ...
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What's the difference between Canon EOS battery packs?

My camera manual for EOS 50D says I can use either BP-511A, BP-511, BP-512 or BP-514. The camera came with a single BP-511A. Does anyone know what A stand for? How is BP-511A different from BP-511? ...
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Is Canon PowerShot SX280 really so power consuming?

My old Canon PowerShot is doing good enough pictures by good weather and good conditions, but otherwise the picture quality is disappointing, especially when I compare it to the pictures done by newer ...
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How long batteries last with 5DMIII off?

I have a 5DMIII with genuine Canon batteries and genuine battery grip. With the camera turned off, I found that two batteries (in the grip) last for about 10 days, maybe more but I never tested. Did ...
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Is there a special term for cameras that use standard, replaceable batteries?

Either what I'm looking for doesn't exist, or it's called something different than what I'm currently searching for. I'd like to buy a camera for a friend of mine who spends a lot of time ...
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Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life?

Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life (i.e. > 10% in the number of shots that can be taken)? Has anyone done controlled tests on this? JPEG means more processing, RAW ...
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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 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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How to charge a camera from a car's auxiliary power outlet?

I have a Canon 50d that I am taking on a camping trip in several weeks. I was wondering if it is possible to charge the battery from a car's auxiliary power outlet. What would I need to do this, if it ...