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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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My Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is asking if the inserted battery is original or not. What are the implications of my answer?

I bought my Canon 5D Mark II used, and there were two 3rd party batteries included. Recently I got the 5D Mark IV, and I do not want to throw away all the batteries I own. The 3rd party batteries ...
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Is there really no way to power a DSLR by USB?

I made some scripts on my Raspberry Pi to automate a daily shot at a specific hour. My DSLR is plugged in through USB. I thought this would keep its battery charged, but no. Is there really no way ...
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Why are battery consumption numbers for flagship Nikon and Canon cameras so different?

I have been looking to acquire new gear and I came across a curious fact regarding the two flagship cameras. The Nikon D5 has a battery capacity of 27Wh (2500mAh, 10.8V), and a CIPA battery life of ...
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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 drains the battery of DSLRs the most?

I have found that the battery life of DSLRs is often denoted in terms of possible shots rather than in running time (e.g. according to snapsort, one battery life on a EOS 70D is enough for 920 shots ...
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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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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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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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Why do mirrorless cameras have shorter battery life?

I'm thinking of trading in my Canon EOS 650D (DSLR) and buying an EOS M5 (Mirrorless). But apparently mirrorless cameras don't last very long in between recharges. This would be a problem for me ...
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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 battery,...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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Canon DSLR USB Chargers?

I'm wondering if there are any USB chargers available for canon DSLRs. I often head out for extended periods of time without electricity with my camera gear which always makes me nervous about when ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Has anyone successfully restored or revived a completely discharged Profoto B2 Lithium Ion Battery?

I purchased a Profoto B2 250 Air TTL Location Kit which comes with two lithium ion batteries. Unfortunately, other than testing it when I got it, I never really needed to use the second battery as my ...
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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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Would a Nikon FG 20 film SLR camera take pictures without batteries?

I have a Nikon FG 20, which I brought on a trip to take pictures. I used Fujifilm Fujicolor 200 film, and I've already used all 36 shots. Recently, I found out that my camera has a battery compartment....
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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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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 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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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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Is it okay to not use the spare battery?

I got myself an Nikon D80. I have a spare battery for it. EN-EL3e. What I am fearing is. I don't use that battery and keep it as a backup. I will probably forget about it for days and charge it only ...
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Can I replace an 1100 mAh battery with a 1500mAh one?

I've got a Canon EOS camera that takes a BP-511 battery. The specs on the battery are 7.4V and 1100mAh. The battery is dead and I want to buy a replacement, but I'm looking at a third party battery, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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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How long should I charge a DSLR battery for the first time for best results?

I have purchased a Canon 1200D and am wondering how long I should charge the battery when it arrives. I've heard people say that we need to charge a battery for one day to prevent battery "memory". ...
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Is “Active D-Lighting, NR” a necessary evil?

Are the settings "Active D-Lighting, NR" in Nikon DSLR necessary evil or should this be turned off (managed through image editor)? What is the effect of this setting on processing time and battery ...
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High-end compact camera with swivel screen and running on AA batteries [closed]

I'm looking for a new compact camera that: has a swivel screen is small enough to be mountable on a small tripod and, runs on AA batteries. good flexibility Requirement (3) stems from the fact that ...
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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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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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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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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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