User Tag List

Thanks useful information Thanks useful information:  2
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25

Thread: Camera batteries and the need for a spare or spares.

  1. #1
    Moderately Underexposed I @ M's Avatar
    Join Date
    04 May 2007
    Location
    Marlo, Far East Gippsland
    Posts
    4,899
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Camera batteries and the need for a spare or spares.

    I have read a few posts lately about people buying extra / back up / replacement batteries for their cameras.

    Since 2005 till the present we have 3 models of DSLR that take the same battery. Apart from when a battery grip was purchased secondhand that included a battery we have never bought another battery and all the batteries that we have still give somewhere near the same number of shots per charge as they did when they were new.

    Relate your bad or good experiences with genuine or non genuine battery purchases here. Most importantly, why did you have to buy another battery in the first place.
    Andrew
    Nikon, Fuji, Nikkor, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and too many other bits and pieces to list.



  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    18 Aug 2010
    Location
    shepparton
    Posts
    2,682
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the only reason i use another battery is for the grip and i get a couple of thousand shots out of the pair
    and the charge seems to last forever
    cheers macca

  3. #3
    Administrator ricktas's Avatar
    Join Date
    24 Jun 2007
    Location
    Hobart
    Posts
    15,437
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I have 2 batteries for my D200 cause the grip happily takes 2 and it gave me a lot more shooting between charges. For the D3 I only have the one battery and it seems to go on forever before needing charge. With the D800 on the way, along with a grip, I might get a second battery for it, to make the most of the grip.
    "It is one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it is another thing to make a portrait of who they are" - Paul Caponigro

    Constructive Critique of my photographs is always appreciated
    Nikon, etc!

    RICK
    My Photography

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    08 Oct 2010
    Location
    Greenwich
    Posts
    1,708
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you do functions, weddings etc., or you go away on holidays where you may not be able to charge your batteries, then you defintely need spare batteries.

    If you only shoot casually, then you may not need a spare, but it is stil handy to always carry a fully charged spare with you, just in case.

    Personally, I have 5 batteries for my 2 cameras, which luckily use the same battery.

    One of my first digital cameras (in the early 1990's) would use up 4 AA cells in just ONE shot using the flash.
    Haven't they come along way since then.
    All my photos are taken with recycled pixels.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom, is knowing not to serve it in a fruit salad.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    27 Mar 2009
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    549
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When I was in Africa back in 2010 I was shooting with a pair of 50D's with grips and had four spare batteries, I'd alternate these and charge overnight in camp. I found the body attached to the EF 500L would have both batteries running low half - 3/4 of the way through the day. The other body with EF 70-200 or 24-70 would generally only flatten one battery. We were out shooting pretty well 12 hours a day and some sometimes I was took over 1000 pics... So really depends on how much you are using them, if you're driving big prime lenses, how close you are to electricity etc... Oh, I used a mix of Canon and Sterlingtek batteries and as a matter of fact the non-genuine ones lasted longer!

    Cheers
    John


    EOS 1D MKIII x2, EOS 6D; Samyang 14 2.8 IF ED UMC, EF 17-40 4 L, EF 24-70 2.8 L, EF 50 1.4, EF 85 1.8, EF 70-200 2.8 L IS, EF 100 2.8 macro, EF 400 5.6 L, 1.4x II TC, EF25 ET; Speelite 580EX, 430EX; Nissin Di866II; Yongnuo YN560i/ii & YN460ii, YN622C's, RF602's; Gitzo GT3541XLS + Markins Q20i; Manfrotto 055XProB + Giottos MH1301; Manfrotto 680B c/w Kirk MPA-1; Tamrac Pro5, ThinkTank Airport Accelerator, Airport Antidote V2, Pro Speed Belt + Racing Harness + Modular Skin Set; Lightroom 5.3, Photoshop CS5.
    myflickr

    Scarlet letters aren't that bad.. I rather like L



  6. #6
    Loves The Wildlife. Mary Anne's Avatar
    Join Date
    19 Dec 2009
    Location
    Brisbane Southside.
    Posts
    34,829
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have always bought a spare battery for my three DSLR cameras and they are still going strong.
    Two of those Batteries are non genuine batteries and I have never had any problems with them or the four Canon batteries.
    My 52/2011 Challenge

    I shoot with Canon And Olympus Cameras



  7. #7
    Member flashc's Avatar
    Join Date
    16 Mar 2010
    Location
    Bundaberg
    Posts
    370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by I @ M View Post

    Relate your bad or good experiences with genuine or non genuine battery purchases here. Most importantly, why did you have to buy another battery in the first place.
    I still have my original Canon 300D battery (BP511) in service and although it isn't capable of performing like new, it still holds a charge and would easily do 300 images. I bought 2 extra genuine Canon batteries and 2 others off Ebay for the day the original battery failed. I have only charged one of the 2 Canons and used it as a changeover battery if required. (If you've ever tried to take a photo with a flat battery, you probably have already bought a spare battery or a 12volt car charger at least)

    I charged one of the non-genuine batteries but have had not much use for it. I think it has slightly higher capacity and is said to be NiMh type.

    I don't use my 300D much any more so I sold one of the Ebay batteries. I haven't taken a photo with my 300D for 6 months but I just switched it on and it works with the original Canon battery in it I charged 6 months ago. If a non genuine could last this long, then we should all have one.

    The review display on modern DSLR's also would chew a fair bit of battery power along with the autofocus system, shutter, metering, sensor cleaning, top deck display light if you have one, memory card power, the illumination of my 7D focusing screen display and whatever else a modern DLSR uses power for. If you spend 30 minutes reviewing images, then any battery would provide less photo shots.

    That's my Canon BP 511 battery experience - A battery still in service after 9 ? years.
    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Canon 70D, Canon G12, Canon EF-S 15-85mm, EF 70-200 L f4 IS, 580EX II


  8. #8
    Ausphotography Veteran Speedway's Avatar
    Join Date
    16 Sep 2008
    Location
    Cowangie
    Posts
    2,516
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a mixture of genuine and after market batteries for both my 400D and 7D which are all rotated through the cameras keeping the usage similar. So far it is the genuine batteries which seem to have lost the most although they all still work well.
    Whether out walking around a 35km off road course, shooting a 3 day Go Kart Title event or out in the remote parts of the country spare batteries are an essential part of my kit.
    Keith

    Canon 400D Gripped, Canon 7D LCD Timer Gripped, Canon 70-200 f2.8L is ii. Canon 2X iii Extender, Canon 50mm 1.8, Sigma 150-500, Sigma 18-250, Sigma 17-50 F2.8, Sigma 10-20, Tamron 90mm Macro, Yonguno YN460 & 460ii Speedlights and a Hanimax TZ 1 Flash, Wireless Triggers ,LED Macro Ringlight, Extension Tubes, 3 tripods, 2 monopods, PS Elements 5 & 10, PSP9 and canon s/ware, various filters and other photographic paraphernalia all packed in a computrecker backpack + 3 smaller bags and an aluminium case.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    08 May 2009
    Location
    Buninyong
    Posts
    1,235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have two batteries for each of my cameras (because they fit nicely in the grips). I have bought spares in the past and have never found myself needing them so don't bother any more. The original batteries are brilliant these days.
    Mic

    Photography is the art of telling stories with light.

    www.michaelgoulding.com

  10. #10
    A royal pain in the bum! arthurking83's Avatar
    Join Date
    04 Jun 2006
    Location
    the worst house, in the best street
    Posts
    7,930
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have 3 batteries for the D70s and only 1 battery for the D300.
    They're not fully interchangeable, where the older D70s batteries won't fit into the D300(for obvious reasons).

    The three D70s batteries are one genuine that came with the camera and two aftermarket models that were subsequently purchased.
    All three going strong as ever, but I think the cheaper aftermarket batteries seem to last a bit longer.

    The (now nearly 5 yo) D300 battery is dying. The charge indicator says all is good when charged but after a full charge and then resting for half hour or so, the camera tells me it only has 95% capacity.
    I reckon it's done 100K shots by now, so it's only fair that it's starting to fade into the ether by now.

    I doubt I'll get 200-300 images out of a full charge now, but once upon a time it used to last me several shoots and about 1000 images easily ... except!
    Except when I started using the GPS!
    With the camera connected GPS, I'd struggle to get 200 images, even with the metering set to turn off after 6 sec which also disconnected the GPS.
    I thought of getting spare batteries and or a grip too, but in the end my solution was to start again with a different GPS system that didn't rely on the camera for power.(much better).

    Even tho a new camera is imminent I'm still going to maintain the D300, so I'll probably get an aftermarket grip and a couple of batteries for it soon.
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


  11. #11
    It's all about the Light!
    Tech Admin
    Kym's Avatar
    Join Date
    15 Jun 2008
    Location
    Modbury, Adelaide
    Posts
    9,637
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    One of my 3rd party batteries died last week - after 3.5 years. Meh!

  12. #12
    Ausphotography Regular Allie's Avatar
    Join Date
    31 May 2011
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    819
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I haven't got a spare but am considering it while they are still available for my camera - I won't be upgrading the camera :anytime soon.

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    10 Jul 2010
    Location
    Gold Coast
    Posts
    6,346
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Flashc : That's my Canon BP 511 battery experience - A battery still in service after 9 ? years.

    Same I'm still shooting with the BP-511 in my 30D, The original is still charged and used as a backup to a generic (Inca) I think , Which is still going strong after 3 yrs so far, Funny I only bought another last week, Just cause I was at the shop and it was cheap$29 , Mainly for just in case, Still have'nt taken it out of the box
    Canon : 30D, and sometimes the 5D mkIII , Sigma 10-20, 50mm 1.8, Canon 24-105 f4 L , On loan Sigma 120-400 DG and Canon 17 - 40 f4 L , Cokin Filters




  14. #14
    Member brownie's Avatar
    Join Date
    03 May 2010
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    55
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I ordered a second battery at the same time I purchased my D90 as I did not know how long a charge would last. I was impressed with how long the battery charge did last, so having a second battery seemed a bit of overkill.

    Then last month I went overseas on holiday for a couple of weeks. I took the 2 charged batteries with me but left the charger behind thinking one battery would last the two weeks away. It would have lasted, had I not left the camera on for a day. When I discovered this, the battery was nearly 2/3 discharged which surprised me as only the camera was left on.

    So I didn’t really need it in this case, but for me, having a backup battery, especially for away trips, provides a bit of security for those unforeseen circumstances.
    Nikon D90, 18-200VR II, Tokina 100mm Macro, Sigma 150-500, Nikkor 35mm, Giotto Rocket Air Blower

  15. #15
    Ausphotography Veteran Speedway's Avatar
    Join Date
    16 Sep 2008
    Location
    Cowangie
    Posts
    2,516
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me a 2 week overseas holiday would mean the camera would be working overtime and extra batteries would be a necessity. I have left my 400D on for a week with very little effect on the battery and often leave both cameras turned on overnight with little effect also.
    Keith.

  16. #16
    Moderately Underexposed
    Threadstarter
    I @ M's Avatar
    Join Date
    04 May 2007
    Location
    Marlo, Far East Gippsland
    Posts
    4,899
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the responses so far.
    It is good to see a cross section of brands presented and my thoughts behind this were centred around whether one particular make / model battery seemed to die prematurely or whether most batteries held together satisfactorily.
    The most compelling need for an extra battery ( or batteries ) seems to be convenience when travelling and during extended photo sessions as I sort of expected.
    To me, when you can get quite a large number of years of use from the current style of batteries is rather heartening in this day and age of pretty well planned obsolescence in most things electrical.
    I did read somewhere a long time ago that Li-Ion batteries basically had a pre determined life from the moment that they were manufactured till the time they ceased to function and that it didn't really matter whether they sat on a shelf in a store or were used daily they are all going to be dead in the same amount of time.
    I also read that recharging them when they were at around 50% capacity as opposed to letting them go till they are exhausted is the better way of prolonging their life.

    Please keep any thoughts rolling in. Anecdotal accounts from this thread could make a good library article on the site as a guide for people looking at purchasing extra batteries.

  17. #17
    A royal pain in the bum! arthurking83's Avatar
    Join Date
    04 Jun 2006
    Location
    the worst house, in the best street
    Posts
    7,930
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    And whilst on the topic of batteries(being mostly Lithium types in this instance), I was reading the other week an article that was explaining how researches have discovered a new way to manufacture Lithium batteries(I think LiIon, not Lithium Polymer tho) and that this new manufacturing technique will allow them to be recharged(fully) in only a few minutes too .. not hours as per the current manner!

    If this is the case, then spare batteries(or more than one) will then become a thing of the past too.

    That is, if you have the ability to recharge a battery in only 5 or 10mins, then it'd be feasible in many instances to have a single battery(or maybe another one for a single body) where you'd recharge it whilst on a 5 or 10 min lunch break or something.

    Hoping to see this sort of technology soon!

  18. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    18 Aug 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    271
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have my original canon battery which i use 100% of the time, however!! i have 2 cheap eBay battery which cost me $10 that stay in my case (i will charge them occasionally) as back ups. i have only used them a few times and i am so glad i had them as otherwise i would have been sent home packing, if they only last a year so what? buy another one.

    so my suggestion to anyone considering a non genuine cheapy is only as a back up


    @arthur that sounds too good to be true, however i think a spare battery would still be needed by a professional shooters because you never know what might happen.

  19. #19
    Ausphotography Site Sponsor/Advertiser OzzieTraveller's Avatar
    Join Date
    12 Oct 2009
    Location
    Forster- Tuncurry, eastern Australia
    Posts
    1,600
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    G'day Andrew

    Besides camera batteries there are the ubiquitous AA batteries ...
    In the motorhome I have lots of stuff powered by AAs > 2x cameras, torches, tranny, reading lights etc etc
    The oldest set of AAs still in regular service were bought in 1986 > a set of 4x 1350mAh from Radio Shack [Tandy in those days]
    Best AA performers are Sanyo eneLoops, worst are (N)Eveready energisers > got given 2 sets and never again will I have 'em near my equip't

    Camera battery wise - I get jacked off when a camera maker changes the battery dimensions between models by 1mm in width / length whatever so that the new camera's battery won't fit into the previous model's battery charger - so 2 chargers are needed where one 'should' do the job

    Regards, Phil
    Of all the stuff in a busy photographers kitbag, the ability to see photographically is the most important
    google me at Travelling School of Photography
    images.: flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/

  20. #20
    Fishy bricat's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Apr 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    772
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't shoot on a regular basis so I have a charged battery on standby. Nothing worse than going for a shoot to find the battery dead and an hour or so to wait for the charge. And the cost? Well that's just part of the process and piece of mind. cheers Brian
    Cheers Brian.

    Canon 7D Kit lenses EFS 18-55 IS EFS 55-250 IS EF28-90 Canon EF 2xll Extender Sigma DG150-500 OS Speedlight 420EX. 580EX

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •