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Canon 60D and Third-Party Batteries

 
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Jul 10, 2011 21:01 as a reply to  @ post 12736215 |  #16

I have two Maximal LPE-6's I got on amazon they work great and charge on the oem charger. I did buy a Bower one from frys and it is junk it charges fine but doesn't last long.


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Jul 11, 2011 01:54 |  #17

I'm curious -- even at the great pricing of some of the third party batteries, I still think it's worth asking if it's even really needed. I haven't really taken my new 60D out for a long "real shoot" yet (too damn hot out), but in just playing with it around my apartment and taking it out for some fireworks shots on the 4th (with live view), I can do a lot with it not even getting dropping down one segment on the indicator. It seems to just keep going and going. I do use live view sometimes, but I shot about 20 minutes of video along with about 60 live view shots and it still shows a "full" battery. Granted, that's not a whole lot of shooting, but if that were to extend out linearly, it seems like a single battery could make it through a day of reasonably heavy shooting.

Yes, I do know that one battery could spontaneously fail, or I could forget to charge it, etc. And I'll probably end up getting the spare anyway since it can be had for under $20. I'm just curious whether you even find yourself using it or if it just sits there.




  
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Jul 11, 2011 12:38 |  #18

bkrodgers wrote in post #12737522 (external link)
I'm curious -- even at the great pricing of some of the third party batteries, I still think it's worth asking if it's even really needed. I haven't really taken my new 60D out for a long "real shoot" yet (too damn hot out), but in just playing with it around my apartment and taking it out for some fireworks shots on the 4th (with live view), I can do a lot with it not even getting dropping down one segment on the indicator. It seems to just keep going and going. I do use live view sometimes, but I shot about 20 minutes of video along with about 60 live view shots and it still shows a "full" battery. Granted, that's not a whole lot of shooting, but if that were to extend out linearly, it seems like a single battery could make it through a day of reasonably heavy shooting.

Yes, I do know that one battery could spontaneously fail, or I could forget to charge it, etc. And I'll probably end up getting the spare anyway since it can be had for under $20. I'm just curious whether you even find yourself using it or if it just sits there.

Even close to home it's a good idea to have at least one spare battery. If you only have one battery and it fails or you have an extended power outage you'll be out of luck. Obviously the best reason to have multiple batteries is for extended outings. I have four batteries for the 7D and three for the 1D4. I like to be prepared.


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Jul 11, 2011 13:30 as a reply to  @ K6AZ's post |  #19

If you're doing any legitimate work for a client having several batteries is very important. If it's a whole day shoot I can sometimes shoot over 5000+ shots in one day.

If I'm doing video production I'll be literally shooting for hours.

Just because you don't need an extra battery doesn't mean others don't.


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Jul 11, 2011 18:52 |  #20

TTHX wrote in post #12740166 (external link)
If you're doing any legitimate work for a client having several batteries is very important. If it's a whole day shoot I can sometimes shoot over 5000+ shots in one day.

If I'm doing video production I'll be literally shooting for hours.

Just because you don't need an extra battery doesn't mean others don't.

I wasn't even saying I don't need one, much less saying others don't. I was just asking how much people use it, vs getting through a day easily on a single battery. I should qualify that I'm a casual user, not a pro, and for me a heavy day is likely to be a day at the zoo, baseball game, or some other event or destination. No client work.

Like I said, I'll probably get one anyway to protect against failure and the possibility I might not be able to (or remember to) charge at the end of a day. My question was just around whether an average, non-pro user is likely to really need more than one battery in a day's outing.




  
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Jul 11, 2011 21:24 as a reply to  @ bkrodgers's post |  #21

I run my batteries till they say to change them and then pop in a new one. I always have at least one spare battery. I don't know to what extent but I have heard the 7d drops from 8 frames a second as the battery wears down and it's enough to notice.


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A7rIII, A6300, 100-400 GM, 85 f1.4 GM, 90 Macro, 55 f1.8, 16-35 F4, 35 f2.8, Batis 25 f2, Samyang 14 f2.8 AF, MC-11.
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S110, D20, Hero 6, 3+

  
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