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Bought a second battery but not sure I need it?

 
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Sep 04, 2011 20:16 |  #1

I went to a college football game this weekend and shot 750 pictures with my 5D2 and my battery was only 50% at the end of the day... I can't imagine shooting enough images in one day to justify the second battery.


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Sep 04, 2011 20:25 |  #2
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It is always better to have one and not use it than to need one and not have it. Shooting in the cold quickly drains your battery, so this might be a situation where a second one would come in handy.




  
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Sep 04, 2011 20:26 |  #3

I've got 3.
What if your 1 battery happens to go bad or you forget to charge?
The battery in my 7D last a long time also, but I carry a spare just in case.


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Sep 04, 2011 20:29 |  #4

Hogloff wrote in post #13051294 (external link)
It is always better to have one and not use it than to need one and not have it. Shooting in the cold quickly drains your battery, so this might be a situation where a second one would come in handy.

Ah yes good point. It was in the 90's when I was shooting. I am in Texas.


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Sep 04, 2011 21:20 |  #5

I've got three extra plus a spare charger. I blew a charger out in South Africa and won't let that happen again.


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Sep 04, 2011 23:12 |  #6

I have two, i use the new one in camera,and the old one as a back up. since i bought the new one ive never used the back up. But i still leave it in my gear as a better safe then sorry.


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Sep 04, 2011 23:15 |  #7

In addition to everything above, I believe shooting video drains the battery faster and your batteries will hold a charge less as they age. Having 2-3 batteries is never a bad idea.




  
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Sep 04, 2011 23:16 |  #8

Aweitzel wrote in post #13051923 (external link)
I have two, i use the new one in camera,and the old one as a back up. since i bought the new one ive never used the back up. But i still leave it in my gear as a better safe then sorry.

Rotate them to even out the wear.




  
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Sep 04, 2011 23:41 |  #9

mike_d wrote in post #13051939 (external link)
Rotate them to even out the wear.

That's exactly what I do, and it's always good in case you forget to charge it/put back in after charging. But I usually take the empty battery out and put the other charged one in.


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Sep 05, 2011 04:32 |  #10

mike_d wrote in post #13051937 (external link)
In addition to everything above, I believe shooting video drains the battery faster and your batteries will hold a charge less as they age. Having 2-3 batteries is never a bad idea.

+1. Video drains it pretty quick.. Not sure if it's the actual video capture or the live view or both.




  
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Sep 05, 2011 08:09 |  #11

I have 4. Must have if you are on a long trip or a big shoot. Sometimes, less is more, but in this case, no extra is a tragedy.


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Sep 05, 2011 10:12 |  #12

I have 2 and rotate them on every charge. Even through my grip can use 2 batteries i only use one so i always have a charged backup.


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Sep 05, 2011 10:34 |  #13

having an extra battery is a must have for me. it is best peace of mind you could have, for a small amount of money.


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Sep 05, 2011 11:52 |  #14

Cold weather will make you want an extra battery. You've already paid for it, keep it.




  
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Sep 05, 2011 13:39 |  #15

tvphotog wrote in post #13051475 (external link)
I've got three extra plus a spare charger. I blew a charger out in South Africa and won't let that happen again.

I've got a backup battery, but I never considered a backup charger. Now you've got me paranoid.

I wish you could charge your battery via USB. (I'm assuming you can't do that; I've never tried.)


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