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May 07, 2012 07:10 |  #1

I saw a video before, A strobist video actually and he was using this battery pack attached to his 580's. It was kinda big with multiple batteries in it. I really wanna have one of those so that i won't be messing and changing batteries often in location shoots.

Can you give me a good reliable brand? :) PRICE IS NOT AN ISSUE HERE.




  
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May 07, 2012 07:15 |  #2

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Compact_Battery​_Pack.html (external link)


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May 07, 2012 07:15 |  #3

Here's the OEM Canon version:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Compact_Battery​_Pack.html (external link)

Quantum makes one too, a bit larger and heavier.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …urbo_SC_Battery​_Pack.html (external link)

I know you said price is no issue, but for the tighwads reading this thread, Flash Zebra sells a less expensive version.
http://flashzebra.com/​products/0265/index.sh​tml (external link)


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May 07, 2012 08:11 |  #4

Is the recycle time improvement significant with these?


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May 07, 2012 08:14 |  #5

Dustin Mustangs wrote in post #14392270 (external link)
Is the recycle time improvement significant with these?


It will provide a bigger source of power thus eliminating recycle lags. since you can harness more power from the battery pack. :) it's also handy but will cost you more but all of those factors are not significant to the output.




  
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May 07, 2012 08:19 |  #6

If your really a tightwad then there are the Younguo clones of the Canon battery pack for less than a third the cost, I use one with no issues at all, works just like the real thing.


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May 07, 2012 08:53 |  #7

Dustin Mustangs wrote in post #14392270 (external link)
Is the recycle time improvement significant with these?

The reviews in the B&H links I provided above should answer your question.


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May 07, 2012 14:34 |  #8

I've had great luck with my Pixel TD-381 purchased from CheetahStand.com.


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May 07, 2012 15:05 |  #9

Pixel Td-381 here also, works a treat :)


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May 07, 2012 19:33 |  #10

hbomb69 wrote in post #14394334 (external link)
Pixel Td-381 here also, works a treat :)

I use the same. There were some tests of non-oem packs and Pixel came out on top having the fastest refresh rate.


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May 07, 2012 21:09 |  #11

This just got posted on fstoppers

http://fstoppers.com …ery-pack-for-camera-flash (external link)




  
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May 07, 2012 21:15 |  #12
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Another vote for Pixel TD-381. I use them and love them.


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May 07, 2012 21:46 as a reply to  @ iLvision's post |  #13

Pixel TD-381 too.

never failed, use all the time. faster recycles, don't need to change battery on the entire event.

also, makes me able to use flash in full power to bounce in high ceilings. without it, recycle is too slow to do this.

eneloops are perfect for it (high amp consumption)

im currently buying another ;)


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May 07, 2012 21:46 |  #14
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Price is not an issue? Get a high voltage battery like the Quantum Turbo, or Quantum Turbo SC or even the Turbo 3. I use the Lumedyne Ultra Mega cycler. A bit over 1 sec recycle time at FULL power on my 580exII (power at 1/1). When I enabled ETTL mode on my 580exII, the flash can keep up with my 1dmarkIII firing at 10 fps. I fired in bursts of 3 to 4 shots in order not to burn out the flash. With ISO around 500 to 640, the battery can last more than 800 shots. :) When the ISO is above 1000, maybe close to 1000 shots and the battery level is only at 60% used.


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May 08, 2012 02:11 |  #15

TooManyShots wrote in post #14396316 (external link)
Get a high voltage battery like the Quantum Turbo, or Quantum Turbo SC or even the Turbo 3.

I had used Quantum battery packs to power my 580's for years. I have since moved to their flashes as well and you would be hard pressed to find any better products. They don't come cheap but they are quality built and they stand behind their products.


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