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venom3300
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Feb 06, 2014 11:14 |  #1

I recently upgraded from a rebel xsi to a 50D. I had expected that battery life would be better on the 50D from what I read, but it significantly less on mine. I got the 50D from KEH in "EX" condition. It came with two batteries and the result is the same for both batteries.

Is this expected or did I get old batteries?


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Feb 06, 2014 11:20 |  #2

Its certainly possible that you got old batteries. Amazon carries wasabi replacement batteries that are quite inexpensive and do a great job. Sterlingtek is also a good brand. If your batteries are canon OEM its very possible that they are original to the camera and a bit worn down.




  
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Feb 06, 2014 11:22 |  #3

It's likely that you got old batteries.

The 50D doesn't use chipped batteries so it's quite easy to source 3rd party alternatives.


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Feb 06, 2014 13:40 |  #4

good deal. I just ordered a wasabi off of amazon.


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Feb 06, 2014 13:43 |  #5

Try the Wasabis as it can't hurt. I can say that out of all of my cameras, the 50d has the worse battery life by quite a bit.


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Feb 07, 2014 09:16 |  #6

There are things you can do to get a lot more shots out of the battery, too.

1. Set the "sleep mode" to come on after as short a time as possible. The 50D wakes up from sleep mode almost instantaneously, so it's not a problem having it set to go to sleep quickly.

2. Set it so it doesn't automatically replay every image. Only call up images with the review button. I also assign my "Set" but to "review", so that I can call up an image with either thumb while shooting.

3. Avoid using the built in flash. It really hogs power. And it's pretty lousy anyway.

Modern batteries, and third party especially, are often higher powered than the original BP511As that were sold with the camera. But your old batteries might perform better after a few drain/recharge cycles, if they have been sitting unused for a while.

I use battery grips on my 50Ds, so two batteries. And I always carried a couple spare sets. I am pretty sure could shoot around 1500 to 1600 images with each pair of batteries, freshly charged. That was with the cameras set up and used as described above (I.e., I never use a built-in flash, etc.), but using both AI Servo focus and IS a lot. Those aren't heavy power users, but they use some.


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Feb 07, 2014 12:36 |  #7

amfoto1 wrote in post #16670653 (external link)
There are things you can do to get a lot more shots out of the battery, too.

1. Set the "sleep mode" to come on after as short a time as possible. The 50D wakes up from sleep mode almost instantaneously, so it's not a problem having it set to go to sleep quickly.

2. Set it so it doesn't automatically replay every image. Only call up images with the review button. I also assign my "Set" but to "review", so that I can call up an image with either thumb while shooting.

3. Avoid using the built in flash. It really hogs power. And it's pretty lousy anyway.

Modern batteries, and third party especially, are often higher powered than the original BP511As that were sold with the camera. But your old batteries might perform better after a few drain/recharge cycles, if they have been sitting unused for a while.

I use battery grips on my 50Ds, so two batteries. And I always carried a couple spare sets. I am pretty sure could shoot around 1500 to 1600 images with each pair of batteries, freshly charged. That was with the cameras set up and used as described above (I.e., I never use a built-in flash, etc.), but using both AI Servo focus and IS a lot. Those aren't heavy power users, but they use some.

Good stuff.

Number 1 was already done.

I just did number 2. I forgot I can change buttons around on this camera so I don't need the instant playback to make it convenient. good call.

3. I very rarely use a flash as I shoot mostly landscape and wildlife/bird stuff.

I use servo a good bit for birds and wildlife. my walk around lens is IS, the telephoto isn't. I have put about 2k shots on the camera and have changed out batteries every couple hundred, which is pretty bad IMO.


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