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Best Intervalometer for many long Exp. (ie: Battery Life)

 
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Aug 13, 2016 13:04 |  #1

Hey everyone,

I've had a Meike MK-80N3 intervalometer for a few years. It works great, but when doing time lapse with long exposures (1 min) I find the watch battery running out quite quickly. I always have to have a few packs of Energizer 2032 batteries with me. My guess is because it's draining energy while holding the shutter open?

Are there any intervalometers that fair better for multiple long exposures?

Thanks for any guidance.

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Aug 13, 2016 14:11 |  #2

For my Nikon's I've been using these two, they probably make ones for Canon cameras as well:

https://www.amazon.com …ords=nikon+inte​rvalometer (external link)

https://www.amazon.com …_detailpage?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

I think I've replaced the batteries (2 triple-A's) in both of them 1 time, seriously, I have no idea how many hours of shooting I've put on them over the last 1-1.5 years. Each set of batteries must have lasted 100+ hours of shooting, I noticed on Thursday night when I was shooting the perseids the LED on one of them was getting dim, I shot with it continuously for 6+ hours and it was fine.


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Aug 13, 2016 15:35 |  #3

pdxbenedetti wrote in post #18094561 (external link)
For my Nikon's I've been using these two, they probably make ones for Canon cameras as well:

https://www.amazon.com …ords=nikon+inte​rvalometer (external link)

https://www.amazon.com …_detailpage?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

I think I've replaced the batteries (2 triple-A's) in both of them 1 time, seriously, I have no idea how many hours of shooting I've put on them over the last 1-1.5 years. Each set of batteries must have lasted 100+ hours of shooting, I noticed on Thursday night when I was shooting the perseids the LED on one of them was getting dim, I shot with it continuously for 6+ hours and it was fine.

Yeah... I'd trust AAA batteries over watch batteries.

Thanks for posting the links and info!!

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Aug 13, 2016 15:38 |  #4

Just adding a Canon link for the above mentioned AAA powered intervalometer:

https://amzn.com/B0158​HHKC0 (external link)

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Aug 13, 2016 17:59 |  #5

I've always had great reliability and life from the $15 ones from Amazon and Ebay. The oly one I had fail was and expensive Canon one.




  
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Aug 13, 2016 21:48 |  #6

For your 7d, you could also install Magic Lantern and use the built in intervalometer. I don't know if it's available for the 6d. That removes the need for any external batteries.

It seems easy to set up, although I had some trouble with 3-4 second delays between 30 second exposures when I used it for the Perseids.




  
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Aug 14, 2016 11:14 |  #7

andicus wrote in post #18094851 (external link)
For your 7d, you could also install Magic Lantern and use the built in intervalometer. I don't know if it's available for the 6d. That removes the need for any external batteries.

It seems easy to set up, although I had some trouble with 3-4 second delays between 30 second exposures when I used it for the Perseids.

It IS available for the 6D, and it works great!!




  
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Aug 15, 2016 02:34 |  #8

Heya,

I use a cheap generic intervaolmeter that is programmable and takes AAA batteries. I've not changed these batteries at all this year. I even left it on over night by accident a few times. It's quite efficient. Just a plain old $20 Neewer.

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