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Jan 24, 2012 08:56 |  #1

Like I have done for the past 6 years I made a 35 mile trip to shoot a small college basketball game. After watching the teams warm up I made my usual check of my setting since I would be shooting at 3200 ISO. BUT I then notice my camera battery was still in the charger back home. I had no choice but to drive (seems the car was flying) back home and get the battery - arrived back at the end of the first half.

Lesson learned - will not happen again. My grip holds two batteries and I'm ordering another one day so there will ALWAYS be a spare battery in the camera. I already keep an extra flashcard in the vehicle.

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Jan 24, 2012 09:04 |  #2
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I keep 5 batteries and 3 cards in my bag at all times. I have never once been without juice or storage. Even if I forgot one on the charger I would still be covered. The knockoff batts on Amazon are like $15. Way too cheap to ever be in this situation.

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Jan 24, 2012 09:11 |  #3

Nope. Never happened to me.

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Jan 24, 2012 09:36 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #4

Never happened to me. I always charge my batteries and prep my gear the night before I'm supposed to be anywhere, and on the day of the event, I again double check to make sure I have everything.

Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to make a checklist of all necessary equipment and then check everything off to ensure it's all there.

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Jan 24, 2012 10:28 |  #5

Before I put camera in the bag I turn it on and look at battery level and remaining shots counter - that tells me that battery is inside and charged, memory card is inside and has space available, camera is working and it will be in the bag.

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Jan 24, 2012 10:38 |  #6

nicksan wrote in post #13759461 (external link)
Nope. Never happened to me.

Nope, me either. I have 3 batteries so if one is in the charger, the other 2 are always ready to go. I also have 3 SD cards, two 8gb and one 16gb. I don't even do "shoots" - strictly for my own enjoyment. Even so, I'd kick myself if I arrived somewhere with the camera and no battery.

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Jan 24, 2012 11:31 |  #7

My mode of forgetting is to put a battery in the charger and plug it in at someone else's home, generally a relative, and then forget it when I go home:(:( This isn't totally bad if you have multiple spare batteries, but if they are not fully charged or if you only have one extra and you live a long way from your relative, you either have to ask them to mail it to you or ration your battery use, assuming you don't want to buy a new charger and batteries.

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Jan 24, 2012 11:32 |  #8

Happened to me yesterday, luckily I checked the battery in the car while it was warming up in the driveway. It was almost dead, so it was back in the house to grab a couple more.

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Jan 24, 2012 11:44 |  #9

Lesson learned - will not happen again. My grip holds two batteries and I'm ordering another one day so there will ALWAYS be a spare battery in the camera.

Not sure which camera you have, but with the 7D, the camera alternates shots on battery use. So after 800 shots, the battery usage will show about 400 on each battery. The good thing is you get a lot longer usage because with dual battery availability.

Like you, I also keep a spare 8gb card in my truck console. It is a terrible feeling to look in the bag and no card wallet! :-(

Note: Checkout the Delkins dual charger. Charges 2 batteries independently of each other.

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Jan 24, 2012 12:37 |  #10

Never happened to me. In fact, I cant remember the last time I forgot something. :D

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Jan 24, 2012 13:45 as a reply to  @ JakAHearts's post |  #11

When I relied upon daily use of a digital camera for my work, I'd always make sure that there was no way to grab the camera without realizing that the battery was in the charger. For example, I'd put the charger on top of my camera bag, or run the charger cord through my camera strap. Sure, I'd accidentally pull my camera off the desk all the time, but I never forgot my battery.

With batteries so inexpensive these days, it's easier to just to cycle batteries directly between the charger, the spares, and the camera. In other words, the camera always has a battery in it.

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Jan 26, 2012 15:45 |  #12

Yeah...I always have bagS prepped. I have a standard anyday activity bag I keep ready just to go with me at all times in case I want to shoot...anything. But if I have a planned event I always prep the day before or earlier that day if it's a night event (club or something).

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