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Aug 09, 2010 21:57 |  #1

I started working for the Journal, and the chief Photographer was with me, this was the first time I used the flash outside as fill, and when I would turn it on sometimes, it would take a whole minute to get to power, and in between shots sometimes it was fairly instant but sometimes took 30 seconds, he told me to get a quantum, but there are so many I do not know which one to get, he said the one for his Nikon was $60 new, but I cannot find one for $125

Does anyone have suggestions?

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Aug 09, 2010 22:14 |  #2

If you are talking about a Quantum battery
I have been using a Q Turbo for many years,
I would say it is one of the best batteries on
the market however is is in the $400.00 range.




  
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Aug 09, 2010 22:18 |  #3

Quantum Instruments recycled flash units very rapidly long before the Canon battery pack was created. High capacity for number of flashes per charge was an additional advantage. In the past, they used lead acid gel batteries which had a very long life before the lead acid gel battery had to be replaced. The Quantum 1, 2, and Turbo all used lead acid gel battery. I replaced my own gel cell after more than a decade of use, and it cost me less than $20 for the battery. So high initial price is accompanied by low continued expense!

More recent units like the Turbo 2+2, Turbo SC, and Turbo 3 (I believe) use the NiMH battery which have the typical lifetime associated with the NiMH (3 years or so). Multiple cells are specially welded together, making it difficult for someone to perform a do-it-yourself replacement.


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Aug 10, 2010 00:03 |  #4

Ah ok. Yea I definitely could not spend that much, I only use that flash about once every 2-3 months. So I am not quite sure it is worth it for me.


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Aug 10, 2010 00:53 |  #5

What batteries are you using with your flash ? LSD's like the Sanyo Eneloop and the Maha Imedion have a faster flash recharge than standard ni-mh batteries or akalines, because of their lower internal resistance.


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Aug 10, 2010 04:11 |  #6

Just cheap batteries until I found out which ones were best. They are generic store brand.


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Aug 10, 2010 09:04 as a reply to  @ AprilArchambeau's post |  #7

you could also raise the iso when shooting, so that the flash fill doesn't use so much power. Try out the eneloops I think you'll get a much faster flash recycle time. Using the 580exII with Imedions I can't seem to outrun them.


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Aug 22, 2010 02:08 |  #8

Is it the MAH that matters? These Canons are higher, want to order some soon, are these better than the Eneloops?

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Aug 22, 2010 03:15 |  #9

AprilArchambeau wrote in post #10765095 (external link)
Is it the MAH that matters? These Canons are higher, want to order some soon, are these better than the Eneloops?

http://www.newegg.com …le-_-17-727-001-_-Product (external link)

Mah is a measure of capacity when comparing AA batteries.

You should be able to get about 300-350 flash charges out of the Eneloops, the Canons will have a greater capacity from full charged may be around 400 flashes, obviously depends on flash power and lighting.

Flash recycling time will be similiar.

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