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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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for those battery lovers

I have been using eneloops now for the last 2 years and i absolutely love them, although i do wish they came in a higher mah rating. i also use some of the imedions that were mentioned and havent had any issues with those (2100mah vs sanyo's 2000)

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=677074

i stock about 20 SPARE batteries with me. on a shoot and run 18 in my current flash set up.

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Re: for those battery lovers

meh.. I just use one of these -



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yes. because a 400$ battery is what everyone needs in their camera bag.


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Re: for those battery lovers

They're less than half that.

And for the amount of money you spend on 20 rechargeables and a charger, you could just about pay for one of these, and they last a helluva lot longer and can power larger/better flash units like the Quantum flash.


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Re: for those battery lovers

will it power pocket wizards? a 430ex a sunpak383 or 285HV? for the price to power everything efficiently with those units you'd be way more than AAs and they'd be more practical to power everything in your bag rather than 1 flash unit.

most of the people here use a single on shoe flash with a spare set or 2 of AAs.

quantaums are impractical for 90% of the people who need portable power.

a QUantum Turbo for a 580EX is $389 from BH plus the 50$ cord.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...with_115V.html


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Youch, pricey. Yeah, my 285hv goes through batteries slowly. Admitedly I don't use it that heavily, but the 4 AA it takes are maybe 70-80% used (recycle times are starting to go up noticably now from when they were fresh) and I've been using them for around abouts 8 months now, probably around 150 or so flash exposures. It helps that even with bounce I am probably only doing 1/4-1/2 power flashes most of the time since it is in fairly small rooms. Now for a wedding or other even, something more powerful then the AA would be nice, not for the capacity, but for the recycle time. My flash is around 11s to full charge with full power flashes, but with AC/battery pack power it is around 8s (doing direct flash and 1/16th power continuous shooting even with AA is basically possible, at least with a manual camera).

Blam I might have to check out those rechargables. Admittedly I don't use batteries to heavily, but it would make me feel better using rechargables, and my motor drive takes a set of 4 as well.
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[quote author=blam link=topic=141794.msg3062457#msg3062457 date=1239848225]
will it power pocket wizards? a 430ex a sunpak383 or 285HV? for the price to power everything efficiently with those units you'd be way more than AAs and they'd be more practical to power everything in your bag rather than 1 flash unit.

most of the people here use a single on shoe flash with a spare set or 2 of AAs.

quantaums are impractical for 90% of the people who need portable power.

a QUantum Turbo for a 580EX is $389 from BH plus the 50$ cord.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...with_115V.html
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If you have consumer grade flashes that don't accept external power supplies then no, not gonna work for you.

Two AA's will last MONTHS in a pocket wizard. That's the only thing I'd use AA's for in *my* bag.

And if you want to buy from the most overpriced camera store on the internet, be my guest. They're going for less than half that on Fred Miranda.


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Re: for those battery lovers

not everyone wants used gear nor is it always available and the FM store is Amazon.com and higher priced that BH by a long shot.

and if you're running non "low discharge" batteries in a PW and leave it in your bag for a couple weeks, it will be dead.

most of the users on this forum reading this will be using consumer grade flashes. your battery pack is still no where near as convenient or cost efficient for 90% of hobby photographers and even for a lot of wedding photogs.

you're also adding another 3lbs to your set up.

AA are more versatile and cheaper.


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i think both have their uses. Battery pack would be good if you doing events such as fashion shows, or weddings where you need your flash to recycle fast without having to worry about missing a moment while you change out the batteries. For more structured and thought out shots that require multiple flash units, i think AA batteries are handy to have and cost effective.



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Re: for those battery lovers

Funny enough, there's an ad for all-battery.com where I bought my 2300 mah hybrid Ni-MH. Got 16 of those for under $30. The brand is Tenergy and they also have 2600 mah packs. They've been very good. I use them for a bunch of stuff.


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