Friday, September 17, 2010

Power cels!

Power cels or rather the mundane term - batteries :P How many do you need for a shoot? Well assuming you have your AI-servo turned off, not shooting any videos and do not have the habit of staring at the LCD screen for hours after every shot, then most likely a single batt will give you something between 500-1000 shots (if you're a machine gunner shooter then figure will be on the plus side).

So for me, for a half day shoot I'll normally take 2 batteries along and 95% of the time I won't need the 2nd battery unless I shoot videos then God help me, I'll need 10 batteries...LOL

What about batteries for the speedlites? Well 4 fully charged batteries normally will give me 400 shots at 1/4 or 1/8 power then I'll swap them for fresh ones even though they may still have charge in them simply because the recycle rate would have gone down and I don't want to be caught in a shot needing to change batts. Normally I'll carry 3 sets per speedlite.

For a full day shoot, if you have access to a charging point, then you can use the same number of batts since it takes about an hour plus minus to get the batteries recharged. I use Maha Power chargers for the AA batts which works like a dream with 8 slots for recharging.

Hope this serves as a useful guide to you :)

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