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Digital camera Battery


Bethany, US
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HibbardSmith Registered since 01st Dec 2004
Thu 14-Dec-06 02:16 PM

Has anyone had experience with the Digital Camera Batteries? If yes, what do you think? Are they worthwhile? I'm especially interested in the newer lithium 80 watt battery.

Last night I had a job shooting an elementary school play. The place they gave me to shoot from was about 20' from the stage. All I could use was a camera mounted SB800. I was shooting with the D2X, 17-55mm f2.8 (Nikkor) and the SB800 on camera. The SB800 was powered with 4 freshly charged NiMH batteries. The flash was firing at full power and taking 5+ seconds to recycle. Clearly, that's too long for the situation. I understand that powering the flash from a Digital Camera Battery will allow it to recycle much faster. How much faster? I'm not even sure I want to power the camera from it. My experience with the EN-EL4 has been great. But I sure would like to speed up the flash recycle.

Hibbard T. Smith, JR

Hibbard T. Smith, JR