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09-02-2012, 08:17 AM   #31
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Thanks for the recommendation! I just ordered one. I already have an adapter so not in a huge hurry. Can't pass up that deal!

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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
I recently got some Ansmann2700 mAh with an Ansmann charger for a great price at MPEX. Don't know how good they are. The first use did not last long at all. But I charged them up and then waited three weeks to use them until my adapter came in from Shenzhen, so they were probably quite a bit discharged. They should a be good backup. Both the original and the Pearstone (B&H) Li-Ions have done well, even on a night when I shot 300+ photos with a lot of flash, and quite a bit of video that was totally unplanned, and not on a freshly charged battery.

Anybody have any experience with Ansmann?
I used such Ansmann 2700 with K200D. Really bad (sorry for such info) batteries - 6 month later it became much weaker - not above 300 shots. And in 1 year this Ansmann lost capacity drastically...I use ENELOOP now - this one
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and this one in battery pack of K200D



and such charger
techno line BC700


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09-03-2012, 01:40 AM   #33
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QuoteOriginally posted by madbrain Quote
That's not correct, I get 6fps with eneloops.
OK, I just had to test to see if my ears were fooling me. I recorded the sound of 6 repetitions of my shutter, then measuring in Audacity how long it takes and calculating frames per second. Tested with both AA eneloops and Li-Ion (freshly charged).

Lens: FA35/2
Shutter and aperture: 1/6000 and f8
Manual focus

Results (average of two tests):
  • Li-Ion: 6.16 fps
  • Eneloop: 5.36 fps

Not as big a difference as I guessed, but noticable. Nothing to worry about when deciding AA or Li-Ion.
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I've earlier stated I get 700ish exposures. Just came home from an on location couple shooting with a tad above 1000 exposure from a single set of Sanyo XX batteries

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Got to say I'm impressed so far with the Sanyo XX Eneloops. (As I mentioned earlier, I've never had good luck with Eneloops.) I'm on my first charge and so far have well over 400 exposures and they seem to be going strong. This is already way better than any Eneloops have ever performed for me. I'll let you know how many exposures I get with this set. I hope I do as well as Zafar!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by djupdal Quote
Results (average of two tests):
  • Li-Ion: 6.16 fps
  • Eneloop: 5.36 fps
Any difference in AF speed? Can you try with slow and heavy lens? This is important because the camera have very poor battery life on Li-ion and I'm planing to use it mainly with AA batteries, if there is slowing down it will be like a big problem.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
I used such Ansmann 2700 with K200D. Really bad (sorry for such info) batteries - 6 month later it became much weaker - not above 300 shots. And in 1 year this Ansmann lost capacity drastically...I use ENELOOP now - this one
in camera
and this one in battery pack of K200D
and such charger
techno line BC700
Thanks for the info, I didn't really expect a lot out of them for $3 for 4 and a charger, but good enough for emergency backup, or using on my computer mouse. I'll watch for a deal on a set or two of eneloops.
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Correction: 1220ish exposures and counting. Don't ask whats going on, lol.

Not only am I getting more exposures, but it also seems the battery indicator is more precise now (was far from it early on). My battery level meter or whatever they are called is telling me I'm down at 0% - next step is 25%, so it's not precise, but I do feel I'm at the very last end of battery juice.

Still, 1200 exposures. Not bad!

Ps. On the same set as previously, of cause - batteries never left the cam.

Edit: about 1300 exposures and then the batteries finally gave up


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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
The cheapest one. Here's the one I ordered from China for $4.50 shipped:

D-BH109 AA Battery Holder Adapter Bracket For PENTAX K-R SLR DSLR CAMERA | eBay

It works fine. I don't have an OEM adapter to compare it to, but I don't see where there could be much difference.
well I do have both of them now, picked up today the original Pentax one from the camera shop and the other as recommended the above from the Post Office.
Pentax is a bit heavier (19g) with all copper contacts and the reinforcing metal top plate.
the one made in China is all plastic and lighter (12g) with much simpler designed contacts and was mailed from Singapore via registered airmail.
In the functionality I can not tell the diference between them ( although there is an enormous diference in price).
the K-30 feels distinctively heavier with AA batteries ( 122g AA/non Pentax against 53g the original battery)
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