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chris_tribble

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This may seem a bit obvious, but after having followed a general principle of having a 2 minute auto power off, and being left with 50% power after a day's walking and maybe 60 images, I decided to switch to a 10 second auto power off, and I'm finding I still have a full bar indicated after the same kind of use.  If you've been unhappy with battery-life, I'd recommend playing with the power-off settings and seeing what improvements you can make.  For information, I'm not experiencing significant start up delays either.  Just touch the shutter button and everything's good to go pretty well immediately.

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Yes yes, I do leave it on of course.... But I assume if you do a seaside walk on a bright summer day and everything is in the 1000/s range at f.8 I can only assume the SL2+24-90 is heavy enough and platform to handle this w/o IBIS+OIS... that can only extend your battery game. You can make a camera profile named ECO for those occasions I would say.

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Using my Lumix S1R seems to prolong battery life of the SL2 quite considerably. :rolleyes:

I've given up using it for most of my landscape work because of poor battery life. 

It's been relegated to an occasional walk about camera when I've nothing in particular planned. 

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where is the issue? I need more chargers 😔

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5 hours ago, thighslapper said:

Using my Lumix S1R seems to prolong battery life of the SL2 quite considerably. :rolleyes:

I've given up using it for most of my landscape work because of poor battery life. 

It's been relegated to an occasional walk about camera when I've nothing in particular planned. 

Gosh! This is absolutely not my experience. Because of the lock down in the arts I’ve not been able to do a day’s production or concert shot, so can’t speak for battery life here. However, for a full day’s walk with the 24-90 on the SL2 I’ve never been below 50% on the one battery. I’m not a rapid fire shooter but for 20 images like those in the link below I’d probably make between 80 or 100 photos over a three or four hour period and battery life wouldn’t be an issue:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctribble/shares/522bAs

is the Panasonic that much better?  I’m amazed. 

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9 hours ago, Slender said:

So that's what 2500usb of chinese assembled lithium looks like.

I am happy with 3 and a USB power bank but never had to use it all up in a day so far...

I got the over time in Germany when I was visiting.. they are EUR125 there. Still crazy money, but I have 2 cameras.

The USB battery is probably the best investment for price and usability.

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Just a follow up.  Having cut the auto-off time to 10 seconds, rather than always having to charge a battery after the end of a day's walk, I now find it takes a couple of outings before I even need to think of doing this.  I was out for yesterday and today with the 24-90 and 90-280 and took a lot of shots, of which there was a reasonable number of keepers...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctribble/shares/u4828R

... including a beautiful tangle of knots (https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/knot/😞

... and the battery is still at 80%.  This is a huge improvement over the earlier performance with 2 minutes time-out. I feel a great deal more confident about the SL2's battery life!

 

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I’ve found all the time I’m actively engaged with framing, focusing, metering the camera remains active. I’ve only had a couple of occasions when I’ve had it cut out. My feeling is that if I’m doing street or landscape then 10 seconds works well if I’m doing a client shoot I’ll revert to 2 minutes (and make sure I’ve got that extra battery with me!

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Different scenarios fwiw....

I am shooting in studio ( fashion etc) and usually shoot rapid series and perhaps 1000-1200 exposures over four hours. I use the screen over the eyepiece exclusively ( tripod mounted and no image stab) . Image review with the model maybe every 100 exposures. I am changing to the second battery about when the first 64GB card is getting full ( at 600-700 exposures).  I haven’t actually run a battery flat, maybe I should test that

EDIT UPDATE:

Yesterday I had a new shoot in similar vein. I ended up making 1500 exposures over about 3 hours actual  shooting time.. First fully charged battery got to about 10% remaining and 1000+ frames before I elected to change it and the 2x 64GB cards at a convenient break.

I had turned off prefocus early in my ownership of the camera and very seldom use image stab ( normally on a tripod)

I seldom see power saving engage due to the rapid series and number of frames in the way I am using it.

AFS normally,  screen only,  periodic rapid scroll preview maybe 50 to a 100 frames at a time

 

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