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Old Sep 8, 2003, 1:45 PM   #1
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Hi All,
New to digital photography and am buying a Nikon D100. Amongst all of the peripheral junk to buy (Mem cards, readers, etc), I need to figure out what kind of battery to buy?

Rechargeable? NIMH? Lithium? Battery packs? AC Adapter?

What will I need? What is hype? What will I never use (AC Adapter?) ?

Not knowing how much choice the D100 will suck up, I would appreciate some guidance as to what I should buy. I want to do this one time and try to do it right (though cash is king!).

I take about 100 pictures a month - so I am not a pro - though the designated family picture taker......

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Old Sep 8, 2003, 10:18 PM   #2
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If you only take 100 a month, then you probably don't need anything beyond the battery it comes with. The battery life on that thing is amazing. I would not go for an external battery pack or the grip (which can hold AA batteries) unless you want its other features (more buttons, portrate shutter button, larger feel - fits in large hands better.)

If you really wanted to be careful, you could get another battery, just like the one it came with (the EN-EL3, I believe.) But I'm not sure you really need it.

You might want to ask this in the Nikon DSLR forum as well.

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You can buy a Nikon original EN-EL3 or a Power 2000 EN-EL3 compatible. Other manufacturers have similar batteries, but Power 2000 seems to have the only one rated at 1500mAh compared to all others at 1400mAh, including Nikon's own. I plan on getting this to try out, as in some situations I do end up needing spares, but do not want the added weight of the grip. The EN-EL3 lasts a long time, and is not affected by the cold nearly as much as NiMH's.

Eric S, you can look up a Power 2000 battery for your 10D, as they also make a 1500mAh battery compatible with the BP-511:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...733&is=REG
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In fact, I just got one but it wasn't that brand. I know they say that max charge isn't reached until after 2-3 charges, but its capacity before max charge was really frightening low. Since I hurt my knee, I've been unable to get out and test its true capacity... but I'm a little scare of how well it will perform.

I read around before buying them. Some people love them, other say they hold almost no charge after 6 months. Here's hoping I got a good one. I don't see the receipt here give the name... damn.

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Some people think that Li-Ion batteries are like NiMH and just leave them in the charger thinking it's okay to leave it in a trickle charge. It's NOT! As soon as you notice/remember that your batteries are fully charged, take them out of the charger. My father used to leave his BP-511 batteies charging all the time, and now they are on their last leg. One of them wont hold a charge anymore, the other has very little left.

Eric S., was that battery's brand Lenmar by any chance?
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I'd recommend buying a spare battery, as there's nothing worse than running out or power in the middle of a shoot. I've never had that problem because I've always had a spare, but I overestimate the amount of power I have left in the first battery quite often. I think "I haven't used it that much since the last charge, I've got ages left" only to find it dying after 20 shots or whatever.
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Very interesting. I didn't know that about Li-Ion. Thanks for that very important info. Learn something new every day, and some times its good info!

Yes, in fact it Lenmar. I read mixed things about them online. Some loved them and got good results, others said they died in 6 months. Turned out it was the only brand the company sold where I purchased some other things... so I didn't have a lot of choice. It was worth the risk to combine the purchases.

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