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Old Mar 2, 2004, 10:49 PM   #41
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I found a source for plastic lightweight lenses
http://www.3dlens.com/enter.html
They have a 7X10 that is only $1,79 I can try some cutting at that cost. I will place an order and let you know.
Some years ago I constructed abattery pack for an Olympus camera from parts from a hobby shop that had remote control models. When you find such a shop the batteries and chargers they have are amazing If you're after power. They wouldn't be a solution for the flash but they will sure power a camera.[/url]
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Old Mar 3, 2004, 7:43 PM   #42
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That sounds great. I'm interested in what you find.

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Old Mar 5, 2004, 6:57 PM   #43
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I have the SD8A battery pack and the Nikon 80 flash. NOTE: The SD8 has the older plug and will not work with 80 or 800 flash. The SD8A works well. I get about 80-100 extra flashes. The key to getting more flashes was going FULL manual on the flash unit and dialing down the flash power, then just open up the camera's aperture a bit more. A lower flash burst means less power use= more life. Also consider 2200 milliamp and above AA NimH batteries. I got so used to full manual from by years with the F series. No light meter, no battery anywhere in the camera. Now with my digital Nikon, batteries are the main worry.

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Old Mar 7, 2004, 8:15 PM   #44
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I do use 2200 mAh batteries. They just aren't enough.

The problem isn't that they don't last long enough (for me) but that they don't cycle fast enough. And nothing can do that except an external pack.

I do agree, though. I worry about battery life all the time. I carry extras and have not had a problem, but I'm sure I'll forget to charge them some time and then it will bite me.

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Old Mar 9, 2004, 8:44 AM   #45
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Since I think someone asked about other brands of flash extenders beyond the better beamer, I found this one:
http://www.kirkphoto.com/brackets.html#xtender

The complain I've heard about it is that it doesn't fold up as well as the better beamer.

But I'm sure it works just as well.

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Old Mar 9, 2004, 11:19 AM   #46
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Eric, I don'y know who would complain as it is the same in all respects.
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