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I purchased this to have a backup for when I was conducting long shoots. I have found that I typically do not use both batteries on most shoots. Actually, I've found that I will fill up 40gb worth of SDHC cards before I switch out batteries when I'm shooting RAW+JPG on my Nikon D7000.
Nikon gives a couple of different ratings for how many shots you can get on a full charge with this battery.
Testing according to the CIPA standard show this battery can take 1,050 shots on a single charge. Under these test conditions the room temperature is 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit (+/- 3.6 degrees). A Nikon 18-105mm lens is used. The focus is moved from infinity to minimum focus and a shot is taken every 30 seconds. The on board Speedlight flash is fired every other shot. This does not use live view.
Nikon's own test conditions yield much better numbers per charge. At 68 degrees Fahrenheit with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens and an image quality of JPG basic, medium. The shutter release is pressed halfway down and the focus is cycled from infinity to minimum range three times. Six shots are taken in a burst at 1/250 of a second shutter speed. The LCD monitor is then turned on for five seconds then turned off. This is repeated once the exposure meter has turned off.
Nikon's own test conditions yielded approximately 4,500 shots per charge.
This truly incredible. I have easily taken more than 800 to 1000 shots on a charge. A big part of the number of shots I get is how much I review them on the LCD. This is the largest drain of power.
Even though this battery has an amazing life, I would suggest picking up a second. If you have two batteries you should be able to charge both the night before a big shoot and then when you swap them out, place the empty one on the charge. In about 2.5 hours, the empty battery will be refreshed. If you are not shooting 800 photos in 2.5 hours, you should be fine. If you are shooting that many photos or anywhere close to it, you should consider having two or three spare batteries and a Nikon MB-D11 Multi-Power Battery Pack that takes AA batteries in a jam.
Overall, I would recommend you purchase at least one spare to keep in your bag. Its great to have when you need it and there is nothing more disappointing than not being able to take photos when the moment happens.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2013 6:13:20 PM PST
Agreed, an excellent and dependable rechargeable battery.
Posted on Nov 20, 2013 10:29:23 AM PST
R.E. Burke says:
In my experience, also using a D7000, my viewfinder starts dimming around 400-500 shutter clicks, something which is part of the body's design. I can extend the range by switching to Live View but often don't want to be forced by circumstances into this. The moral is that getting an extra battery is eminently worthwhile for anything but light casual shooting.
However, Nikon's OEM offering is overpriced by any standard, and I plan to get a Wasabi 2000 maH replacement for savings of 60 percent on Amazon.
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