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5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:18:12 AM »
Hey guys... this is geared for those who own 5d Mark 2's and those especially who own the 7D and 5D mark 2's... I have the 7D and loved most of all the wonderful battery life... I could shoot around 500-700 shots on one battery charge... It went on and on and on... I recently got the 5d Mark 2... when I got it, it came with a package including a vertical battery grip, an extra Canon OEM Battery amongst other things... So with the 2 genuine batteries and grip, I had an expectation that I could get a nice chunk of battery life... but even with the two batteries, when I checked the battery status option in camera, it said my 2 batteries, off of a full charge, were both around the 170 shot mark and were both around 40%... Granted, to be fair, the kit included the 24-105 IS L Lens, but does this camera and lens, really have this crappy of a battery life?  The LCD review is only on like 3 seconds or something like that, shooting primarily through the VF with little to no Live View and for the most part, all photos, no video's... I'd love to hear your guy's feedback.   
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5d Mark 2 Battery Life
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011, 10:57:20 AM »
My 5DII gives 5-600 pictures on 1 battery without a problem

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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2011, 11:04:02 AM »
My 5DII gives 5-600 pictures on 1 battery without a problem

Is that using IS lenses or non IS lenses or does that really matter?  Are there any settings I may be overlooking that may be chewing through more battery life than needed? 
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011, 11:07:13 AM »
Sounds short to me.  Just had a look at mine (Canon BG-E6 and two Canon LP-E6), 101 and 103 shots on the batteries, 78% remaining on both.  I get about the same number of shots on my 5DII as on my 7D (500-600 per battery).  Mostly with IS lenses, my review is set to 2 s, standby time is 4 min.

Li-ion batteries have a lifespan determined both by number of charge cycles (1 cycle is a complete discharge and charge, even if it's small increments adding up to 100%) and battery age. Typically, 300-400 cycles or 3-4 years, whichever comes first.  Shelf time counts.  I know that for laptop batteries, some discounters sell older stock (bought in bulk from reputable dealers to clear old stock), and the life is unexpectedly poor.  I'd assume there are camera gear dealers that do the same thing. 
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011, 11:36:05 AM »
Sounds short to me.  Just had a look at mine (Canon BG-E6 and two Canon LP-E6), 101 and 103 shots on the batteries, 78% remaining on both.  I get about the same number of shots on my 5DII as on my 7D (500-600 per battery).  Mostly with IS lenses, my review is set to 2 s, standby time is 4 min.

Li-ion batteries have a lifespan determined both by number of charge cycles (1 cycle is a complete discharge and charge, even if it's small increments adding up to 100%) and battery age. Typically, 300-400 cycles or 3-4 years, whichever comes first.  Shelf time counts.  I know that for laptop batteries, some discounters sell older stock (bought in bulk from reputable dealers to clear old stock), and the life is unexpectedly poor.  I'd assume there are camera gear dealers that do the same thing.

I got the gear from adorama... 1 battery came with the camera and the second Canon OEM (canon brand) battery came in original packing... Couldn't tell you if it was older stock or not, but I would say the canon 5d2 kit, given all the backorders we've seen around, would be somewhat newish stock and from what I could tell, it appears to have the same charge as the other battery... Thanks for your input... are there any other custom settings that may be effecting it other than standby/review/ and or useage of live view and LCD brightness? 
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011, 11:41:50 AM »
My battery which is not new by the way since its quality is being reported with one bar less on my 5DmkII seems to behave very good. A few days ago I shot 355 shots of a friend's baby and the battery went from 100% down to 84%. Lenses were a mixture of 50mm f/1.8 I, 135mm f/2 L and 70-200 f2.8L IS II.

I am not in a position to know if this good behaviour would show if I continued to shoot and if this battery drain would be linear but I was satisfied. Keep in mind however that I was taking a few shots in succession (although in single shot mode) and I was not spending a lot of time watching the LCD or "playing" with the camera.

I do not watch my battery's behaviour in general. This was the only time I have done that.


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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2011, 12:00:31 PM »
I haven't had my 5D2 long enough yet, but my feel so far is it isn't much different from the 7D. For diagnosis maybe try not using the grip, unless you really need it. Or just put one battery in it.
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2011, 12:04:25 PM »
This is strange indeed.  I have three batteries with my 5D mkII and they each give me approx 500 shots before needing to be recharged.  This however will very a lot if I start shooting video which drains the batteries quickly as well as using the LCD display in the back to show pictures and video to friends.  But if I simply shoot still picture with normal use of the LCD, I get 500 pictures per battery.
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2011, 01:07:15 PM »
I believe it takes a few charge cycles for the batteries to realize their full potential.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2011, 01:08:47 PM »
I'd put money on a bad battery or batteries.

I too just got my 5D2 but I have much better life than that.  I had a job a couple of weeks ago where I came home with just over 400 images - and that's not including ones I deleted on site.  I probably used live view 20% of the time and my image review is set to "Hold."  I was using the 24-105 IS kit lens, and yes, image stabilization was on.  My battery held up just fine throughout.

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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2011, 01:18:59 PM »
I'd put money on a bad battery or batteries.

I too just got my 5D2 but I have much better life than that.  I had a job a couple of weeks ago where I came home with just over 400 images - and that's not including ones I deleted on site.  I probably used live view 20% of the time and my image review is set to "Hold."  I was using the 24-105 IS kit lens, and yes, image stabilization was on.  My battery held up just fine throughout.

I agree, mine last forever.  Then again I do have a battery grip, so I guess with 2 batteries you really have to use it nonstop all day for it to die. 
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2011, 03:25:05 PM »
I got the gear from adorama...

That shady fly-by-night outfit?   :P

are there any other custom settings that may be effecting it other than standby/review/ and or useage of live view and LCD brightness?

Nothing that I can think of...  Some lenses do draw more power than others for IS and AF, but I wouldn't think that would make much of a difference.   ???
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2011, 06:46:38 PM »
Sounds very short indeed, I would think it's battery issues.

With two batteries in my grip I can go out and shoot 2-3000 shots a day no problem and have about half the battery power left. My body and mind gives up for the day before my batteries do.

I rarely use live view and only review manually which helps I guess. Also, I don't use IS on my lenses so much.

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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2011, 06:50:46 PM »
I have a grip but never use it, I shot a wedding recently and after about 1200 shots with the 5DII with genuine battery over about 10 hours the battery indicator was at about 1/3rd full still. its pretty impressive. on the other hand with similar use my 1DIII still showed an almost full battery.
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Re: 5d Mark 2 Battery Life
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2011, 07:19:46 PM »
When I fire off shots quickly, over a two hour hour period, I often get 800-900 shots with my 5D MK II with a new battery.  Less if I leave it on and in the sleep mode for a week or two.

The one thiing i noted, is that the battery starts losing capacity after 1-2 years.  My two original batteries are now three years old, and show two bars rather than three, while two of my 1 + year old batteries show three bars.

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