SNATH
Topic Author
Posts: 3049
Joined: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:23 am

40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:35 pm

Hi all,

I have a 40D and the 580EX II external flash. I'm considering getting the BG-E2N battery grip for it. I find it really inconvenient to have to carry AA batteries for the flash (given that I have to carry the extra charger for them too). Does anyone know whether the grip can actually provide power to the flash? I'd rather carry extra batteries for the 40D insteaf of AAs. At least I will only need one type of charger.

Thanks.

Tony
Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
 
aero145
Posts: 2867
Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:59 am

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:45 am

Nope, it won’t power up the flash.
 
SNATH
Topic Author
Posts: 3049
Joined: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:23 am

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:10 am



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 1):
Nope, it won’t power up the flash.

Short and concise answer.  Smile Thanks! Seriously, is there any other (practical) way of powering the flash, apart from AAs?

Tony
Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
 
Stealthz
Posts: 5546
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:43 am

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:07 am

Tony,
You are pretty much out of luck.
Canon sell (or at least did) an external battery pack for the Speedlite range, it did little except provide more capacity so you could take more shots.

Quantum Instruments make a range of external battery packs with a wide range of functions including faster recycling times.

http://www.qtm.com/?res_set=yes&res=1280&resh=1024

Neither of these options achieve your goal of reducing the load, they add capability instead.

Perhaps another option is to ONLY use AA cells, the BG-E2N has a carrier for AA cells that is intended for use when charging facilitiess are not available.
I have used AA cells in my BG-E2 on a 30D with Sigma50-500 and got several hundred shots.
Not sure how it works with rechargeable AA though.

Cheers
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
 
aero145
Posts: 2867
Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:59 am

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:18 am

Quoting SNATH (Reply 2):
Short and concise answer.   Thanks!

You’re welcome!

Quoting SNATH (Reply 2):
Seriously, is there any other (practical) way of powering the flash, apart from AAs?

I ditto the the guy with the stealth wings.  Wink


Best regards,
David

PS: Enjoy your 580EX II, mate, it’s one heck of a flash!

[Edited 2008-08-03 01:20:20]
 
spencer
Posts: 1518
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2004 8:30 pm

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:54 pm

Canon have a battery pack called the CP-E4 that would work well in your case. It's an external pack and holds 8xAA batteries.
Spencer.
EOS1D4, 7D, 30D, 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, 70-200/2.8 L IS2 USM, 17-40 f4 L USM, 24-105 f4 L IS USM, 85 f1.8 USM
 
SNATH
Topic Author
Posts: 3049
Joined: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:23 am

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:58 am



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 3):



Quoting Spencer (Reply 5):

Thanks for the info, once more. I'll look into the external packs but, yes, as you've pointed out they won't do what I'm looking for... I think I'll just have to carry both chargers for the time being...

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):
PS: Enjoy your 580EX II, mate, it’s one heck of a flash!

Had it for 10 or so months. So far, so good! The only problem with it is me: I just need to learn how to use it better!  Smile

Tony
Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
 
User avatar
dvincent
Posts: 1486
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:53 am

RE: 40D + 580EX II + BG-E2N Question

Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:45 pm

Tony,

Reason the flashes use these AA cells is that the lithium ion battery packs are terrible at quick delivery for charging things like a flash which need a lot of voltage very fast. Unfortunately, your only real option is the external battery packs, or a lot of spare cells...
From the Mind of Minolta

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests