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 Switching fresh LP-E6 batteries during timelapse 
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Post Switching fresh LP-E6 batteries during timelapse
I found that I can pull out one LP-E6 battery out of a Battery Grip (Zeikos ZE-CBG5DII Battery Grip for Canon 5D II or the Meike Multi-power battery pack) while the 5dMK2 is shooting time-lapse. If the battery door to the battery grip is opened before you turn on the camera the 5dMk2 will operate normally. That means you can simply pop out one of the batteries during the shooting process and pop in a new fresh battery. You can keep shooting as long as you have fresh batteries. I've also noticed that if you are using the "Little Bramper" shooting "B" ramping time lapse that you can actually check the battery status in-between shoots. If you are using two batteries in your grip – with the battery door opened power on your camera. Start the “Bramper” shooting a timelapse series. Between shoots push the menu button and toggle over to view the battery status. Note that with the battery grip it will show you the status of both batteries. While the camera is mounted on a good tripod and continues to shoot, carefully remove one of the batteries (try to do this between shoots). The camera will continue to operate normally with one battery still in the grip. Then add a fresh battery while the camera continues to shoot (again this is best done in-between shoots). Then the trick…. push the battery latch button on the back of the battery grip, with the battery door still opened. This will cause the camera to stop shooting and remain on. I’m not sure but it may essentially restart the camera without shutting down. Nevertheless, it will look at the battery status anew. The Bramper will send the command to shoot the next frame and the camera will continue to operate normally. You can push the menu button and check the status of the new set of batteries now in your battery grip.

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Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:18 am
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Post Re: Switching fresh LP-E6 batteries during timelapse
Thanks for the neat tip. :-)
There is still the problem with jitter introduced during the battery change, but if one really needs the extra battery life it might be worth it, since a small shake can be fixed in post.

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PS: A structure might help to read your text. ;)

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