Cheap Chinese batteries compared to genuine Canon

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Ever wondered what the difference was between those cheap Chinese batteries on Ebay and the Canon OEM batteries?
I have used both types over the years and have found that generally the Canon batteries last longer and are more compatible with the electronic monitoring in the camera. I had a couple of old batteries and decided to cut them open to see the difference. As you can see, a lot less electronics and smaller cells in the copies. I have also tested a number of the cheap Chinese batteries and found all the ones that I tested to be below their rated capacities. The battery on the left is the Canon BP-809 and its equivalent and on the right is the Canon BP-511 and its equivalent. The Canon BP-809 has a leaky cell due to it along with my video camera being ran over by a truck. It was in for repair at the time, so was replaced with a new camera by the very apologetic repairers. Is it worth paying the much higher price for Canon OEM batteries? …

Bendigo Photo Shoot

Some images from a recent photo shoot in Bendigo. The photos were for a new website my son is building for a Christian group in Bendigo. The shots were taken to suit a wide panoramic format that would have text on the right hand side. I was to capture the essence of inner city Bendigo with casual images of members of the group. Great people, easy to work with, a most enjoyable shoot.

Walking into Heaven, Photo of the Month, April

Been very busy lately and my blog posts have suffered. Much of my spare time has been taken up with a book I have been working on, more info at my John Flynn Blog.
So here is my photo of the month for April. The photo was inspired by the winning photo at Sea Lake’s Harvest Festival. I entered four photographs, two won prizes and I sold one, so was quite pleased. After visiting the festival we decided to have a look at Lake Tyrrell, a large salt lake not far out of town. Instantly I saw this photo. I sent my son out into the very shallow and salty water and asked him to walk slowly toward me. I took a number of shots and after choosing the most suitable edited out the fine horizon line each side of the image using content aware fill in Photoshop CS5.

Lake Tyrrell, Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia

Jamies Fine Dressings

These are a few photos from a shoot I did a couple of years ago. The client is still using them and has just asked me to produce a couple of large display banners. I had my son, a graphic designer as an assistant and used off camera flashes triggered with the Canon inbuilt wireless system, I now have Pocket Wizards. I had just purchased a dozen high quality AA batteries and had charged them up the night before. I spent a bit of time on the web researching rechargeable AA’s and the ones I purchased came highly recommended and were quite expensive. About half way through the shoot my speedlights started miss firing and then stopped all together, they all had flat batteries. I thought no way, new batteries, fully charged, must be something else. I had a full set of older cheaper AA’s that were also fully charged, and once they were fitted my problems were solved. I did some test at home and found that the batteries were discharging themselves after about 24 hours. I contacted the supplier and sent them back. Turned out that there was a complete shipment faulty, the supplier was most grateful that I brought the problem promptly to his attention. They had not sold many batteries from the faulty shipment so the recall was only small. This episode certainly taught me the benefit of having backup equipment. These dressings are absolutely the best I have tasted, here is a link to the website, Jamies Fine Dressings.

Southern 80

I had a funeral in Echuca on Thursday so I stayed and made a long weekend out of it. The Southern 80 Ski Race was on so thought it would be a good chance to hone my skills in shooting fast moving objects. I mostly shoot with my 5D Mk II but this time I thought it would be good to put my little used 50D to the task. So I loaded it with my 70-200 f2.8L II set servo mode and was pleasantly surprised. I was able to track the fast moving boats with ease and the exposure was as close to perfect as one could expect. I think I actually took a good clean image of every competitor in the Saturday morning races. These are called “social” races for some reason, I don’t see anything social about being towed at such high speeds behind boats with thumping big motors, I think hitting the water at the speeds these boats were going would not be much different than hitting a brick wall. Editorial images and prints can be purchased here (link).

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